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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Conquerors
By José-Maria de Heredia (1842–1905)
 
Translation of Maurice Francis Egan

FALCONS fierce they are from charnel nest,
  Weary of flight and burdens of their woe;
  From Palos of Moguer they spell-bound go,
Heroic dreams and coarse their minds invest.
Far in deep mines the precious gold-veins rest        5
  Waiting for them; and as the trade-winds blow
  Filling their sails, they drive them all too slow
To that mysterious shore,—world of the West.
The phosphorescent blue of tropic seas
Colored their dreams when in the languid breeze        10
  They slept each eve in hope of morrows bright,—
Of epic morrows; or in unknown skies,
  Leaning entranced, they saw from carvels white
From out the ocean, strange new stars arise.
 
 
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