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The Roman Road.



The Roman Road runs straight and bare

As the pale parting-line in hair

Across the heath. And thoughtful men

Contrast its days of Now and Then,

And delve, and measure, and compare;



Visioning on the vacant air

Helmeted legionnaires, who proudly rear

The Eagle, as they pace again

The Roman Road.



But no tall brass-helmeted legionnaire

Haunts it for me. Uprises there

A mother's form upon my ken,

Guiding my infant steps, as when

We walked that ancient thoroughfare,

The Roman Road.



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