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Nay, turn not from me that dear face—
Am I not thine—thy own lov’d bride—
The one, the chosen one, whose place 280
In life or death is by thy .P
Thinkst thou that she, whose only light,
In this dim world, from thee hath shone,
Could bear the long, the cheerless night,
That must be hers, when thou art
gone?

‘That I can live, and let thee go,
Who art my life itself?—No, no—
When the stem dies, the leaf that grew
Out of its heart must perish too!
Then turn to me, my own love, turn,
Before like thee I fade and burn;
Cling to these yet cool lips, and share
The last pure life that lingers there!’
She fails—she sinks—as dies the lamp
In charnel airs or cavern-damp,
So quickly do his baleful sighs
Quench all the sweet light of her eyes!
One struggle—and his pain is past—
Her lover is no longer living !
One kiss, the maiden gives, one last, 300
Long kiss, which she expires in giving !
Sleep,' said, the Peri, as softly she stole
The farewell sigh of that vanishing soul,
As true as eler warm'd a woman's breast—
‘Sleep on, in visions of odour rest, 305
In balmier airs than ever yet stirr'd
The enchanted pile of that lonely bird,
Who sings at the last his own death lay,
And in music and perfume dies away!”
Thus saying, from *. lips she spread 310
Unearthly breathings through the place,
And shook her sparkling wreath and shed
Such lustre o'er each paly face,
That like two lovely saints they seem'd
Upon the eve of doomsday taken 315
From their dim graves, in odour sleeping;-
While that benevolent Peri beam'd
Like their good angel, calmly keeping
Watch o'er them, till their souls would
waken!
But morn is blushing in the sky;
Again the Peri soars above,
Bearing to Heav'n that precious sigh
Of pure, self-sacrificing love.
High throbb'd her heart, with hope elate,
The Elysian palm she soon hio. 325
For the bright Spirit at the gate
Smil'd as she gave that offering in,
And she already hears the trees
Of Eden, with their crystal bells
Ringing in that ambrosial breeze
That from the Throne of Alla swells;
And she can see the starry bowls
That lie around that lucid lake,
Upon whose banks admitted Souls
Their first sweet draught of glory take!

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But ah! even Peris' hopes are vain— Again the Fates forbade, again The immortal barrier clos'd-‘not yet,” The Angel said as, with regret, He shut from her that glimpse of glory— “True was the maiden; and É. story, Written in light o'er Alla's head, By seraph eyes shall long be read. But, Peri, see—the crystal bar Of Eden moves not—holier far Than ev'n this sigh the boon must be That opes the Gates of Heav'n for thee." Now, upon Syria's land of roses Softly the light of Eve, reposes, And, like a glory, the broad sun | Hangs over sainted Lebanon; | Whose head in wintry grandeur towers, And whitens with eternal sleet, While summer, in a vale of flowers, Is sleeping rosy at his feet. To one, who look'd from upper air O'er all the enchanted regions there, How beauteous must have been the glow, The life, the sparkling from below ! Fair gardens, shining streams, with ranks Of golden melons on their banks, More golden where the sun-light falls;– Gay lizards, glittering on the walls Of ruin'd shrines, busy and bright As they were all alive with light;- 3.5 And, yet more splendid, numerous flocks Of pigeons, settling on the rocks, With their rich restless wings, that gleam Variously in the crimson beam Of the warm west,-as if inlaid With brilliants from the mine, or made Of tearless rainbows, such as span The unclouded skies of Peristan' And then, the mingling sounds that come, Of shepherd's ancient reed with hum 375 Of the wild bees of Palestine, Banqueting through the flowery vales;– And, Jordan, those sweet banks of thine, And woods, so full of nightingales!

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But nought can charm the luckless Peri; 380
Her soul is sad—her wings are weary–
Joyless she sees the sun ‘... down
On that great Temple, once his own,
Whose lonely columns stand sublime,
Flinging their shadows from on high, so
Like dials, which the wizard, Time,
Had rais'd to count his ages by
Yet haply there may lie conceal’d
Beneath those Chambers of the Sun,
Some amulet of gems, anneal’d
In upper fires, some tablet seal’d
Wo. the great name of Solomon,
Which, spell'd by her illumin'd eyes
May teach . where, beneath the moon,
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The charm, that can restore so soon, An erring Spirit to the skies!

Cheer'd by this hope, she bends
thither; –
Still laughs the radiant eye of Heaven,
Nor have the golden bowers of Even 400
In the rich West begun to wither;--
When, o'er the vale of Balbec winging
Slowly, she sees a child at play,
Among the rosy wild-flowers singing,
As rosy and as wild as they;
Chasing, with eager hands and eyes,
The beautiful blue damsel-flies,
That flutter'd round the jasmine stems,
Like winged flowers or i. gems:–
And, near, the boy, who tir'd with play 410
Now nestling 'mid the roses lay,
She saw a wearied man dismount
From his hot steed, and on the brink
Of a small imaret's rustic fount
Impatient, fling him down to drink.
Then swift his haggard brow he turn'd
To the fair child, who fearless sat,
Though never yet hath day-beam burn'd
Upon a brow more fierce than that,
Sullenly fierce—a mixture dire,
Like thunder-clouds, of gloom and fire!
In which the Peri's eye could read
Dark tales of many a ruthless deed;
The ruin'd maid—the shrine profan'd—
Oaths broken—and the threshold stain'd 425
With blood of guests —there written, all,
Black as the damning drops that fall
From the denouncing Angel's pen,
Ere Mercy weeps them out again!

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Yet tranquil now that man of crime, 430
(As if the balmy evening time
Soften’d his spirit,) look'd and lay,
Watching the rosy infant's play:-
Though still, whene'er his eye by chance
Fell on the boy's, its lurid glance 435
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, 440
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, 445
And down upon the fragrant sod
Kneels, with his forehead to the south,
Lisping the eternal name of God
From purity's own cherub mouth,
And looking, while his hands and eyes 450
Are lifted to the glowing skies,
Like a stray babe of Paradise,

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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 the moon
Falls through the withering airs of June
Upon Egypt's land, of so healing a power,
So balmy a virtue, that ev’n in the hour 480
That drop descends, contagion dies,
And health reanimates earth and skies!—
Oh, is it not thus, thou man of sin,
The precious tears of repentance fall?
Though foul thy fiery plagues within, 485
One heavenly drop o dispell'd them
all !'
And now—behold him kneeling there
§ the child's side, in humble prayer,
While the same sun-beam shines upon
The #. and the guiltless one, 490
And hymns of joy proclaim through Heaven
The Triumph of a soul Forgiven!

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