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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR IN ITALY, 1837

II. THE PINE OF MONTE MARIO AT ROME

          I SAW far off the dark top of a Pine
          Look like a cloud--a slender stem the tie
          That bound it to its native earth--poised high
          'Mid evening hues, along the horizon line,
          Striving in peace each other to outshine.
          But when I learned the Tree was living there,
          Saved from the sordid axe by Beaumont's care,
          Oh, what a gush of tenderness was mine!
          The rescued Pine-Tree, with its sky so bright
          And cloud-like beauty, rich in thoughts of home,            10
          Death-parted friends, and days too swift in flight,
          Supplanted the whole majesty of Rome
          (Then first apparent from the Pincian Height)
          Crowned with St. Peter's everlasting Dome.


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