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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
A Book of Sonnets
The Old Bridge at Florence
 
TADDEO GADDI built me. I am old,
  Five centuries old. I plant my foot of stone
  Upon the Arno, as St. Michael’s own
  Was planted on the dragon. Fold by fold
Beneath me as it struggles, I behold        5
  Its glistening scales. Twice hath it overthrown
  My kindred and companions. Me alone
  It moveth not, but is by me controlled.
I can remember when the Medici
  Were driven from Florence; longer still ago        10
  The final wars of Ghibelline and Guelf.
Florence adorns me with her jewelry;
  And when I think that Michael Angelo
  Hath leaned on me, I glory in myself.
 
 
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