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P O E T R Y.

PARADISE AND THE PERI.

From Moore's Lalla Rookh," an Oriental Romance,

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“ How happy,” exclaim'd this child of air, Are the holy Spirits who wander there,

Mid flowers that never shall fade or fall!

Though mine are the gardens of earth and sea, “ And the stars themselves have flowers for me,

One blossom of Heaven out-blooms them all!

“ Though sunny the Lake of cool CASHMERE, “ With its plane-tree Isle reflected clear,

And sweetly the founts of that Valley fall ;

Though bright are the waters of SING-SU-HAY, And the golden floods, that thitherward stray, “ Yet-oh 'tis only the Blest can say

“ How the waters of Heaven outshine them all!

Go, wing thy flight from star to star,
From world to luininous world, as far

“ As the universe spreads it flaming wall;
"Take all the pleasures of all the spheres,
“And multiply each through endless years,

“ One minute of Heaven is worth them all !"

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The glorious Angel, who was keeping
The gates of Light, beheld her weeping;
And, as he nearer drew and listen'd
To her sad song, a tear-drop glisten'd
Within his eyelids, like the spray

From Eden's fountain, when it lies
On the blue flow'r, which-Bramins say-

Blooms no where but in Paradise !

Nymph of a fair, but erring line !"
Gently he said," One hope is thine.
“ 'Tis written in the Book of Fate,

“ The Peri yet may be forgiven
“Who brings to this Eternal Gate

“ The Gift that is most dear to Heaven !
“ Go, seek it, and redeem thy sin ;-
«r 'Tis sweet to let the Pardon'd in !''

Rapidly as comets run
To th' embraces of the Sun :-
Fleeter than the starry brands,
Flung at night from angel hands
At those dark and daring sprites,
Who would climb th' empyreal heights,
Down the blue vault the Peri flies,

And, lighted earthward by a glance
That just then broke from morning's eyes,

Hung hovering o'er our world's expanse.

But whither shall the Spirit go
To find this gift for heav'n ?-"I know
“ The wealth,” she cries, “ of every urn,
“ In which umnumber'd rubies burn,
“ Beneath the pillars of ChilMINAR;

I know where the Isles of Perfume are
- Many a fathom down in the sea,
“ To the south of sun-bright ARABY ;-
“I know too where the Genii hid
The jewell'd cup of their King JAMISHED,
• With Life's elixir sparkling high-
“ But gifts like these are not for the sky.
“Where was there ever a gem that shone
“ Like the steps of Alla's wonderful Throne ?
“ And the Drops of Life-oh! what would they be
“In the boundless Deep of Eternity ?"
While thus she mus’d, her pinions fann'd
The air of that sweet Indian land,

Whose air is balm ; whose ocean spreads
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O'er coral rocks and amber beds;
Whose mountains, pregnant by the beam
Of the warm sun, with diamonds teem;
Whose rivulets are like rich brides,
Lovely, with gold beneath their tides;
Whose sandal groves and bowers of spice
Might be a Peri's Paradise !
But crimson now her rivers ran

With human bloodthe smell of death
Came reeking from those spicy bowers,
And man, the sacrifice of man,

Mingled his taint with every breath
Upwafted from the innocent flowers !
Land of the Sun! what foot invades
Thy Pagods and thy pillar'd shades-
Thy cavern shrines, and Idol stones,
Thy Monarchs and their thousand Thrones?
'Tis He of GAZNA—fierce in wrath

He comes, and India's diadems
Lie scatter'd in his ruinous path.-

His blood-hounds he adorns with gems,
Torn from the violated necks

Of many a young and lov'd Sultana ;
Maidens, within their pure Zenana,

Priests in the very fane he slaughters,
And choaks up with the glittering wrecks

Of golden shrines the sacred waters !

Downward the Peri turns her gaze,
And, through the war-field's bloody haze
Beholds a youthful warrior stand,

Alone, beside his native river, —
The red blade broken in his hand

And the last arrow in his quiver.
Live,” said the Conqueror, “live to share
The trophies and the crowns I bear!"
Silent that youthful warrior stood-
Silent he pointed to the flood
All crimson with his country's blood,
Then sent his last remaining dart,
For answer, to th' Invader's heart.

