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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
For that which cannot die ' "
Speak, then, thou voice of God within :
Thine is to trust in Heaven l’”
Halló sola en Numancia todo quanto
Debe con justo titulo cantarse,
Y lo que puede dar materia al canto.
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.f
Impressive as were the circumstances which distinguish
ed both these memorable sieges, it appeared to the au
* See Quintana's ‘Vidas de Españoles celebres, p. 53. # See the Preface to Southey’s “Chronicle of the Cid.”