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

Spain: Cordova

The Cathedral

By Magnus Sabiston

SEVEN hundred years ago,

Moslems bade this structure grow;

The graven walls, the gilded roof,

Of their splendors are a proof;

Arabesque and pictured stone

Speak of Moslem art alone;

These mosaics, finely wrought,

Were designed by Moslem thought;

Here a thousand columns stand,

Moslems brought from many a land,—

Of marble and jasper and porphyry,

Precious all and fair to see;

The very lamps that round thee shine

Were bells at St. Iago’s shrine,

Which the glorious Almansor

Spoiled five hundred years before.