False flew the shaft, though pointed well ;
The Tyrant liv’d, the Hero fell !
Yet mark'd the Peri where he lay,

And when the rush of war was past,

Swiftly

The following day they dis- the following day. That day neicharged the large rockets. Early ther party obtained the victory, in the morning they carried all the upon which the viceroy issued an figures and their rockets from the order to stop the contest, and to town, and each of these figures burn the Telapoy the next day, was fixed upon a carriage of four which was accordingly done. wheels, and the rockets were se That day the corpse was burnt cured, by rattan loops, to strong in a temporary house, erected for ropes, which passed between the that purpose, in the shape of a feet of the animal, so that when Kuim, with a stage in it upon discharged, they, sliding on the which the coffin was set to be ropes, ran along the ground. burnt. This was performed with Some of these rockets were from small rockets, fixed upon ropes seven to eight feet in length, and with rings of rattan, so as to slide from three to four in circumfe. along them, from the top of a hill, rence, made of strong timber, and to the coffin, which was placed on secured by iron hoops, and rattan the topof another hill. The rockets lashings. The last of them, when being discharged, slided along the discharged, ran over a boy of ten ropes, over the intermediate valley, or twelve years old, who died in a to the coffin, which was set on few minutes ; three or four grown- fire by them, and, with its con. up persons were also much hurt. tents, quickly consumed." Towards evening a great number of fire-works were discharged, which made a very fine appear

COCHIN CHINA, The next day was the time appointed for blowing up the corpse. With some Particulars of the ManOn this occasion, a quarrel arose

ners, Customs, and History of between the two parties who had the Inhabitants, and a few Conpulled the former day; the party siderations on the Importance of which had been unsuccessful in

forming an Establishment in that sisting that the cables had been

Country. By Mr. Chapman. cut, and not broken, by the opposite party; they therefore pre

(From the same.) sented a petition to che viceroy, requesting that they might have I have been imperceptibly led another trial at pulling. This was into a detail of much greater granted, upon which, having pro- length than I intended ; yet sacured four new Europe cables, tisfied, as I am, of the great imfrom the ships in the harbour, portance which a settlement in they re-commenced their trial of Cochin China might be of to the strength; however, the party British nation, and to the Comwhich had been victorious before pany, I cannot prevail on myself won again, and broke the cables to dismiss the subject, without of the other. The unsuccessful giving a more connected account party was not yet satisfied, but in- of the country, and offering some sisted on another trial of strength, farther considerations on the ad

vantages

A SKETCH OF THE GEOGRAPHY OF

ance.

vantages to be made of its situa The climate is healthy, the vio. tion and productions.

lent heat of the summer months Cochin China, called by the na- being tempered by regular breezes tives Anam, extends from about from the sea; September, Octothe twentieth degree of north la- ber and November, are the season titude to Pulo Condore, which lies of the rains. The low lands are in eight degrees forty minutes. It then frequently and suddenly overis bounded by the kingdom of flowed by immense torrents of Tonquin on the north, from which water which fall from the mounit is separated by the river Sun- tains. The inundations happen gen; by the kingdom of Laos, generally once a fortnight, and and a range of mountains which last for three or four days at a divides it from Cambodia on the time. In December, January, and west ; and hy that part of the February, there are also frequent eastern ocean, generally called rains, brought by cold northerly the China Sea, on the south and winds, which distinguish this east.

country with a winter different The kingdom is divided into from any other in the east. twelve provinces all lying upon The inundations have the same the sca-coast, and succeeding effect here as the periodical overeach other from north to south in flowings of the Nile in Egypt; the following order,

and render the country one of the In the possession of the Ton- most fruitful in the world. In quinese, Ding oie, Cong-bing, many parts the land produces Ding-cat, Hué, or the Court. three crops of grain in the year.

In the possession of Ignaac, All the fruits of India are found Cham, Cong-nai, Quinion. here, in the greatest perfection,

Dubious whether subdued by with many of those of China. Ignaac, or in the possession of No country in the east, and perthe king. Phuyen, Bing-Khang, haps none in the world, produces Nha-Tong, Bing thoan or Champa. richer, or a greater variety of ar

In the possession of the king, ticles, proper for carrying on an Donai.

advantageous commerce : cinnaThe breadth of the country mon, pepper, cardamoms, silk, bears no proportion to its length. cotton, sugar, aglua wood, (ligFew of the provinces extend fur num aloës) sapan wood, and ivory, ther than a degree from east to are the principal. west ; some less than twenty Gold is taken almost pure from miles; Donai, which is properly the mines, and before the troubles a province of Cambodia, is much great quantities were brought larger.

from the hills in dust, and bartered The whole country is inter- by the rude inhabitants of them sected by rivers, which although for rice, cloths, and iron. It was not large enough to admit vessels from them also the Agula and Ciof great burthen, yet are exceed- lambae woods were procured with ingly wellcalculated for promoting quantities of wax, honey and ivory. inland commerce. Their streams For some years past, the commuare gentle, and the water clear. nication between the hills and the

low

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