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The Garden of Kama and Other Love Lyrics from India Arranged in Verse by Laurence Hope
The Garden of Kama and Other Love Lyrics from India Arranged in Verse by Laurence Hope
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Kama, the Indian God of love, has given wings to the fantasy of many writers and poets over the ages. The son of Vishnu and Lakshmi, he has been regarded at places as the God of desire, of good in general. He is, however, also the God of sexual love, like Eros of the Greeks, and Cupid of the Latin's.

In the latter aspect he is thus addressed: "May Kama, having well directed the arrow, which is winged with pain, barbed with longing, and has desire for its shaft, pierce thee in the heart."

The real magnanimity of his appeal, however, can be felt in the poetry of Laurence Hope, a British poetess of the 20th century, who captured in her lyrics the beauty, pain, urgency and piety of love in its many forms.

Close to being wrongly termed as erotic, it evokes an understanding of the desire and passion felt by a longing lover for his/her beloved. The Garden of Kama is a collection of such love poetry that is marked by the abundance of the feeling of sheer love and excellence in its portrayal and expression.

About the author

Laurence Hope (pseudo. Adela Florence Cory: 1865-1904) was born in Gloucestershire to Colonel Arthur Cory and Fanny Elizabeth Griffin. After being brought up by relations in England and attending school in Richmond, she joined her father in Lahore, India, where he was posted at that time. Here she helped him edit the Sind Gazette along with her two sisters, Isabell and Vivian.

In 1889 "Laurence Hope" married Colonel Malcolm Hassels Nicolson of the Bengal Army. The couple settled at Madras where the young wife devoted her leisure time to poetry. Between 1900 and her death in 1904, the couple lived alternately in England, South Africa and India.

Her first book of poems, The Garden of Kama (1901)- the Indian God of love- brought her immediate admiration of writers like Thomas Hardy. Mrs. Nicolson's note of passion, expressed in a medium of oriental temperament and imagery, seemed like something new in English literature. Her inspiration was attributed, somewhat doubtfully, to "the world of Islam and the Persian poets." In any case, the poems became immensely popular; being set to music and others becoming the standby of drawing-room sopranos and later, of radio tenors. The poems were generally reviewed as the work of a man.

Two more volumes of verse, one posthumous, followed the first. General Nicolson, who called his wife "Violet" died in 1904 at a nursing home in Madras. After to months of acute depression and grief, Laurence hope took poison and died in Madras.

Table of Contents

"Less than the Dust"1
"To the Unattainable" 2
"In the early, Pearly morning"; Song by Valgovind 3
Reverie of Mahomed Akram at the Tamarind Tank 4
Verse 9
Song of Khan Zada 10
The teak forest 11
Valgovind's Boat song 15
Kashmiri song by Juma 16
Zira: in captivity 17
Marriage thoughts: by Morsellin Khan 20
Request 22
To the Unattainable: Lament of Mahomed Akram 23
Youth24
Mahomed Akram's Appeal to the stars 25
Reminiscence of Mahomed Akram 27
Story by Lalla-ji, the Priest 29
When love is over: Song of khan Zada 31
Story of Udaipore: Told by Lalla-ji, the priest 32
Valgovind's Song in the Spring 35
"Golden Eyes" 36
Kotri, by the river 39
Farewell41
Afridi love 42
Yasmini46
Ojira, to her lover 50
Thoughts: Mahomed Akram 52
Prayer 53
The Aloe55
Memory 56
The first lover 58
Khan Zada's Song on the Hillside 59
Deserted Gipsy's song: Hillside Camp 60
The plains 62
"Lost Delight": After the Hazara War 63
Unforgotten 66
Song of Faiz Ulla 68
Story of Lilavanti 69
The garden by the bridge 72
Fate knows no tears75
Verses: Faiz Ulla 78
Two songs by Sitara, of Kashmir 79
Second song: The girl from Baltistan 81
Palm trees by the sea 84
Song by Gulbaz 87
Kashmiri song 88
Reverie of Ormuz the persian 89
Sunstroke 91
Adoration 92
Three songs of Zahir-u-Din 95
Second song 97
Third song, written during fever 99
The regret of the Ranee in the hall of peacocks101
Protest: by Zahir-u-Din 103
Famine song 107
The window overlooking the Harbour 109
Back to the Border 111
Reverie: Zahir-u-Din 113
Sea Song 114
To the hills! 115
Till I wake 117
His rubies: Told by Valgovind 118
Song of Taj Mahomed 122
The garden of Kam: Kama the Indian Eros 123
Camp follower's song, Gomal river 125
Song of the colours: by Taj Mahomed127
Lalila, to the ferengi lover 131
"Love lightly" 133
On the city wall 134
No rival like the past 135
Verse by Taj Mahomed 136
Lines by Taj Mahomed137
"There is no breeze to cool the heat of love" 138
Malay song 141
The temple dancing girl 143
Hirah-Singh's farewell to Burmah 145
Starlight 147
Sampan song 148
Song of the devoted slave 149
The singer 151
Malaria 152
Fancy 154
Feroza 155
This month the almonds bloom at Kandahar 156

The Garden of Kama and Other Love Lyrics from India Arranged in Verse by Laurence Hope

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Kama, the Indian God of love, has given wings to the fantasy of many writers and poets over the ages. The son of Vishnu and Lakshmi, he has been regarded at places as the God of desire, of good in general. He is, however, also the God of sexual love, like Eros of the Greeks, and Cupid of the Latin's.

