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Properzia Rossi, a celebrated female sculptor of Bologna, possessed also of talents for poetry and music, died in consequence of an unrequited attachment.-A painting by Ducis, represents her showing her last work, a basso-relievo of Ariadne, to a Roman Knight, the object of her affection, who regards it with indifference.
Tell me no more, no more
ONE dream of passion and of beauty more!
Of that which lit my being, tho' its race
Might have been loftier far.-Yet one more dream!
From my deep spirit one victorious gleam
Ere I depart! For thee alone, for thee!
Of this vain tenderness,-my spirit, wake!
Live! in thy work breathe out !-that he may yet,
Feeling sad mastery there, perchance regret
Within me born, flows back; my fruitless dower
I greet it proudly, with its rushing train
I shall not perish all!
The bright work grows
Beneath my hand, unfolding, as a rose,
I fix my thought, heart, soul, to burn, to shine,
I give my own life's history to thy brow,
My form, my lineaments; but oh! more fair,
Which in me dwells, as by the summer-light