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IN

I20

THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

This poet-mystic has breathed her has swayed countless others. forth her wonderful capacity for divine devotion in her famous sonnet, of which the following " I am not moved at

heart,

By By I

is

O

only a rough translation

God,

to love

;

Thee

Thy promised Heaven, the terrors of Thy Hell's depths even the radiance of

do not

'Tis

feel their

aweing power

Thou, my God

—only

to

to hear

move me Thee sighing ;

the cross with shrinking body, to see those piteous wounds so bloody, to see the anguish of Thy dying.

Nailed

— Movesupon me Moves me

am in truth sv/ayed by Thy love so surely E'en without Heav'n's promise I would revere Thee, E'en without Hell itself still would I fear Thee I

Nor

could

I

—hope

or fear

Without Love's hope, Still

must

I

Such were the

love

— —love Thee more purely.

or Love's divine fear proving.

Thee, God, with the same loving."

women

for

whom

the

life

'

of the convent in

Whether they made it, Spain seems especially to have thrived. or it them, opinions may well differ, but without that monastic which vaguely centralised the intellectual life of the vortex of emoday, such types could only have passed into the It is owing to the religious tional fire, leaving ashes behind. existence that something of their majesty has been preserved and on this traditional majesty the women of to-day, good, bad

existence,

;

or indifferent, worldly or unworldly, little or much endowed, The qualities that fitted them for a past age are still formed. the writers of to-day are yet proud to In portray the old workings of the mind, the same shadows. as it ferments the for as is a and disease, long past Spain respect

are

still

insisted upon,

beneath the smooth modernised surface, who can say what are those women of Spain. Let them, rather, declare with their old pride :

"Who With

shall all

say that

what I

is

said in

me, might have been dead

Translated from the Spanish.

in

me."

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In the track of the Moors -Sketches in Spain and Northern Africa  

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Impressions of Spain.- Andalusia.- Granada.- Origins of Moorish architecture in Spain.- The Moorish gardens of Spain.- Arabesque and Azulejo...

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