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

  I LEANED against a gray and mouldering wall,
  Last wreck of Troy-like Veii: the bird
  Nestled amid its flower-crowned coronal;
  Inward tradition’s cloudy voice I heard:
  I thought of when the twin-born cities stirred        5
  Contending in time’s womb for earliest birth,
  While fate had stamped the irrevocable word:
  Death-doomed the one, the other ruling earth,
To prove the moral drawn from fame and fortune’s worth.
 
 
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