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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: Roncesvalles

There Are Sounds in the Dark Roncesvalles

By Felicia Hemans (1793–1835)

THERE are sounds in the dark Roncesvalles,

There are echoes on Biscay’s wild shore;

There are murmurs, but not of the torrent,

Nor the wind, nor the pine-forest’s roar.

’T is a day of the spear and the banner,

Of armings and hurried farewells;

Rise, rise on your mountains, ye Spaniards!

Or start from your old battle dells.

There are streams of unconquered Asturias

That have rolled with your fathers’ free blood;

O, leave on the graves of the mighty

Proud marks where thy children have stood!