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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
 
150. In the Streets of Catania
 
(“The streets of Catania are paved with blocks of the lava of Ætna”)
 
By Roger Casement
 
 
ALL that was beautiful and just,
All that was pure and sad
Went in one little, moving plot of dust
The world called bad.
 
Came like a highwayman, and went,        5
One who was bold and gay,
Left when his lightly loving mood was spent
Thy heart to pay.
 
By-word of little street and men,
Narrower theirs the shame,        10
Tread thou the lava loving leaves, and then
Turn whence it came.
 
Ætna, all wonderful, whose heart
Glows as thine throbbing glows,
Almond and citron bloom quivering at start,        15
Ends in pure snows.
 

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