Ancient Spanish Ballads: Historical and Romantic

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Charles Card Smith
Whittemore, Niles, and Hall, 1856 - Ballads and songs, Spanish - 151 pages

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Page xix - O, for a blast of that dread horn, On Fontarabian echoes borne, That to King Charles did come, When Rowland brave, and Olivier, And every paladin and peer, On Roncesvalles died...
Page 71 - O'er tower and tree far off to see the Christian banners flying. Down chanced the King his eye to fling, where far the camp below Two gentlemen along the glen were riding soft and slow ; As void of fear each cavalier seemed to be riding there, As some strong hound may pace around the roebuck's thicket lair.
Page 140 - MY ornaments are arms, My pastime is in war, My bed is cold upon the wold, My lamp yon star : My journeyings are long, My slumbers short and broken ; From hill to hill I wander still, Kissing thy token. I ride from land to land, I sail from sea to sea ; Some day more kind I fate may find, Some night kiss thee ! — .Serenade.
Page 102 - He hath summoned all the Moorish lords from the hills and plains around; From Vega and Sierra, from Betis and Xenil, They have come with helm and cuirass of gold and twisted steel. Tis the holy Baptist's feast they hold in royalty and state...
Page 150 - When she had made her orison, up from her knees she rose ; — «Be kind, Alarcos, to our babes, and pray for my repose; And now give me my boy once more upon my breast to hold, That he may drink one farewell drink, before my breast be cold.» — « Why would you waken the poor child ? you see he is asleep : Prepare, dear wife; there is no time, the dawn begins to peep.
Page 67 - THE King looked on him kindly, as on a vassal true ; Then to the King Ruy Diaz spake after reverence due, — " O King, the thing is shameful, that any man beside The liege lord of Castile himself should Bavieca ride : "For neither Spain nor Araby could another charger bring So good as he, and certes. the best befits my King. But that you may behold him, and know him to the core, I'll make him go as he was wont when his nostrils smelt the Moor.
Page 36 - God ! is the Count of Saldana indeed coming?' — ' Look where he is,' replied the cruel King, ' and now go and greet him whom you have so long desired to see.
Page 150 - m helpless in the land: — it is not death I fear, But loth, loth am I to depart, and leave my children so, — Now let me lay them to my heart, and kiss them ere I go.
Page 28 - He turned him from his flying host, and took his way alone. His horse was bleeding, blind, and lame, — he could no farther go; Dismounted, without path or aim, the king stepped to and fro ; It was a sight of pity to look on Roderick, For, sore athirst and hungry, he staggered, faint and sick.
Page 38 - Seize, seize him!" loud the King doth scream: " there are a thousand here! Let his foul blood this instant stream! — What, caitiffs, do ye fear ? Seize, seize the traitor!" — But not one to move a finger dareth; Bernardo standeth by the throne, and calm his sword he bareth.

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