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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

tion brought in its wake. real pulse

of

No new

conquests, no fresh glory, no

civilisation, save in its decline,

Moorish legend

in

was

left

them.

The

Spain remained as their old impetus to

for all time, but they themselves patriotism, to art and literature, were lost in the gulf of their own race and its inherent tyranny.

In Spain, Velasquez was to paint their flight, Lope de Vega had sung of it, great bards had unsheathed their swords against them.

Their very echo

in

Andalusia was as a breeze over

plains,

echoing

But what influence had the West exercised over the Moors which was to defy time and change ? The Spaniards have never profoundly for ever the influence of the East

over the West.

influenced any other race in the world, save in details. Certainly not the Moors. What impression have the Spaniards left in

Morocco to compare to that of the Moors in Spain ? Spanish Christians from the fourteenth century were accorded protection throughout the Berber empire, and a Christian colony of Catalonians and Aragonese established themselves at Tlemcen, yet Tlemcen was never other than a centre of Islamic culture. If it

—

an impossible to deny that the influence of the Middle Ages in western influence its intellectual sense aff^ected the entirely

is

—

Moors of Andalusia for a while

in

many

ways,

had the chivalry of

it

was but skin deep. Only Christian confounded

Moor and

common ideal ; only for a while could the of the mediaeval spirit, as Ruskin has perfectly summing up conceived it, include Saracen and European alike " First, a king who was the best knight in his kingdom, and on whose swordstrokes hung the fate of his kingdom. " Secondly, a monk who has been trained from youth in greater hardships than any soldier, and had learnt to desire no

themselves in a

:

other

life

" And

than one of hardship. a craftsman absolutely master of his lastly,

taking such pride in the exercise of

putting forth their personal powers.

it

craft,

and

as all healthy souls take in

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