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Excerpt: ...Braid-Beard was recounting these things, the currents were sweeping us over a strait, toward a deep green island, bewitching to behold. Not greener that midmost terrace of the Andes, which under a torrid meridian steeps fair Quito in the dews of a perpetual spring;-not greener the nine thousand feet of Pirohitee's tall peak, which, rising from out the warm bosom of Tahiti, carries all summer with it into the clouds;-nay, not greener the famed gardens of Cyrus, -than the vernal lawn, the knoll, the dale of beautiful Verdanna. "Alas, sweet isle! Thy desolation is overrun with vines," sighed Yoomy, gazing. "Land of caitiff curs!" cried Media. "Isle, whose future is in its past. Hearth-stone, from which its children run," said Babbalanja. "I can not read thy chronicles for blood, Verdanna," murmured Mohi. Gliding near, we would have landed, but the rolling surf forbade. Then thrice we circumnavigated the isle for a smooth, clear beach; but it was not found. Meanwhile all still conversed. "My lord," said Yoomy, "while we tarried with King Bello, I heard much of the feud between Dominora and this unhappy shore. Yet is not Verdanna as a child of King Bello's?" "Yes, minstrel, a step-child," said Mohi. "By way of enlarging his family circle," said Babbalanja, "an old lion once introduced a deserted young stag to his den; but the stag never became domesticated, and would still charge upon his foster-brothers. -Verdanna is not of the flesh and blood of Dominora, whence, in good part, these dissensions." "But Babbalanja, is there no way of reconciling these foes?" "But one way, Yoomy: -By filling up this strait with dry land; for, divided by water, we Mardians must ever remain more or less divided at heart. Though Kaleedoni was united to Dominora long previous to the union of Verdanna, yet Kaleedoni occasions Bello no disquiet; for, geographically one, the two populations insensibly blend at the point of junction. No hostile strait flows between more

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