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Adela Florence Nicolson Cory (1865-1904)

The River of Pearls at Fez: Translation


              1One evening we sat together
              2By the river of Pearls at Fez,
              3Stringing verses and sometimes singing.
              4My gaze followed the beautiful boy
              5Who, with a swift and delicate movement,
              6Flung the wine-cup over his shoulder;
              7The ruby drops glittered and fell
              8Bright in the dying sunshine.
              9The River of Pearls shone like a sword in the grass,
            10Not disdaining
            11The work of turning the waterwheel,
            12And the sun, reluctant, lingered about the tree-tops
            13In a golden mist of farewell.

            14Many the tears that have fallen since,
            15Many the nights that have passed,
            16But I remember
            17The River of Pearls at Fez
            18And Seomar whom I loved.

Notes

2] Fez: ancient city in Morroco.


Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Laurence Hope, Stars of the Desert (New York and London: John Lane and William Heinemann, 1914): 12.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/4/29

Rhyme: unrhyming


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