James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

June 26


By Thomas William Parsons (1819–1892)

  • The first wife of Alphonso XII. of Spain. She died on June 26, 1878, after a brief wedded life.

  • SCARCE grown to womanhood, to die a Queen!

    Montpensier’s daughter, what a fate was thine!

    Youngest and loveliest of that Bourbon line

    So long chief actors in the mingled scene

    Of state and sway—the scaffold and the axe;

    Spiritui tuo sit aeterna Pax!

    Thy tragedy shall keep thy cypress green,

    And Isabella’s name shall be to Spain

    Less dear a memory than the tender tale

    Of thy young love and wedlock—and the wail

    That closed the marriage paean, and the rain

    Of sudden tears, as when an August cloud

    Bursts mid the sunshine. Oh, how cold and pale

    Alfonso, when he kissed thee in thy shroud!