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10. The sovereigns waited here with impatience, their eyes! fixed on the lofty tower of the Alhambra, watching for the appointed signal of possession.
11. The time that had elapsed since the departure of the detachment, seemed to them more than necessary for the purpose; and the anxious mind of Ferdinand begun to entertain doubts of some commotion in the city. - 12. At length they saw the silver cross, the great standard of this crusade, elevated on the Torre de la Vela, or great watch-tower, and sparkling in the sunbeams. This was done by Hernando de Talaveru, bishop of Avila.
13. Beside it was planted the penon of the glorious apostle St. James; and a great shout of “Santiago! Santiago!" rose throughout the army. Lastly wus reared the royal standard, by the king of arms; with the shout of “ Castile! Castile! For King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella!"
14. The words were echoed by the whole army, with acclamations that resounded across the vega.
There was a maid,
• Rule X.
Incestuous, and she struggled hard and long
The keen eyed Indian dames
15 All night I weep in darkness, and the morn Glares on me as upon a thing accursed, That has no business on the earth. I hate The pastimes and the pleasant toils that once I loved; the cheerful voices of my friends Have an unnatural liorror in mine ear. lui dreams my mothier from the land of souls, Calls ine and chjes me. All that look on me Do seem to know my shame; I cannot bear Their eyes; I cannot from my heart root out The love that wrings it so, and I must die. It was a summer moruing, and they went To this olul precipice. About the clifis Lny garlands, ears of maize, and shaggy skins Of woll' and bear, the offerings? of the trile Flere wasle to the Great Spirit, for they deemned, Like worshippers of the elder time, that God i Rule X.
* Rule I., Rem. 5.
Doth walk on the high places and affect
Wat is Glory? What is Fame ?
Dying next morrow ;3
Singing of sorrow;
This is the World's fame at the best.
What is Fame ? and what is Glory?
To tickle fools withal, or be
A joke scrawled on an epitaph;
Nearing us never;
MONTEZUMA.—(PRESCOTT.] 1. Montezuma displayed all the energy and enterprise in the commencernent of his reign, which had been anticipated from him.
2. His first expedition against a rebel province in the neighborhood was crowned with success, and he led book in triumph a throng of captives for the bloody sacrince that was to grace his coronation. This was cele. brated with uncommon pomp. * Rule Il.
* Rule XXI. , Rem. 13.
3. Games and religions ceremonies continued for sev. eral days, and among the spectators who flocked from distant quarters, were soine noble Tlascalans, the hereditory enemies of Mexico. They were in disguise, hoping thus to elude detection.
4. They were recognized, however, and reported to the monarch. But he only availed himself of the iufur mation to provide them with honorable entertainment and a good place for witnessing the games. This was a magnanimous act, considering the long cherished hosti) ity between the nations.
5. In his first years, Montezuma was constantly engaged in war, and frequently led his armies in person. The Aztec banners were seen in the furthest provinces or the Gulf of Mexico, and the distant regions of Nicoragua and Honduras. The expeditions were generelly successful; and the limits of the empire were more widely extended than at any preceding period.
6. Meanwhile the monarch was not inattentive to the interior concerns of the kingdom. He made some iinportant changes in the courts of justice; and careilly watched over the execution of the laws, which lie enforced with stern severity.
7. He was in the habit of patrolling the streets of his capitol in disguise, to makel himself personally acquainted with the abuses in it.
8. And with more questionable policy, it is said, he would sometimes try the integrity of his judges by tempting thein with large bribes to swerve from their duty, and then call the delinquent to strict account for yielding 10 the temptation.