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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
900. “The Doves of Venice”
 
By Laurence Hutton
 
 
AS the Transatlantic tourists
  Have been rowed on the Lagoon,
They have mourned its ancient glories,
  They have watched the Germans spoon.
 
As they ’ve sailed these famous highways,        5
  As they ’ve floated on these tides,
The arts that most impressed them
  Were the artless German brides.
 
As they ’ve listened to the music
  Of the poor Italian bands,        10
Heard the same old tunes repeated,
  Seen the Germans holding hands,—
 
They have wondered why all Venice,
  From San Marco to Lagoon,
Is now illumined only        15
  By a German honeymoon;
 
Why the steeds on the Duomo
  Have not laughed horse-laughs, and shied
At the too transparent fondness
  Of the modern German bride!        20
 
Why the very stones of Venice,
  Which the great John Ruskin loves,
Are nothing but a roosting-place
  For German turtle-doves!
 

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