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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
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From the Italian.
Seven Sonnets and a Canzone.
II. Fire
 
NOT without fire can any workman mould
  The iron to his preconceived design,
  Nor can the artist without fire refine
  And purify from all its dross the gold;
Nor can revive the phœnix, we are told,        5
  Except by fire. Hence, if such death be mine,
  I hope to rise again with the divine,
  Whom death augments, and time cannot make old.
O sweet, sweet death! O fortunate fire that burns
  Within me still to renovate my days,        10
  Though I am almost numbered with the dead!
If by its nature unto heaven returns
  This element, me, kindled in its blaze,
  Will it bear upward when my life is fled.
 
 
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