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The moon, that thro' the portal shone,
Shone on his reverend head.
Thro' many a court and gallery dim
Slowly he led, the burial-hymn
Swelling from the distant choir.
But now, the holy men retire,
The arched cloisters issuing thro'.
In long, long order, two and two.

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The moon, that thro' the portal shone,
Shone on his reverend head.
Thro' many a court and gallery dim
Slowly he led, the burial-hymn
Swelling from the distant choir.
But now the holy men retire;
The arched cloisters issuing thro',
In long, long order, two and two.

When other sounds had died away,
And the waves were heard alone,
They entered, tho' unused to pray,
Where God was worshipped, night and day,
And the dead knelt round in stone ;
They entered, and from aisle to aisle
Wandered with folded arms awhile,
Where on his altar-tomb reclined
The crosiered Abbot ; and the Knight
In harness for the Christian fight,
His hands in supplication joined ;-
Then said as in a solemn mood,

Now stand we where COLUMBUS stood !"

• PEREZ,* thou good old man," they cried,
" And art thou in thy place of rest ?—
Tho' in the western world His grave,t
That other world, the gift He gave,
Would ye were sleeping side by side !
Of all his friends He loved thee best."

The supper in the chamber done,
Much of a Southern Sea they spake,
And of that glorious cityß won
Near the setting of the Sun,
Throned in a silver lake ;
Of seven kings in chains of gold||
And deeds of death by tongue untold,
Deeds such as breathed in secret there
Had shaken the Confession-chair!

* Late Superior of the House.
# In the chancel of the cathedral of St. Domingo.

| The words of the epitaph. A Castilia y a Leon nuevo Mundo dio Colon."

$ Mexico.
|| Afterwards the arms of Cortes and his descendants.

The Eldest swore by our Lady,* the Youngest by his conscience ;f while the Franciscan, sitting by in his gray habit, turned away and crossed himself again and again.

“Here is a little book," said he at last, “ the work of him in his shroud below. It tells of things you have mentioned ; and, were Cortes and Pizarro here, it might perhaps make them reflect for a moment.” The Youngest smiled as he took it into his hand. He read it aloud to his companion with an unfaltering voice ; but, when he laid it down, a silence ensued ; nor was he seen to smile again that night.I The curse is heavy," said he at parting, “ but Cortes may live to disappoint it.”—“Ay, and Pizarro too !"

* Fernandez, lib. ii. c. 63.

† B. Diaz, c. 203. “ After the death of Guatimotzin,” says B. Diaz, " he became gloomy and restless; rising continually from his bed, and wandering about in the dark.”—“ Nothing prospered with him ; and it was ascribed to the curses he was loaded with.”

A circumstance, recorded by Herrera, renders this visit not improbable. “In May, 1528, Cortes arrived unexpectedly at Palos; and, soon after he had landed, he and Pizarro met and rejoiced ; and it was

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