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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: Granada
Auto de la Fé at Granada
Luis de Góngora (1561–1627)
Translated by Edward Churton

A TIMBER-FRAME, of fashion new and rare,
Which served a spacious scaffold high to raise,
Whereat Granada’s cross-grained crowd made gaze,
Thronging through mist and rain the spongy Square;
Some fifty womankind, not chaste, nor fair,        5
Born of his race, of whom the Text-Book says,
Dry-shod he crossed the sea in Pharaoh’s days;
A lawyer,—what strange quirks had brought him there?—
Two lewd ones; six blasphemers; one vile friar,
Who madly took, more madly broke, his vow;        10
Another blind as he, nor more worth pity;
Five effigies of dead men borne in show,—
One only sent alive, to feed the fire;—
Made up Faith’s Stage-Play in Granada city.

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