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IMPRESSIONS OF SPAIN

ii

an-hour's walk, of the market-place. But a step from the tiny Take a seat station and the existence of railway is an anomaly.

on the omnibus drawn by jingling mules and the whole modernity to fall down the abyss of time with the of life seems at an end This is not our time, our first crack of the muleteer's whip.

—

The mind

century. pletely as

though it pilgrims that Toledo

back to a mediaeval setting as comhad never left it. It is as the Canterbury slips

is approached, and another frontier has been passed, the frontier of time. Slowly ascending the dusty road, the charm of a wondrous town site grows more and more " Dans cet intense. apre pays surchaufF6, Tol^de apparalt comme I'exaltation dans la solitude, un cri dans le desert." une image de '

The

below gleams serpentinely like a white ribbon through and entering beneath the gate of the bridge which

river

the plain, spans the ravine, the portal of time life of a spell-bound city.

is

passed into the

never-

City of fable this, of royal

changing legend and hidden treasures, of necromancers and haunts of occult science, of gems and crov/ns for brow of king and youthful princess, nameless and for ever unknown.

Was

not of this old bridge, athwart which a wild sweet mountain air sweeps, that the exquisite song is sung, it

—

" Vraiment

la Reine eut pres d'elle, ete laide, vers le soir, Elle passait sur le Pont de Tolede

Quand

En

corset noir.

Un

chapelet du temps de Charlejnagne Ornait son ecu. Le vent qui vient a travers la montagne .

Me

rendra fou

.

.

oui,

!

me

rendra fou

"

!

beneath which groups of washerwomen are clustered, splashing their soapsuds round the curves of the river, and over which as the day falls herds of goats and laden

Across

this bridge,

'

Barris.

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