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

  AND shouldst thou doubt the visible prophecies
  Of Nature, in her forms embodying
  Imaginative dreams, when the sun lies
  On Reggio’s shore, go mark its ruins fling
  Their shadows on the stream, till gathering,        5
  Embattled towers rise slowly from the deep,
  Pillars and castled walls, gates opening
  On serried armies, marshalled horse that leap
Along the flying plains, and charging squadrons sweep.
 
  And cliffs cloud-capped, deep vales, white herds far seen,        10
  And shepherds with their flocks, and mountains bare,
  Looking repose: lo! in the silvery sheen
  Floating above the wave, they melt to air,
  Reflection but of ruins! woven there
  From mist and shadow, but they finger forth        15
  Truths that oracular Nature doth declare
  To thee, fallen Italy! regenerate birth
Thus shall be thine from death, freedom and pristine worth.
 
 
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