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THE CAVERN OF COVADONGA.

A ROMANCE.

BY IS A B E L , pseud.of

Anna Cora Doden, Montatt Ritchie

Oh, lovely Spain ! renown'd romantic land !
Where is that standard which Pelagio bore ?

CHILDE HAROLD.

No holier place than Covadongan, Spain
Boasts in her wide extent; thougn all her realms,
Be with the noblest blood of mazjyrdom
In elder or in later days enrich'd.

Softnet.

NEW-YORK:

HARPER & BROTHERS,

82 CLIFF-STREET.

TENOX LIBRARIA

Entered, according to act of Congress, in the year 1836,

BY HARPER AND BROTHERS, In the Clerk's Office for the Southern District of New-York.

H. LUDWIG, PRINTER.

TO

THE HONOURABLE

DUDLEY SELDEN,

THIS ROMANCE 18 RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,

BY

ISABEL.

PRE FACE.

“The Rubicon is passed !” my shallop launched upon the bosom of the waters; with what hopes, and what fears, alternately, to sink, and bear it up, they who for the first time have braved the tempest's fury best can tell. In offering a tale entirely fictitiousthe mere glittering day-dream of a youthful fancyto the enlightened public, I should indeed call down censure heavy upon my

indeed wrong

the judgment of the literary world to suppose they would give it more than its deserts--a passing thought.

head;

The following Romance is founded strictly upon historical facts. The name of « Pelayo;" to 'every Spanish ear, will long be a hallowed sound. Both Southey and Don Trueba (author of the Romance of Spain) have used their best endeavours to immortalize this renowned warrior. But as they very materially disa

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