The time had not yet come when, in bitterness of spirit, and wrapping his mantle about him against the chill wind of indifference, he should say : ** To-day my sole ambition is to be a supernumer- ary in the vast human comedy, and when my silent r61e is ended, to withdraw behind the scenes, neither hissed nor applauded, making my exit unnoticed."* Indeed, in those later days of trial and hardship, he would often look out wearily upon Madrid, the city of his adop- tion, the scene of his crushing struggle with necessity, as it lay outspread before his windows, — ** dirty, black, and ugly as a fleshless skeleton, shivering under its immense shroud of snow," * and in his mind he would conjure up the city of his * Oh-as de Gustavo A. Eight days later he was baptized in the church of San Lorenzo.* He was one of a family of eight sons, Eduard Oy Estanislao, Valeriano, Gustavo Adolfo, Alfredo, Ricardo, Jorge, and Jos6. do MUtarae, to be (or become) weak (faint, dim, or soft). doddlr, to decide, determine ; rf/L, to decide, determine. dedo, OT., finger ; doe — • de Ins, a thin streak of light defender, to defend, guard, protect, shield. deforme, deformed, formless, shape- less, misshapen, hideous.
His father, Don Jos6 Dominguez Becquer, was a well-known Seville genre painter. dar, to give; — cr Mito i, to be- lieve ; — de finme, to beat firmly (or lustily) ; — ea, to rush (or fall) headlong into; — aa la flor, to take into one's head ; to fa U into the habit; — fia, to die, perish; — le k loa foellaa, to pump the bellows ; — Ingar, to give rise ; — gusto, to gratify; — do paloa, to beat, give a beat- ing; to cudgel; — on paao, to take a step ; — por, to consider, regard (as); — principio, to begin; — que hacer, to give trouble; — que reir (coa), to -^dicule, make sport (of), make VOCABULARY 219 de, to give an account of; to inform regarding; — k algono en el roetro con, to cast in one's face; — per segoro, to assert, assure; — sotto, to frighten; tanto OS da de, you think as highly of ; — tnmbot, to tumble ; to whirl head over heels ; — vista kt to come into view of ; — ana gran vox, to call out loudly ; — ' una vaelta, to take a turn, take a walk; — vueltas, to turn, whirl, revolve; el dale qoe le das, the persistent efforts ; como Dies me daba k entender, to the best of my ability ; — te coenta de, to realize; — te de ojo, to conspire, have a secret under- standing. dedr, to say, tell, speak ; ae dice, it is said ; dicon, they say, peo- ple say ; al — de, according to ; ea — , that is ; per — lo aaf, so to speak; por mejor — , in other words, rather; ^no oa le dije? no ae lia do — , it cannot be said; 6 mejor dicho, or rather; qoerer — , to mean. dejar, to leave, let, allow, cease, leave off, abandon, fail; cobo dejo dicko, as I have said ; aegte dejamoa dlcbo» as we have said ; — entzever, to show slightly ; — eacapar, to utter; .
I used to dream then of a happy, independent life, like that of the bird, which is born to sing, and receives its food from God.
I used to dream of that tranquil life of the poet, which glows with a soft light from generation to generation.
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The willow, cov- ering the spot with floating shadows, should lend to it its own vague sadness, as it bent and shed about its soft, wan leaves, as if to protect and to caress my mortal spoils. XIV INTRODUCTION youth, his ever cherished Seville, ** with her Giralda of lace- work, mirrored in the trembling Guadalquivir, with her narrow and tortuous Moorish streets, in which one fancies still he hears the strange cracking sound of the walk of the Justiciary King ; Seville, with her barred windows and her love-songs, her iron door-screens and her night watchmen, her altar-pieces and her stories, her brawls and her music, her tranquil nights and her fiery afternoons, her rosy dawns and her blue twilights ; Seville, with all the traditions that twenty centuries have heaped upon her brow, with all the pomp and splendor of her southern nature."* No words of praise seemed too glowing for her ardent lover. dexredor, m., circumference, cir- cuit ; en — » around ; en — njo, around him, about him.