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

Alban Hills

Monte Sacro

By John Nichol (1833–1894)

(From Hannibal)


Crowned with the citadel of Latin Jove,

Hangs o’er Alba’s Lake, and o’er the towers

Older than Rome, their daughter. On its slopes

Aricia smiles, and stately Tusculum.

Beneath us Gabii, and, in shrouded sheen,

Regillus, famed for Tarquin’s overthrow.

Northward leans Tibur o’er her cataract,—

Fortress of Sabine wars. Fidenæ there,

And farther, Veii melts into the shade.