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Not so the rustic — with his trembling mate
Not in the toils of Glory would ye fret;
How carols now the lusty muleteer ?
When first Spain's queen beheld the black-eyed boy, And gore-faced Treason sprung from her adulterate joy.
1“ Vivā el Rey Fernando !” Long live King Ferdinand ! is the chorus of most of the Spanish patriotic songs. They are chiefly in dispraise of the old king Charles, the Queen, and the Prince of Peace. I have heard many of them : some of the airs are beautiful. Don Manuel Godoy, the Principe de la Paz, of an ancient but decayed family, was born at Badajoz, on the frontiers of Portugal, and was originally in the ranks of the Spanish guards ; till his person attracted the queen's eyes, and raised him to the dukedom of Alcudia, &c. &c. "It is to this man that the Spaniards universally impute the ruin of their country: - [See, for ample particulars concerning the flagitious court of Charles IV., Southey's History of the Peninsular War, vol. i.]
On yon long, level plain, at distance crown'd
Still does he mark it with triumphant boast,
And whomsoe'er along the path you meet
whom to shun and whom to greet : 1 Woe to the man that walks in public view, Without of loyalty this token true : Sharp is the knife, and sudden is the stroke; And sorely would the Gallic foeman rue,
If subtle poniards, wrapt beneath the cloke, Could blunt the sabre's edge, or clear the cannon's smoke.
At every turn Morena's dusky height
The holster'd steed beneath the shed of thatch,
| The red cockade, with “ Fernando Septimo,” in the centre.
2 All who have seen a battery will recollect the pyramidal form in which shot and shells are piled. The Sierra Morena was
Portend the deeds to come :— but he whose nod
When soars Gaul's Vulture, with his wings unfurl'd, And thou shalt view thy sons in crowds to Hades hurld.
And must they fall ? the young, the proud, the brave,
And Counsel sage, and patriotic Zeal, [of steel? The Veteran's skill, Youth's fire, and Manhood's heart
Is it for this the Spanish maid, aroused,
The falchion flash, and o'er the yet warm dead Stalks with Minerva's step where Mars might quake to
fortified in every defile through which I passed in my way to Seville.
Ye who shall marvel when you hear her tale,
Beheld her smile in Danger's Gorgon face,
Who hang so fiercely on the flying Gaul,
! Such were the exploits of the Maid of Saragoza, who by her valour elevated herself to the highest rank of heroines. When the author was at Seville, she walked daily on the Prado, decorated with medals and orders, by command of the Junta. — [The exploits of Augustina, the famous heroine of both the sieges of Saragoza, are recorded at length in one of the most splendid chapters of Southey's History of the Peninsular War. At the time when she first attracted notice, by mounting a battery where her lover had fallen, and working a gun in his room, she was in her twenty-second year, exceedingly pretty, and in a soft feminine style of beauty. She has further had the
honour to be painted by Wilkie, and alluded to in Wordsworth's Dissertation on the Convention (misnamed) of Cintra ; where a noble passage concludes in these words :-“ Saragoza has exemplified a melancholy, yea, a dismal truth, - yet consolatory and full of joy, - that when a
Yet are Spain's maids no race of Amazons,
Remoter females, famed for sickening prate ;
The seal Love's dimpling finger hath impress'd Denotes how soft that chin which bears his touch : 1 Her lips, whose kisses pout to leave their nest, Bid man be valiant ere he merit such : Her glance how wildly beautiful ! how much Hath Phoebus woo'd in vain to spoil her cheek, Which glows yet smoother from his amorous clutch ! Who round the North for paler dames would seek ? How poor their forms appear! how languid, wan, and
people are called suddenly to fight for their liberty, and are sorely pressed upon, their best 'field of battle is the floors upon which their children have played ; the chambers where the family of each man has slept ; upon or under the roofs by which they have been sheltered ; in the gardens of their recreation; in the street, or in the market-place; before the altars of their temples, and among their congregated dwellings, blazing or uprooted."] 1 “ Sigilla in mento impressa Amoris digitulo
Vestigio demonstrant mollitudinem." --AUL. Gel.