Annals of Oriental Literature Volume 1

Annals of Oriental Literature Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1820 edition. Excerpt: ...as she says of herself--" No stranger has ever seen me, nor heard the sound of my voice." The bloom and serenity of her two cheeks, contrasted with the fairness of her temples and neck, are described "as two rose-buds embedded in lilies," thus rivalling Anacreon's--'Pvca ru yaaKri /ut'fas: --roses mixed with milk, and equalling what Virgil says of Lavinia, En. XII.--------cui plurimus ignem Subjecit rubor, et calefacta per ora cucurrit. Indum sanguinco veluti violaverit ostro Si quis ebur, aut mixta rubent ubi lilia multa Alba rosa: tales virgo dabat ore colores. A lovely blush the modest virgin warms, Glows in her cheeks, and lights up all her charms: Thus ivory shews, it's white combined with red, And roses so, o'er beds of lilies spread. Firdausi adds: --"Her lips were honey, her tongue wai sugar, and her "mouth," or rather those parts of it which were visible on her smiling, namely, the teeth and gums--"were a row of pearls set in a casket of rubies!"--and, to sum up this constellation of native charms--" her soul was intellect," or that part of the living principle which orientalists consider as divine, "her body the vital principle," or what John Hunter called the life of the blood, --" and no part of her could be called earthly" So far the poet is descriptive of the charms of her person, which some would think might remain--"A form still fresher than the morning rose When wet with dew; unstain'd and pure As is the lily: --such loveliness Needs not the foreign aid of ornament, But is, when unadorn'd, adorn'd the most." And Hafiz, agreeing with Thomson, says, to a like purpose: 1,"-mrr: ""-iY 1T rlj.iUs-L Ac U I--. 'f j...show more

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  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 363g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236859820
  • 9781236859822