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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Rome
To Rome
Giovanni Guidiccioni (1480–1541)
 
Anonymous translation

THOU noble nurse of many a warlike chief,
Who in more brilliant times the world subdued;
Of old, the shrines of gods in beauty stood
Within thy walls, where now are shame and grief:
I hear thy broken voice demand relief,        5
And sadly o’er thy faded fame I brood,—
Thy pomps no more, thy temples fallen and rude,
Thine empire shrunk within a petty fief.
Slave as thou art, if such thy majesty
Of bearing seems, thy name so holy now,        10
That even thy scattered fragments I adore,—
How did they feel who saw thee throned on high
In pristine splendor, while thy glorious brow
The golden diadem of nations bore?
 
 
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