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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
Lord Byron (1788–1824)
(From The Prophecy of Dante)

    YE shall be taught by ruin to revive
    The Grecian forms at least from their decay,
And Roman souls at last again shall live
    In Roman works wrought by Italian hands,
    And temples, loftier than the old temples, give        5
New wonders to the world; and while still stands
    The austere Pantheon, into heaven shall soar
    A dome, its image, while the base expands
Into a fane surpassing all before,
    Such as all flesh shall flock to kneel in: ne’er        10
    Such sight hath been unfolded by a door
As this, to which all nations shall repair,
    And lay their sins at this huge gate of heaven.
    And the bold architect unto whose care
The daring charge to raise it shall be given,        15
    Whom all arts shall acknowledge as their lord,
    Whether into the marble chaos driven
His chisel bid the Hebrew, at whose word
    Israel left Egypt, stop the waves in stone,
    Or hues of hell be by his pencil poured        20
Over the damned before the judgment throne,
    Such as I saw them, such as all shall see,
    Or fanes be built of grandeur yet unknown,
The stream of his great thoughts shall spring from me,
    The Ghibelline, who traversed the three realms        25
    Which form the empire of eternity.

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