Gondola Days

Gondola Days

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Gondola Days

Gondola Days

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I have made no attempt in these pages to review the splendors of the past, or to probe the many vital questions which concern the present, of this wondrous City of the Sea. Neither have I ventured to discuss the marvels of her architecture, the wealth of her literature and art, nor the growing importance of her commerce and manufactures.

I have contented myself rather with the Venice that you see in the sunlight of a summer's day -- the Venice that bewilders with her glory when you land at her water-gate; that delights with her color when you idle along the Riva; that intoxicates with her music as you lie in your gondola adrift on the bosom of some breathless lagoon -- the Venice of mould-stained palace, quaint caff` and arching bridge; of fragrant incense, cool, dimlighted church, and noiseless priest; of strongarmed men and graceful women -- the Venice of light and life, of sea and sky and melody.

No pen alone can tell this story. The . . .

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