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CANTO I.


XXIV.

 These occupations were gone by: the skill
 Was useless now, which once had been her pride.
 Content were they, when thirst impell'd, to fill
 The dry and hollow gourd from Mondai's side;
 The river from its sluggish bed supplied
 A draught for repetition all unmeet;
 Howbeit the bodily want was satisfied;
 No feverish pulse ensued, nor ireful heat,
Their days were undisturb'd, their natural sleep was sweet.

XXV.

 She too had learnt in youth how best to trim
 The honoured Chief for his triumphal day,
 And covering with soft gums the obedient limb
 And body, then with feathers overlay,
 In regular hues disposed, a rich display.
 Well-pleased the glorious savage stood and eyed
 The growing work; then vain of his array
 Look'd with complacent frown from side to side,
Stalk'd with elater step, and swell'd with statelier pride.