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Some flowers of hope amid the desert bloom :
Life has no perfect good, no endless ill,
Four months remain, and when that age is fled,
Thy lover speeds to home and thee again :
1 « The serpent couch is the great snake Ananta, upon which Vishnu, or, as he is here called, the Holder of the bow Sarnga (the horn-bow), reclines, during four months, from the 11th of Asharha to the 11th of Kartik; or, as it has occurred in 1813 (the year in which the first edition was printed), from the 23rd of June to the 26th of October. The sleep of Vishnu, during the four months of the periodical rains in Hindustan, seems to bear an emblematical relation to that season. It has been compared to the Egyptian Hieroglyphical account of the sleep of Horus, typical of the annual overflow of the Nile, by the late Mr. Paterson, in his ingenious Essay on the Origin of the Hindu Re. ligion. Asiatic Researches, vol. viii.” H, H. Wilson.
Once more I see thee, but no more alone,
Thy senses steept in dews of slumber, lie,
With thy fond arms around thy husband thrown.
Thou startest, weeping, and I ask thee why
Thy soul is troubled when thy lord is nigh.
* Traitor,' thou sayest, as a smile and tear
Plays on thy lip and glistens in thine eye,
But, dark-eyed beauty, rest thou ever sure
Store in thy heart the message which I send,
Will live unchanging on till time shall end;
“Wilt thou, dear Cloud, through regions far away,
This loving message to my darling bear?
Silent art thou, yet not in vain I pray ;
For when the Rain-birds, in the sultry air,
Crave the cool shower of thee, thou dost not care
To speak in answer, but sweet drops descend
And their faint strength and flagging wings repair :
So comes the aid the good delight to lend,
Deeming the granted wish best answer to a friend.
Thus, faithful herald, having cheered her heart
Where the celestial Bull, who bears the weight
So shall my thanks repay thy gentle deed,
The mourner ceased; the airy envoy heard ;
"Kumbhakarna, the gigantic brother of the titanic Ravan,-named from the size of his ears which could contain a Kumbha or large water-jar-had such an appetite that he used to consume six months' provisions in a single day. Brahma, to relieve the alarm of the world, which had begun to entertain serious apprehensions of being eaten up, decreed that the giant should sleep six months at a time and wake for only one day during which he might consume his six months' allowance without trespassing unduly on the reproductive capabilities of the earth. When Rama invaded the capital of Ravan, the titans requiring all their forces, employed the most violent measures-and eventually with success—to wake the sleeping giant.”
With troubled spirit and with broken pride