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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
The “Santa Casa” at Loretto
Sir Aubrey de Vere (1814–1902)
A POET’S, not a pilgrim’s, vow was mine;
And with unworthy eyes, though pleased, I scanned
That house walled round with sculptured forms divine,
Labor illustrious of a Tuscan hand:
If angels hither from earth’s holiest strand        5
Wafted the hut those sumptuous walls enshrine,
Not less the artist here with potent wand
Wafts back the wanderer’s soul to Palestine:
There lays, there lulls it in a peaceful haven,
O’er which, distinct as stars o’er sleeping seas,        10
All Christian truths and human, blended, bow,
Embodied in those gospel imageries.
Of song-raised temples we have heard ere now,—
Lo, here a visible hymn in marble graven!

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