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

Ticino, the River

The River Ticino

By Silius Italicus (c. 28–c. 103)

Translated by Joseph Addison

SMOOTH and untroubled the Ticinus flows,

And through the crystal stream the shining bottom shows;

Scarce can the sight discover if it moves,

So wondrous slow amidst the shady groves,

And tuneful birds that warble on its sides,

Within its gloomy banks the limpid liquor glides.