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THE FALL OF PALMYRA
A HISTORICAL ROMANCE.
LETTERS OF LUCIUS M. PISO FROM PALMYRA, TO HI
PRIEND MARCUS CURTIUS AT KOME.
It is with difficulty that I persuade myself that i I who am sitting and writing to you from this gr city of the East. Whether I look upon the face nature or the works of man, I see everything differ from what the West presents ; so widely different, t It seems to me, at times, as if I were subject to power of a dream. But I rouse myself, and find i I am awake, and that it is really I, your old friend neighbour, Piso, late a dweller upon the Calian Who am now basking in the warm skies of Palm and notwithstanding all the splendour and luxury
ich I am surrounded, longing to be once mor itome, by the side of my Curtius, and with him coursing, as we have been wont to do, of the acts policy of the magnificent Aurelian.
But to the purpose of this letter, which is, in ag ment with
th my promise, to tell you of my fortunes s
ed from you, and of my good or ill success, may ay be, in the prosecution of that affair which
ven the vo far from my beloved Rome. Oh, manity! why art thou so afflicted ? Why have
mortal gods made the cup of life so bitter?
I narted fr