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


Written in Tasso’s House at Sorrento

By Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)

O LEONORA, here thy Tasso dwelt,

Secure, ere yet thy beauty he had seen:

Here with bright face and unterrestrial mien

He walked, ere yet thy shadow he had felt.

From that green rock he watched the sunset melt,

On through the waves; yon cavern was his screen,

When first those hills, which gird the glowing scene,

Were thronged with heavenly warriors, and he knelt

To hail the vision! Siren baths to him

Were nothing; Pagan grot, or classic fane,

Or glistening pavement seen through billows dim.

Far, far o’er these he gazed on Judah’s plain;

And more than manhood wrought was in the boy,—

Why did the stranger meddle in his joy?