Verse > Anthologies > Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. > Poems of Places > Switzerland
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
Austria: Salona, Dalmatia
Abraham Cowley (1618–1667)
(From The Garden)

METHINKS I see great Dioclesian walk
In the Salonian garden’s noble shade,
Which by his own imperial hands was made;
I see him smile, methinks, as he does talk
With the ambassadors, who come in vain        5
To entice him to a throne again.
“If I, my friends!” said he, “should to you show
All the delights which in these gardens grow,
’T is likelier much that you should with me stay
Than ’t is that you should carry me away;        10
And trust me not, my friends! if every day
I walk not here with more delight
Than ever, after the most happy sight,
In triumph to the Capitol I rode,
To thank the gods, and to be thought myself almost a god.”        15

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