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SPAIN
[ Also see Countries Europe ]

Not all the blood at Talavera shed,
  Not all the marvels of Barossa's fight,
    Not Albuera lavish of the dead,
      Have won for Spain her well-asserted right.
        When shall her olive-branch be free from blight?
          When shall she breathe her from the blushing toil?
            How many a doubtful day shall sink in night,
              Ere the Frank robber turn him from his spoil,
                And Freedom's stranger-tree grow native of the soil!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Fair land! of chivalry the old domain,
  Land of the vine and olive, lovely Spain!
    Though not for thee with classic shores to vie
      In charms that fix th' enthusiast's pensive eye;
        Yet hast thou scenes of beauty richly fraught
          With all that wakes the glow of lofty thought.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans, Abencerrage
         (canto II, l. 1)

There is no country in Europe which is so easy to over-run as Spain; there is no country which it is more difficult to conquer.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

The king of Spain is a great potentate, who stands with one foot in the east and the other in the west; and the sun never sets that it does not shine on some of his dominions.
      - Johann Baltasar Schuppius (Schuppe),
        Abgenotigte Ehrenrettung

Why should the brave Spanish soldiers brag? The sunne never sets in the Spanish dominions, but ever shineth on one part or other we have conquered for our king.
      - Captain John Smith,
        Advertisements for the Unexperienced, etc.,
        Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll. Third Series, vol. III, p. 49


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