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At Ferrara (in the library) are preserved the original MSS. of Tasso's Gierusalemme and of Guarini's Pastor Fido, with letters of Tasso, one from Titian to Ariosto, and the inkstand and chair, the tonib and the house of the latter. But as misfortune has a greater interest for posterity, and little or none for the conteinporary, the cell where Tasso was confined in the hospital of St. Anna attracts a more fixed attention than the residence or the monument of Ariosto—at least it had this effect
There are two inscriptions, one on the outer gate, the second over the cell itself, inviting, unnecessarily, the wonder and the indignation of the spectator. Ferrara is much decayed and depopulated; the castle still exists entire; and I saw the court where Parisina and Hugo were beheaded, according to the annal of Gibbon.
THE LAMENT OF TASSO.
Long years !-It tries the thrilling frame to bear,
my delight :
But this is o'er-my pleasant task is done :
heart To lift
love so lofty as thou art;
every passion into one dilate,
Above me, hark! the long and maniac cry
close : So let it be for then I shall repose,