The Geographical, Natural and Civil History of Chili, Tr by an American Gentleman [R Alsop]
General Books LLC, 2009 - 210 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1808. Excerpt: ... A SKETCH or THE ARAUCANA. The Poem opens with the following exposition of the subject: I SING not love of ladies, nor of sights Devis'd for gentle dames by courteous knights; Nor feasts, nor tourneys, nor that tender care Which prompts the Gallant to regale the Fair; But the bold deeds of Valour's fav'rite train, Those undegenerate sons of warlike Spain, Who made Arauco their stern laws embrace, And bent beneath their yoke her untam'd race. Of tribes distinguish'd in the field I sing; Of nations who disdain the name of King; Courage, that danger only taught to grow, And challenge honour from a generous foe; And persevering toils of purest fame, And feats that aggrandize the Spanish name: For the brave actions of the vanquish'd spread The brightest glory round the victor's head. The Poet devotes his first Canto to the description of that part of the New World which forms the scene of his action, and is called Arauco, a district in the province of Chile. He paints the singular character and various customs of its warlike inhabitants with great clearness and spirit. In many points they bear a striking resemblance to the ancient Germans, as they are drawn by the strong pencil of Tacitus. The first Canto closes with a brief account how this martial province was subdued by a Spanish offi cer named Valdivia; with an intimation that his negligence in his new dominion gave birth to those important exploits which the Poet proposes to celebrate. CANTO IL MANY there are who, in this mortal strife, Have reach'd the slippery heights of splendid life: For Fortune's ready hand its succour lent; Smiling she rais'd them up the steep ascent, To hurl them headlong from that lofty seat To which she led their unsuspecting feet; E'en at the moment when all fears disperse, And ...
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