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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X. 1876–79.


The Tuileries

By George Croly (1780–1860)

(From Paris in 1815)

LARGE, lofty, gorgeous, all that meets the eye,

Strong with the stamp of ancient majesty;

The impress which, so undefined, yet clear,

Tells that the former mighty have been here.

All looking hoary pomp; the walls rich scrolled,

The roof high flourished, arras stiff with gold,

In many a burning hue and broad festoon

Wreathing those casements, blazoned now with noon,

The marble tablets on their silver claws,

Loaded with nymph and grace and pix and vase.

Beside the mirror foot, the Indian screen

Dazzling the eye with dragons red and green;

The mighty mirror, brightening, doubling all,

In its deep crystal lit an endless hall.