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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Venice
At Venice
Arthur Hugh Clough (1819–1861)
 
ON THE LIDO

ON her still lake the city sits
While bark and boat beside her flits,
Nor hears, her soft siesta taking,
The Adriatic billows breaking.
 
IN THE PIAZZA AT NIGHT

O beautiful beneath the magic moon
        5
To walk the watery way of palaces!
O beautiful, o’er-vaulted with gemmed blue,
This spacious court! with color and with gold,
With cupolas and pinnacles and points
And crosses multiplex and tips and balls        10
(Wherewith the bright stars unreproving mix,
Nor scorn by hasty eyes to be confused);
Fantastically perfect this lone pile
Of Oriental glory; these long ranges
Of classic chiselling; this gay flickering crowd,        15
And the calm Campanile,—beautiful!
O, beautiful!
 
My mind is in her rest; my heart at home
In all around; my soul secure in place,
And the vext needle perfect to her poles.        20
Aimless and hopeless in my life, I seemed
To thread the winding by-ways of the town
Bewildered, baffled, hurried hence and thence,
All at cross purpose ever with myself,
Unknowing whence or whither. Then, at once,        25
At a step, I crown the Campanile’s top,
And view all mapped below; islands, lagoon,
An hundred steeples, and a myriad roofs,
The fruitful champaign, and the cloud-capt Alps,
And the broad Adriatic.        30
 
 
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