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they had but broken out with fresh flame in another; and, as a native of Cashmere, of that fair and Holy Valley, which had in the same manner become the prey of strangers *, and seen her ancient shrines and native princes swept away before the march of her intolerant invaders, he felt sympathy, he owned, with the sufferings of the persecuted Ghebers, which every monument like this before them but tended more powerfully to awaken.
It was the first time that FERAMORZ had ever ventured upon so much prose before FADLADEEN and it may easily be conceived what effect such prose as this must have produced upon that most orthodox and most paganhating personage.
He sat for some minutes aghast, ejaculating only at intervals,“ Bigoted conquerers ! sympathy with Fire-Worshippers!" - while FERAMORZ, happy to take advantage of this almost speechless horror of the Chamberlain, proceeded to say that he knew a melancholy story, connected with the events of one of those struggles of the brave Fire-worshippers against their Arab masters, which, if the evening was not too
*“ Cashmere (says its historians) had its own princes 4000 years before its conquest by Akbar in 1585. Akbar would have found some difficulty to reduce this paradise of the Indies, situated as it is within such a fortress of' mountains, but its monarch, Yusef-Khan, was basely betrayed by his Omrahs." -- PENNANT
* Voltrire tells us that in his Tragedy, “Les Guébres,” he was generally supposed to have alluded to the Jansenists. I should not be surprised if this story of the Fire-worshippers were found capable of a similar doubleness of application
far advanced, he should have much pleasure in being allowed to relate to the Princess. It was impossible for LALLA Rookh to refuse; he had never before looked half so animated; and when he spoke of the Holy Valley his eyes had sparkled, she thought, like the talismanic characters on the scimitar of Solomon. Her consent was therefore most readily granted; and while FADLADEEN sat in unspeakable dismay, expecting treason and abomination in every line, the poet thus began his story of the Fire-worshippers.
'T is moonlight over OMAN'S SEA;
Her banks of pearl and palmy isles
And her blue waters sleep in smiles.
The music of the bulbul's nest,
To sing him to his golden rest.
Nor leaf is stirr'd nor wave is driven;
Can hardly win a breath from heaven.
* The Persian Gulf, sometimes so called, which separates the shores of Persia and Arabia.
+ The present Gombaroon, a town on the Persian side of the Gulf. | A Moorish instrument of music.
f “At Gombaroon and other places in Persia, they have towers for the purpose of catching the wind, and cooling the houses." — Le BRUYN.
Ev'n he, that tyrant Arab, sleeps
and swords that strike;.
To carnage and the Koran given,
Lies their directest path to heaven;
In the warm blood his hand hath pour'd,
Engraven on his reeking sword; † -
Just Alla! what must be thy look,
When such a wretch before thee stands
Turning the leaves with blood-stain'd hands,
* “Iran is the true general name for the empire of Persia.” – Asiat. Ros. Disc. 5.
† “ On the blades of their scimitars some verse from the Koran is usually inscribed." - RUSSEL.
Ev'n as those bees of TREBIZOND,
Which, from the sunniest flowers that glad With their pure smile the gardens round,
Draw venom forth that drives men mad.*
Never did fierce ARABIA send
A satrap forth more direly great;
Beneath a yoke of deadlier weight.
hearts that yet -
Beam all the light of long-lost days!
To second all such hearts can dare;
Who sleeps in moonlight luxury there
* “ There is a kind of Rhododendros about Trebizond, whose flowers the bee feeds upon, and the honey thence drives people mad." - TOURNEFORT.