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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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PENCIL SKETCHES !N ROME. 327
and engage themselves to work there. They come in
bands, with spades, hoes or scythes over their shoulders.
Some of them also bring along the " cornamusa," the
bagpipe, the tones of which are to console them for the
want of home, but which only increase their longing to
go back. The earth is turned up in the greatest haste,
the seed sown, and when the corn is ripe, it is reaped
with the same quickness as marked the sowing. But
commonly the malaria, too, makes its harvest, among the
harvesters. As the tenant’s house is usually too small
to shelter them, they spend the night under the open
sky or in a tufa hollow, around a fire, and wrapped up
over the head in their cloaks, try to shield themselves as
well as they can from the cold and the poisonous vapor.
But many a poor youth from the Sabine mountains, or
the Abruzzi, never again sees home and the dear ones
for whom he risked his life on the deadly moor ; and
when he has been mown down, soon no one can longer
point out his grave.

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