^ Above Pagan
among the lofty stems of a palmyra-grove, which the waters had inundated." Mingyan, higher up, which he describes as lying " very low, just above the water-level at its greatest height, and without an inch to spare," is now three miles away from the rivers edge.
Approaching Mingyan, I come upon the full moon rising as the sun dips over the world. " Vos O
hull of a great " hnau " at pakoku
Clarissima mundi lumina, labentem ccelo quce ducitis annum" \ I murmur the Virgilian invocation. Flocks of wild duck flying swiftly overhead ; slow-winged peewits floating parallel with the face of the river; troops of egrets wheeling in wide circles and showing their white under-wings to the silver moon ; desert palms, sable against the red-lit west ; dark figures of boatmen on the river ; and over all the growing beauty of the moon's trail on the purple spacesaof such is the