I'd have a stable full of Arabian
steeds, rooms piled high with books, and I'd write out of a magic inkstand, so that my works should be as famous as Laurie's music.
I once heard a missionary say it was like the beard of an Arabian
Huge pomegranate trees, with their glossy leaves and flame-colored flowers, dark-leaved Arabian
jessamines, with their silvery stars, geraniums, luxuriant roses bending beneath their heavy abundance of flowers, golden jessamines, lemon-scented verbenum, all united their bloom and fragrance, while here and there a mystic old aloe, with its strange, massive leaves, sat looking like some old enchanter, sitting in weird grandeur among the more perishable bloom and fragrance around it.
The thing is set down in the history of Venice, but it might be smuggled into the Arabian
Nights and not seem out of place there:
The wishing-carpet of the Arabian
Nights was a sensible idea - but our earthly idea of angels flying these awful distances with their clumsy wings was foolish.
I took a book--some Arabian
tales; I sat down and endeavoured to read.
Catherine came to me, one morning, at eight o'clock, and said she was that day an Arabian
merchant, going to cross the Desert with his caravan; and I must give her plenty of provision for herself and beasts: a horse, and three camels, personated by a large hound and a couple of pointers.
If thou be changed into this shape by the will of God," say the seers to the enchanted, in the wise Arabian
stories, "then remain so
They kept alive my fancy, and my hope of something beyond that place and time, - they, and the Arabian
Nights, and the Tales of the Genii, - and did me no harm; for whatever harm was in some of them was not there for me; I knew nothing of it.
But, there was recompense in the joy with which Herbert would come home of a night and tell me of these changes, little imagining that he told me no news, and would sketch airy pictures of himself conducting Clara Barley to the land of the Arabian
Nights, and of me going out to join them (with a caravan of camels, I believe), and of our all going up the Nile and seeing wonders.
Was it one of those wonderful talking fishes out of the Arabian
Nights, or are you merely an angler yourself, and did you begrudge such a record catch to a girl?
Direct against which op'nd from beneath, Just o're the blissful seat of Paradise, A passage down to th' Earth, a passage wide, Wider by farr then that of after-times Over Mount SION, and, though that were large, Over the PROMIS'D LAND to God so dear, By which, to visit oft those happy Tribes, On high behests his Angels to and fro Pass'd frequent, and his eye with choice regard From PANEAS the fount of JORDANS flood To BEERSABA, where the HOLY LAND Borders on AEGYPT and the ARABIAN
shoare; So wide the op'ning seemd, where bounds were set To darkness, such as bound the Ocean wave.