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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: Cordova
Conde de Villamediana (1580–1622)
Translated by Edward Churton

A GRAND town-square, close streets, or rather straits;
A rich old bishop, traders poor as rats;
Fair horses, ambling slow, with such soft paces,
As well might teach the women better graces;
Women, whose gait and pace so strong and coarse is,        5
You ’d think they practised steps with stalking horses;
Rude shapeless houses, men like cornstalks tall,
Cobblers’ and stitchers’ work on every stall;
Stummed wine to drink, lean bread to feed upon;
A crowd of fools,—wise Góngora all alone,—        10
I found at Cordova;—if bad ’s the best,
Let him who finds aught better paint the rest.

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