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islanders send adrift, at the mercy of winds and waves, loaded with perfumes, flowers, and odoriferous wood, as an offering to the Spirit whom they call King of the Sea. At first, this little bark appeared to be empty, but, on coming nearer
She had proceeded thus far in relating the dream to her Ladies, when FERAMORZ appeared at the door of the pavilion. In his presence, of course, everything else was forgotten, and the continuance of the story was instantly requested by all. Fresh wood of aloes was set to burn in the cassolets; — the violet sherbets * hastily handed round, and after a short prelude on his lute, in the pathetic measure of Nava t, which is always used to express the lamentations of absent lovers, the Poet thus continued.
“ The sweet-scented violet is one of the plants most esteemed, particularly for its great use in Sorbet, which they make of violet sugar."— HASSELQUIST.
“ The sherbet they most esteem, and which is drank by the Grand Signor himself, is made of violets and sugar."- TAVERNIER.
† “Last of all she took a guitar, and sung a pathetic air in the measure called Nava, which is always used to express the lamentations of absent lovers.”— Persian Tales.
The day is iowering - stilly black
But tells of storm to come or past;
Of a young war-horse in the blast;
The mighty womb that gave him birth, And, having swept the firmament,
Was now in fierce career for earth.
On earth 'twas yet all calm around,
Went slowly from the Persian shore.
loneliness to brood
With that keen, second-scent of death,
In the still warm and living breath! I
* “The Easterns used to set out on their longer voyages with music."HARMER,
† “ The Gate of Tears, the straits or passage into the Red Sea, commonly called Babelmandel. It received this name from the old Arabians, on account of the danger of the navigation, and the number of shipwrecks by which it was distinguished; which induced them to consider as dead, and to wear mourning for all who had the boldness to hazard the passage through it into the Ethiopic ocean.”-RICHARDSON.
# “I have been told that whensoever an animal falls down dead, one or more vultures, unseen before, instantly appear."- PENNANT.
As a young bird of BABYLON,*
And does the long-left home she seeks
the well-known groves,
And the gay, gleaming fishes count,
Shooting around their jasper fount; +
And once again, at evening hour,
In her own sweet acacia bower.
* “ They fasten some writing to the wings of a Bagdat, or Babylonian pigeon.' - Travels of certain Englishmen.
† “ The Empress of Jehan-Guire used to divert herself with feeding tame fish in her canals, some of which were many years afterwards known by fillets of gold, which she caused to be put round them."- Harris.
" Le Tespih, qui est un chapelet, composé de 99 petites boules d'agate, de jaspe, d'àmbre, de corail, ou d'autre matière précieuse. J'en ai vu un superbe au Seigneur Jerpos ; il étoit de belles et grosses perles parfaites et égales, estimé trente mille piastres.”—TODERINI.
silent, from her train apart,
Gheber — infidel whate'er “The' unhallow'd name thou’rt doom'd to bear, “ Still glorious
still to this fond heart “Dear as its blood, whate'er thou art!
Alla, dreadful ALLA! yes “If there be wrong, be crime in this, “Let the black waves that round us roll, « Whelm me this instant, ere my soul,
Forgetting faith - home - father -- all — “Before its earthly idol fall, « Nor worship ey'n Thyself above him “For, oh, so wildly do I love him,
Thy Paradise itself were dim “And joyless, if not shar'd with him!” Her hands were clasp'd - her eyes upturn’d,
Dropping their tears like moonlight rain; And, though her lip, fond raver! burn'd
With words of passion, bold, profane,