Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes. Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIVXV. 187679.
Spain: Esla, the River
The River Esla
George of Montemayor (1520?1561)
Translated by R. Southey
The river Esla, where we past it a little below Benavente, is a clear, deep, tranquil stream. I drank of its water, and found it excellent. A stream of little note, yet should it be dear to the poet; for it is consecrated by the genius of George of Montemayor. I must give you a specimen of the poetry of his Diana. After a years absence Sireno returns to his mistress on the banks of the Esla, and finds her married. In this state he lays him down on the shore, and addresses these lines to a lock of her hair.Southeys Letters from Spain.