Monday, January 10, 2005

Hotel Barocco

Santa Maria Novella

We'll cut the flitting air and soar above
The monster's head, and in the noblest seats
Of those blest shades quench and renew our heats.
There shall the queens of love and innocence,
Beauty and Nature, banish all offence
From our close ivy-twines ; there I'll behold
Thy bared snow and thy unbraided gold ;
There my enfranchised hand on every side
Shall o'er thy naked polish'd ivory slide.

from A Rapture by Thomas Carew [1594 - 1640]

I love to revel in the sights and sounds of these pictures and poems. This is a pleasure I return to!
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