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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII. 1876–79.

India: Cashmere

The Fountain of Chindara

By Thomas Moore (1779–1852)

(From Lalla Rookh)

FROM Chindara’s warbling fount I come,

Called by that moonlight garland’s spell;

From Chindara’s fount, my fairy home,

Where in music, morn and night, I dwell.

Where lutes in the air are heard about,

And voices are singing the whole day long,

And every sigh the heart breathes out

Is turned, as it leaves the lips, to song!

Hither I come

From my fairy home,

And if there ’s a magic in music’s strain,

I swear by the breath

Of that moonlight wreath,

Thy lover shall sigh at thy feet again.