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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Milan
Milan
Ausonius (c. 310–395)
 
Translated by Joseph Addison

MILAN with plenty and with wealth o’erflows,
And numerous streets and cleanly dwellings shows;
The people, blessed with nature’s happy force,
Are eloquent and cheerful in discourse;
A circus and a theatre invites        5
The unruly mob to races and to fights.
Moneta consecrated buildings grace,
And the whole town redoubled walls embrace;
Here spacious baths and palaces are seen,
And intermingled temples rise between;        10
Here circling colonnades the ground enclose,
And here the marble statues breathe in rows:
Profusely graced the happy town appears,
Nor Rome itself her beauteous neighbor fears.
 
 
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