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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Ostia
Ostia
Virgil (70–19 B.C.)
 
(From Æneid)
Translated by C. P. Cranch

THE SEA was flushing in the morning’s rays,
And from the ethereal heights Aurora’s car
With rose and saffron gleamed; when suddenly
The winds were stilled, and every breath of air,
And the oars struggled through the sluggish sea.        5
And here Æneas from the deep descries
A spacious grove. Through this the Tiber pours
His smiling waves along, with rapid whirls,
And yellow sand, and bursts into the sea.
And all around and overhead were birds        10
Of various hues, accustomed to the banks
And river-bed; from tree to tree they flew,
Soothing the air with songs. Then to the land
He bids the crews direct the vessels’ prows,
And joyfully the shadowy river gains.        15
 
 
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