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34. The doors of commerce were opened, by which
riches grew abundant till all were enriched
35. The land has been full of public conveyances
in consequence of large growth in commerce,
and the world-circumscribing ocean with ships. 36. Thus Her Kingdom among others has become
as brilliant as the sun of the forenoon among
the stars of the night. 37. In Her diadem there shines a mount of light,
like itself in brilliance; which dazzles both
men and genii. 38. Although Her residence is in a very distant land
and Her dwelling in the most removed of all
countries from us, 39. Yet affectionately on Her part for us and to
watch us She sends Her sons, through whom
she inquires about us. 40. Once She sent to us Her Son Prince of Wales
(the future) Emperor possessed of a most
exalted position. 41. At another time from among Her Sons the
Duke of Edinburgh visited us, the greatest
of them in mental abilities. 42. So also the Duke of Connaught from among Her
Sons came, destroying the enemies in battles
with swords and spears. 43. And by the visit of Her grandson Prince Albert
Victor this year our dwellings have been filled
with joy. 44. And every year she sends from among Her
countries men of wisdom, each with a mind as brilliant as the sun.
45. Such as the Viceroy of India (Lord Lansdowne)
who occupies a rank of which India is so proud, and which makes him independent of
others in ruling. 46. And such as His Excellency Lord Reay, the most
accomplished of men with a high resolution, and with an aquiline nose (i. e. & high sense
of nobility). 47. May the Lord of Creation reward Her (Majesty)
well, for by Her the blood of thousands of
people has been saved. 48. She fills the hearts of Her subjects always with
joy, and so may the Lord of the World keep
Her court full of joy. 49. O Lord, make Her reign perpetual, and grant
Her a long life with Her issue in a most
happy condition. 50. And grant us all our hopes in Her, and the
enjoyment of what She bestows on us of kind
ness, benignity, and justice. 51. And keep our eyes through Her calm (with
peace); destroy Her enemies; and smite their
eyes with a burning (uneasiness). 52. Hoosamoodin (the chief Moolajee of the Borahs)
presents this (poem) as a mark of his approach
ing to Her the nearer with loyalty. 53. He guides in matters of religion one-fifth of a
million of people on our calculation, 54. And (Khan Saheb) Abdool Hossain (Abdoolally
Moocbala), a man of a courageous heart, is at present my Honorary Secretary for giving effect to my orders and he presents his re
spect to Her ( Majesty ).
55. The verses of this poem correspond in number
with the years of Her Most Gracious Majesty's reign, and the metre of Tavil is its
Her court was pure ; her life serene ;
Victoria, the Good. Victoria the Good; good in all the various phases and stages of her long life ; good as a girl in the simplicity of her good mother's home ; good and simple and self-possessed when in the tender years of maidenhood, a kingdom's crown together with a kingdom's responsibilities was placed on her head; good and loving when she gave her heart away to the man of- ber choice, good and a perfect model for society at large as a true, loving wife and a mother of so many children; good and patient throughout the long years of widowhood; good and true in the domestic circle, not less good and true as the Queen and Empress of an Empire on which the sun never sets, a Queen and Empress with a heart big enough to hold millions, a Queen and Empress good and true to the rich and the poor, full of sympathy with every sorrow and calamity in the nearest and most distant parts of her Empire ; good and true to all without any distinction of caste and creod.
• Translation of Arabic Verses in token of loyalty and devotion by His Holiness The Moolajeesaheb, High Priest of Borah Mahomedans. A. D. 1890.
The one great unfailing trait of the character of our beloved Queen Victoria was her readiness to hear appeals of distress made in any part of her kingdom or dominions ; and it was her intense personal sympathy that made itself felt throughout the whole of the realm
even the most distant of her subjects did feel that as far as possible he or she had some part of her sympathy, and that she enjoyed that love and reverence which it was not the lot of any monarch in the history of the world to have done. *
--HIS EXCELLENCY LORD LAMINGTON.
True heart ! Brave heart! Great Britain's noblest
-ANNE S. JAMES.
HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY KING AND
EMPEROR EDWARD VII.
Oh! prince, my highest wish for thee
Thro' all thy earthly span
The love of god and man.'
Hail, Noble Prince ! to India's coral strand,
A dreary winter reigned o'er all the land,
Reported in The Advocate of India of the 6th January 1904.
At length, with pity moved, the Sovereign Lord
Thrice-blessed Prince I into whose destined hand
Albert Edward ! England's Son and Heir !
Happy Heir to glorious Râma's throneKingliest of kings--beyond compare
Perfect name that in the Orient shone! Welcome to the land that nursed thy dream, To her gorgeous shows, her glow and gleam!
Son of Her, our Mother as she 's thine,
Son of Her, whose spotless life and fame,
Have fill'd the world with Victoria's name !
Welcome him, O Indians ! welcome him!