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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Sorrento
Sorrento
Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821–1895)
 
SORRENTO! Bright star! Land
    Of myrtle and vine,
I come from a far land
    To kneel at thy shrine;
Thy brows wear a garland,        5
    O, weave one for mine!
 
Her mirror thy city
    Fair finds in the sea,—
A youth sings a pretty
    Song, tempered with glee,—        10
The mirth and the ditty
    Are mournful to me.
 
Ah, sea boy, how strange is
    The carol you sing!
Let Psyche, who ranges        15
    The gardens of Spring,
Remember the changes
    December will bring.
 
 
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