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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Posilipo
Virgil’s Tomb
William Gibson (1826–1887)
 
WE seek, as twilight saddens into gloom,
A poet’s sepulchre; and here it is,—
The summit of a tufa precipice.
Ah! precious every drape of myrtle bloom
And leaf of laurel crowning Virgil’s tomb!        5
The low vault entering, hark! what sound is this?
The night is black beneath us in the abyss,
Through one damp port disclosed, as from earth’s womb,
That rumbling sound appalls us! Through the steep
Is hewn Posilipo’s most marvellous grot;        10
And to the prince of Roman bards, whose sleep
Is in this singular and lonely spot,
Doth a wild rumor give a wizard’s name,
Linking a tunnelled road to Maro’s fame!
 
 
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