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Saltus Saltus (1849-1889), American poet
warm and fecundating sunlight shines
from the changeless azure of the sky,
tangled leagues of olive groves and vines,
of verdure to the ravished eye.
all mantled in suave orange bloom,
by the sea through calm and idle hours,
to the days of woe and gloom.
earthquakes shattered Lusitanian towers.
fair Oporto, girdled by great ships.
its nectar for the expectant earth,
temptress of voluptuous lips,
mingles sorrow in the cup of mirth.
ah, rare Portugal, the highly prized.
art no longer the chivalric land
Camoens in his song immortalized.
which a Gama made sublimely grand.
peer of Spain, thy puissance now has fled;
from thee is India proud and vast.
all the tears thy glorious poets shed,
revive the marvels of thy past.
as upon thy murmurous hills I dream,
tree and flower in sorrow seems to yearn
that illusive future day supreme
mighty Dom Sebastian will return.
Flasks and Flagons (1892)
Flasks and Flagons by Francis Saltus