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THOMAS MOORE
Irish poet
(1779 - 1852)
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Amaranths such as crown the maids
  That wander through Zamara's shades.
      - Lalla Rookh--Light of the Harem (l. 318)
        [Amaranths]

Beneath some orange-trees,
  Whose fruit and blossoms in the breeze
    Were wantoning togther free,
      Like age at play with infancy.
      - Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri
        [Oranges]

Oh! what are the brightest that e'er have blown
  To the lote-tree, springing by Alla's throne,
    Whose flowers have a soul in every leaf.
      - Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri
        [Lotuses]

One morn a Peri at the gate
  Of Eden stood disconsolate.
      - Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri
        [Paradise]

Take all the pleasures of all the spheres,
  And multiply each through endless years,
    One minute of Heaven is worth them all.
      - Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri
        [Pleasure]

The glorious Angel, who was keeping
  The gates of Light, beheld her weeping;
    And, as he nearer drew and listen'd
      To her said song, a tear-drop glisten'd
        Within his eyelids, like the spray
          From Eden's fountain, where it lies
            On the blue flow'r, which--Bramins say--
              Blooms nowhere but in Paradise.
      - Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri [Tears]

Those virgin lilies, all the night
  Bathing their beauties in the lake,
    That they may rise more fresh and bright,
      When their beloved sun's awake.
      - Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri
        [Water Lilies]

One kiss the maiden gives, one last,
  Long kiss, which she expires in giving.
      - Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri
         (l. 200) [Kisses]

But the trail of the serpent is over them all.
      - Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri
         (l. 206) [Sin]

Oh! if there be, on this earthly sphere,
  A boon, an offering Heaven holds dear,
    'Tis the last libation Liberty draws
      From the heart that bleeds and breaks in her cause!
      - Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri
         (st. 11) [Liberty]

There written all
  Black as the damning drops that fall
    From the denouncing Angel's pen,
      Ere Mercy weeps them out again.
      - Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri
         (st. 28) [Judgment : Swearing]

And see--the Sun himself!--on wings
  Of glory up the East he springs.
    Angel of Light! who from the time
      Those heavens began their march sublime,
        Hath first of all the starry choir
          Trod in his Maker's steps of fire!
      - Lalla Rookh--The Fire Worshippers [Sun]

As sunshine, broken in the rill,
  Though turn'd astray, is sunshine still!
      - Lalla Rookh--The Fire Worshippers [Sun]

Blest power of sunshine!--and genial day,
  What balm, what life is in thy ray!
    To feel there is such real bliss,
      That had the world no joy but this,
        To sit in sunshine calm and sweet,--
          It were a world too exquisite
            For man to leave it for the gloom,
              The deep, cold shadow, of the tomb.
      - Lalla Rookh--The Fire Worshippers [Sun]

Oh, colder than the wind that freezes
  Founts, that but now in sunshine play'd,
    Is that congealing pang which seizes
      The trusting bosom, when betray'd.
      - Lalla Rookh--The Fire Worshippers
        [Treachery]

Oh, for a tongue to curse the slave
  Whose treason, like a deadly blight,
    Comes o'er the councils of the brave,
      And blasts them in their hour of might!
      - Lalla Rookh--The Fire Worshippers
        [Treachery]

Like Dead Sea fruit that tempts the eye,
  But turns to ashes on the lips!
      - Lalla Rookh--The Fire Worshippers
         (l. 1018) [Apples]

Like ships that have gone down at sea,
  When heaven was all tranquillity.
      - Lalla Rookh--The Light of the Harem
        [Ships]

Alas! how light a cause may move
  Dissension between hearts that love!
    Hearts that the world in vain had tried,
      And sorrow but more closely tied;
        That stood the storm when waves were rough,
          Yet in a sunny hour fall off.
      - Lalla Rookh--The Light of the Harem
         (l. 183) [Dissension]

Love on through all ills, and love on till they die!
      - Lalla Rookh--The Light of the Harem
         (l. 653) [Love]

To-morrow the dreams and flowers will fade.
      - Lalla Rookh--The Light of the Harem--Song
        [Tomorrow]

And music too--dear music! that can touch
  Beyond all else the soul that loves it much--
    Now heard far off, so far as but to seem
      Like the faint, exquisite music of a dream.
      - Lalla Rookh--The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan
        [Music]

But Faith, fanatic Faith, once wedded fast
  To some dear falsehood, hugs it to the last.
      - Lalla Rookh--The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan
        [Faith]

Like the stain'd web that whitens in the sun,
  Grow pure by being purely shone upon.
      - Lalla Rookh--The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan
        [Chastity]

Like tulip-beds of different shape and dyes,
  Bending beneath the invisible west-wind's sighs.
      - Lalla Rookh--The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan
        [Tulips]


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