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Let others rapt in pleasure seem,
And taste of all that I forsake;
With many a retrospection curst;
What is that worst? Nay do not ask-
nor venture to unmask
Here all were noble, save Nobility;
LXXXVI, Such be the song of Spain, and strange her fate! They fight for freedom who were never free; A Kingless people for a nerveless state, Her yassals combat when their chieftains flee, True to the veriest slaves of Treachery; Fond of a land which taught them naught but life, Pride points the path that leads to Liberty; Back to the struggle, bafiled in the strife, War, war is still the cry, « War even to the knife !"(18)
So may he make each curst oppressor bleed,
Long mark the battle-field with hideous awe;
Ere the Frank robber turn him from his spoil,
crowns so many a meaner crest! What hadst thou done to sink so peacefully to rest ?
Till my frail frame return to whence it rose,
Lands that contain the monument of Eld, [quell'a. Ere Greece and Grecian art by barbarous hands were
END OF CANTO I.
NOTES TO CANTO I.
1. The little village of Castri stands partly on the site of Delphi. Along tbe path of the mountain, from Chrysso, are the remains of sepulchres hewn in and from the rock ; “ One," said the guide,“ of a king who broke, his neck hunting." His Majesty had certainly chosen the fittest spot for such an achievement.
2. The conveut of “ Our Lady of Ponishment,” Nossa Senora de Pena, on the summit of the rock. Below at some distance, is the Cork Convent, where St. Honorius dug his den, over which is his epitaph. From the hills, the sea adds to the beauty of the view.
3. It is a well known fact, that in the year 1809, the as. sassinations in the streets of Lisbon and its vicinity were not confined by the Portuguese to their countrymen ; but that Englishmen were daily butchered; and so far from redress being obtained, we are requested not to interfere if we perceived any compatriot defending himself against his allies. I was once stopped in the way to the theatre at eight o'clock in the evening, when the streets were not more empty than they generally are at ibat hour, opposite to an open shop, and in a carriage with a friend ; had we not fortunately been armed, I have not the least doubt that we should have adorned a tale instead of telling one. The crime of assassination is not confined to Portugal : in Sicily and Malta we are knocked on the head at a handsome average uightly, and not a Sicilian or Mal. tese is ever punished !
4. The convention of Cintra was signed in the palace of the Marchese Marialva.
5. The extent of Mafra is prodigious; it contains a palace, convent, and most superb church.
6. As I found the Portuguese, so I have characterized them. That they are since improved, at least in courage, ja evident.
7. Count Julian's daughter, the Helen of Spain, Pelagius preserved his independence in the fastnesses of the Asturias, and the descendants of bis followers, after
some centuries, completed their struggle by the conquest of Grenada.
8. “ Viva el Rey Fernando!”-Long live King Ferdi. nand ! is the chorus of most of the Spanish Patriotic ongs.
9. The red cockade with“ Fernando Septimo" in the centre.
10. All who have seen a battery will recollect the pyramidal forin in which shot and shells are piled. The Sierra Morena was fortified in every defile through which I passed in my way to Seville.
11. Such were the exploits of the maid of Saragoza. When the author was at Seville, she walked daily on the Prado, decorated with medals and orders, by command of the Junta.
12. Sigilla in mento impressa Amoris digitulo
AUL. GEL. 13. These stanzas were written in Castri (Delphos,) at the foot of Parnassus now called Liakura.
14. Seville was the HISPALIS of the Romans.
15. This was written at Thebes, and consequently in the best situation for asking and answering such a ques. tion, not as the birth-place of Pindar, but as the capital of Bæotia, where the first riddle was propounded and solved.
16. “ Medio de fonte leporum Surgit amari aliquid quod in ipsis floribus angat.” Luc.
17. Alluding to the conduct and death of Solano, the governor of Cadiz.
18. « War to the knife." Pa ox's answer to the French General at the siege of Saragoza.
19. The honourable 1* W ** of the Guards, who died of a fever at Coimbra. I had known him ten years, the better half ofhis life, and the bappiest part of mine.
END OF NOTES TO CANTO I.