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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Austria: Salona, Dalmatia
Dioclesian at Salona
Sir Aubrey de Vere (1788–1846)
 
TAKE back these vain insignia of command,
Crown, truncheon, golden eagle,—bubbles all,—
And robe of Tyrian dye, to me a pall;
And be forever alien to my hand,
Though laurel-wreathed, War’s desolating brand:        5
I would have friends, not courtiers, in my hall;
Wise books, frank converse, Beauty free from thrall,
And leisure for good deeds, thoughtfully planned.
Farewell, thou garish World! thou Italy,
False widow of departed Liberty!        10
I scorn thy base caresses. Welcome the roll,
Between us, of mine own bright Adrian sea!
Welcome these wilds, from whose bold heights my soul
Looks down on your degenerate Capitol!
 
 
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