Persian Love Elegies

[John Wolcot] Persian Love Elegies. To which is added The Nymph of Taurus. (Kingston: 1773). Jamaica: from the press of Joseph Thompson and Co. in Kingston. MCDDLXXIII. 40 + [i–viii] Title page epigraph: “Omnia vincit amor.”

TO LADY TRELAWNY (dedicatory note, signed “John Wolcot”)

A LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS

PERSIAN LOVE ELEGIES

ELEGY I.
SELIM’S INVOCATION TO LOVE. HE DETERMINES TO WRITE NO MORE FOR FAME, BUT TO GAIN THE REGARD OF MIRVA HIS MISTRESS.
To Love, the song of hapless Selim flows
seven quatrains (28 lines) ABAB10

ELEGY II.
HE GIVES AN ACCOUNT OF MIRVA’S RETIRING FROM SPAHAN, THE CAPITAL OF PERSIA, TO THE VALLEY OF ZULPHA.
From Spahan’s walls the pride of Persia stray’d
eleven quatrains (44 lines) ABAB10

ELEGY III.
SELIM’S ADDRESS TO HIS MISTRESS.
Whilst Achmet owns the triumph of thy eye
twelve quatrains (48 lines) ABAB10

ELEGY IV.
SELIM LAMENTS HIS FATE ON THE CLIFFS OF OGAR IN THE PROVINCE OF SHIRVAN.
On Ogar’s hoary cliff I sit and sigh
thirteen quatrains (52 lines) ABAB10

ELEGY V.
HE IS PERSUADED BY HIS FRIENDS TO RELINQUISH HIS PURSUIT OF MIRVA, AND TO ADDRESS SOME OTHER FAIR-ONE. HE REJECTS THEIR ADVICE.
How few are lur’d by Love’s delightful voice
thirteen quatrains (52 lines) ABAB10

ELEGY VI.
SELIM DECLAIMS ON THE DANGERS OF BEAUTY; AND ACCUSES HIS COUNTRYMEN OF RUINING ARTLESS INNOCENCE.
Dear to the eye is beauty’s melting charm
eight quatrains (32 lines) ABAB10

ELEGY VII.
SELIM TO THE YOUTH OF SPAHAN. HE ADVISES THEM TO DROP THEIR UNLAWFUL CONNECTIONS WITH THE DAMSELS OF GEORGIA, A PROVINCE REMARKABLE FOR BEAUTIFUL WOMEN. HE FANCIES HIMSELF IN POSSESSION OF MIRVA.
To false delights the youth of Spahan flies
sixteen quatrains (64 lines) ABAB10

ELEGY VIII.
SELIM EXPRESSES HIS INDIGNATION AGAINST SUCH AS DENY THE EXISTENCE OF WOMEN IN A FUTURE STATE. HE PARTICULARLY REPROVES SADI, AN ELEGANT POET (THE PETRARCH) OF PERSIA, FOR ADVANCING IN HIS POEMS SO CRUEL AN OPINION.
Curst be the wretch who cries “the gentle maid
ten quatrains (40 lines) ABAB10

ELEGY IX.
SELIM HAVING ENGAGED HIS MISTRESS’S AFFECTIONS, AGREES TO MEET HER IN A RETIRED PART OF THE VALLEY.
What demons keep my soul’s delight away
ten quatrains (40 lines) ABAB10

ELEGY X.
DISAPPOINTED AT NOT MEETING HER, HE ACCUSES HER OF INCONSTANCY.
Faint as the lustre of a lonely star
eleven quatrains (44 lines) ABAB10

ELEGY XI.
SELIM ADDRESSES HIS SUPPOSED RIVAL.
To thee, my Rival, by her smiles betray’d
three quatrains (12 lines) ABAB10

ELEGY XII.
SELIM BEING INFORMED THAT HIS MISTRESS WAS FORCED FROM HER HABITATION BY THE ARABS; THAT SHE WAS RECOVERED BY SOME PERSIAN SOLDIERY AND CARRIED TO THE EMPEROR’S HARAM; HE LAMENTS HER MISFORTUNE.
Soft as the sighs of her who died for love
thirteen quatrains (52 lines) ABAB10

ELEGY XIII.
MIRVA’S SUPPLICATION TO THE SULTAN
“To thee, who rul’st o’er Persia’s wide domain
eighteen quatrains (72 lines) ABAB10

THE NYMPH OF TAURIS
Whose happy suns, without a cloud descend
fifteen quatrains (60 lines) ABAB10