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SONNET BY THE LATE NAWAB OF
OUDE, ASUF UD DOWLA.
· In those eyes the tears that glisten as in pity for
my pain, Are they gems, or only dew-drops ? can they, will
they long remain ?
Why thy strength of tyrant beauty thus, with
seeming ruth, restrain ? Better breathe my last before thee, than in linger
ing grief remain!
To yon planet, Fate has given every inonth to
wax and wane; And thy world of blushing brightness--can it,
will it, long remain ?
Health and youth in balmy moisture on thy cheek
their seat maintain ; But-the dew that steeps the rose-bud-can it,
will it long remain ?
Asuf, why, in mournful numbers, of thine absence
thus complain ? Chance had joined us, chance has parted,-nought
on earth can long remain.
In the world may’st thou, beloved, live exempt
from grief and pain. On my lips the breath is fleeting, will it, can it
long remain ?
FROM THE HINDOOSTANEE.
FROM THE GULISTAN.
• BROTHER, know the world deceiveth ;
FROM THE SAME. • The man who leaveth life behind, May well and boldly speak his mind; Where flight is none from battle field, We blithely snatch the sword and shield; Where hope is past, and hate is strong,
The wretch's tongue is sharp and long ; Myself have seen, in wild despair, The feeble cat the mastiff tear.'
FROM THE SAME.
· Who the silent man can prize,