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Come boldly on! no venom’d snake Can shelter in so cool a brake: Child of the sun! he loves to lie "Mid nature's embers parch'd and dry, Where o'er some tower in ruin laid, The peepul spreads its haunted shade, Or round a tomb his scales to wreathe, Fit warder in the gate of death ! Come on! yet pause ! behold us now Beneath the bamboo's arched bough, Where gemming oft that sacred gloom, Glows the geranium's scarlet bloom, And winds our path through many a bower Of fragrant tree and giant flower; The ceiba's crimson pomp display'd O'er the broad plaintain's humbler shade, And dusk anana's prickly blade ; While o’er the brake, so wild and fair, The betel waves his crest in air. With pendent train and rushing wings, Aloft the gorgeous peacock springs ; And he, the bird of hundred dyes, Whose plumes the dames of Ava prize.

So rich a shade, so green a sod,
Our English fairies never trod;
Yet who in Indian bower has stood,
But thought on England's “good green wood ?
And blessed beneath the palmy shade,
Her hazel and her hawthorn glade,
And breath'd a prayer, (how oft in vain!)
To gaze upon her oaks again?

A truce to thought ! the jackal's cry
Resounds like sylvan revelry;
And through the trees, yon failing rày
Will scantly serve to guide our way.
Yet, mark ! as fade the upper skies,
Each thicket opes ten thousand eyes.
Before, beside us, and above,
The fire-fly lights his lamp of love,
Retreating, chasing, sinking, soaring,
The darkness of the copse exploring ;
While to this cooler air confest,
The broad Dhatura bares her breast,
Of fragrant scent, and virgin white,
A pearl around the locks of night!
Still as we pass in soften'd hum,
Along the breezy valleys come

The village song, the horn, the drum.
Still as we pass, from bush and briar,
The shrill cigala strikes his lyre ;
And, what is she whose liquid strain
Thrills through yon copse of sugar-cane ?
I know that soul-entrancing swell !
It is,-it must be,--Philomel !

Enough, enough, the rustling trees
Announce a shower upon the breeze,--
The flashes of the summer sky
Assume a deeper, ruddier dye ;
Yon lamp that trembles on the stream,
From forth our cabin sheds its beam ;
And we must early sleep to find
Betimes the morning's healthy wind.
But O! with thankful hearts confess,
Ev'n here there may be happiness;
And He, the bounteous Sire, has given
His peace on earth, his hope of heaven!



If thou wert by my side, my love !

How fast would evening fail In green Bengala’s palmy grove,

Listening the nightingale !

If thou, my love! wert by my side,

My babies at my knee,
How gaily would our pinnace glide

O’er Gunga's mimic sea !

I miss thee at the dawning gray,

When, on our deck reclined, In careless ease my limbs I lay,

And woo the cooler wind.

I miss thee when by Gunga's stream

My twilight steps I guide, But most beneath the lamp's pale beam,

I miss thee from my side.



I spread my books, my pencil try,

The lingering noon to cheer,
But miss thy kind approving eye,

Thy meek attentive ear.

But when of morn and eve the star

Beholds me on my knee,
I feel, though thou art distant far,

Thy prayers ascend for me.

Then on! Then on! where duty leads,

My course be onward still,
On broad Hindostan's sultry meads,

O'er black Almorah's hill.

That course nor Delhi's kingly gates,

Nor mild Malwah detain,
For sweet the bliss us both awaits,

By yonder western main.

Thy towers, Bombay, gleam bright, they say,

Across the dark blue sea,
But never were hearts so light and gay,

As then shall meet in thee !

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