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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
582. Gil, the Toreador
 
By Charles Henry Webb
 
 
THE QUEEN sat in her balcony,
  The Loveliest of Spain;
Beneath rode all the chivalry,
  And roses fell like rain
To crown the gallant gentlemen        5
  The gonfalon who bore:
A woman’s favor fell for one,—
  Gil, the Toreador.
 
Beneath the royal canopy,
  To see the red bull slain,        10
They sat, like loyal lovers,
  The King and Queen of Spain.
Came marshal, noble, knight and squire,
  Chulo and picador:
Of all a woman saw but one,—        15
  Gil, the Toreador.
 
The trumpets clanged, the sport was on,
  The royal sport of Spain;
Maddened by shouts and thrust of lance
  The bull now charged amain:        20
Down to their death went chulos then,
  And many a matador:—
A woman only knew there fell
  Gil, the Toreador.
 
When through the streets of proud Madrid        25
  Swept next the courtly train,
Sat not upon her balcony
  The Loveliest of Spain.
Long live the King and his fair Queen,
  Still loyal thousands roar:—        30
None know what woman died when fell
  Gil, the Toreador.
 

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