Yet I see now why ye're roving;
I hear thee, when yon billows rise on high,
[This battle was fought in the second year of the Hegira (A.A.623), between the followers of Mahomet, who numbered threehundred and thirteen, possessing two horses and seventy camels,and the 'idolaters,' or Meccans, whose forces amounted to ninehundred and fifty, including two hundred cavalry. The victoryremained with Mahomet, who lost fourteen men, while seventy ofthe enemy were slain. A great accession of strength ensued inconsequence to the Prophet, who pretended that miracles werewrought in his behalf in the battle, God having sent angels tofight on his side, and having also made his army to appear largerto the enemy than it really was.--See the Koran, chapter viii.,and ABULFEDA'S Life of Mahomet.]
Never can it now be changed again;Maids like these will ever make thee blest,
Thou to-day in joy hast drown'd.
Here lies the Dragon, trampled down,He lies, and feels God's angry frown,
When the night returns!"--then kiss on kiss.
AFTER THE BATTLE OF BADE, BENEATH THE CANOPY OF HEAVEN.
Let the wine unsparing run!Wilt thou swell our merry chorus?