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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VII. Descriptive: Narrative.  1904.
Descriptive Poems: III. Places
Saint Peter’s at Rome
Lord Byron (1788–1824)
From “Childe Harold,” Canto IV.

  VASTNESS which grows, but grows to harmonize,
  All musical in its immensities;
  Rich marbles, richer painting, shrines where flame
  The lamps of gold, and haughty dome which vies
  In air with earth’s chief structures, though their frame        5
Sits on the firm-set ground,—and this the cloud must claim.
*        *        *        *        *
                Here condense thy soul
  To more immediate objects, and control
  Thy thoughts until thy mind hath got by heart
  Its eloquent proportions, and unroll        10
  In mighty graduations, part by part,
The glory which at once upon thee did not dart.

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