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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Venice
Venice
Jacopo Sannazzaro (1458–1530)
 
Translated by Joseph Addison

VENETIA stands with endless beauties crowned,
And as a world within herself is found.
Hail, queen of Italy! for years to come
The mighty rival of immortal Rome!
Nations and seas are in thy states enrolled,        5
And kings among thy citizens are told.
Ausonia’s brightest ornament! by thee
She sits a sovereign, unenslaved and free;
By thee, the rude barbarian chased away,
The rising sun cheers with a purer ray        10
Our western world, and doubly gilds the day.
 
 
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