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



By James Thomson (1700–1748)

(From Liberty)

THE BARREN rocks themselves beneath my foot,

Relenting bloomed on the Ligurian shore.

Thick swarming people there, like emmets, seized

Amid surrounding cliffs, the scattered spots

Which Nature left in her destroying rage,

Made their own fields, nor sighed for other lands.

There, in white prospect from the rocky hill

Gradual descending to the sheltered shore,

By me proud Genoa’s marble turrets rose.

And while my genuine spirit warmed her sons,

Beneath her Dorias, not unworthy, she

Vied for the trident of the narrow seas,

Ere Britain had yet opened all the main.