Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI. 1876–79.

Austria: Salona, Dalmatia


By Abraham Cowley (1618–1667)

(From The Garden)

METHINKS I see great Dioclesian walk

In the Salonian garden’s noble shade,

Which by his own imperial hands was made;

I see him smile, methinks, as he does talk

With the ambassadors, who come in vain

To entice him to a throne again.

“If I, my friends!” said he, “should to you show

All the delights which in these gardens grow,

’T is likelier much that you should with me stay

Than ’t is that you should carry me away;

And trust me not, my friends! if every day

I walk not here with more delight

Than ever, after the most happy sight,

In triumph to the Capitol I rode,

To thank the gods, and to be thought myself almost a god.”