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—

a quite nameless charm worthy of a thing else is theirs as well " sweeter setting, for the roads they play in quelles rues in" fectes But this is the side of the life of Tangiers on which

—

!

none can dwell without repetition.

Though

less artistic, it

might

be juster to consider this spot as a kind of pugilistic theatre, where no quarrels have ever

been solved.

And

warfare the consuls of the world for there

is

nothing

goes on across the It

is

a

of unholy

in this theatre

else to

hills

do

and

sit

— the

and wait,

real

drama

far

away. very exquisite theatre.

There

is

more poetry in the sea breezes that penetrate to the hearts of its gardens ; that sweep clean and cool over the wave-filmed sands, than about any It is the very land of

other coast of Islam.

Arab poetry and song.

Everything luxuriously lovely in nature, flagrantly joyful, fiercely warm, If the Moors belongs to its breath of life. braved

a barren site for the setting of their jewels of art in Spain, they could find

many

nothing here but a naturally

and azure, a very home

frame of gold

for palaces .and

To-day Morocco

fairy

the only living blurred reflection of that art in which

interiors.

though

fair

is

A

Citizen of Tangiers.

Spain once gloried, an art which, from its wayward imitation of itself, happily never expressed the tangible decadence aff^ectBut the very word ing the life of the country itself.

decadence must be used with reserve in discussing the Moors of Andalusia or of Fez. There is not a trace of it to-day

and healthy Oriental inertia. Quite indeand sanctified by traditional scribably proud independence are country and people alike, a monarchical monument of the Oriental " " interpretation of the simple life which it seems a pity to have in their fanaticism

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

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

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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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