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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Thomas William Parsons. 1819–1892
 
145. Paradisi Gloria
 
"O frate mio! ciascuna e cittadina
D' una vera città"....
THERE is a city, builded by no hand, 
  And unapproachable by sea or shore, 
And unassailable by any band 
  Of storming soldiery for evermore. 
  
There we no longer shall divide our time         5
  By acts or pleasures,—doing petty things 
Of work or warfare, merchandise or rhyme; 
  But we shall sit beside the silver springs 
  
That flow from God's own footstool, and behold 
  Sages and martyrs, and those blessèd few  10
Who loved us once and were beloved of old, 
  To dwell with them and walk with them anew, 
  
In alternations of sublime repose, 
  Musical motion, the perpetual play 
Of every faculty that Heaven bestows  15
  Through the bright, busy, and eternal day. 
 
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