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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Naples
The Tomb of Sannazzaro
Benedetto Menzini (1646–1704)
 
Translated by Capel Lofft

’T IS Sannazzaro’s tomb! Good shepherds, pause
In veneration! rare shall ye behold
Such splendid honors light on mortal mold!
The sculptured myrtle, sacred laurel, draws
To the great votary of Phœbean laws        5
The charmed remembrance! On the marble scrolled
Foliage and fruits intwine in graceful fold:
And central, as a goddess, Naples awes.
On one side nets, extended on the sand,
And in the distance a small bark, appear:        10
Flutes on the other, and a sylvan band.
Nymphs of the groves, and of the waters clear,
A name to fill, like his, the sea and land
Hath Rome or Athens wafted to your ear?
 
 
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