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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Rome
Campo Marzio
John Dyer (1700?–1758)
 
(From Ruins of Rome)

BEHOLD by Tiber’s flood, where modern Rome
Couches beneath the ruins: there of old
With arms and trophies gleamed the field of Mars:
There to their daily sports the noble youth
Rushed emulous; to fling the pointed lance;        5
To vault the steed; or with the kindling wheel
In dusty whirlwinds sweep the trembling goal;
Or, wrestling, cope with adverse swelling breasts,
Strong, grappling arms, closed heads, and distant feet;
Or clash the lifted gauntlets: there they formed        10
Their ardent virtues: lo, the bossy piles,
The proud triumphal arches; all their wars,
Their conquests, honors, in the sculptures live.
 
 
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