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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
Syria: Acre (Ptolemais)
Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
NO city on the many peopled earth
Hath been the witness of such valiant deeds
As thou hast, Ptolemais! and by whom
Were they achieved? by Britons, one and all.
The first our lion-hearted king may claim;        5
And who the second? he who drove across
The torrid desert the (till then uncheckt)
Invader, from those realms the Ptolemies
Ruled, and the Cæsars followed in their train,—
Sidney, the last of chivalry. One more        10
Rode o’er the sea to win the crown that hung
Inviting on thy walls: he also bore
A name illustrious even as Sidney’s own,—
Napier was he.
                ’T is something to have held
His hand in mine, ’t is somewhat to record        15
One of his actions in the crowded page.

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