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    An Arab to his Mistress Against Anger [Published in 1806; reprinted 1831, 1846.] Look thou yonder, look and tremble, Thou whose passion swells so high: See
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 6, 2006
      An Arab to his Mistress

      Against Anger

      [Published in 1806; reprinted 1831, 1846.]

      Look thou yonder, look and tremble,
      Thou whose passion swells so high:
      See those ruins! that resemble
      Flocks of camels, as they lie.

      'Twas a fair and froward city,
      Bidding tribes and chiefs obey;
      Till he came, who, deaf to pity,
      Tost the imploring arm away.

      Spoil'd and prostrate, she lamented
      What her pride and folly wrought:
      But was ever Pride contented,
      Or would Folly e'er be taught?

      Strong are cities: Rage o'erthrows 'em:
      Rage o'erswells the gallant ship.
      Stains it not the cloud-white bosom,
      Flaws it not the ruby lip?

      All that shields us, all that charms us,
      Brow of ivory, tower of stone,
      Yield to Wrath: another's harms us,
      But we perish by our own.

      Night may send to rave and ravage
      Panther and hyena fell;
      But their manners, harsh and savage,
      Little suit the mild gazell.

      When the waves of life surround thee,
      Quenching oft the light of love;
      When the clouds of doubt confound thee,
      Drive not from thy breast the dove.



      Walter Savage Landor,
      Complete Works, Vol. XVI, Poems [p71],
      edited by Stephen Wheeler. Barnes & Noble/Methuen 1969.
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