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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
Extracts from Mediæval Records and Sonnets: Browning
By Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)
MOURN, Italy, with England mourn since both
He sang with song’s discriminating love;
Thy towers that flash the wooded crag above;
Thy trellised vineyard’s purple overgrowth;
Thy matin balm; thy noontide’s pleasing sloth;        5
Thy convent bell, dim lake, and homeward dove;
Thine evening star that through the bowered alcove
Silvers the white flight of the circling moth.
He sang thy best and worst; false love, fierce war,
Renaissance craft, child-graces, saintly Art,        10
Old pomps from “Casa Guidi’s” Windows seen:
There dwelt he happy; there that Minstrel-Queen
Who shared his poet-crown but gladdened more
To hold unshared her Poet’s manly heart.

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