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Though still, whene'er his eye by chance Fell on the boy's, its lurid glance
Met that unclouded, joyous gaze, As torches, that have burnt all night Through some impure and godless rite,
Encounter morning's glorious rays.
But hark! the vesper call to prayer,
As slow the orb of day-light sets, Is rising sweetly on the air,
From SYRIA's thousand minarets ! The boy has started from the bed Of flowers, where he had laid his head, And down upon the fragrant sod
Kneels, with his forehead to the south, Lisping th' eternal name of God
From purity's own cherub mouth,
Oh 'twas a sight - that Heav'n — that Child
And how felt he, the wretched Man Reclining there — while memory ran O'er many a year of guilt and strife, Flew o'er the dark flood of his life, Nor found one sunny resting-place, Nor brought him back one branch of grace ! " There was a time,” he said in mild, Heart-humbled tones 66 thou blessed child ! ss When young and haply pure as thou, “ I look'd and pray'd like thee -- but now —” He hung his head — each nobler aim
And hope and feeling, which had slept From boyhood's hour, that instant came
Fresh o'er him, and he wept - he wept !
Blest tears of soul-felt penitence!
In whose benign, redeeming flow Is felt the first, the only sense
Of guiltless joy that guilt can know.
“ There's a drop," said the PERI, “ that down from
66 the moon
“ Falls through the withering airs of June
“ The precious tears of repentance fall ? “ Though foul thy fiery plagues within,
“ One heavenly drop hath dispelld them all !"
'Twas when the golden orb had set, While on their knees they linger'd yet,
8 The Nucta, or Miraculous Drop, which falls in Egypt precisely on iSt. John's day, in June, and is supposed to have the effect of stopping the plague.
There fell a light, more lovely far
“ Joy, joy for ever! my task is done “ The Gates are pass'd, and Heaven is won ! « Oh! am I not happy? I am, I am
" To thee, sweet Eden ! how dark and sad “ Are the diamond turrets of SHADUKIAM, 9
“ And the fragrant bowers of AMBERABAD !
Farewel, ye odours of Earth, that die,
9 The Country of Delight, - the name of a Province in the kingdom of Jinnistan, or Fairy Land, the capital of which is called the city of Jewels. Amberabad is another of the cities of Jinnistan.
66 My feast is now of the Tooba Tree,”
66 Farewel ye vanishing flowers, that shone
“ In my fairy wreath, so bright and brief, — 6 Oh! what are the brightest that e'er have blown, “ To the lote-tree, springing by Alla's Throne, 66 Whose flowers have a soul in
leaf! 66 Joy, joy for ever!
my task is done « The Gates are pass'd, and Heav'n is won !”
The tree Tooba, that stands in Paradise, in the palace of Mahomet. v. Sale's Prelim. Disc. — Touba, says D'Herbelot, signifies beatitude, or eternal happiness.
· Mahomet is described, in the 53d Chapter of the Koran, as having seen the angel Gabriel“ by the lote-tree, beyond which there is no passing : near it is the Garden of Eternal Abode.” This tree, say the commentators, stands in the seventh Heaven, on the right hand of the Throne of God.