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II. ROMAN ANTIQUITIES DISCOVERED AT BISHOPSTONE, HEREFORDSHIRE

          WHILE poring Antiquarians search the ground
          Upturned with curious pains, the Bard, a Seer,
          Takes fire:--The men that have been reappear;
          Romans for travel girt, for business gowned;
          And some recline on couches, myrtle-crowned,
          In festal glee: why not? For fresh and clear,
          As if its hues were of the passing year,
          Dawns this time-buried pavement. From that mound
          Hoards may come forth of Trajans, Maximins,
          Shrunk into coins with all their warlike toil:              10
          Or a fierce impress issues with its foil
          Of tenderness--the Wolf, whose suckling Twins
          The unlettered ploughboy pities when he wins
          The casual treasure from the furrowed soil.
                                                              1835.


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