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He sees a group of female forms advance
"Poor maiden !" thought the youth, "if thou wert sent"
Oh ! could he listen to such sounds unmou'd,
And by that light-nor dream of her he lov'd ? .
· Look up, my ZELICA- ne moment show
Those gentle eyes to me, that I may know"

Oh! curse me not," she cried, as wild he toss'd
His desperate hand tow'rds Heaven

Thy oath! thy oath /"
They saw a young Hindoo girl upon the bank
Whose are the gilded tents that crowd the way?.
In vain he yells his desperate curses out.
For this alone exists-like lightning fire,
To speed one bolt of vengeance, and expire!
And they beheld an orb, ample and bright,
Rise from the Holy Well.
And led her glittering forth before the eyes
Of his rude train, as to a sacrifice
And death and conflagration throughout all
The desolate city hold high festival! .
There, ye wise Saints, behold your Light, your Star-
Ye would be dupes and vutims, and ye are
He sprung and sunk, as the last words were said-
Quick clos'd the burning waters o'er his head .
And pray that He may pardon her,-may take
Compassion on her soul for thy dear sake".
For this the old man breath'd his thanks and died .

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143 [In part from the binding of a “Shah Namah," in the East India House Library.] And sits alone in that high bower Watching the still and shining deep

145 "Oh! ever thus, from childhood's hour, I've seen my fondest hopes decay".

155 " Here, maiden, look-weep_blush to see All that thy sire abhors in me!'" Fiercely he broke away, nor stoppid, Nor look'dbut from the lattice dropp'd .

162 The morn hath risen clear and calm, And o'er the Green Sea palely shines .

164 'Tis HAFED-name of fear, whose sound Chills like the muttering of a charm !

169 His Chiefs stood round-each shining blade Upon the bruken altar laid

175 This very night his blood shall steep These hands all over ere I sleep!"

180 And o'er the wide, tempestuous wave Looks, with a shudder, to those towers

184 And snatch'd her breathless from beneath This wilderment of wreck and death .

189 Shuddering, she look'd aroundthere lay A group of warriors in the sun

193 "Tremble not, love, thy Gheber's here!"

199 Ancient Persian Fire-Altar, &c. &c. 'Twas one of those ambrosial eves A day of storm so often leaves

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Breathless she stands, with eyes cast down
He felt it-deeply felt-and stood,
As if the tale had frosen his blood
A signal, deep and dread as those
The storm-fiend at his rising blows
As mute they paus'd before the flame
To light their torches as they pass'd
They come--that plunge into the water
Gives signal for the work of slaughter
Now, Freedom's God! I come to Thee"
Where still she fix'd her dying gaze,
And, gazing, sunk into the wave

Farewellfarewell to thee, ARABY's daughter !'"

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(From porcelain and illuminated MSS.]
Or to see it by moonlight, -when mellowly shines
The light o'er its palaces, gardens, and shrines
He saw, in the wreaths she would playfully snatch
From the hedges, a glory his crown could not match
Such cloud it is that now hangs over
The heart of the Imperial Lover
He heeds them not-one smile of hers
Is worth a world of worshippers
Fill'd with the cool, inspiring smell,
The' Enchantress now begins her spell
No sooner was the flowery crown
Plac'd on her head, than sleep came down
That all stood hush'd and wondering,
And turn'd and look d into the air
She whispers him with laughing eyes,

Remember, love, the Feast of Roses !"
They had now begun to ascend those barren mountains.
The marriage was fixed for the morning after her arrival

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