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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR IN ITALY, 1837

VII. AT ROME

          THEY--who have seen the noble Roman's scorn
          Break forth at thought of laying down his head,
          When the blank day is over, garreted
          In his ancestral palace, where, from morn
          To night, the desecrated floors are worn
          By feet of purse-proud strangers; they--who have read
          In one meek smile, beneath a peasant's shed,
          How patiently the weight of wrong is borne;
          They--who have heard some learned Patriot treat
          Of freedom, with mind grasping the whole theme              10
          From ancient Rome, downwards through that bright dream
          Of Commonwealths, each city a starlike seat
          Of rival glory; they--fallen Italy--
          Nor must, nor will, nor can, despair of Thee!


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