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

Fakeer of Jungheera 2.7

But now, a hum as when young bees 
Come swarming round the rich date trees, 
Creeps slowly on the listener's ear, 
Advancing near, and still more near ;— 
The crowd gives way :—with aspect high 
And piercing quick impatient eye 
Shooting its glances from beneath 
A raven lash as dark as death; 
With wrinkled brow, but still sublime, 
Like the tall cedar scathed by time, 
With haughty mien and unbent hands 
A venerable father stands!— 
I've gazed on many a ruined wall 
And shattered tower at Rajmahal; 
I've looked on many a battlement, 
By time destroyed or tempest rent; 
And as their fragments round me lay, 
Those mighty wrecks did I survey 
Not with such feelings as a flower 
May wake, when bowed by gust or shower :— 
'Twas thus, not pitying, but amazed 
All eyes upon that father gazed, 
A stranger there—but when he spake 
None else the silence dared to break. 

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