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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

the old mosque, and bringing with it reminder of the words Victor Hugo has put into the proud sovereign's mouth :

"

haut que soit le but ou votre orgueil aspire !" Voila le dernier terme Si

Whether

before

or after seeing the palace itself, everyone has, I imagine, leant for a few moments

who comes to Granada

over the parapet of the old Torre de la Vela for the great coup Far beneath it lies the vast Vega, which is as a field of d'oeil. a field on which mediaeval chivalry left some of its best history

—

traditions of legendic valour

and romance

;

for was not Spain the

There, tinged with those new and chivalric ideals breathed by the King Arthur of Spain into Spanish tradition and its romantic poetry alike, the Moors exalted their

"land of chosen warriors"?

old existence, the life of the desert, which is the life of the warrior ; and there was enacted their citadel's last scene, as

famous

in

romantic

episode as the

fall

of Troy.

The

great

panorama of the past lies around, a magic circle of stage on which kings, not only generals, passed, and where deeds, not

He who climbs here on some wintry hills of when the snow make earth-bound clouds and day lovely when the sun is flecking the fields to red, may well think he sees numbers, made war great.

the gleam of crimson raiment which Moor and Christian alike wore in battle ; the waving of the crimson flags with their gold

still

and azure

and poles of gold, their inscripmay think he sees, too, the last of

fringes, their loops

tions to a victorious

the Sons of Scarlet

God

;

throw himself into the combat, mounted upon

emblem of good la as was his a and fortune, riding custom, genette, pursued by his unlucky star. Four centuries ago but history stands still for who would read. And it was but within our time that a desecrated tombstone, which disdainful followers of Islam had long trodden

a mottled white steed, that old-time biblical

;

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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...

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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