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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Rome, the Campagna
Roman Roads
John Dyer (1700?–1758)
 
(From Ruins of Rome)

AND see from every gate those ancient roads,
With tombs high-verged, the solemn paths of fame;
Deserve they not regard? O’er whose broad flints
Such crowds have rolled, so many storms of war;
Such trains of consuls, tribunes, sages, kings;        5
So many pomps; so many wondering realms:
Yet still through mountains pierced, o’er valleys raised,
In even state, to distant seas around,
They stretch their pavements.
 
 
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