64 BURMA, PAST AND PRESENT.
And graceful as a young gazelle, was here, Calling herself a daughter of the King Of that same place you name, the Silver Hill,a Mayhap that you, from some good deed long past, Some slight acquaintance have enjoyed with her, But the effect of that good deed, be sure, Whate'er it was, has now exhausted ceased, And with it your good fortune. O my son, Consider what a difference exists Between a Fairy's nature and our own,a And how unsuitable must ever be Association, therefore, 'twixt the two. Blinded by passion now, you undertake This toilsome journey ;apray, wrhat recompense Can you for all your pains anticipate ? A youth like you, so noble and so fair, Should seek a wife as perfect as the Queen Of Tsekya Meng, the King of Nats, herself, To share the glory of your future throne ; Wherefore, be wise,arelinquish this pursuit, And, ere it be too late, your steps retrace.
Your counsel, holy father, I admit,
Becomes the prudence of a sage like thee :
But I can never for an instant cease,a
Aye, though the heavens and earth should pass away,a
From following, till at last I overtake
The Fairy mistress of my heart and soul.
Therefore, I am resolved, if need there be,
Through my next ten existences I still
Will persevere undaunted, e'en although
The Tsekya Meng should with his thunderbolts
Oppose, and hurl me to destruction. Now,
Stay me no longer, only show the road
Which she was pleased to take.Which she was pleased to take.