You leave us: you will see the Rhine,
      And those fair hills I sail'd below,
      When I was there with him; and go
By summer belts of wheat and vine

To where he breathed his latest breath,
      That City. All her splendour seems
      No livelier than the wisp that gleams
On Lethe in the eyes of Death.

Let her great Danube rolling fair
      Enwind her isles, unmark'd of me:
      I have not seen, I will not see
Vienna; rather dream that there,

A treble darkness, Evil haunts
      The birth, the bridal; friend from friend
      Is oftener parted, fathers bend
Above more graves, a thousand wants

Gnarr at the heels of men, and prey
      By each cold hearth, and sadness flings
      Her shadow on the blaze of kings:
And yet myself have heard him say,

That not in any mother town
      With statelier progress to and fro
      The double tides of chariots flow
By park and suburb under brown

Of lustier leaves; nor more content,
      He told me, lives in any crowd,
      When all is gay with lamps, and loud
With sport and song, in booth and tent,

Imperial halls, or open plain;
      And wheels the circled dance, and breaks
      The rocket molten into flakes
Of crimson or in emerald rain.


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