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1847. Excerpt: ... ready to travel by wagon to its royal mistress
at Madrid. In the same room there was a picture of the Virgin, with
these lines superscribed: --"Si tu quieras te convertir Tu dolor en
alegria, No me miras, pecador, Sin decir, Ave Maria " Sinner, if to
change your sorrow Into gladness you be wary, Never pass me,
looking on me, Without saying, Ave Mary And now we found ourselves
opposite the mountain back-ground. On this side is the entrance
into the arsenal from the town, and here are the gunyards, &c.
&c. The extent is something astonishing; and the buildings have
little or no appearance of decay and they seem neatly kept; but for
what? merely to show what has been; or in the hope, which the
Spaniard never loses, of the regeneration of his country's
greatness? We observed one tiny little row-boat on the stocks.
There is an inviting fountain, almost concealed among flowers and
flowering shrubs, near the entrance. We were thirsty, for the day
was hot, and we hastened to the fountain. Our guide smiled, saying,
"It is not good to drink, --it is salt." Still Mother Eve's
daughter must taste: the water was brackish, but not so very bad.
Something most sweet, though, grows close to this spring, --double
double yellow roses. Our guide gathered some for us; the perfume
was delicately delicious, and the flowers were more double than any
roses I ever saw. They were perfect little round balls. This
rose-tree and other flowers I longed to transport to the garden at,
with the palm-tree that raised its plumy head in the centre; nor
would I willingly have left behind the bubbling fountain, though
its waters were not "sweet." We returned to our inn, rested a short
time, and then sallied forth again, to see something of the town.
We first went up to the old castle, which look...
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