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Exploring the WestThree Travel Narratives$

Mushirul Hasan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198063117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063117.001.0001

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(p.290) Appendix A

(p.290) Appendix A

Exploring the West
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Ode To London (See page 70)

  • No more in gardens, rivers, fields,
  • The wearied eye can find delight;
  • Henceforth each joy that London yields
  • Be ours—where Beauty charms the sight.
  • We thirst no more for golden fruits.
  • That deck the trees of Paradise,
  • Content to rest from life's pursuits
  • Where these dark groves of cypress rise.
  • Let Mecca's Shaikh offended frown,
  • And curse us for apostate slaves;
  • Still may eternal blessings crown
  • These temples, while the bigot raves.
  • Fill up the goblet! welcome wine,
  • which bids the convert neʼer return;
  • His faith he gladly will resign,
  • His breast with raptures high will burn.
  • What though life's prime and blooming spring
  • Confest an Indian Cupid's wiles,
  • Maturer years more blessings bring;
  • in British beauties, sweeter smiles.
  • Fair creatures, hail! with flowing tress
  • Of jet, of auburn, or of gold:
  • Ye sure were formʼd my soul to bless:
  • I gaze—and die as I behold.
  • Your ruby lips might animate
  • The marble block, or torpid clay:
  • (p.291) Could I reverse the laws of fate,
  • Yours should be each devoted day.
  • Oh TALEBA! these wounds, so deep,
  • Are not of chance the offspring weak;
  • Love bids thy heart thʼ impression keep,
  • As Nature tints the tulip's streak.