The Megha-Duta, Or, Cloud Messenger
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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ... to Gambhira's wave. This river, and the Gandhavati in the vicinity of the temple of Siva, which lately occurred, are probably amongst the numerous and nameless brooks with which the province of Malwa abounds. 281.--Which glistening Sapharas. The Saphara is described as a small white glistening fish; which, darting rapidly through the water, is not unaptly compared to the twinkling glances of a sparkling eye. Assigning the attributes of female beauty to a stream, ceases to be incongruous when we advert to its constant personification by the Hindus: and it is as philosophical as it is poetical, to affiance a River and a Cloud. The smiles of rivers, nay, of the Ocean itself, have often been distributed by poetical imagination: thus Lucretius, invoking Venus, says, Tibi rident tequora ponti. The ocean wares laugh on you: for his late translator, Mr. Good, is very angry at the conversion of this laugh into a smile, as effected by less daring of his predecessors. Milton again gives to the Ocean, nose, as well as dimples: Cheered with the grateful smell, old Ocean smiles j And Metastasio, in his beautiful Ode to Venus, has, E i flutti ridono Nel mar placati. The waves now placid play, And laugh amidst the deep. All these, however, as well as our author, are far surpassed by Drayton, in his Poly-olbion; where hill and dale, forest and river, are constantly described with male or female attributes. With respect to the streams, he is not satisfied with wedding them to various objects, but fairly subjects them to the pains of parturition. The instances are frequent; but we may be content with the following, especially as it is explained and defended by his very learned illustrator: When Pool, quoth she, was young, a lusty...
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