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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
Court Life
Luis de Góngora (1561–1627)
 
Translated by Edward Churton

TO live bewitched with beasts of Circe’s crow,
Where harpies leagued your purse’s life-blood draw;
Place-hunting, fooled by hope, with famished maw,
Watching each wind, great statesmen’s grace to sue;
Amidst grooms, coaches, pages, liveries new,        5
Bright uniforms, fine clothes, but maiden swords;
Or fed with embassies of ladies’ words,
With house-rent dear, and friendships never true:
Midst tricks and shams of pleaders bought and sold;
Churchmen on mules,—and veriest mules are they;        10
Foul cheats, foul streets, where Dirt and Sloth hold revels;
Poor cripples from the wars, maimed, starved, and old;
High titles, lisping flatteries, Truth made prey:
This is Madrid, Spain’s Court,—more like the Devil’s.
 
 
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