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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.


Roman Antiquities Discovered at Bishopstone, Herefordshire

By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

WHILE poring antiquarians search the ground

Upturned with curious pains, the bard, a seer,

Takes fire,—the men that have been reappear;

Romans for travel girt, for business gowned;

And some recline on couches, myrtle-crowned,

In festal glee: why not? For fresh and clear,

As if its hues were of the passing year,

Dawns this time-buried pavement. From that mound

Hoards may come forth of Trajans, Maximins,

Shrunk into coins with all their warlike toil;

Or a fierce impress issues with its foil

Of tenderness,—the wolf, whose suckling twins

The unlettered ploughboy pities when he wins

The casual treasure from the furrowed soil.