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

Thrasimene, the Lake


By Charles Strong (1785–1864)

IS this the spot where Rome’s eternal foe

Into his snares the mighty legions drew,

Whence from the carnage, spiritless and few,

A remnant scarcely reached her gates of woe?

Is this the stream, thus gliding soft and slow,

That, from the gushing wounds of thousands, grew

So fierce a flood, that waves of crimson hue

Rushed on the bosom of the lake below?

The mountains that gave back the battle-cry

Are silent now;—perchance yon hillocks green

Mark where the bones of those old warriors lie!

Heaven never gladdened a more peaceful scene;

Never left softer breeze a fairer sky

To sport upon thy waters, Thrasymene.