On The Death Of His Mistressp

[The allusion to the superstition of the pagan Arabs that a bird issued from the brain at a man's death and screeched over his grave (see note on v. 70, Poem of Antara) determines, as the translator remarks, the antiquity of this poem. The idea contained in the four last lines is also found in one of the odes of Hafiz—thus paraphrased by Atkinson, in the Notes on his epitome of the Shah Nameh of FirdausI:

Zephyr through thy locks is straying, Stealing fragrance, charms displaying; Should it pass where Hafiz lies, From his conscious dust would rise Flow'rets of a thousand dyes.]

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