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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

one of those happy spots in the world where nature and man seem to have worked together towards a supreme result. The delicate configuration of the hills, the smiling loneliness of

dream.

It is

the plains, the wealth of woodland that clothes them, all speak in unison with the fane environed. Scarcely conscious is one of the transition from nature to art, so exquisitely does the human

achievement crystallise the dream vaguely enfolded in the land that lies about, and something at least of vague idealism finds a

which the essence of flower-laden goal in this work of art, into wand. So wanslopes has passed at the touch of a vanished each dering through the enchanted palace of Granada, gazing at the moment through exquisitely modelled windows glories of

and plain beneath, it is difficult to decide from what source enjoyment is fed most deeply, from infinite nature or from art. As when sitting in a Moorish garden a sense of sunlit hills

poetic perfection

is

borne from

all

sides with the ever-falling

musical ripple of the water, the faint perfume of the myrtles, the " architectura verde," so, wandering dainty ramification of the

through the vistas of the Alhambra, it is impossible to distinguish where art begins and nature ends in the exquisite borderland of each. Impressions alike from within and from without are felt,

and to the most critical mind it would be labour lost to attempt to resolve this double star, or to appraise the value of the gem, as distinct from the setting.

The crowning charms of the Alhambra might in the

words, strangeness and mystery.

But

let

be it

summed up not be sup-

posed that the strangeness woven for us into this fantastic structure is in any way due to our unfamiliarity with the senti-

ments of an alien race, nor that the Lions supporting the Fountain of the Court were to the Moor of that period emblems, or realistic images of the monarchs of his own desert home.

Even as men

all

the Venetians erected a

creature

whose

upon

a

column

for the gaze of

fantastic wildness breathes with

the

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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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