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ASOLANDO

FANCIES AND FACTS.

BY

ROBERT BROWNING.

SEVENTH EDITION.

LONDON:

SMITH, ELDER, & CO., 15 WATERLOO PLACE.
1890.

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TO MRS. ARTHUR BRONSON.

To Whom but you, dear Friend, should I dedicate versessome few written, all of them supervised, in the comfort of your presence, and with yet another experience of the gracious hospitality now bestowed on me since so many a year,adding a charm even to my residences at Venice, and leaving me little regret for the surprise and delight at my visits to Asolo in bygone days?

I unite, you will see, the disconnected poems by a titlename popularly ascribed to the inventiveness of the ancient secretary of Queen Cornaro whose palace-tower still overlooks us: Asolare—" to disport in the open air, amuse oneself at random." The objection that such a word nowhere occurs in the works of the Cardinal is hardly importantBembo was too thorough a purist to conserve in print a term which in talk he might possibly toy with: but the word

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