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In the eleventh year of the reign of Aurungzebe, Abdalla, king of the Lesser Bucharia, a lineal descendant from the Great Zingis, having abdicated the throne in favour of his son, set out on a pilgrimage to the shrine of the prophet; and, passing into India through the delightful valley of Cashmere, rested for a short time at Delhi on his way. He was entertained by Aurungzebe in a style of magnificent hospitality, worthy alike of the visitor and the host, and was afterwards escorted with the same splendour to Surat, where he embarked for Arabia. During the stay of the Royal Pilgrim at Delhi, a marriage was agreed upon between the prince, his son, and the youngest daughter of the emperor, LALLA Rookh;*-a princess described by the poets of her time, as more beautiful than Leila, Shirine,
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intended that the nuptials should be celebrated at Cash- the proc
Dewilde, or any of those heroines whose names and loves cended embellish the songs of Persia and Hindostan. It was
mere; where the young king, as soon as the cares of empire would permit, was to meet, for the first time, his lovely bride, and, after a few months' repose in that enchanting valley, conduct her over the snowy hills into il pala Bucharia.
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The day of LALLA Rookh's departure from Delhi was as splendid as sunshine and pageantry could make it. The bazars and baths were all covered with the richest tapestry; hundreds of gilded barges upon the Jumna floated with their banners shining in the water; while through the streets groups of beautiful children went strewing the most delicious flowers around, as in that Persian festival called the Scattering of the Roses;* till every part of the city was as fragrant as if a caravan of musk from Khoten had passed through it. The princess, having taken leave of her kind father, who at parting hung a cornelian of Yemen round her neck, on which was inscribed a verse from the Koran,-and having sent a considerable present to the Fakirs, who kept up the Perpetual Lamp in her sister's tomb, meekly as
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loves cended the palankeen prepared for her; and, while It was Aurungzebe stood to take a last look from his balcony, Cash. the procession moved slowly on the road to Lahore.
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Seldom had the eastern world seen a cavalcade so at en superb. From the gardens in the suburbs to the impeIs into rial palace, it was one unbroken line of splendour. The
gallant appearance of the Rajas and Mogul lords, dis-
their saddles;—the costly armour of their cavaliers, who the
vied, on this occasion, with the guards of the great water,
Keder Khan, in the brightness of their silver battlehildren
axes and the massiness of thair maces of gold;the glit-
bearing on their backs small turrets, in the shape of
merian maids of honour, whom the young king had sent
to accompany his bride, and who rode on each side of the litter, upon small Arabian horses;—all was brilliant, tasteful, and magnificent, and pleased even the critical and fastidious FADLADEEN, Great Nazir or Chamber. lain of the Haram, who was borne in his palankeen immediately after the princess, and considered himself not the least important personage of the pageant.
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FADLADEEN was a judge of every thing,—from the penciling of a Circassian's eye-lids to the deepest questions of science and literature; from the mixture of a conserve of rose-leaves to the composition of an epic poem: and such influence had his opinion upon the various tast of the day, that all the cooks and poets of Delhi stood in awe of him. His political conduct and opinions were founded upon that line of Sadi," should the prince at noon-day say, It is night, declare that you behold the moon and stars.”—And his zeal for religion, of which Aurungzebe was a munificent protector, was about as disinterested as that of the goldsmith, who fell in love with the diamond eyes of the idol of Jaghernaut.
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During the first days of their journey, LALLA Rooks, who had passed all her life within the shadow of the Royal Gardens of Shalimar, found enough in the
adow of lulled the princess to sleep with the ancient ditties of
beauty of the scenery through which they passed to inrilliant
terest her mind and delight her imagination; and when,
had been selected for her encampments,—sometimes on nself no
the banks of a small rivulet, as clear as the waters of the
covered with antelopes; and often in those hidden, emest ques
bowered spots, described by one from the isles of the
Rooks was young, and the young love variety; nor that you
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