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Literary Gazette 6th September 1823, Page 571

And by the tomb a choir of girls,
    With measured steps and mournful notes,
And snow-white robes, while on the air,
    Unbound their wreaths, each dark curl floats,
Paced round and sang to her who slept
Calm, while their young eyes o'er her wept.
And she, that loveliest one, is here,
The morning's radiant Bayadere:
A darker light in her dark eyes,—
    For tears are there,—a paler brow
Change but to charm the morning's smile,
    Less sparkling, but more touching now.
And first her sweet lip prest the flute,
    A nightingale waked by the rose,
And when that honey breath was mute,
    Her low and plaintive song arose.
Wailing for the young blossom's fall,
The last, the most beloved of all.
As died in gushing tears the lay,
The band of mourners pass'd away:
They left their wreaths upon the tomb,
As fading leaves and long perfume
Were emblems of her; and unbound
Many a cage's gilded round
And set the prisoners free, as none
Were left to love now she was gone.
And azure wings spread on the air,
    And songs, rejoicing songs were heard;
But, pining as forgotten now,
    Lingered one solitary bird:
A beautiful and pearl-white dove,
Alone in its remembering love.
It was a strange and lovely thing
To mark the drooping of its wing,
And how into the grave it prest
Till soiled the dark earth-stain its breast;
And darker as the night-shades grew,
Sadder became its wailing coo,
As if it missed the hand that bore,