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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
To Venice
Vasile Alecsandri (1821–1890)
Translated by Henry Stanley

TO the much-desired Venice
My thoughts fly with longing
When, in the clouded night,
My painful feelings
Are oppressed by bitter regret.        5
Thus the bird wounded
By a venomous serpent
Flies, flies, till wearied out,
And, deadened, drops
Beside its flowery nest.        10
O most magnificent Venice!
Whosoever has been able to taste
The sweetness of love
Amid thy life of poesy
For eternity will not forget thee!        15
I love thee in thy desolation,
In thy vestment of mourning;
And in thy gondolas
Which lose themselves among the canals,
Like an uncompleted dream.        20
I love thee with fervent regret,
For thy beautiful Past,
And for the reminiscences
Of the sacred love,
And of the being I have lost.        25

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