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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
Madrid
Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875)
 
Anonymous translation

THE CAPITAL of Spain,—O no!
  For in thee there is nothing seen
Of what characterizes her,—
  There is no likeness left, I ween.
 
One is in Paris, or Vienna,        5
  But sure no longer in bright Spain;
Here the sharp northern blasts prevail,—
  Here there is cold and snow and rain.
 
Our dark November days no more,
  Our northern climate, will I blame;        10
For—to the rest of Spain unlike—
  Dreary Madrid has just the same!
 
 
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