66 BURMA, PAST AND PRESENT.
To gaze on me, as though upon my head The Sun's ten thousand rays concentred shone. (Sees the Prince.) Ha ! ha ! a dainty dinner I espy.
[Approaches him threateningly. Loud music.
Vile, miserable monster ! dost thou dare With me, descended from the Sun, to fight ? This golden arrow, with a diamond head, Launched from my bow shall end thy worthless life.
[Shoots at the Beloo and kills him. Flourish on the drums. The Prince proceeds, and becomes entangled in the cane forest. 1 can no more,aexhausted nature fails : Turn where I will, the matted creepers form A net whose meshes round me interlaced, All progress bar. Ah ! the enchanted drug,a Let me invoke its aid, and try once more.
[He emerges from the ca?ie forest and proceeds. O lovely Fairy of the Silver Hill, What pangs do I for thy dear sake endure ! Yet as I journey up the mountain side, Or through the gloomy forest, I defy Beloos, whose favourite food is human flesh, And tigers, scarce less terrible than they. My precious Pearl, for thy dear sake alone Your poor devoted husband struggles on.
[He comes to the river of 7nolten brass. O what is here ? Above a bubbling mass Of liquid metal a huge dragon rears His head, and gapes at me with threatening jaws ;a Once more the magic drug must me befriend, And guide me safely o'er the monster's back.
[He crosses the stream over the Dragon\f back, a?id arrives at a cotton-tree, on which are a pair of Rocs.[He crosses the stream over the Dragon\f back, a?id arrives at a cotton-tree, on which are a pair of Rocs.