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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
Joseph Ellis
 
AS in a forest seeming infinite,
A portal and an altar everywhere,
The soul is moved to lofty thought, and prayer
Unto the Omnipresent One of might,
So had the pious Moslem purpose right,        5
Who did at Cordova this temple raise;
For when he wandered in the vasty maze
Of columns rich, in every hue bedight,
He knew no spot where he must offer praise,
Nor where he last was prostrate, nor the door        10
Wherethrough he gained the labyrinthine floor,
Unnoting which, among the nineteen ways;
Nor found he there incitement to adore,
Than as the thankful heart its homage pays.
 
 
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