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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 13. September 24, 1947

A Kashmiri Love Song

A Kashmiri Love Song

She was young and very fair
With a jasmine in her hair
And a dimple on her cheeks
As she did smile.

I saw her softly pass
As I lay upon the grass
In the summer noon-day heat
Of long ago.

About her danced in garments green
Maidens fair as men have dreamed
It is memories sweet and warm
That I do hold.

She was like a rose at morn
In clear crystal dewdrops born;
Sweet Jasmine of Kashmir hear:
You are adored.

Dusk brings soft enchanting nights
The pride and passionate delights
Of a Kashmiri lover prince
At eventide.

Though I am not a king or prince
I have loved her ever since
And she is mine in dreams
My Princess love.

Omar Hjumas.