44 BURMA, PAST AND PRESENT.
My heart is heavy when I think on thee. I still must onward, if I would escape The savage beasts that in these hills abound.
[He arrives at the Lotus Lake. Ha ! what bright scene is this ? I surely stand On some enchanted ground. See ! here the frequent prints Of various animals who throng the brink Of this fair lake to quench their burning thirst. The zephyr, laden with the blended scent Of jasmine, lily, and unnumbered flowers, Cools my hot brow ;agay flocks of parroquets, In circling flight, like shooting emeralds, wheel ; The song of birds makes pleasant melody. My Maningya ! O, would that you were here, To share the enjoyment of this paradise ! Here, by the margin of the limpid wave, Whose waters gleam like diamonds in the sun, Upon whose bosom float the lotus buds, Purple and white, like amethysts and pearls, I'll lay me down beneath th* umbrageous boughs Of this wide-spreading banyan, and court The soft approaches of refreshing sleep.
[He sleeps. Scene closes.
SCENE III.aFairy-land, or the Country of the Silver Hill.
The King Doomarajah on one side of the stage, and Jus Seven Daughters on the other.
first princess. Dear sisters, and companions, who with me Share the calm quiet of our blest abode In Fairy-land ;aonce more the time is come That we, as is our custom, should descend To earth, and in the lovely Lotus Lakefirst princess. Dear sisters, and companions, who with me Share the calm quiet of our blest abode In Fairy-land ;a once more the time is come That we, as is our custom, should descend To earth, and in the lovely Lotus Lake