Fray Pedro Benito Cambon (rubric).
Concepcion De Arguello.
(Presidio de San Francisco, 1806.)
By Bret Harte.
Looking seaward, o’er the sand-hills stands the fortress, old and quaint, By the San Francisco friars lifted to their patron saint, —
Sponsor to that wondrous city, now apostate to the
On whose youthful walls the Padre saw the angel’s golden reed;
All its trophies long since scattered, all its blazon
And the flag that flies above it but a triumph of today.
Never scar of siege or battle challenges the wandering
Never breach of warlike onset holds the curious passer-by;
Only one sweet human fancy interweaves its threads
With the plain and homespun present, and a love that ne’er grows old;
Only one thing holds its crumbling walls above the
Listen to the simple story of a woman’s love and trust.
Count von Resanoff, the Russian, envoy of the
Stood beside the deep embrasures, where the brazen cannon are.
He with grave provincial magnates long had held serene
On the Treaty of Alliance and the high affairs of state;
He from grave provincial magnates oft had turned to
With the Comandante’s daughter on the questions of the heart,
Until points of gravest import yielded slowly one
And by Love was consummated what Diplomacy begun;
Till beside the deep embrasures, where the brazen
He received the twofold contract for approval of the Czar;
Till beside the brazen cannon the betrothed bade adieu,
And from sallyport and gateway north the Russian eagles flew.
Long beside the deep embrasures, where the brazen
Did they wait the promised bridegroom and the answer of the Czar;
Day by day on wall and bastion beat the hollow, empty
Day by day the sunlight glittered on the vacant, smiling seas;
Week by week the near hills whitened in their dusty
Week by week the far hills darkened from the fringing plain of oaks;
Till the rains came, and far breaking, on the fierce
Dashed the whole long coast with color, and then vanished and were lost.