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TO A PERSIAN BOY IN THE BAZAAR AT SMYRNA, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The gorgeous blossoms of that magic tree
Last Line: Or in the bowers of blissful samarcand.
Alternate Author Name(s): Taylor, James Bayard
Subject(s): Asia; Beauty; Trees; Far East; East Asia; Orient


THE gorgeous blossoms of that magic tree
Beneath whose shade I sat a thousand nights,
Breathed from their opening petals all delights
Embalmed in spice of Orient Poesy,
When first, young Persian, I beheld thine eyes,
And felt the wonder of thy beauty grow
Within my brain, as some fair planet's glow
Deepens, and fills the summer evening skies.
From under thy dark lashes shone on me
The rich, voluptuous soul of Eastern land,
Impassioned, tender, calm, serenely sad, --
Such as immortal Hafiz felt when he
Sang by the fountain-streams of Rocnabad,
Or in the bowers of blissful Samarcand.





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