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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Pompeii
Pompeii
John Bruce Norton (1815–1883)
 
BRIGHT was the sky and blue the sea, when I
On the paved causeway of Pompeii stood,
Perplexed at my amazing solitude:
The silent forum, open to the sky,
The empty barracks of the soldiery,        5
The stone mills fixed to grind the daily food,
The houses of the rich and poorer brood,
Bath, temple, theatre, I sauntered by.
Surely, methought, the folk hath left its home
But for excursion or high holiday;        10
And soon shall I behold them swarming back,
Like busy bees that buzz about their comb,
Or those gregarious birds whose aery track
Instinctive, nestward, points their evening way.
 
 
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