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Poem by Alfred Austin


Farewell to Italy


Incomparable Italy, farewell!
Tears not unmanly trespass to the eyes,
From thy soft touch and glance unspeakable
Compelled to turn and suffer other skies.
E'en as I leave thee, the maternal vine
Under the weight of clustering fruitage bends;
And the plump fig, beyond where tendrils twine,
Shows greener, moister, as the sap ascends.
When I return, as I most surely will,
Me will salute the thirst-dispelling grape,
Purple or opal, and when noon is still,
The snow-cold fruit provoke permitted rape.
Even, dear land, flourish thy fortunes so,
Which, formed, need only interval to grow. 



Alfred Austin

Poem Theme: Italy

Alfred Austin's other poems:
  1. Nocturnal Vigils
  2. When Runnels Began to Leap and Sing
  3. Why England Is Conservative
  4. Aspromonte
  5. Why Should I, From This Long And Losing Strife


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