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First Line: And oh! What odours the voluptuous vale
Last Line: Of man, for once, partook a common joy.
Subject(s): Heaven; Islam; Paradise

AND oh! what odours the voluptuous vale
Scatters from jasmine bowers,
From yon rose wilderness,
From cluster'd henna, and from orange groves
That with such perfume fill the breeze,
As Peris to their sister bear,
When from the summit of some lofty tree
She hangs, engaged, the captive of the Dives.
They from their pinions shake
The sweetness of celestial flowers;
And as her enemies impure
From that impetuous poison far away
Fly groaning with the torment, she the while
Inhales her fragrant food.
Such odours flow'd upon the world,
When at Mohammed's nuptials, word
Went forth in heaven to roll
The everlasting gates of paradise
Back on their living hinges, that its gales
Might visit all below: the general bliss
Thrill'd every bosom, and the family
Of man, for once, partook a common joy.

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