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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Ravenna
Ravenna
John Edmund Reade (1800–1870)
 
(From Italy)

  SILENT Ravenna! through thy desolate streets
  Flits the dim shadow of departed power,
  Felt on the heart which thy great tale repeats;
  Thou that didst prop Rome’s empire for an hour,
  Shade of a shadow! yet is thine the dower        5
  That with a ray of light hath thee arrayed,
  Thou hold’st the dust of Dante; in that tower
  His bones by Florence begged in vain are laid:
His passionate appeal to her as vainly made.
 
 
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