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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Venice
The Gondola
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
 
Translated by J. S. Dwight

TILTS the gondola lightly over the wave like a cradle,
  And the chest thereupon me of a coffin reminds.
Just so we, ’twixt cradle and coffin, go tilting and floating
  On Time’s larger canal carelessly on through our life.
 
 
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