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Where the precipitate Anio1 thunders down,
Through the green leaves, a ray serene and clear
DEATH AND TIME.
TIME, taunting, said to man, with austere brow, "Thou fool, to pile up monuments of fame; Thy lesser works are durable as thou
The Pyramids bear not the builder's name." Death, Time's dark page, to man in triumph said, "Thy mighty schemes of little power resign; Millions, whence thou art sprung, are with the dead
Canst thou escape? Even Time himself is mine." Then man look'd round with a despairing eye,
And ask'd his heart and heaven if this were so; Straight from the blooming earth and beaming sky,
And from the soul, came the full answer, "No :" Then hope immortal rais'd man's brow sublime, And from him shrunk the conquerors, Death and Time.
The Falls of Tivoli.
The house of Horace.
TO THE OCEAN.
ROLL on, thou deep and dark blue ocean — roll!
He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan, Without a grave, unknell'd, uncoffin'd, and unknown.
The armaments which thunderstrike the walls
These are thy toys, and, as the snowy flake,
Thy shores are empires 1, chang'd in all save theeAssyria, Greece, Rome, Carthage, what are they? Thy waters wasted them while they were free, And many a tyrant since; their shores obey The stranger, slave, or savage; their decay Has dried up realms to deserts: not so thou, Unchangeable save to thy wild waves' playTime writes no wrinkle on thine azure brow Such as creation's dawn beheld, thou rollest now.
"The grand object of all travelling is to see the shores of the Mediterranean. On those shores were the four great empires of the world; the Assyrian, the Persian, the Grecian, and the Roman. All our religion, almost all our law, almost all our arts, almost all that sets us above savages, has come to us from the shores of the Mediterranean.” · Dr. Johnson,
Thou glorious mirror, where the Almighty's form Glasses itself in tempests; in all time,
Calm or convuls'd-in breeze, or gale, or storm, Icing the pole, or in the torrid clime
Dark heaving; boundless, endless, and sublime. The image of Eternity - the throne
Of the Invisible; even from out thy slime
The monsters of the deep are made; each zone Obeys thee; thou goest forth, dread, fathomless,
DESCRIPTION OF THE CALIPH'S ARMY.
WHOSE are the gilded tents that crowd the way,
Princely pavilions screen'd by many a fold
1 The edifices of Chilminar (Persepolis,) and Balbec were supposed to have been built by the Genii, acting under the orders of Ian ben Ian.
* Arabia, or rather one of its divisions, near the Straits of Babelmandel.
But yester-eve, so motionless around,
So mute was this wide plain, that not a sound
Hunting among the thickets could be heard;
The neigh of cavalry; - the tinkling throngs
Who leads this mighty army? ask ye "who?" And mark ye not those banners of dark hue, The Night and Shadow 3 over yonder tent? It is the Caliph's glorious armament.
This trumpet is often called in Abyssinia the note of the eagle.
The two black standards borne before the Caliphs of the house of Abbas were called, allegorically, the Night and the Shadow.
• Mahadi, the father of Haroun al Raschid, in a single pilgrimage to Mecca, expended six millions of dinars of gold. He fed all the pilgrims and their camels; and amongst other things with which he loaded the camels which attended him, he carried such a prodigious quantity of snow, that it served not only to refresh him and all his retinue in the burning sands of Arabia, but likewise to preserve all the fruits he took with
To Mecca's temple, when both land and sea
I HEAR a voice low in the sunset woods;
And the wind sighs it as it flies away.
him in their natural freshness, and to afford him ice water to drink, during his abode at Mecca, the inhabitants of which place had scarcely seen any snow before. He furnished the inhabitants of that city with provisions for one year, and on one occasion alone distributed among them 100,000 dresses. 1 Arabia Petræa.
2 Those horses of whom a written genealogy has been kept for 2000 years.
Saba, the capital of the Sabæi, a people of Arabia Felix, on the borders of the Red Sea. Their country is the Sheba of the Old Testament.