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

Venice, Rivers of

Rivers of Venice

By Claudian (c. 370–c. 404)

Translated by Joseph Addison

VENETIA’S rivers, summoned all around,

Hear the loud call, and answer to the sound:

Her dropping locks the silver Tessin rears,

The blue transparent Adda next appears,

The rapid Adige then erects her head,

And Mincio rising slowly from his bed.

And last Timavus, that, with eager force

From nine wide mouths, comes gushing to his course.