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  • The girls sing songs to the brothers, and to each other, inscribing poems to “my loving sister”; when Dante Gabriel, budding forth as artist, wishes a model for a Madonna, he chooses his sister Christina, and in his sketch mantles the plain features with a divine gentleness and heavenly splendor such as only the loving heart can conjure forth.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great

  • On the monument were the golden prows of ships, lions and bulls in Persian fashion, and hollow sculptures of Sirens, in each of which a living person could stand and sing songs of lamentation for his dead friend.

    Alexander the Great

  • We sing songs for a long time; we chant them to the wind in the pine-trees.

    Fir-Flower Tablets: Poems Translated From the Chinese


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