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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
401. Paradisi Gloria
By Thomas William Parsons
          “O frate mio! ciascuna e cittadina
  D’ una vera citta”…
THERE is a city, builded by no hand,
  And unapproachable by sea or shore,
And unassailable by any band
  Of storming soldiery for evermore.
There we no longer shall divide our time        5
  By acts or pleasures,—doing petty things
Of work or warfare, merchandise or rhyme;
  But we shall sit beside the silver springs
That flow from God’s own footstool, and behold
  Sages and martyrs, and those blessed few        10
Who loved us once and were beloved of old,
  To dwell with them and walk with them anew,
In alternations of sublime repose,
  Musical motion, the perpetual play
Of every faculty that Heaven bestows        15
  Through the bright, busy, and eternal day.


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