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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIV–XV.  1876–79.
Spain: Tordesillas
For a Monument at Tordesillas
Robert Southey (1774–1843)
SPANIARD! if thou art one who bows the knee,
Before a despot’s footstool, hie thee hence!
This ground is holy: here Padilla died,
Martyr of Freedom. But if thou dost love
Her cause, stand then as at an altar here,        5
And thank the Almighty that thine honest heart,
Full of a brother’s feelings for mankind,
Revolts against oppression. Not unheard
Nor unavailing shall the grateful prayer
Ascend; for honest impulses will rise,        10
Such as may elevate and strengthen thee
For virtuous action. Relics silver-shrined,
And chanted mass, would wake within the soul
Thoughts valueless and cold compared with these.

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