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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

By 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,

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;

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.