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



By William Gibson (1826–1887)

I TROD old footprints in their streets, their halls,—

The people of Pompeii! and I heard—

As, along pillared vistas, light winds stirred

The natural-leaved Corinthian capitals—

Rustlings, like wide-waved skirts, and plaintive calls

And answers, as though gods were disinterred

With these, their antique altars, sepulchred

Long as the Cæsars. How came perfect walls

Of fresco thus unroofed? As falls the foot

On rich mosaic, in domestic courts,

The marble echo with vain reason sports;

The Lares all too vivid to be mute!

Plash on, O fount,—they told me thou wast dried!

Was thine that lyre, Ione?—Glaucus calls his bride!