houri

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houri

(ho͞o`rē, hou`–) [Arab.,=black-eyed], one of the beautiful maidens said by some Muslims to dwell in paradise for the enjoyment of the faithful. The passages in the Qur'an detailing the physical delights of heaven are considered by many Muslim critics as allegorical.

houri

(in Muslim belief) any of the nymphs of Paradise
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His poems do not tell of a rough and vigorous life, but of luxury and softness; of tyrants and slaves, of beautiful houris and dreadful villains.
Transform those houris into dusky hags and ragged savages, and replace their rounded forms with shrunken and knotted distortions, their soft hands with scarred and hideous deformities, and the persuasive music of their voices with the discordant din of a hated language, and then see how much lingering reluctance to leave could be mustered.
But the skies that angel trod, Where deep thoughts are a duty - Where Love's a grown up God - Where the Houri glances are Imbued with all the beauty Which we worship in a star.
What is your theologian's ecstasy but Mahomet's houri in the dark?