Signa Volume 2

Signa Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...flood, he had made his mute promise to dead Pippa. But, what was right? He did not know. His reason as a man told him that, the strong instincts of the brain being stifled, the boy would fall into a feeble, worthless and unhappy thing. His ignorance as a peasant made him fear, with all a peasant's dread of the unknown and the unseen, the world into which Signa pined to soar away, and the art which usurped all his desires. Music!--well, what was it? Just a thing that came to every flute-voiced girl carrying her linen to the river's brink, every lithe-fingered shepherd or' ox-driver who, when his work was done, thrumbed on a mandoline before the cottage door. This power which took empire over the boy and drove him from all paths of custom and of duty, and made him happy with a few signs upon a piece of paper;--that was beyond all sense and meaning to him;--a horrible exaggeration and distortion of an innocent thing, such as men sent who had the evil eye. Which would be right? To burn and stamp this madness out of the young soul?--or to let it have its way and trust to heaven? If he only knew!----In the Lastra the lamps were burning. There was a funeral going through the gates; the bier borne by the brothers of the Misericordia. _ Unconsciously, from habit, he stood still and crossed himself, and uncovered his head. When it had passed a thought had come to him. He entered the church where Luigi Dini was putting out the lights after benediction. Bruno went up to him without greeting. "Old Maso told the lad men by music have been greater than kings. Is that a lie?" The old sacristan was used to him, and took no offence. "It is a truth," he answered. "Can the lad be great?" "I think...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236807995
  • 9781236807991