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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

Avicenna, Averroes and countless poets and students looked upon the scenery of the spot as their own the satirists of Roman days if both ages, Roman and Moorish and the philosophers and enthusiastic translators of the Moorish were proud to drink their inspiration from a common Khalifates the intellectual life of united Spain has never consented to

saw the

first

light

;

if

;

well,

flourish in their shadows.

Cervantes, Calderon and

De

la

Vega,

with their "cataract pens," Quevado, Spain's greatest satirist whom, alas the gods loved not, all were of the North ; and to-day !

hails from Madrid, Echegarez, with his versatile and many talents, while from Catalonia, where life is as sturdy and go-ahead as anywhere else in the world, came the poets of the troubadour

age,

come

the artists of to-day

:

Rusinol, poet and painter of

Zuloago, with his bold handling of human passions ; Valera, with his fine analytical pen. No sooner had Moorish energy faded in the South, however, deserted gardens

;

genius of the Spanish people underwent a Andalusia. It change, and gradually deserted the gardens of drifted completely away from its first cradle and sought the

than the

artistic

shadow of

the far

more

intellectual

between the old and new schools

North.

Goya, the bold link

child of genius and caprice belongs not to the delicious sunshine of Seville or Valencia ; and

Fortuny, he, too, was born elsewhere among the strong and With these two great names laborious people of Tarragona. Spanish art changed its river course, perhaps for ever, and like a spark of fire illumined the appalling tristesse of Academic Madrid. So, Andalusia, in a

though

in its

modern

midst — bloom

lectual interpretation of

life,

you bloom apart from Spain apart by right of exotic not intelwhile Cordova, Seville and Granada sense

are now no more than an extinguished halo, the abstract symbols Not yet does your prose show what you are, only of your story.

your poetry

tells

what you have been.

living gaiety, but Valencia

is

Valencia smiles at us with

Jewish rather than Spanish.

Seville

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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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