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A SONG, from the Persian, paraphrased in the measure of the original.
Sweet as the rose that scents the gale,
3. Where could those peerless flowrets blow : Whence are the thorns that near them grow 2 Wound me, but smile, O lovely foe, Smile on the heart thou tearest.
- * Lady Jones having been exposed to some danger in an evening walk over the plains of Plassey, Sir William almost immediately wrote the following stanzas: • *
No. V. * *
- Aug. 3, 1784.
"Tis not of Jäfer, nor of Clive,
'Tis of the best good girl alive,
The Sun, in gaudy palanqueen,
Firing no more heav'n's vault serene,
When Anna, to her bard long dear,
Of Elwy swift, or Testa clear 2)
Where thou, bloody-thirsty Subahdār,
Till Britain's vengeful hounds of war,
* It can scarcely be necessary to recall to the recollection of the reader, the victory
gained by Lord Clive, over Serajuddoula, Subahdār or Viceroy of Bengal, on Plassey Plain.
3 x * She
She knew what monsters rang'd the brake,
The hooded, and the necklac’d snake,
To worth, and innocence approv’d,
Thus o'er the plain at ease she mov'd : —
Wild perroquets first silence broke,
But they in English never spoke,
Next, patient dromedaries stalk'd,
But Arabic, was all they talk'd;—
A serpent dire, of size minute,
Then hasten’d from her path to shoot,
Three elephants, to warn her, call,
But they no western tongue could speak;
Fame says, a brother jabber'd Greek.
* A common expression for the Hindustanee, or vernacular language of India.
Superfluous was their friendly zeal;
Fierce boars her pow'rful influence feel,
E’en tigers, never aw’d before,
She dauntless heard around her roar,
No wonder since, on Elfin Land,
A lion vast was known to stand,
Yet, oh! had on E her perils known,
Made her security their own)
On seeing Miss *** ride by him, without knowing her.
Cardigan, August 14th, 1780. So lightly glanc'd she o'er the lawn, So lightly through the vale, That not more swiftly bounds the fawn, In Sidon's palmy dale.
Full well her bright-hair'd courser knew,
And proudly shook the tassels blue,