Don Esteban: Or, Memoirs of a Spaniard, Volume 1

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Henry Colburn, 1825 - Spain - 292 pages
 

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Page 163 - Franciscan friars, whose convent is in the same square, drawn up in procession and bringing an image of the Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus in her arms, and another of St.
Page 67 - How often have I blest the coming day, When toil remitting lent its turn to play, And all the village train, from labour free, Led up their sports beneath the spreading tree, While many a pastime circled in the shade, The young contending as the old surveyed ; And many a gambol frolicked o'er the ground, And sleights of art and feats of strength went round.
Page 152 - Spanish generals, like their government, had no authority, excepting while they acted in unison with the feelings of those whom they commanded.
Page 227 - Thy spirit, Independence ! let me share, Lord of the lion heart and eagle eye ! Thy steps I follow 'with my bosom bare, Nor heed the storm that howls along the sky.
Page 171 - The grief of the unfortunate mother cannot be described ; she fell into dreadful convulsions, in which we thought she would have expired. At last a torrent of tears came to relieve her, and having recovered the power of speech, she informed us that when she received the news of her husband's death, and of the advance of the French army, her children were both lying ill of the small pox. The physician told her that their lives depended on not being exposed to the air ; but no carriage or covered cart...
Page 5 - ... the tale he had been telling his companion. In this journey I thought I had learnt the names of all the mules, yet one which frequently occurred created...
Page 235 - French being in the habit of measuring, like architects, the outer dimensions of the empty houses, and then the inner apartments, to discover if any space had been taken from them.
Page 153 - Cuesta gave battle in the heights of Cabezon. As soon as the latter general found that Cevallos was likely to be sacrificed to popular fury, he had sent to Avila, where he then was, a party of cavalry with orders to convey him safe to his presence, and have him tried ; but principally with the intention of screening him from the ferocity of the people. Cevallos set off from that city accompanied by his wife and children, and escorted by the few cavalry soldiers who had been sent in search of him....
Page 281 - Yet are Spain's maids no race of Amazons, But formed for all the witching arts of love : Though thus in arms they emulate her sons, And in the horrid phalanx dare to move, ' Tis but the tender fierceness of the dove, Pecking the hand that hovers o'er her mate...
Page v - HPHAT a Spaniard has furnished a part of the materials of •*• this work cannot be doubted ; but ' that every thing which the author relates is to be considered as simple matter of fact, with the sole exception of those names which he has assigned to the parties figuring in the merely biographical part of his story,' is an assertion which no attentive reader will credit.

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