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This giant Ravan who, in senseless pride,
Has, trusting to his own right arm, defied
Thus prayed the Children of the Sky; the lord
1 Indra's celestial garden.
Thus will I triumph o'er the foe, and then
Then nymph and angel, and the minstrel throng, With heavenly voices, raised their choral song :' And all the region, filled with music, rang With lauds to Madhu's victor, while they sang : “Go forth and fight, and strike the monster dead,
The scourge of saints, immortal Indra's dread;
The fell fiend Ravan, ravener abhorred;
I Cp. Paradise Lost. Book III. 344.
9 Madhu was a Daitya or demon slain by Vishnu.
3 Virávanam rávanam. Literally Ravan who causes weeping: both words being formed from the root ru (Lat. raucus, rumor): from which too comes the English word raven.
For a similar play upon the word cp. Paradise Regained :
Slay him, and all his race, avenging Lord ! Then turn triumphant to thine home on high, And reign for ever in the ransomed sky.”
THE BIRTH OF RAMA.
“ The scene changes to earth, where Dasaratha, King of Ayodhya, after a life spent in deeds of virtue, finds bis years drawing to a close without any heir to defend his old age or succeed to his crown. A holy rishi, or saint, reveals to him that he shall obtain his desires, on performing the Aswamedha, or sacrifice of a horse, which occupies such a pre-eminent place in the Hindu religious rites. The sacrifice is accordingly performed, and with the promised result. Dasaratha's three wives become the mothers of four sons, all participating in the divine nature of Vishnu ; but Rama, the eldest, is Vishnu himself.”_Westminister Review, October 1848. p. 41.
With costly sacrifice, with praise, and prayer,
| Kosala was the name of the Kingdom of which Ayodhya was the capital.
As erst Lord Indra from the milky wave
Soon as the queens had shared that mystic bowl, Hope, sure and stedfast, filled each lady's soul. They saw, in dreams, a glorious host who kept Their watch around them, as they sweetly slept. They mounted skyward on the feathered king, Who spread a glory with each golden wing, And as he shot through plains of ether drew The cloudy rack to follow where he flew. Now Lakshmi,' with her consort's mystic gem Sparkling upon her breast, for love of them Came from the skies, and her own radiant hand
Their slumbering eyelids with a lotus fanned.
1 The Amrit, or nectar of the Indian Gods, buried at the Deluge and recovered at the Churning of the Ocean. The story is told in the Mahábhárata and translated in Specimens of old Indian Poetry.
2 The sacred bird of Vishnu, Garuda by name.
3 Lakshmi, Goddess of Beauty and Fortune, was the wife of Vishnu. The mystic gem is called Kaustubha
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Upon Lord Vishnu's breast."