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    Italia

    by Oscar Wilde
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    Italia! thou art fallen, though with sheen
    Of battle-spears thy clamorous armies stride
    From the north Alps to the Sicilian tide!
    Ay! fallen, though the nations hail thee Queen
    Because rich gold in every town is seen,
    And on thy sapphire-lake in tossing pride
    Of wind-filled vans thy myriad galleys ride
    Beneath one flag of red and white and green.
    O Fair and Strong! O Strong and Fair in vain!
    Look southward where Rome's desecrated town
    Lies mourning for her God-anointed King!
    Look heaven-ward! shall God allow this thing?
    Nay! but some flame-girt Raphael shall come down,
    And smite the Spoiler with the sword of pain.

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