A Grammar of the Persian Language

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W. and J. Richardson, 1771 - Persian language - 153 pages
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Page 137 - Require the borrow'd gloss of art* Speak not of fate : ah ! change the theme, And talk of odours, talk of wine, Talk of the flowers that round us bloom : 'Tis all a cloud, 'tis all a dream ; To love and joy thy thoughts confine, Nor hope to pierce the sacred gloom.
Page 137 - tis all a dream; To love and joy thy thoughts confine, Nor hope to pierce the sacred gloom. Beauty has such...
Page 135 - That rosy cheek, that lily hand, • Would give thy poet more delight Than all Bocara's vaunted gold, Than all the gems of Samarcand. Boy, let yon liquid ruby flow, And bid thy pensive heart be glad, Whate'er the frowning zealots say : Tell them, their Eden cannot show A stream so clear as Rocnabad, A bower so sweet as Mosellay.
Page 127 - One day as I was in the bath, a friend of mine put into my hand a piece of scented clay. I took it, and said to it, ' Art thou musk or ambergris, for I am charmed with thy perfume...
Page 133 - If that lovely maid of Shiraz would accept my heart,. I , would give for the mole on her cheek the cities of Samarcand and Bokhara.
Page ii - Mahomed, and others despise their language, because they do not understand it: we all love to excuse, or to conceal, our ignorance, and are seldom willing to allow any excellence beyond the limits of our own attainments: like the savages, who thought that the sun rose and set for them alone, and could not imagine that the waves, which surrounded their island, left coral and pearls upon any other shore.
Page 137 - Egyptian dame Sigh'd for the blooming Hebrew boy : For her how fatal was the hour, When to the banks of Nilus came A youth fo lovely and fo coy ! But ah! fweet maid, my counfel hear ; (Youth...
Page xi - ... the nations of Europe from their inattention to it : and they would, perhaps, have persisted in despising it, if they had not been animated by the most powerful incentive that can influence the mind of man: interest was the...
Page xii - ... of conveying their sentiments ; the servants of the Company received letters which they could not read, and were ambitious of gaining titles of which they could not comprehend the meaning ; it was found highly dangerous to employ the natives as interpreters, upon whose fidelity they could...
Page 138 - Can aught be cruel from thy lip ? Yet fay, how fell that bitter word From lips which ftreams of fweetnefs fill, Which nought but drops of honey fip ? Go boldly forth, my fimple lay, Whofe accents flow with artlefs eafe, Like orient pearls at random fining ; Thy notes are fweet, the damfels fay, But oh, far fweeter, if they pleafe The nymph for whom thefe notes are fung L END OF THE GRAMMAR.

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