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SANDS OF THE DESERT The hum of

room.

197

forest pine-tops, the whisper of

Psyche Dryads, the caves by the seashore as resonant of sound as the tiny shells that strew the beach these have soothed city

in the ears of

—

men's hearts for ages past, but the silence of the desert is a new medicine for new ills. Its qualities are medicinal rather than inspiring and in spite of swarming tourist life which haunts its confines and finds them beautiful, the desert still awaits its

intellectual

vain

significance,

its

epic

poem.

Does

it

wait in

.''

Whatever of profound avoidance we of other lands

find in

the expression of desert scenery, it is no less remarkable that the Arabs themselves, in spite of their native love of poesy, have

never analysed

Only

in the

any way in their voluminous literature. wording of their extravagant songs sung to the it

in

beauty of their gardens, the Homeric magnificence of their tent life, may be gathered the influence of contrast between oasis and

Only the enjoyment of sport, the nostalgia of the separation, mysterious contentment which desert life breathes like opium into its atmosphere, is found in all their poetry of desert

itself.

religion, love, war, and horses, in which the oblivious of the real conditions of existence

Arab, seemingly even within the

paradise of exquisite delights. Curiously enough Arab poetry has a certain affinity to antique sculpture in its avoidance of all the realism of human oasis,

represents the

life

there as a very

case it is an exaggeratedly deceptive not only from artistic feeling but from much language, springing the same insensibility to suffering and hardship which the Arab

suffering

;

but

in

their

For

of smiling vegetation and tranquil air during the lovely winter months, their garden of The Saharan summer is far Eden is more than half a mirage.

displays

physically.

in

spite

For seven out of the too terrible to be passed over in silence. from the feverish clouds not a of rain falls months drop year's drifting over the whitened

palm groves.

There

are even spots,

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