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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
Rome, Churches of
The Pantheon
Lord Byron (1788–1824)
(From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage)

  SIMPLE, erect, severe, austere, sublime,—
  Shrine of all saints, and temple of all gods,
  From Jove to Jesus,—spared and blest by time;
  Looking tranquillity, while falls or nods
  Arch, empire, each thing round thee, and man plods        5
  His way through thorns to ashes,—glorious dome!
  Shalt thou not last? Time’s scythe and tyrants’ rods
  Shiver upon thee,—sanctuary and home
Of art and piety,—Pantheon!—pride of Rome!
  Relic of nobler days and noblest arts!        10
  Despoiled yet perfect, with thy circle spreads
  A holiness appealing to all hearts,—
  To art a model; and to him who treads
  Rome for the sake of ages, Glory sheds
  Her light through thy sole aperture; to those        15
  Who worship, here are altars for their beads;
  And they who feel for genius may repose
Their eyes on honored forms, whose busts around them close.

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