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The 8-page booklet enclosed with the CDs contains a biography of Adela Cory who wrote under the pseudonym 'Laurence Hope'. She and her sisters were respected authors of their day and their writings inspired the beginnings of the women's movement and the Suffragettes.
When it was realised that the author 'Laurence Hope' was a woman, there was much speculation about her personal life - some, no doubt, encouraged by her publisher to increase sales of her already best-selling books. More recently Adela Cory's life has been the subject of research and a different, but no less interesting, picture has emerged.
1 "Less than the Dust"
2 "To the Unattainable"
3 "In the Early, Pearly Morning"; Song by Valgovind
4 Reverie of Mahomed Akram at the Tamarind Tank
6 Song of Khan Zada
7 The Teak Forest
8 Valgovind's Boat Song
9 Kashmiri Song by Juma
10 Zira: in Captivity
11 Marriage Thoughts: by Morsellin Kahn
12 To the Unattainable: Lament of Mahomed Akram
13 Mahomed Akram's Appeal to the Stars
14 Reminisence of Mahomed Akram
15 Story by Lalla-ji, the Priest
17 Story of Udaipore: Told by Lalla-ji, the Priest
18 Valgovind's Song in the Spring
20 When Love is Over: Song of Kahn Zada
21 "Golden Eyes"
22 Kotri, by the River
24 Afridi Love
26 Ojira, to her Lover
27 Thoughts: Mahomed Akram
29 The Aloe
31 The First Lover
32 Kahn Zada's Song on the hillside
33 Deserted Gipsy's Song: Hillside Camp
34 The Plains
1 "Lost Delight": After the Hazara War
3 Song of Faiz Ulla
4 Story of Lilavanti
5 The Garden by the Bridge
6 Fate Knows no Tears
7 Verses: Faiz Ulla
8 Two Songs by Sitara of Kashmir
9 Second Song: The Girl from Baltisan
10 Palm Trees by the Sea
11 Song by Gulbaz
12 Kashmiri Song
13 Reverie of Ormuz the Persian
16, Three Songs of Zahir-u-Din
17 Second Song
18 Third Song, written during Fever
19 The Regret of Ranee in the Hall of Peacocks
20 Protest: by Zahir-u-Din
21 Famine Song
1 The Window Overlooking the Harbour
2 Back to the Border
3 Reverie: Zahir-u-Din
4 Sea Song
5 To the Hills !
6 Till I Wake
7 His Rubies: Told by Valgovind
8 Song of Taj Mahomed
9 The Garden of Kama: Kama the Indian Eros
10 Camp Follower's Song, Gomal River
11 Song of the Colours: by Taj Mahomed
12 Lalila, to the Ferengi Lover
13 On the City Wall
14 "Love Lightly"
15 No Rival like the Past
16 Verse by Taj Mahomed
17 Lines by Taj Mahomed
18 There is no Breeze to Cool the Heat of Love
19 Malay Song
20 The Temple Dancing Girl
21 Hirah Singh's Farewell to Burmah
23 Sampan Song
24 Song of the Devoted Slave
25 The Singer
29 This Month the Almonds Bloom at Kandahar
by 'Laurence Hope'
Pale hands I loved beside the Shalimar,
Where are you now? Who lies beneath your spell!
Whom do you lead on Rapture's roadway, far,
Before you agonise them in farewell?
Oh, pale dispensers of my Joys and Pains,
Holding the doors of Heaven and of Hell,
How the hot blood rushed wildly through the veins
Beneath your touch, until you waved farewell.
Pale hands, pink tipped, like Lotus buds that float
On those cool waters where we used to dwell,
I would have rather felt you round my throat
Crushing out life; than waving me farewell!