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IN

12

THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

donkeys pass lazily, flecked with the setting sun, how many and of it how many ballads have heroes of romance have passed been sung. Long after Toledo had fallen in the eleventh ;

the century, the native poets continued to voice their abuse of had who the Christian caballeros Moorish knights, and praise of

vanquished them. and the following century,

The

spirit

of

all

these ballads

one of the oldest,

is

"Within (loftiest

Lovely

tower is Sevilla, tower of Toledo) a

is

she as a vision.

Love itself had never seen her. 'Twixt the parapets outleaning She saw the river banks of Tagus,

The

far fields all

Carpeted

as

dark with branches

though with flowers.

And

by a wide road

Saw

a prancing

Armed

with

all

far

beneath her

knight come towards her, the arms of knighthood.

Riding on a piebald stallion, Leading seven captured Moors,

And In

in chains Aberrajados.

wake he

his

conqueror's followed, — Dusky dog and Moor despised —

Clothed with torn unknightly garments, On a steed worn out and limping.

Yet

in countenance appearing Dauntless warrior, though disguised. Loudly he blasphemed Mohamed

In wild language and upbraiding, All his bitter anger voicing. ' Christian mongrel. 'Stop,' he cried,

O

Who, Took And,

ere prisoner you made me, my father yonder captive, as well

you know, my comrades me them in ransom. in gold redeem them ;

If thou'lt give

Then

will I

is

the same,

dating from the

;

fifteenth

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