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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Genoa
Genoa
William Gibson (1826–1887)
 
Evening

GENTLY, as roses die, the day declines;
On the charmed air there is a hush the while;
And delicate are the twilight-tints that smile
Upon the summits of the Apennines.
The moon is up; and o’er the warm wave shines        5
A faery bridge of light, whose beams beguile
The fancy to some far and fortunate isle,
Which love in solitude unlonely shrines.
The blue night of Italian summer glooms
Around us; over the crystalline swell        10
I gaze on Genoa’s spires and palace-domes:
City of cities, the superb, farewell!
The beautiful, in nature’s bloom, is thine;
And Art hath made it deathless and divine!
 
 
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