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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: Guadalquivir, the River
The Banks of Guadalquivir
Luis de Góngora (1561–1627)
Translated by Edward Churton

I SAW at dawn a vision rare,
A maiden as the morning fair,
Who sate and dressed her golden hair
  On the banks of Guadalquivir.
Her hand, as through her locks it strayed,        5
While with her ivory comb she played,
Threw the white ivory into shade,
  On the banks of Guadalquivir.
What wonder? April ne’er could show
Such whiteness in the blooms that blow,        10
Where all his laughing lilies grow,
  That fringe the crystal river.
The little birds in joyous throng
Sang o’er again their morning song
To that new sun; nor were they wrong        15
  Such glad salute to give her:
For why? The Sun well pleased had paid
A thousand rays for one bright braid
Like those his envious glance surveyed
  On the banks of Guadalquivir.        20

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