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RUINES OF ROME:
YE heavenly spirites, whose ashie cinders lie
* Joachim du Bellay, a French poet, of considerable reputation in his day, who died about the middle of the sixteenth century. He was one of the seven poets who were called by the name of Pleiades. The title (translated) of the original of the following version is "The first book of the antiquities of Rome, containing a general description of its greatness and also a lamentation for its decay." At the end of this poem (in the edition of Bellay's poems, published at Rouen, in 1597) are the fifteen Visions, (Songes, Fr.,) which Spenser has also translated.
The whiles that I with sacred horror sing
Great Babylon her haughtie walls will praise,
And what els in the world is of like worth,
Some greater learned wit will magnifie.
But I will sing above all moniments
Seven Romane Hils, the worlds Seven Wonderments.
Thou stranger, which for Rome in Rome here seekest,
1 Raced, razed.