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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Etna (Ætna), the Mountain
Etna
Virgil (70–19 B.C.)
 
(From Æneid, Book VIII)
Translated by C. P. Cranch

NEAR Sicily and Æolian Lipari
An island rises steep, with smoking rocks.
Beneath, by huge Cyclopean forges scooped
And eaten out, the vast Ætnean caves
Thunder, and mighty anvil-strokes are heard;        5
And all the caverns roar and hiss, with blasts
Of fiery steel, from panting furnaces.
The abode of Vulcan this, lending its name
To the surrounding soil. Here from on high
The fire-god lights. Below, the Cyclops toil        10
Over their forges: Brontes, Steropes,
And naked-limbed Pyracmon.
 
 
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