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


The Fountains of Rome

By John Dyer (1700?–1758)

(From Ruins of Rome)

THINE too those musically falling founts

To slake the clammy lip; adown they fall,

Musical ever; while from yon blue hills

Dim in the clouds, the radiant aqueducts

Turn their innumerable arches o’er

The spacious desert, brightening in the sun,

Proud and more proud, in their august approach:

High o’er irriguous vales and woods and towns,

Glide the soft whispering waters in the wind,

And here united pour their silver streams

Among the figured rocks, in murmuring falls,

Musical ever.