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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VII. Descriptive: Narrative.  1904.
 
Descriptive Poems: III. Places
The Old Bridge at Florence
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
 
TADDEO GADDI built me. I am old,
  Five centuries old. I plant my foot of stone
  Upon the Arno, as Saint 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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