In the latter aspect he is thus addressed: "May Kama, having well directed the arrow, which is winged with pain, barbed with longing, and has desire for its shaft, pierce thee in the heart."

The real magnanimity of his appeal, however, can be felt in the poetry of Laurence Hope, a British poetess of the 20th century, who captured in her lyrics the beauty, pain, urgency and piety of love in its many forms.

Close to being wrongly termed as erotic, it evokes an understanding of the desire and passion felt by a longing lover for his/her beloved. The Garden of Kama is a collection of such love poetry that is marked by the abundance of the feeling of sheer love and excellence in its portrayal and expression.

About the author

Laurence Hope (pseudo. Adela Florence Cory: 1865-1904) was born in Gloucestershire to Colonel Arthur Cory and Fanny Elizabeth Griffin. After being brought up by relations in England and attending school in Richmond, she joined her father in Lahore, India, where he was posted at that time. Here she helped him edit the Sind Gazette along with her two sisters, Isabell and Vivian.

In 1889 "Laurence Hope" married Colonel Malcolm Hassels Nicolson of the Bengal Army. The couple settled at Madras where the young wife devoted her leisure time to poetry. Between 1900 and her death in 1904, the couple lived alternately in England, South Africa and India.

Her first book of poems, The Garden of Kama (1901)- the Indian God of love- brought her immediate admiration of writers like Thomas Hardy. Mrs. Nicolson's note of passion, expressed in a medium of oriental temperament and imagery, seemed like something new in English literature. Her inspiration was attributed, somewhat doubtfully, to "the world of Islam and the Persian poets." In any case, the poems became immensely popular; being set to music and others becoming the standby of drawing-room sopranos and later, of radio tenors. The poems were generally reviewed as the work of a man.

Two more volumes of verse, one posthumous, followed the first. General Nicolson, who called his wife "Violet" died in 1904 at a nursing home in Madras. After to months of acute depression and grief, Laurence hope took poison and died in Madras.

Table of Contents

"Less than the Dust"1
"To the Unattainable" 2
"In the early, Pearly morning"; Song by Valgovind 3
Reverie of Mahomed Akram at the Tamarind Tank 4
Verse 9
Song of Khan Zada 10
The teak forest 11
Valgovind's Boat song 15
Kashmiri song by Juma 16
Zira: in captivity 17
Marriage thoughts: by Morsellin Khan 20
Request 22
To the Unattainable: Lament of Mahomed Akram 23
Youth24
Mahomed Akram's Appeal to the stars 25
Reminiscence of Mahomed Akram 27
Story by Lalla-ji, the Priest 29
When love is over: Song of khan Zada 31
Story of Udaipore: Told by Lalla-ji, the priest 32
Valgovind's Song in the Spring 35
"Golden Eyes" 36
Kotri, by the river 39
Farewell41
Afridi love 42
Yasmini46
Ojira, to her lover 50
Thoughts: Mahomed Akram 52
Prayer 53
The Aloe55
Memory 56
The first lover 58
Khan Zada's Song on the Hillside 59
Deserted Gipsy's song: Hillside Camp 60
The plains 62
"Lost Delight": After the Hazara War 63
Unforgotten 66
Song of Faiz Ulla 68
Story of Lilavanti 69
The garden by the bridge 72
Fate knows no tears75
Verses: Faiz Ulla 78
Two songs by Sitara, of Kashmir 79
Second song: The girl from Baltistan 81
Palm trees by the sea 84
Song by Gulbaz 87
Kashmiri song 88
Reverie of Ormuz the persian 89
Sunstroke 91
Adoration 92
Three songs of Zahir-u-Din 95
Second song 97
Third song, written during fever 99
The regret of the Ranee in the hall of peacocks101
Protest: by Zahir-u-Din 103
Famine song 107
The window overlooking the Harbour 109
Back to the Border 111
Reverie: Zahir-u-Din 113
Sea Song 114
To the hills! 115
Till I wake 117
His rubies: Told by Valgovind 118
Song of Taj Mahomed 122
The garden of Kam: Kama the Indian Eros 123
Camp follower's song, Gomal river 125
Song of the colours: by Taj Mahomed127
Lalila, to the ferengi lover 131
"Love lightly" 133
On the city wall 134
No rival like the past 135
Verse by Taj Mahomed 136
Lines by Taj Mahomed137
"There is no breeze to cool the heat of love" 138
Malay song 141
The temple dancing girl 143
Hirah-Singh's farewell to Burmah 145
Starlight 147
Sampan song 148
Song of the devoted slave 149
The singer 151
Malaria 152
Fancy 154
Feroza 155
This month the almonds bloom at Kandahar 156
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