„Pictures, bright pictures, oh! they are to me
A world for thought to revel in. I love
To give a history to every face, to think —
As I thought with the painter — as I knew
What his high communing had been.“

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Letitia Elizabeth Landon
poetisa e romancista inglesa 1802 - 1838
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