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Urbs Sacra Æterna (Author: Oscar Wilde)
- 1] ROME! what a scroll of History thine has been;
2] In the first days thy sword republican
3] Ruled the whole world for many an age's span:
4] Then of the peoples wert thou royal Queen,
5] Till in thy streets the bearded Goth was seen;
6] And now upon thy walls the breezes fan
7] (Ah, city crowned by God, discrowned by man!)
8] The hated flag of red and white and green.
- 9] When was thy glory! when in search for power
10] Thine eagles flew to greet the double sun,
11] And the wild nations trembled at thy rod?
12] Nay, but thy glory tarried for this hour,
13] When pilgrims kneel before the Holy One,
14] The prisoned shepherd of the Church of God.