"Celestial footfalls she can hear/ Inaudible to grosser ear." The description of the Peri is found in a beautiful portion of the Mythology of the East, which represents her as the descendant of fallen angels, sinless, but doomed to remain on Earth to suffer penance, after which she is restored to home in Heaven. In this work the Artist has imagined and produced her as homeless and wearied, reclining upon a moss-covered rock. As soft physical repose comes o'er her, a half veiled smile is on her face, the echo of her sinless spirit which has borne her away in dream from her exile on Earth to her far-off home, where mid flowers fed to eternal life by their own perfect odors, she roams in perpetual Youth, with her sister spirits, o'er the sunny fadeless fields of Paradise. [P. 20.]
Catalogue of the Palmer Marbles, at the Hall Belonging to the Church of the Divine Unity, 548 Broadway, New York, November, 1856. Albany: J. Munsell, 78 State Street. 1856.