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


The Tomb of Sannazzaro

By Benedetto Menzini (1646–1704)

Translated by Capel Lofft

’T IS Sannazzaro’s tomb! Good shepherds, pause

In veneration! rare shall ye behold

Such splendid honors light on mortal mold!

The sculptured myrtle, sacred laurel, draws

To the great votary of Phœbean laws

The charmed remembrance! On the marble scrolled

Foliage and fruits intwine in graceful fold:

And central, as a goddess, Naples awes.

On one side nets, extended on the sand,

And in the distance a small bark, appear:

Flutes on the other, and a sylvan band.

Nymphs of the groves, and of the waters clear,

A name to fill, like his, the sea and land

Hath Rome or Athens wafted to your ear?