Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII. 1876–79.



By William Gibson (1826–1887)


GENTLY, as roses die, the day declines;

On the charmed air there is a hush the while;

And delicate are the twilight-tints that smile

Upon the summits of the Apennines.

The moon is up; and o’er the warm wave shines

A faery bridge of light, whose beams beguile

The fancy to some far and fortunate isle,

Which love in solitude unlonely shrines.

The blue night of Italian summer glooms

Around us; over the crystalline swell

I gaze on Genoa’s spires and palace-domes:

City of cities, the superb, farewell!

The beautiful, in nature’s bloom, is thine;

And Art hath made it deathless and divine!