And opening from the deep sea wond'ring eyes
Great Neptune started as in wild surprise:
While Arno's flood stood still; and one sad moan
Went up from mothers mourning for their own."1

Morosini was released at the instance of Venice, and without a ransom.

M.CC.LXXXX · DIE · X · SEPTEMB · CONRADVS · AVRIA · CAPIT · ET · ADMIR · REIP · IANVEN · DESTRUX · PORTVM · PISANVM ·2

This inscription, which replaces an older one, is carved on the right hand side of the façade at the bottom left hand corner of the window. It was on this occasion that the chain, of which a portion hangs in the Palazzo Bianco, was obtained. It was cut up, and the pieces hung on the front of this church, on the façade of the Palazzo di San Giorgio, the Porta di Sant' Andrea, Porta Nuova (Porta de' Vaccà), Sta. Maria di Castello, S. Torpete, S. Salvatore, S. Donato, S. Ambrogio, Sta. Maria delle Vigne, Sta. Maria Maddalena, S. Giovanni di Prè, and on two houses, one in the Vico Dritto, and the other near the Piazza di Ponticello. In 1860, when Italy became one nation, Genoa resolved to restore the chain to Pisa, and accordingly a deputation headed by the mayor solemnly handed the relics over to the Gonfaloniere,

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1

"Che apri dal mar profondo i lenti e gravi Occhi Nettuno e di timor si scosse,
E in foce d' Arno se ristette l' onda
E impallidir le madri in sulla sponda."

-- La Battaglia di Meloria. In "Poemetti Italiani", vol. ix. ( Turin, Morano, 1797).
2
"In the year 1290, and on the tenth day of September, Corrado D' Oria, Captain and Admiral of the Republic of Genoa, took and destroyed Porto Pisano."

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