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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Naples
Naples, 1866
John Bruce Norton (1815–1883)
 
“E quindi uscimmi rivedere le stelle.”—Dante.

I THINK not, when I gaze upon thy bay,
That clasps, as with a lover’s arms, the sea
Tripping to kiss the curved shore smilingly,
O! Naples, of thy charms, though poets say,
“See Naples, and in death then pass away.”        5
I have no eye nor ear but for the glee,
The tide, the bustle, the activity,
Thronging thy streets, as ’t were a festive day.
To me, an exile, for how many a year,
In death-like India, thou art as the gate        10
Of life, or morning’s advent after night;
As welcome as to Dante was the light,
When issuing from the realms of woeful fate,
He saw the blessed stars once more appear.
 
 
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