MRS. BROWNING'S GRAVE AT FLORENCE
by: Horatio Alger (1832-1899)
- lorence wears an added grace,
- All her earlier honors crowning;
- Dante's birthplace, Art's fair home,
- Holds the dust of Barrett Browning.
- Guardian of the noble dead
- That beneath thy soul lie sleeping,
- England, with full heart, commends
- This new treasure to thy keeping.
- Take her, she is half thine own;
- In her verses' rich outpouring,
- Breathes the warm Italian heart,
- Yearning for the land's restoring.
- From thy skies her poet-heart
- Caught a fresher inspiration.
- And her soul obtained new strength,
- With her bodily translation.
- Freely take what thou hast given,
- Less her verses' rhythmic beauty,
- Than the stirring notes that called
- Trumpet-like thy sons to duty.
- Rarest of exotic flowers
- In thy native chaplet twining,
- To the temple of thy great
- Add her -- she is worth enshrining.
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|"Mrs. Browning's Grave at Florence" is reprinted from Grand'ther Baldwin's Thanksgiving with Other Ballads and Poems. Horatio Alger. Boston: Loring Publisher, 1875.