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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: Alhama
From the Spanish
Guerras de Granada

Translated by John Bowring

“MOORISH warden, Moorish warden,
  Grisly-bearded captain; thou,—
The king has ordered thee to prison,
  Thou hast lost Alhama now.”
“If thou hast the kingly order,        5
  Unresisting will I go,—
’T was not I who lost Alhama,
  ’T was not I who lost it,—no!
“I was far away, in Ronda,
  At my cousin’s wedding feast,        10
And I left it safely guarded,
  Guarded by the noblest, best.
If the king have lost the city,
  I have lost far more, far more,—
I have lost my wife and children,        15
  All I loved,—and now deplore.”

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