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Therefore his slaves, with most obedient fear,

Came with the sack the lady to enclose ;
In vain from her stag eyes “the big round tears

Coursed one another down her innocent nose;"
In vain her tongue wept sorrow in their ears;

Though there were some felt willing to oppose, Yet when their heads came in their heads, that minute, Though 'twas a piteous case, they put her in it. And when the sack was tied, some two or three

Of these black undertakers slowly brought her To a kind of Moorish Serpentine ; for she

Was doom'd to have a winding sheet of water. Then farewell, earth—farewell to the green tree

Farewell, the sun—themoon-each little daughter!
She's shot from off the shoulders of a black,
Like a bag of Wall's-End from a coalman's back.
The waters oped, and the wide sack full-fillid

All that the waters oped, as down it fell;
Then closed the wave, and then the surface rillid

A ring above her, like a water-knell;
A moment more, and all its face was still’d,

And not a guilty heave was left to tell
That underneath its calm and blue transparence
A dame lay drown'd in her sack, like Clarence.
But Heaven beheld, and awful witness bore,

The inoon in black eclipse deceased that night, Like Desdemona smother'd by the Moor,

The lady's natal star with pale affright Fainted and fell--and what were stars before,

Turn'd comets as the tale was brought to light; And all look'd downward on the fatal wave, And made their own reflections on her grave. Next night, a head-a little lady's head,

Push'd through the waters a most glassy face, With weedy tresses, thrown apart and spread,

Comb’d by live ivory, to show the space

Of a pale forehead, and two eyes that shed

A soft blue mist, breathing a bloomy grace
Over their sleepy lids—and so she rais'd
Her aqualine nose above the stream, and gazed.

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She oped her lips-lips of a gentle blush,

So pale it seem'd near drown'd to a white,– She oped her lips, and forth there sprang a gush

Of music bubbling through the surface light: The leaves are motionless, the breezes hush

To listen to the air—and through the night There come these words of a most plaintive ditty, Sobbing as would break all hearts with pity :

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THE WATER PERI's song.

Farewell, farewell, to my mother's own daughter,

The child that she wet-nursed is lapp'd in the wave ; The Mussulman coming to fish in this water,

Adds a tear to the flood that weeps over her grave.

This sack is her coffin, this water's her bier,

This greyish bath cloak is her funeral pall;
And stranger, O stranger ! this song

that
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hcar Is her epitaph, elegy, dirges, and all!

Farewell, farewell, to the child of Al Hassan,

My mother's own daughter—the last of her raceShe's a corpse, the poor body! and lies in this basin,

And sleeps in the water that washes her face.

WA

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