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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Naples, the Bay
Song of the Sea
Rossiter W. Raymond (1840–1918)
 
I HAVE swung for ages to and fro;
  I have striven in vain to reach thy feet,
O garden of joy! whose walls are low,
  And odors are so sweet.
 
I palpitate with fitful love;        5
  I sigh and sing with changing breath;
I raise my hands to heaven above,
  I smite my shores beneath!
 
In vain, in vain! while far and fine,
  To curb the madness of my sweep,        10
Runs the white limit of a line
  I may not overleap.
 
Once thou wert sleeping on my breast,
  Till fiery Titans lifted thee
From the fair silence of thy rest,        15
  Out of the loving sea.
 
And I swing eternal to and fro;
  I strive in vain to reach thy feet,
O garden of joy! whose walls are low,
  And odors are so sweet!        20
 
 
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