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which sweeps down the Alcazar's garden-walks flowered on every and glittering with the glint of baked side with blossoms Moorish tiles. As some colder flower of Western womanhood, garbed in the gorgeous attire of the East and bedizened with

strange jewels of Arabia, perfumed with attar of roses and crushed scents from desert lands, Seville stands out, bizarre, enigmatic, elusive, but ever alluring, vibrating with a language of colour as passionate as the sharp ringing of bells in her towering belfry

sumptuous processional of gorgeous canopies that Can surge through streets laden with incense in Holy Week. Europe, can the East alone show another such wonder as this strange meeting of the tides, where the lofty palm trees and the marbled court yield in nothing to the glories of Islam on African or on Asiatic soil, and where the dim-lit aisles of cathedral vista are stern and rugged as the cloudland of northern mountain fastnesses But the inmates of this exotic garden seem rather charmed in stupor than vivified by the sharp octaves of their surroundings. A devotional hypnotism shows itself in the listless crowd surrounding some shop windows, where are exposed to the ecstatic as the

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public gaze tawdry images of the Virgin or the Saints tinselled with amazing frippery and of a lack of sentiment that is almost

The very very crying emptiness and shallowness. puppets, seem these citizens, of a great religious spectacle, as though the life which lingers in the letters of the past had sucked

artistic in its

possibility of a present for them, and had left them only the dimmest wraith of a consciousness of future existence.

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Moorish archives of Spain. When Ximenez, Archbishop of Toledo and author of a history of the Gothic kings, burnt at Grenada all the Arab MSS. he could upwards of 80,000 he believed that he had lay hands on obliterated for ever from the book of history the memory of the Andalusia

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