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    NALA AND DAMAYANTI.
    Part Two.
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    NOT long (O Maharaj!) was Nala fled
    From Damayanti, when, in midmost gloom
    Of the thick wood a flaming fire he spied,
    And from the fire's heart heard proceed a voice
    Of one imperilled, crying many times:
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    "Haste hither, Punyashloka,[1] Nala, haste!"
    "Fear not," the Prince replied; "I come and sprang
    Across the burning bushes, where he saw
    A snake - a king of serpents - lying curled
    In a great ring, which reared its dancing crest
    Saluting, and in human accents spoke:

    [1. "Praised-in-song."]
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    "Maharaj, kindly lord, I am the snake
    KarkŰtaka; by me was once betrayed
    The famous Rishi Narada; his wrath
    Doomed me, thou Chief of men! to bear this spell.
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    'Coil thy false folds,' said he, 'forever here,
    A serpent, motionless upon this spot,
    'Fill it shall chance that Nala passeth by
    And bears thee hence; then only from my curse
    Canst thou be freed.' And prisoned by that curse
    I have no power to stir, though the wood burns
    Nay, not a coil! good fellowship I'll show
    If thou wilt succor me. I'll be to thee
    A faithful friend, as no snake ever yet.
    Lift me, and quickly from the flames bear forth:
    For thee I shall grow light." Thereat shrank up
    That monstrous reptile to a finger's length;
    And grasping this, unto a place secure
    From burning, Nala bore it, where the air
    Breathed freshly, and the fire's black path was stayed.
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    Then made the Prince to lay the serpent down,
    But yet again it speaks: "Nishadha's Lord,
    Grasp me and slowly go, counting thy steps;
    For, Raja, thou shalt have good fortune hence."
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    So Nala slowly went, counting his steps;
    And when the tenth pace came, the serpent turned
    And bit the Prince. No sooner pierced that tooth
    Than all the likeness of Nishadha changed;
    And, wonder-struck, he gazed upon himself,
    While from the dust he saw the snake arise
    A man, and, speaking as KarkŰtaka,
    Comfort him thus:-
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    "Thou art by me transformed
    That no man know thee and that evil one
    (Possessing, and undoing thee, with grief)
    Shall so within thee by my venom smart,
    Shall through thy blood so ache, that - till he quit
    He shall endure the woe he did impart.
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    Thus by my potent spell, most noble Prince
    (Who sufferest too long) thou wilt be freed
    From him that haunts thee. Fear no more the wood,
    Thou tiger of all princes! fear thou not
    Horned nor fanged beasts, nor any enemies,
    Though they be Brahmans! safe thou goest now,
    Guarded from grief and hurt, - Chieftain of men
    By this kind poison. In the fields of war
    Henceforth the victory always falls to thee
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    Go joyous, therefore, Prince - give thyself forth
    For 'VahŻka, the charioteer:' repair
    To Rituparna's city, who is skilled
    In play, and dwells in fair Ayodhy‚.
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    Wend thou, Nishadha! thither; he will teach
    Great subtlety in numbers unto thee,
    Exchanging this for thine own matchless gift
    Of taming horses. From the lordly line
    Descended of Ikshvaku,[1] glad and kind
    The King will be; and thou, learning of him
    His deepest act of dice, wilt win back all,
    And clasp again thy Princess. Therefore waste
    No thought on woes. I tell thee truth! thy realm
    Thou shalt regain; and when the time is come
    That thou hast need to put thine own form on,

    [1.The first monarch of the Solar Dynasty.]
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    Call me to mind, O Prince, and tie this cloth
    Around thy body. Wearing it, thy shape
    Thou shalt resume."
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    Therewith the serpent gave
    A magic twofold robe, not wove on earth,
    Which (O thou son of Kuru!) Nala took;
    And so the snake, transformed, vanished away.
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    THE great snake being gone, Nishadha's Chief
    Set forth, and on the tenth day entered in
    At Rituparna's town; there he besought
    The presence of the Raja, and spake thus
    "I am the chariot-driver, VahŻka.
    There is not on this earth another man
    Hath gifts like mine to tarne and guide the steed
    Moreover, thou mayst use me in nice needs
    And dangerous, where kings lack faithful hearts.
    Specially seen I am in dressing meats; [1]

