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

Spain: Covadonga

The Shrine

By Robert Southey (1774–1843)

(From Roderick and Siverian)

O HOLIEST Mary, maid and mother! thou

In Covadonga, at thy rocky shrine,

Hast witnessed whatsoe’er of human bliss

Heart can conceive most perfect! Faithful love,

Long crost by envious stars, hath there attained

Its crown, in endless matrimony given;

The youthful mother there hath to the font

Her first-born borne, and there, with deeper sense

Of gratitude for that dear babe redeemed

From threatening death, returned to pay her vows.