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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: Fuentes de Onoro

At Fuentes de Onoro

By Robert Southey (1774–1843)

THE FOUNTAINS of Onoro, which give name

To this poor hamlet, were distained with blood,

What time Massena, driven from Portugal

By national virtue in endurance proved,

And England’s faithful aid, against the land

Not long delivered, desperately made

His last fierce effort here. That day, bestreaked

With slaughter, Coa and Agueda ran,

So deeply had the open veins of war

Purpled their mountain feeders. Strong in means,

With rest and stores and numbers reinforced,

Came the ferocious enemy, and weened

Beneath their formidable cavalry

To trample down resistance. But there fought

Against them here, with Britons side by side,

The children of regenerate Portugal,

And their own crimes, and all-beholding Heaven.

Beaten, and hopeless thenceforth of success,

The inhuman Marshal, never to be named

By Lusitanian lips without a curse

Of clinging infamy, withdrew, and left

These Fountains famous for his overthrow.