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

Rome, the Campagna

Roman Villeggiatura

By Silius Italicus (c. 28–c. 103)

Translated by Joseph Addison

ALL shun the raging dog-star’s sultry heat,

And from the half-unpeopled town retreat;

Some hid in Nemi’s gloomy forests lie;

To Palestrina some for shelter fly;

Others, to catch the breeze of breathing air,

To Tusculum or Algido repair,

Or in moist Tivoli’s retirements find

A cooling shade and a refreshing wind.