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[Essay on Chatterton] Art. VIII.��Conjectures and Researches concerning the Love Madness and Imprisonment of Torquato Tasso. By Richard Henry Wilde. 2 vols. New York. 1842. Upon the minuteness and obscurity of our attainable evidences with regard to a single important portion of a great poet's history��the Love and Madness of Tasso��great light is thrown by these clever volumes. And further additions to a very meagre stock are not, it seems, to be absolutely despaired of. The Medicean Records may be laid under more liberal contributions, and the Archives of Este cease to remain impenetrable. What even if a ray of light should straggle over the unsunned hoards of sumless wealth in the Vatican? "If windows were in heaven, might this thing be." But in our days the poorest loophole will have to be broken, we suspect, with far different instruments from those it is the fashion to employ just now in Italy. It is enough at present if the oily instances of this or the . . .
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