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

Spain: Madrid


By Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875)

Anonymous translation

THE CAPITAL of Spain,—O no!

For in thee there is nothing seen

Of what characterizes her,—

There is no likeness left, I ween.

One is in Paris, or Vienna,

But sure no longer in bright Spain;

Here the sharp northern blasts prevail,—

Here there is cold and snow and rain.

Our dark November days no more,

Our northern climate, will I blame;

For—to the rest of Spain unlike—

Dreary Madrid has just the same!