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The one whose smile shone out alone,
And every thing seem'd drear without thee;
Thy charm of song all-fresh about thee.
And waited, trembling, for the minute,
Of her lov'd lute had magic in it.
The board was spread with fruits and wine;
Of melting sweetness, and the pears, I
* “ The Arabian women wear black masks with little clasps prettily ordered.” CARRERI, Niebuhr mentions their showing but one eye in conversation. | “The golden grapes of Casbin.”- Description of Persia.
| “The fruits exported from Caubul are apples, pears, pomegranates, &c.".-ELPHINSTONE.
And sunniest apples that CAUBUL
In all its thousand gardens* bears;-
From the far groves of SAMARCAND,
Seed of the Suns, from Iran's land;.
In baskets of pure santal-wood,
Sunk underneath the Indian flood,
* “We sat down under a tree, listened to the birds, and talked with the son of our Mehmaundar about our country and Caubul, of which he gave an enchanting account : that city and its 100,000 gardens," &c. - ELPHINSTONE
† “The mangusteen, the most delicate fruit in the world; the pride of the Malay islands."- MARSDEN.
# “A delicious kind of apricot, called by the Persians tokm-ek-shems, signifying sun's seed."- Description of Persia.
$ “Sweetmeats, in a crystal cup, consisting of rose-leaves in conserve, with lemon of Visna cherry, orange flowers," &c. - Russel.
Il “ Antelopes cropping the fresh berries of Erac."— The Moallakat, Poem of Tarafa.
Mauri-ga-Sima, an island near Formosa, supposed to have been sunk in the sea, for the crimes of its inhabitants. The vessels which the fishermen and divers bring up from it are sold at an immense price in China and Japan. See Kæmpfer.
Wines, too, of every clime and hue,
As if that jewel, large and rare,
Melted within the goblets there!
And amply SELIM quaffs of each,
For Love to rest his wings upon.
Can float upon a goblet's streams,
As bards have seen him in their dreams,
Upon a rosy lotus wreath,
That with his image shone beneath.
* Persian Tales.
† "The King of Zeilan is said to have the very finest ruby that was ever seen. Kublai-Khan sent and offered the value of a city for it, but the King answered he would not give it for the treasure of the world."- Marco Polo.
$ The Indians feign that Cupid was first seen floating down the Ganges on the Nymphæa Nelumbo. See Pennant.
But what are cups, without the aid
a lovely Georgian maid,
Full, floating, dark — oh, he, who knows
To guard him from such eyes as those!
Come hither, come hither — by night and by day,
We linger in pleasures that never are gone; Like the waves of the summer, as one
Another as sweet and as shining comes on. And the love that is o'er, in expiring, gives birth
To a new one as warm, as unequall?d in bliss; And, oh! if there be an Elysium on earth,
It is this, it is this. I
* Teflis is celebrated for its natural warm baths. See Ebn Haukal.
† “ The Indian Syrinda or guitar."-SYMEZ. † “ Around the exterior of the Dewan Khafs (a building of Shah Allum's) in the cornice are the following lines, in letters of gold upon a ground of white marble - _If there be a paradise upon earth, it is this, it is this.'"- FRANKLIN.