Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIV–XV. 1876–79.

Spain: Barcelona


By George Croly (1780–1860)

(From Sebastian)

PROUD Barcelona, on the sunny shore

That lines with silver Spain’s resplendent sea,

What can for sport or splendor vie with thee?

But now, thy day of war and terror o’er,

Like sudden madness burst thy grateful glee.

Thy morning streets were filled with pageantry;

At eve thy Rambla rang with dance and song;

Night, midnight, found the still unwearied throng

Wandering by seashore or illumined shade,

Busy with masque and feast and serenade.