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

Rome, Ruins of

The Baths of Caracalla

By John Dyer (1700?–1758)

(From Ruins of Rome)


Nigh where the Cestian pyramid divides

The mouldering wall, behold yon fabric huge,

Whose dust the solemn antiquarian turns,

And thence, in broken sculptures cast abroad

Like sibyl’s leaves, collects the builder’s name

Rejoiced, and the green medals frequent found

Doom Caracalla to perpetual fame:

The stately pines, that spread their branches wide

In the dun ruins of its ample halls,

Appear but tufts; as may whate’er is high

Sink in comparison, minute and vile.