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

THENCE, passing the fat soil and stagnant stream
Of the Helorus, by Pachynus’ crags
Of tall and jagged rock, we coast along;
And Camarina, which the Fates forbade
That they should ever drain, is seen afar;        5
And Gela, with its city, fields, and stream.
Steep Agrigentum shows her stately walls,
Once famed for mettled steeds. We leave behind
Palmy Selinus, and the dangerous shoals
And rocks of Lilybeum. Then the port        10
Of Drepanum receives me,—joyless shore!
 
 
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