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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Nemi
Nemi
Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
(From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage)

  LO, Nemi! navelled in the woody hills
  So far, that the uprooting wind which tears
  The oak from his foundation, and which spills
  The ocean o’er its boundary, and bears
  Its foam against the skies, reluctant spares        5
  The oval mirror of thy glassy lake;
  And, calm as cherished hate, its surface wears
  A deep, cold, settled aspect naught can shake,
All coiled into itself and round, as sleeps the snake.
 
  And near Albano’s scarce divided waves        10
  Shine from a sister valley; and afar
  The Tiber winds, and the broad ocean laves
  The Latian coast where sprang the Epic war,
  “Arms and the Man,” whose reascending star
  Rose o’er an empire;—but beneath thy right        15
  Tully reposed from Rome; and where yon bar
  Of girdling mountains intercepts the sight
The Sabine farm was tilled, the weary bard’s delight.
 
 
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