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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Venice
Venice
August von Platen-Hallermünde (1796–1835)
 
Translated by Thomas Davidson

THERE seems a long, eternal Oh! to dwell
In the still air that softly breathes around,
Wafted from yonder halls, where once the sound
Of jest and revelry was wont to swell.
She dared the ages, yet Venetia fell;        5
The wheel of Fortune hath no backward bound:
Her haven is desolate; few ships are found
At the Slavonian Quay, once known so well.
How didst thou once, Venetia, gorgeously
Flaunt, like a haughty queen in gold array,        10
As Paolo Veronese painted thee!
A poet on thy Giant Stair to-day
Lingers beside each wondrous balcony,
His tribute of a fruitless tear to pay.
 
 
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