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The Garden of Kama
by 'Laurence Hope' (Adela Cory)
read by Diana Humphrey


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.

List of poems


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

5 Verses

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

16 Request

17 Story of Udaipore: Told by Lalla-ji, the Priest

18 Valgovind's Song in the Spring

19 Youth

20 When Love is Over: Song of Kahn Zada

21 "Golden Eyes"

22 Kotri, by the River

23 Farewell

24 Afridi Love

25 ,Yasmini

26 Ojira, to her Lover

27 Thoughts: Mahomed Akram

28 Prayer

29 The Aloe

30 Memory

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

2 Unforgotten

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

14 Sunstroke

15 ,Adoration

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

22 Starlight

23 Sampan Song

24 Song of the Devoted Slave

25 The Singer

26 Malaria

27 Fancy

28 Feroza

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!