Dante, and Collected Verse

Dante, and Collected Verse

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Dante, and Collected Verse

Dante, and Collected Verse

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The Piazza di Santa Croce in Florence, Italy.
Backing is the Church of Santa Croce. In front
of it are the beginnings of a Pedestal. On the
highest part of this, accompanied by others below
her, with whom she is playing, is a young girl
(Beatrice) dressed in a dark crimson frock.
Below, on the pavement gazing at her, stands a
schoolboy (Dante), who seems to have been
suddenly arrested and charmed by her appearance.

ACT FIRST.

Scene:—The Piazza di Santa Croce in Florence,
arranged for a Fête, as on St. John's Day,
when, to quote from Federn's Dante, "the
young men, clad in white, led by the Signor
d'Amour, went singing and dancing up the
street of Santa Felicita; and women and girls,
. . . in wreaths of flowers, partook in the fes-
tivities; and music and song and ringing bells . . .

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