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

Spain: Cadiz


By William Gibson (1826–1887)

FAIR Cadiz, with thy wall of whitest stone,

Thy graceful mansions more than marble white,

Art thou a city of alabaster bright,

Hewn from one rock? From the Czarina flown

Are icy palaces these? But, like thine own

Queen votive rising, ravishing the sight,

From ocean,—hail, O Summer of Delight,

Loosed for no frost-couch the voluptuous zone!

Dangerous the blush of Andalusian even

To youth, that on thine Alameda loiters,

Where, warm as Houris of an Eastern heaven,

Through flower-walks undulate thy dark-eyed daughters,

A glow more mantling by the sea-breeze given,

As love’s sweet star stoops rosy to the conscious waters!