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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Rome, Hills of
The Palatine Hill
Claudian (c. 370–c. 404)
 
Translated by Joseph Addison

THE PALATINE, proud Rome’s imperial seat,
(An awful pile!) stands venerably great:
Thither the kingdoms and the nations come,
In supplicating crowds, to learn their doom:
To Delphi less the inquiring worlds repair,        5
Nor does a greater god inhabit there:
This sure the pompous mansion was designed
To please the mighty rulers of mankind;
Inferior temples rise on either hand,
And on the borders of the palace stand,        10
While o’er the rest her head she proudly rears,
And lodged amidst her guardian gods appears.
 
 
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