Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X. 1876–79.



By Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)

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UNTO a lonely villa, in a dell

Above the fragrant, warm Provençal shore,

The dying Rachel in a chair they bore

Up the steep pine-plumed paths of the Estrelle,

And laid her in a stately room, where fell

The shadow of a marble Muse of yore,—

The rose-crowned queen of legendary lore,

Polymnia,—full on her death-bed. ’T was well!

The fret and misery of our northern towns,

In this, her life’s last day, our poor, our pain,

Our jangle of false wits, our climate’s frowns,

Do for this radiant Greek-souled artist cease;

Sole object of her dying eyes remain

The beauty and the glorious art of Greece.