„... the desolate
Is doubly sorrowful when it recalls
It was not always desolate.“

—  Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Change from The London Literary Gazette (3rd January 1829)
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Letitia Elizabeth Landon
poetisa e romancista inglesa 1802 - 1838
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