Poems on Travel

Poems on Travel

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Excerpt: ...from the deck; The buffalo-driver, in his shaggy cloak, Points to the work of magic, and moves on.5 Time was they stood along the crowded street, Temples of Gods, and on their ample steps What various habits, various tongues beset The brazen gates for prayer and sacrifice! Time was perhaps the third was sought for justice;10 And here the accuser stood, and there the accused, And here the judges sat, and heard, and judged. All silent now, as in the ages past, Trodden under foot and mingled, dust with dust. How many centuries did the sun go round15 From Mount Alburnus to the Tyrrhene sea, While, by some spell rendered invisible, Or, if approached, approached by him alone Who saw as though he saw not, they remained As in the darkness of a sepulchre,20 Waiting the appointed time! All, all within Proclaims that Nature had resumed her right, And taken to herself what man renounced; No cornice, triglyph, or worn abacus, But with thick ivy hung, or branching fern,25 Their iron-brown o'erspread with brightest verdure! From my youth upward have I longed to tread Pg 67 This classic ground; and am I here at last? Wandering at will through the long porticoes, And catching, as through some majestic grove,30 Now the blue ocean, and now, chaos-like, Mountains and mountain-gulfs, and, half-way up, Towns like the living rock from which they grew? A cloudy region, black and desolate, Where once a slave withstood a world in arms.35 The air is sweet with violets, running wild 'Mid broken friezes and fallen capitals; Sweet as when Tully, writing down his thoughts, Those thoughts so precious and so lately lost
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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236713001
  • 9781236713001