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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII. 1876–79.


Olympia Morata

By Sir Henry Taylor (1800–1886)

Written after Visiting Her Grave at Heidelberg

A TOMBSTONE in a foreign land cries out,

O Italy! against thee: she whose death

This stone commemorates with no common praise,

By birth was thine; but, being vowed to Truth,

The blood-stained hand that lurks beneath thine alb

Was raised to strike, and lest one crime the more

Should stand in thine account to heaven, she fled.

Then hither came she, young but erudite,

With ardor flushed, but with old wisdom stored

(Which spake no tongue she knew not), apt to learn

And eloquent to teach, and welcomed here

Gave the brief beauty of her innocent life

An alien race to illustrate, and here

Dying in youth (the beauty of her death

Sealing her life’s repute) her ashes gave

An honor to the land that honored her.

—Jerusalem! Jerusalem! which killest

The prophets! if thy house be desolate,

Those temples too are desolate, and that land,

Where Truth’s pure votaries may not leave their dust.