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Claims my high name, and dares to trace
"Where is the flower whose heavenly balm
"No! never yet did climes like this,
"Oh! for the regions of the sun,
* From the pleasurable effects produced by the use of opium, take the following passage from the " Confessions of an English Opium-eater," descriptive of the feelings of the writer, when he first began to indulge in the frequent use of this soothing but pernicious drug: "It seemed to me as if then first I stood at a distance and aloof from the uproar of life; as if the tumult, the fever, and the strife, were suspended; a respite granted from the secret burdens of the heart; a sabbath of repose; a resting-place from human labours. Here were the hopes which blossomed in the paths of life, reconciled with the peace which is in the grave; motions of the intellect unwearied as the heavens, yet for all anxieties a halcyon calm."
She said, and breathed her sighs around,
That sister flower of humbler fame,
"Proud offspring of that sun-bright land,
* From the poppy was prepared the fatal draught which the emperors (of the East) employed to destroy such persons whom they did not dare take oft" in public. Such were the means which Aurengzebe used to dispatch his
Oh! turn thee to that orient clime
"And vain thy boast to chase away *
nephew Sepe Chekough, and others his relations, in the fortress of Gualiar. "The poust," says Bernier, "is the first thing brought to them in the morning, and they have nothing given them to eat till they have drunk a great cup full of it. This emaciates them exceedingly, and maketh them die insensibly; they losing, little by little, their strength and understanding, and growing torpid and senseless."—Pennant's Outlines ofthe Globe.
Mad. Genlis observes of the poust:
"C'est ce breuvage mortel que les tyrans de ce pays font prendre a leurs freres et aux princes de leur sang, et qui suivant la dose, les rend imbecilles ou les fait mourir."
• For the unhappy consequences of the excessive use of opium, see " Confessions of an Opium-eater:"
"I am now arrived at an Iliad of ,woes; for I have now to record the pains of opium,
A moment thou mayst lull the soul
"Oh! happier far, the lowliest bed,
'As when some great painter dips His pencil in the gloom of earthquake and eclipse.'
I could not, without effort, constrain myself to the task of either recalling, or constructing into a regular narrative, a whole burden of horrors which lies upon my brain."
Papaver somniferum. White Poppy.
Stem, leaves, calyx, and capsule smooth. Summits ten. Petals white tinged with purple, with large deep purple blotches at the base. The whole plant glaucous. Stem three feet high, smooth in the lower part, rough upwards with expanding hairs. Capsule roundish, very smooth.— Withering.
"That Ceres with my flower is grieved,
In Grecian mythology this plant was consisidered sacred to Ceres, because its seeds were said to be the first food the disconsolate goddess was prevailed on to taste, after the loss of her daughter Proserpine. We feel disposed to regret, that the poppy more especially con