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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: Cadiz
The Winning of Cales
Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616)
Translated by Edward Churton

WE saw a banded confraternity,
By soldiers called a squadron, men whose blows
Were dreaded more by friends than English foes,
Holding an Easter May-game in July;
All plumed, as if they meant to mount and fly:        5
What wonder if, ere fifteen days had close,
This pomp of Babel vanished, as it rose,
Giants and dwarfs, with all their surquedry!
Oft, like a valiant bull-calf, at their drill
Had stout Becerro roared; pale grew the sun        10
Beneath their smoke; earth trembled at their din:
But all too late at Cales to fight or kill;
The English Earl was gone; his booty won;
And in grand triumph marched our grand Duke in!

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