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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Asia Minor: Cyprus, the Island
Sonnet
James Montgomery (1771–1854)
 
On the Siege of Famagusta, in the Island of Cyprus, by the Turks, in 1571

THUS saith the Lord: “In whom shall Cyprus trust,
With all her crimes, her luxury, and pride?
In her voluptuous loves will she confide,
Her harlot-daughters, and her queen of lust?
My day is come when o’er her neck in dust        5
Vengeance and fury shall triumphant ride,
Death and captivity the spoil divide,
And Cyprus perish: I the Lord am just.
Then he that bought, and he that sold in thee,
Thy princely merchants, shall their loss deplore,        10
Brothers in ruin as in fraud before;
And thou, who madest thy rampart of the sea,
Less by thy foes cast down than crushed by me!
Thou, Famagusta! fall, and rise no more.”
 
 
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