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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
The Fig-Trees of Gherardesca
Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
YE brave old fig-trees! worthy pair!
  Beneath whose shade I often lay
To breathe awhile a cooler air,
  And shield me from the dusts of day.
Strangers have visited the spot,        5
  Led thither by my parting song;
Alas! the stranger found you not,
  And curst the poet’s lying tongue.
Vanished each venerable head,
  Nor bough nor leaf could tell them where        10
To look for you, alive or dead;
  Unheeded was my distant prayer.
I might have hoped (if hope had ever
  Been mine) that time or storm alone
Your firm alliance would dissever,—        15
  Hath mortal hand your strength o’erthrown?
Before an axe had bitten through
  The bleeding bark, some tender thought,
If not for me, at least for you,
  On younger bosoms might have wrought.        20
Age after age your honeyed fruit
  From boys unseen through foliage fell
On lifted apron; now is mute
  The girlish glee! Old friends, farewell!

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