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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
At Amalfi
Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton (1809–1885)
IT is the mid-May sun that, rayless and peacefully gleaming,
Out of its night’s short prison this blessed of lands is redeeming;
It is the fire evoked from the hearts of the citron and orange,
So that they hang, like lamps of the day, translucently beaming;
It is the veinless water, and air unsoiled by a vapor,        5
Save what, out of the fulness of life, from the valley is steaming;
It is the olive that smiles, even he, the sad growth of the moonlight,
Over the flowers, whose breasts triple-folded with odors are teeming;—
Yes, it is these bright births that to me are a shame and an anguish;
They are alive and awake,—I dream, and know I am dreaming;        10
I cannot bathe my soul in this ocean of passion and beauty,—
Not one dewdrop is on me of all that about me is streaming;
O, I am thirsty for life,—I pant for the freshness of nature,
Bound in the world’s dead sleep, dried up by its treacherous seeming.

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