|Fresco painting of Flora, or Primavera,found in the luxurious resort of Stabiae in the Bay of Naples.|
Just because we've torn their statues down,
and cast them from their temples,
doesn't for a moment mean the gods are dead.
Land of Ionia, they love you yet,
their spirits still remember you.
When an August morning breaks upon you
a vigour from their lives stabs through your air;
and sometimes an ethereal
and youthful form in swiftest passage,
indistinct, passes up above your hills.