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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Capri, the Island
Capri
Samuel Rogers (1763–1855)
 
(From Italy)

                    WHAT the mountainous Isle
Seen in the South? ’T is where a monster dwelt,
Hurling his victims from the topmost cliff;
Then and then only merciful, so slow,
So subtle, were the tortures they endured.        5
Fearing and feared he lived, cursing and cursed;
And still the dungeons in the rock breathe out
Darkness, distemper. Strange, that one so vile
Should from his den strike terror through the world;
Should, where withdrawn in his decrepitude,        10
Say to the noblest, be they where they might,
“Go from the earth!” and from the earth they went:
Yet such things were, and will be, when mankind,
Losing all virtue, lose all energy;
And for the loss incur the penalty,        15
Trodden down and trampled.
 
 
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