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

Spain: Baeza


By From the Spanish

Guerras de Granada

Translated by John Bowring

MOORISH soldiers, Moorish soldiers,

Ye on whom my bounty showers,

Go and raze the proud Baeza,

Spite of all Baeza’s towers;

Give them up to cruel slaughter;

Fill the plain with mourning weeds;

Mothers, sires, and youths, and virgins,

Tie them to your furious steeds;

But old Pedro Dias’ daughter,

For she is my mistress, spare,

And with Leonor her sister,

And their train, bring safely here.

You, my captain,—you, Vanegas,

Bring her with all honor due;

’T is to you that I commit her,

For you are both brave and true,

And I charge you, treat her nobly,—

Let her not complain of you.