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illustrated.1878 Excerpt: ... shelter beneath the desolate walls of
the Castle. Philibert left no heirs; he was the last of his race;
his vast possessions passed into other hands, and to-day not a
scion remains to represent the once powerful and opulent line of
the Barons of Eppenfeld. "Such," said the host, "is the story of
the old Castle which you saw on your way hither." THE MOOK'S LAST
SIGH. On the morning of the 2nd Jan., 1492, Granada having
surrendered to Ferdinand and Isabella, Mahmoud Abdallah, known as
Boabdil el Chico, the last king, attended by a few followers, rode
out of the Alhambra by a gate henceforth closed up, and passing
through the street descended into the Vega, where was drawn up the
Spanish army. Boabdil exchanged a few words with his conqueror, and
then rode away, whilst Ferdinand continued his march on the city.
The Moor is said to have halted for a moment in a pass whence he
took a last view of his fallen capital and the far-famed palace of
the Alhambra, and was affected even to tears. His mother Ayaxa,
regarding him sternly, exclaimed, "Yes, weep like a woman for what
you could not defend like a man." This spot is still known as "El
ultimo sospiro del Moro" ("The last sigh of the Moor "). The
golden, glitt'ring sunbeams fall In show'rs of sparkling light, And
gleam upon the marble wall, All fair and dazzling white. They
pierce the richly-stained glass, They shine on sculpture rare, And
o'er the marbled pavement pass, Serene and smiling fair. But oh no
sound of joy is heard Within those royal walls, Nor laughter gay,
nor joyous word--No warrior's footstep falls. The show'rs from
fountains rise on high, And downward flashing pour--Alas, alas the
Moslem's eye Must trace their course no more. The hangings, rich in
silk and gold, Along the walls droop down, But ...
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