Collected Poems of Henry Derozio: Preface by Manu Samriti Chander; Edited by Amardeep Singh

Fakeer of Jungheera 2.6

The youthful minstrel's lay is o'er; 
   But ere he bows him to depart, 
A hundred princely nobles pour 
   A stream of plaudits on his heart. 
O! lamps have never shed such light 
   In garden bower or palace gay 
As pleasure flung, so warm, so bright 
   On him who just had breathed his lay! 
Alas! we live in iron days 
When lips are sparing even of praise; 
As though in one approving tone 
Too much of heaven and rapture shone; 
As though it were too pure a gem 
Freely to cast away to them 
Whose glassy joys a glance may break, 
Whose happiness a smile can shake; 
Their heaven the rapture-lighted eye, 
And triumph, song-awakened sigh! 

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