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WRITTEN AFTER THE DEATH OF A SISTER-IN-LAW.
ANswer me, burning stars of night!
Oh! many-ton’d and chainless wind
Ye clouds that gorgeously repose
Around the setting sun,
Whose earthly race is run?
We vanish from the sky;
For that which cannot die!"
Speak, then, thou voice of God within !
Thou of the deep low tone! Answer me through life's restless din,
Where is the spirit flown?
Enough to know is given;
Thine is to trust in Heaven !"
THE SIEGE OF VALENCIA:
A DRAMATIC POEM.
Jndicio ha dado esta no vista hazaña
Hallò sola en Numancia todo quanto
Numancia de Cervantes.
The history of Spain records two instances of the severe and self-devoting heroism, which forms the subject of the following dramatic poem.
The first of these occurred at the siege of Tarifa, which was defended in 1294 for Sancho, King of Castile, during the rebellion of his brother, Don Juan, by Guzman, surnamed the Good.* The second is related of Alonzo Lopez de Texeda, who, until his garrison had been utterly disabled by pestilence, maintained the city of Zamora for the children of Don Pedro the Cruel, against the forces of Henrique of Trastamara.t
Impressive as were the circumstances which distinguished both these memorable sieges, it appeared to the au
* See Quintana's • Vidas de Españoles celebres,' p. 53.