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



By John Edmund Reade (1800–1870)

(From Italy)

SILENT Ravenna! through thy desolate streets

Flits the dim shadow of departed power,

Felt on the heart which thy great tale repeats;

Thou that didst prop Rome’s empire for an hour,

Shade of a shadow! yet is thine the dower

That with a ray of light hath thee arrayed,

Thou hold’st the dust of Dante; in that tower

His bones by Florence begged in vain are laid:

His passionate appeal to her as vainly made.