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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIV–XV.  1876–79.
 
Spain: Madrid
The Growth of Madrid
Luis de Góngora (1561–1627)
 
Translated by Edward Churton

THE NILE endures no shores; Madrid no walls:
Mark, stranger, how the flood is on its way,
The flood of houses; scarcely will it stay,
Where Manzanares into Tagus falls.
It is a sight that back to memory calls        5
The glory of Egyptian Memphis; nay,
More great the wonder; to a later day
Shall stand these firm and rock-built palace-halls;
Imperial seat of monarchs throned on high,
Birthplace of princes, Beauty’s beaming sphere,        10
And scene of proudest Fortune’s pageantry;
Whose state shall Envy’s venomed fangs outwear,
Howe’er she chafe in secret. Homeward hie
In peace, and bid thy land the tidings hear.
 
 
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