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

Spain: Seville


By Joseph Ellis

IN after-days I oft shall praise

The towers and flowers of fair Sevilla;

Her sun and shade and busy ways

Graced by the Doñas in mantilla;

Her grand Cathedral’s solemn gloom:

Her zephyrs sweet with orange-bloom;

Her patios cool with pure azúl,

And all her Moorish maravilla;

But chief in memory will rule

(As far above as great Orion!)

A sprite or bird

Which there I heard;

An English tongue,

That spake or sung

In simple sooth

Or careless truth,—

The clear, frank laugh of Dame Carlyon!