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Came, in a glorious dream, the star-throned Seven,'
Whispering softly of the Lord of Heaven.
Proud waxed the monarch, as each happy queen
Told the bright visions that her eyes had seen :
As many a river lends its silver breast
Where the calm image of the moon may rest,
The seven great saints who are the stars of the constellation of Ursa Major. “ The seven great saints who star the northern sky.” Birth of the War-God.
2 The setting sun, say the Indian poets, deposits a portion of his light with certain plants which emit luminous rays in his absence,
“ Like gems, in darkness, issuing rays
They've treasured from the sun that's set."--Lalla Rookh. 3 Kausalya was chief of the three queens of Dasaratha.
They named him Rama,' for the child shall bring
Like Ganga by the autumn heat opprest,
With one sweet lotus on her island-breast.
And queen Kaikeyi bare a noble child,
Named Bharat, beautiful, and meek, and mild :
By fond affection and obedience, sent
And heaven came with him as he came to earth.
Once more the regions, where each guardian lord
i Rama is derived from the root Ram to sport, take pleasure.
Had quailed before the giant he abhorred,
And the sun shone untroubled as before.
But Ravan's Glory poured her sorrows down
Graced with the holy rites, and nursed with care, As the babes strengthened, fairer and more fair, So with their growth increased their father's joy An elder brother to each darling boy. Modest by nature, gentle nurture's aid More modest still the youthful princes made : Thus, when the sacred oil its influence lends,
In brighter spires the hallowed flame ascends.
With virtues blent in sweet accord to grace
combine To deck the garden where the Gods recline
They loved as brothers in their royal home,
And Bharat wandered by Satrughna's side,
Or the dear moon and sea his foster-sire.?
As when, at summer's close, dark clouds arise,
Had come incarnate from their world to this.
And with more pride the father's bosom glowed For the rare virtues and the love they showed, Than for the pearls, in countless tribute poured By the four oceans, to delight their lord.
? Raghu, the great-grandfather of Rama was one of the most celebrated of the solar dynasty and has given his name to the family.
2 At the Churning of the Ocean the moon with other buried treasures was recovered from the Ocean by whom, therefore, it is still regarded with parental affection.
THE HEIR APPARENT.
" Dasaratha now made preparations for the public acknowledgment of Rama as destined to be the next king in regular succession, and as permitted during his father's lifetime to share with him the honours and fatigues of royalty."-MRS. SPEIR, Life in Ancient India.
But best and noblest of the noble four,
Lord of all virtues, by no stain defiled,
The king's chief glory was his eldest child.
And when at eve his warlike task was o'er
He sat and listened to their peaceful lore.