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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: Cadiz
William Gibson (1826–1887)
FAIR Cadiz, with thy wall of whitest stone,
Thy graceful mansions more than marble white,
Art thou a city of alabaster bright,
Hewn from one rock? From the Czarina flown
Are icy palaces these? But, like thine own        5
Queen votive rising, ravishing the sight,
From ocean,—hail, O Summer of Delight,
Loosed for no frost-couch the voluptuous zone!
Dangerous the blush of Andalusian even
To youth, that on thine Alameda loiters,        10
Where, warm as Houris of an Eastern heaven,
Through flower-walks undulate thy dark-eyed daughters,
A glow more mantling by the sea-breeze given,
As love’s sweet star stoops rosy to the conscious waters!

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