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Thy lonely watch-tower, Larenille,
-" Those lights are on St. Mary's Isle ;
They ascended by steps hewn out in the rock; and, having asked for admittance, were lodged there.
Brothers in arms the Guests appeared;
The Convent of La Rábida.
And, ever sparkling on his breast,
The Eldest had a rougher aspect, and there was craft in his eye. He stood a little behind in a long black mantle, his hand resting on the hilt of his sword; and his white hat and white shoes glittered in the moon-shine. +
“Not here unwelcome, tho’ unknown.
When other sounds had died away,
See Bernal · Diaz, c. 203; and also a well-known portrait of Cortes, ascribed to Titian. Cortes was now in the 43rd, Pizarro in the 6th year of his age.
t Augustin Zarate, lib. iv. c. 9.
Where God was worshipped, night and day,
“Perez, thou good old man," they cried,
1 Would ye were sleeping side by side ! Of all his friends He loved thee best."
The supper in the chamber done,
* Late Superior of the House.
| The words of the epitaph. “ A Castilia y a Leon nuevo Mundo dio Colon."
Of seven kings in chains of gold *
The Eldest swore by our Lady, + the Youngest by his conscience; # while the Franciscan, sitting by in his grey 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. || “ The curse is heavy,” said he at parting, “but Cortes may live to disappoint it.”— “Ay, and Pizarro too!"
* Afterwards the arms of Cortes and his descendants. + Fernandez, lib ii. c. 63.
| B. Diaz, c. 203. ll “ 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 Herera, 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 remarkable that they should meet, as they were two of the most renowned men in the world.” B. Diaz makes no mention of the interview; but, relating an occurrence that took place at this time in Palos, says,
that Cortes was now absent at Nuestra Senora de la Rábida.' The Convent is within half a league of the town.”