Thevenot gives a splendid description of these tombs. In addition to their architectural decoration, they were hung with embroidered satin.

Morning is round the shining palace,
      Mirror'd on the tide,
Where the lily lifts her chalice,
      With its gold inside,
            Like an offering from the waves.
Early waken'd from their slumbers,
Stand the glittering ranks;
Who is there shall count the numbers
      On the river's banks?
          Forth the household pours the slaves
               Of the kings of fair Golconda,
               Of Golconda's ancient kings.

Wherefore to the crimson morning
     Are the banners spread,
Daybreak's early colours scorning
     With a livelier red 1
Pearls are wrought on each silk fold.
Summer flowers are flung to wither
On the common way.
Is some royal bride brought hither
     With this festival array,
               To the city's mountain-hold
               Of the kings of old Golconda,
               Of Golconda's ancient kings.

From the gates the slow procession,
     Troops and nobles come.
This hour takes the king possession
     Of an ancient home—
One he never leaves again.
Musk and sandal wood and amber
Fling around their breath:
They will fill the murky chamber
     Where the bride is Death.
               Where the worm hath sole domain
               O'er the kings of old Golconda,
               O'er Golconda's ancient kings.

Now the monarch must surrender
     All his golden state,
Yet the mockeries of splendour
     On the pageant wait
That attends him to the tomb.
Music on the air is swelling,
"Tis the funeral song,
As to his ancestral dwelling,
     Is he borne along.
               They must share life's common doom,
               The kings of fair Golconda,
               Golconda's ancient kings.

What are now the chiefs that gather?
What their diamond mines?
     What the heron's snowy feather
On their crest that shines 1
     What their valleys of the rose?
For another is their glory,
And their state, and gold!
They are a forgotten story,
     Faint and feebly told—
               Breaking not the still repose
               Of the kings of fair Golconda,
               Of Golconda's ancient kings.

Glorious is their place of sleeping,
Gold with azure wrought,
     And embroider'd silk is sweeping,
Silk from Persia brought,
     Round the carved marble walls."
Not the less the night owl's pinion
Stirs the dusky air,
Not the less is the dominion
     Of the earth worm there.
               Not less deep the shadow falls
               O'er the kings of fair Golconda,
               O'er Golconda's ancient kings.

Not on such vain aids relying,
     Can the human heart
Triumph o'er the dead and dying,
     It must know its part
In the glorious hopes that wait
The bright openings of the portal,
Far beyond the sky—
Faith whose promise is immortal,
     Life, that cannot die.
               These, and stronger than the state
               Of the kings of fair Golconda,
               Of Golconda's ancient kings.                 [335]

Golconda: “Three Affghan or Patan dynasties succeeded one another, the advent of each being emblazoned in characters of blood and flame, till Tamerlane plunged all government again in destruction, killing 100,000 prisoners in cold blood before the walls of Delhi, and delivering up the city to incredible massacre and pillage, A.D. 1398. Out of the anarchy which ensued, two Mohammedan kingdoms arose in the Deccan— Golconda and Beejapore—wholly independent of the empire of Delhi. Bengal and Gujerat were also independent governments, and at war with their neighbors.” — “The Company's Raj,” Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine (1857).


Landon, Latitia E. The Poetical Works of Miss Landon. Philadelphia: E.L. Cary and A. Hart, 1839. Hathi Trust Digital Library version of a copy in the New York Public Library. Web. 17 July 2020.

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