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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.


By Giosuè Carducci (1835–1907)

From the ‘Levia Gravia’: Translation of Frank Sewall

AND from the savage Urals to the plain

A new barbarian folk shall send alarms,

The coast of Agenorean Thebes again

Be waked with sound of chariots and of arms;

And Rome shall fall; and Tiber’s current drain

The nameless lands of long deserted farms:

But thou like Hercules shalt still remain,

Untouched by fiery Etna’s deadly charms;

And with thy youthful temples, laurel-crowned,

Shalt rise to the eternal Form’s embrace

Whose unveiled smile all earliest was thine;

And till the Alps to gulfing sea give place,

By Latin shore or on Achæan ground,

Like heaven’s sun shalt thou, O Homer, shine!