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And ebon chair of many a serpent-fold ;
* The ring of Gyges, the lamp of Aladdin, and the horse of the Tartar king.
Cora--Luxuriant Vegetation—The Humming-bird— The
Fountain of Youth.
came, the youngest of her race, And in her hands she hid her lovely face; Yet oft by stealth a timid glance she cast, And now with playful step the Mirror passed, Each bright reflection brighter than the last ! And oft behind it flew, and oft before ; The more she searched, pleased and perplexed the more! And looked and laughed, and blushed with quick
But soon the telescope attracts her view;
Sigh after sigh steals from her gentle frame,
Nor can thy flute, Alonso, now excite
– Yet who now comes uncalled; and round and round, And near and nearer flutters to the sound; Then stirs not, breathes not-on enchanted ground?) Who now lets fall the flowers she culled to wear When he, who promised, should at eve be there; And faintly smiles, and hangs her head aside The tear that glistens on her cheek to hide ? Ah, who but CORA?-till inspired, possessed, At once she springs, and clasps it to her breast !
Soon from the bay the mingling crowd ascends, Kindred first met! by sacred instinct Friends! Thro' citron-groves, and fields of yellow maize,* Thro' plantain-walks where not a sun-beam plays.
* Ætas est illis aurea. Apertis vivunt hortis. P. Martyr. dec. i. 3.
Here blue savannas fade into the sky.
'Twas he that sung, if ancient Fame speaks truth, “ Come! follow, follow to the Fount of Youth !
* The wild cotton tree, often mentioned in History." Cortes," says Bernal Diaz, “ took possession of the Country in the following manner. Drawing his sword, he gave three cuts with it into a great Ceiba, and said,"
# The Parrot, as described by Aristotle.- Hist. Animal. viii. 12.
Here are birds so small, says Herrera, that, though they are birds, they are taken for bees or butterflies.
$ The Humming-bird. Kakopit (florum regulus) is the name of an Indian bird, referred to this class by Seba.
|| [l sert après sa mort à parer les jeunes Indiennes, qui portent en pendans d'oreilles deux de ces charmans oiseaux.-Buffon.
I quaff the ambrosial mists that round it rise,
According to an ancient tradition. See Oviedo, Vega, Herrera, &c. Not many years afterwards a Spaniard of distinction wandered every where in search of it; and no wonder, as Robertson observes, when Columbus himself could imagine that he had found the seat of Paradise.