Collected Poems of Henry Derozio: Preface by Manu Samriti Chander; Edited by Amardeep Singh


   "Italia! Oh Italia! thou who hast
   The fatal gift of beauty--"
        Childe Harold, Cant: 4.

Oh! how I long to look upon thy face, 
   Land of the Lover and the Poet!—Thou 
I've ever deemed must be a pleasant place 
   To them who at the shrine of ages bow, 
Adoring every relic of the past 
   Which time hath spared, to wake our wonder 
Thou hast been fair, and lovely to the last! 
   E'en now in desolation as thou art, 
And as the shadow of what once thou wast, 
   There is no land beneath the sun like thee, 
   Oh thou delightful land of Italy! 
Thou art the halo of the earth!—the heart 
   Finds very rapture in the thought of thee, 
Oh thou delightful land! sweet sunny Italy! 

April, 1827

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