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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
Written in Petrarch’s House
Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton (1809–1885)
PETRARCH! I would that there might be
In this thy household sanctuary
No visible monument of thee:
The fount that whilom played before thee,
The roof that rose in shelter o’er thee,        5
The low fair hills that still adore thee,—
I would no more; thy memory
Must loathe all cold reality,
Thought-worship only is for thee.
They say thy tomb lies there below;        10
What want I with the marble show?
I am content,—I will not go:
For though by poesy’s high grace
Thou saw’st, in thy calm resting-place,
God, love, and nature face to face;        15
Yet now that thou art wholly free,
How can it give delight to see
That sign of thy captivity?

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