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This poem is taken from PN Review 36, Volume 10 Number 4, March - April 1984.

Il Palazzo della Ragione Clive Wilmer
Passing the central Palace (called 'of Reason')
In Padua, daily I'd contemplate,
High on one wall among begrimed inscriptions,

Leaning as from a window, a gentleman
In Quattrocento costume - with a turban.
He smiles across distance, his hand raised in greeting.

Smiling as if at me, to bid me welcome
To a city, enlightened and humane,
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