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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: Sierra Morena
Sierra Morena
Lord Byron (1788–1824)
(From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage)

  AT every turn Morena’s dusky height
  Sustains aloft the battery’s iron load;
  And, far as mortal eye can compass sight,
  The mountain-howitzer, the broken road,
  The bristling palisade, the fosse o’erflowed,        5
  The stationed bands, the never-vacant watch,
  The magazine in rocky durance stowed,
  The holstered steed beneath the shed of thatch,
The ball-piled pyramid, the ever-blazing match,
  Portend the deeds to come: but he whose nod        10
  Has tumbled feebler despots from their sway,
  A moment pauseth ere he lifts the rod;
  A little moment deigneth to delay:
  Soon will his legions sweep through these their way;
  The West must own the scourger of the world.        15
  Ah, Spain! how sad will be thy reckoning-day,
  When soars Gaul’s Vulture, with his wings unfurled,
And thou shalt view thy sons in crowds to Hades hurled!

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