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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: Finojosa
Marques de Santillana (1398–1458)
Translated by J. H. Wiffen

I NE’ER on the border
  Saw girl as fair as Rosa,
The charming milk-maiden
  Of sweet Finojosa.
Once making a journey        5
  To Santa Maria
Of Calataveño
  From weary desire
Of sleep, down a valley
  I strayed, where young Rosa        10
I saw, the milk-maiden
  Of lone Finojosa.
In a pleasant green meadow
  Midst roses and grasses
Her herd she was tending        15
  With other fair lasses;
So lovely her aspect,
  I could not suppose her
A simple milk-maiden.
  Of rude Finojosa.        20
I think not primroses
  Have half her smile’s sweetness,
Or mild, modest beauty;—
  I speak with discreetness.
O, had I beforehand        25
  But known of this Rosa,
The handsome milk-maiden
  Of far Finojosa,—
Her very great beauty
  Had not so subdued,        30
Because it had left me
  To do as I would!
I have said more, O fair one,
  By learning ’t was Rosa,
The charming milk-maiden        35
  Of sweet Finojosa.

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