ode was really written by Anacreon, that poet must have been more
familiar with pearls than some later Grecian writers. A similar idea
quite as beautifully expressed occurs in "The Loves of the Angels."
Then too the pearl from out its shell
Unsightly, in the sunless sea, (As 'twere a spirit, forced to dwell
In form unlovely) was set free, And round the neck of woman threw A light it lent and borrowed too.
Unlike most of the poets, Moore does not describe
the sparkling dew-drop as pearly and his references to tears of pearls
include the idea of metamorphosis, as in "The Light of the Haram."
And precious their tears as that rain from the sky, Which turns into pearls as it falls in the sea.
These lines embody the ancient Hindu superstition which is also apparent in his ' 'Lines