Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (18071882). Complete Poetical Works. 1893.
From the Spanish. Ancient Spanish Ballads. II. Don Nuno, Count of Lara
King Alfonso the Eighth, having exhausted his treasury in war, wishes to lay a tax of five farthings upon each of the Castilian hidalgos, in order to defray the expenses of a journey from Burgos to Cuenca. This proposition of the king was met with disdain by the noblemen who had been assembled on the occasion.