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FROM THE

HINDOOSTANE E.

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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

seeining 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 ?

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