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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: Cordova
The Cathedral
Magnus Sabiston
 
SEVEN hundred years ago,
Moslems bade this structure grow;
The graven walls, the gilded roof,
Of their splendors are a proof;
Arabesque and pictured stone        5
Speak of Moslem art alone;
These mosaics, finely wrought,
Were designed by Moslem thought;
Here a thousand columns stand,
Moslems brought from many a land,—        10
Of marble and jasper and porphyry,
Precious all and fair to see;
The very lamps that round thee shine
Were bells at St. Iago’s shrine,
Which the glorious Almansor        15
Spoiled five hundred years before.
 
 
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