    [1. This, it will be remembered, was one of the divine gifts bestowed upon Nala after the Swayamvara.]
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    And whatso other duties may befall,
    Though they be weighty, I shall execute,
    If, Rituparna, thou wilt take me in."
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    "I take thee," quoth the King. "Dwell here with me.
    Such service as thou knowest, render us.
    'Tis, VahŻka, forever in my heart
    To have my steeds the swiftest; be thy task
    To train me horses like the wind for speed;
    My charioteer I make thee, and thy wage
    Ten thousand gold suvernas. Thou wilt have
    For fellows, Varshneya and JÓvala;
    With those abiding, lodge thou happy here."
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    So entertained and honored of the King,
    In Rituparna's city Nala dwelled,
    Lodging with Varshneya and JÓvala.
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    There sojourned he, (my Raja!) thinking still
    Of sweet Vidarbha's Princess day by -day;
    And sunset after sunset one sad strain
    He sang: "Where resteth she that roamed the wood
    Hungry and parched and worn, but always true?
    Doth she remember yet her faultful lord?
    Ah, who is near her now?" So it befell
    Jivala heard him ever sighing this,
    And questioned: "Who is she thou dost lament?
    Say, VahŻka! fain would I know her name.
    Long life be thine; but tell me who he is,
    The faultful man that was the lady's lord."
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    And Nala answered him: "There lives a man,
    Evil and rash, that had a noble wife.
    False to his word he was; and thus it fell
    That somewhere, for some reason, (ask not me!)
    He quitted her, this rash one. And - so wrenched
    Apart from hers - his spirit, bad and sad,
    Muses and moans, with grief's slow fire consumed
    Night-time and day-time. Thence it is he sings
    At every sunset this unchanging verse,
    An outcast on the earth, by hazard led
    Hither or thither. Such a man thou seest
    Woful, unworthy, holding in his heart
    Always that sin. I was that lady's lord,
    Whom she did follow through the dreadful wood,
    Living by me abandoned, at this hour;
    If yet, in truth, she lives, - youthful, alone,
    Unpractised in the ways, not meriting
    Fortunes so hard. Ah, if, indeed, she lives,
    Who roamed the thick and boundless forest, full
    Of prowling beasts, -roamed it, my Jivala,
    Unguarded by her guilty lord, - forsook,
    Betrayed, good friend!"
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    Thus did Nishadha grieve,
    Calling sweet Damayanti to his mind.
    So tarried he within the Raja's house,
    And no man knew his place of sojourning.
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    WHILE, stripped of state, the Prince and Princess thus,
    Were sunk to servitude, Bhima made quest,
    Sending his Brahmans forth to search for them
    With strait commands, and for their road-money
    Liberal store. "Seek everywhere," said he
    Unto the twice-born, "Nala, - everywhere
    My daughter Damayanti. Whoso comes
    Successful in this quest, discovering her, -
    With lost Nishadha's Lord, - and bringing them,
    A thousand cows to that man will I give,
    And village-lands whence shall be revenue
    As great as from a city. If so be
    Ye cannot bring me Nala and my child,
    To him that learns their refuge I will give
    The thousand cows."
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    Thereby rejoiced, they went,
    Those Brahmans, hither and thither, up and down,
    Into all regions, rajaships, and towns,
    Seeking Nishadha's Chieftain, and his wife.
    But Nala nowhere found they; nowhere found
    Sweet Damayanti, Bhima's beauteous child.
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    Until, straying to pleasant Chedipur,
    One day a twice-born came, SudÍva named,
    And entered in; and, spying round about
    (Upon a feast-day by the King proclaimed),
    He saw forth-passing through the palace-gate
    A woman, - Bhima's daughter, - side by side
    With young Sunand‚. Little praise had now
    That beauty which in old days shone so bright;
    Marred with much grief it was, like sunlight dimmed
    By fold on fold of wreathed and creeping mists.
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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    But when SudÍva marked the great dark eyes,
    Lustreless though they were, and she so worn,
    So listless, - "Lo, the Princess!" whispered he;
    "'Tis the King's daughter," quoth he to himself;
    And thus mused on: -
    Death --the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

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