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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
Torcello, the Island
The Island of Torcello
(From Beatrice)

HOW pretty this! The waters seek
So wooingly this bosky creek;
How lovingly the moonlight falls
On leafy cliff and cottage walls!
How all its peaks and edges glimmer,        5
And all its myrtles softly shimmer;
Reared of shadows and of light,
Sweet creation of the night!
From the rock’s projecting crest,
Venturous as a martlet’s nest,        10
The cot o’erhangs the water’s breast.
Nets are clinging on the wall,
Spars and tackling loosely lie,
And the patched boat high and dry,
Gaff and anchor rusted all;        15
O’er the waters softly swelling,
This thread of light, so pure and shy,
Seaward slanting from on high,
Glimmers from a fisher’s dwelling.

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