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All, all are there;-each land its flower hath given,
To form that fair young nursery for Heaven!

But why this pageant now-this arm'd array?
What triumph crowds the rich Divan to-day
With turban'd heads, of every hue and race,
Bowing before that veil'd and awful face,
Like tulip-beds, of different shapes and dyes,
Bending beneath th' invisible west-wind's sighs!
What new-made mystery now, for Faith to sign,
And blood to seal, as genuine and divine,—
What dazzling mimicry of God's own power
Hath the bold Prophet plann'd to grace this hour?
Not such the pageant now, though not less proud,-
Yon warrior-youth, advancing from the crowd,
With silver bow, with belt of broider'd crape,
And fur-bound bonnet of Bucharian shape,
So fiercely beautiful in form and eye,
Like war's wild planet in a summer sky;--
That youth to-day,—a proselyte, worth hordes
Of cooler spirits and less practis'd swords,-
Is come to join, all bravery and belief,

The creed and standard of the heav'n-sent Chief.

Though few his years, the West already knows Young AZIM's fame ;-beyond th' Olympian snows, Ere manhood darken'd o'er his downy cheek, O'erwhelm'd in fight, and captive to the Greek,* He linger'd there, till peace dissolv'd his chains ;Oh! who could, ev'n in bondage, tread the plains

* In the war of the Caliph Mahadi against the Empress Irene, for an account of which, v. Gibbon, vol. x.

Of glorious Greece, nor feel his spirit rise
Kindling within him?—who, with heart and eyes,
Could walk where Liberty had been, nor see
The shining foot-prints of her Deity,
Nor feel those god-like breathings in the air,
Which mutely told her spirit had been there?
Not he, that youthful warrior,-no, too well
For his soul's quiet work'd th' awakening spell;
And now, returning to his own dear land,

Full of those dreams of good that, vainly grand,
Haunt the young heart;-proud views of human-kind,
Of men to Gods exalted and refin'd ;—

False views, like that horizon's fair deceit,

Where earth and heav'n but seem, alas! to meet ;-
Soon as he heard an Arm Divine was rais'd
To right the nations, and beheld, emblaz'd
On the white flag MOKANNA'S host unfurl'd,

Those words of sunshine, "Freedom to the World,"
At once his faith, his sword, his soul obey'd
Th' inspiring summons; every chosen blade,
That fought beneath that banner's sacred text,
Seem'd doubly edg'd, for this world and the next;
And ne'er did Faith with her smooth bandage bind
Eyes more devoutly willing to be blind

In virtue's cause; -never was soul inspir'd
With livelier trust in what it most desir'd,

Than his, th' enthusiast there, who kneeling, pale

With pious awe, before that Silver Veil,
Believes the form, to which he bends his knee,
Some pure, redeeming angel, sent to free
This fetter'd world from every bond and stain,
And bring its primal glories back again!

Low as young AZIM knelt, that motley crowd
Of all earth's nations sunk the knee and bow'd,
With shouts of " ALLA!" echoing long and loud;
While high in air, above the Prophet's head,
Hundreds of banners, to the sunbeam spread,
Wav'd, like the wings of the white birds that fan
The flying throne of star-taught Soliman!

Then thus he spoke :-"Stranger, though new the frame
Thy soul inhabits now, I've track'd its flame
For many an age,* in every chance and change
Of that Existence, through whose varied range,—
As through a torch-race, where, from hand to hand,
The flying youths transmit their shining brand,-
From frame to frame the unextinguish'd soul
Rapidly passes, till it reach the goal!

"Nor think 'tis only the gross Spirits, warm'd
With duskier fire, and for earth's medium form'd,
That run this course ;-Beings, the most divine,
Thus deign through dark mortality to shine.
Such was the Essence that in Adam dwelt,

To which all Heav'n except the Proud One, knelt : †
Such the refin'd Intelligence that glow'd

In Moussa's frame, and, thence descending, flow'd
Through many a Prophet's breast;-in Issa shone,
And in Mohammed burn'd; till, hastening on,
(As a bright river that, from fall to fall

In many a maze descending, bright through all,

*The transmigration of souls was one of his doctrines, v. D'Herbelot.

+ "And when we said unto the angels, Worship Adam, they all worshipped him except Eblis (Lucifer), who refused."-The Koran, chap. ii.

‡ Jesus.

Finds some fair region where, each labyrinth past,
In one full lake of light it rests at last!)
That holy Spirit, settling calm and free
From lapse or shadow, centres all in me!"

Again throughout th' assembly, at these words,
Thousands of voices rung; the warrior's swords
Were pointed up to heav'n; a sudden wind
In th' open banners play'd, and from behind
Those Persian hangings, that but ill could screen
The Haram's loveliness, white hands were seen.
Waving embroider'd scarves, whose motion gave
A perfume forth;—like those the Houris wave,
When beckoning to their bowers th' Immortal Brave.

"But these," pursued the Chief, "are truths sublime, That claim a holier mood and calmer time

Than earth allows us now ;—this sword must first
The darkling prison-house of Mankind burst,

Ere Peace can visit them, or Truth let in
Her wakening day-light on a world of sin!
But then, celestial warriors, then, when all

Earth's shrines and thrones before our banner fall;
When the glad slave shall at these feet lay down
His broken chain, the tyrant lord his crown,
The priest his book, the conqueror his wreath,
And from the lips of Truth one mighty breath
Shall, like a whirlwind, scatter in its breeze
That whole dark pile of human mockeries ;—
Then shall the reign of Mind commence on earth,
And starting fresh, as from a second birth,
Man, in the sunshine of the world's new spring,
Shall walk transparent, like some holy thing!

Then, too, your Prophet from his angel brow
Shall cast the Veil that hides its splendours now,
And gladden'd Earth shall, through her wide expanse,
Bask in the glories of this countenance !

"For thee, young warrior, welcome!-thou hast yet Some tasks to learn, some frailties to forget, Ere the white war-plume o'er thy brow can wave ;But, once my own, mine all till in the grave!"

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