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CHAPTER

VIII

In the Shadow of Islam " In the

The

strip

little

more than

coast

is

of

classic

soul of

so strong

Body

me

sits

sluggishness

;

and will so weak."

—

Ferishtah's Fancies.

Browning.

water that divides Spain from Africa seems

a channel

when on some

detected from Tarifa.

From

day the opposite

clear

there,

beyond the white-

ness of the Tangiers buildings, we see in imagination a jutting garden outlook, a flower-perfumed bower above the lapping

In waves, from which the hills of the peninsula are visible. its intense quiet, Algeciras, with its cactus and geranium hues,

we

of bay window, as it were, from which to look out of Spain with mind as well as seem to be continually eyes ; where the half invisible distances

its

sweet and dreamy

air,

find a kind

drawing both towards something new. world

From

here, so near the

limits of the western

" In quella parte ove surge ad aprire Zeffiro dolce le novelle fronde,"

dimly seen, where the young Camoens first tried his arms against the Moors, and from which, eight centuries earlier, Tarik, with his handful of Ceuta Berbers, that aggressive Ceuta

is

To Tarik, legend gives the his Medina followers, the with Musa, ; to the Berber Julian the help needed for

organised his invasion of Spain.

blow

to

glories of conquest ; Tarik their success.

the

credit of the first

traitor,

they

all

them and the

hero,

Musa

the

saint,

the

measured from there the dancing barrier between land of their ambitions, far too narrow a

mirror in those days for Cross and Crescent to Q

Julian

121

reflect

their

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