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The next fond moment saw her seat
“What! not receive my foolish flower?
“Nay then I am indeed unblest: “On me can thus thy forehead lower?
“ And know'st thou not who loves thee best? “Oh, Selim dear! Oh, more than dearest! “Say, is it me thou hat’st or fearest ? “Come, lay thy head upon my breast, « And I will kiss thee into rest, “Since words of mine, and songs must fail, “Ev’n from my fabled nightingale. “I knew our sire at times was stern, “But this from thee had yet to learn: - Too well I know he loves thee not; “But is Zuleika's love forgot? “Ah! deem I right? the Pacha’s plan“This kinsman Bey of Carasman · Perhaps may prove some foe of thine. “If so, I swear by Mecca's shrine, “If shrines that ne'er approach allow “ To woman's step admit her vow,
“Without thy free consent, command, “ The Sultan should not have
hand! “ Think'st thou that I could bear to part “With thee, and learn to halve my heart? “Ah! were I sever'd from thy side, “Where were thy friend-and who my guide? “ Years have not seen, Time shall not see “ The hour that tears my soul from thee: “Even Azrael, (18) from his deadly quiver
“When flies that shaft, and fly it must, “That parts all else, shall doom for ever
“Our hearts to undivided dust!"
He lived-he breathed-he moved-he felt; He raised the maid from where she knelt; His trance was gone-his keen eye shone With thoughts that long in darkness dwelt; With thoughts that burn-in rays that melt. As the stream late conceald
By the fringe of its willows, When it rushes reveald
In the light of its billows; As the bolt bursts on high
From the black cloud that bound it,
Through the long lashes round it.
Than he, who heard that vow, display'd, And all, before repress’d, betray’d: “ Now thou art mine, for ever mine, “With life to keep, and scarce with life resign; “ Now thou art mine, that sacred oath,
Though sworn by one, hath bound us both. “Yes, fondly, wisely hast thou done; “That vow hath saved more heads than one: “But blench not thou—thy simplest tress “ Claims more from me than tenderness; “I would not wrong the slenderest hair “That clusters round thy forehead fair, " For all the treasures buried far “Within the caves of Istakar. (19) “This morning clouds upon me lower’d,
Reproaches on my head were shower’d, “ And Giaffir almost calld me coward! “Now I have motive to be brave; “ The son of his neglected slave, Nay, start not, 'twas the term he gave, May show, though little apt to vaunt, “ A heart his words nor deeds can daunt. “His son, indeed!—yet, thanks to thee, “Perchance I am, at least shall be; “But let our plighted secret vow “Be only known to us as now. “I know the wretch who dares demand “From Giaffir thy reluctant hand; “More ill-got wealth, a meaner soul “ Holds not a Musselim's (20) control: “Was he not bred in Egripo? (21) “ A viler race let Israel show!
“But let that pass—to none be told
appear; “ I've arms, and friends, and vengeance near.”
“Think not thou art what thou appearest!
My Selim, thou art sadly changed : - This morn I saw thee gentlest, dearest ;
“But now thou’rt from thyself estranged. “My love thou surely knew'st before, “ It ne'er was less, nor can be more. “ To see thee, hear thee, near thee stay,
“And hate the night I know not why, “Save that we meet not but by day;
“With thee to live, with thee to die, “ I dare not to my hope deny: Thy cheek, thine eyes, thy lips to kiss, “Like this—and this--no more than this ; “For, Alla! sure thy lips are flame:
“What fever in thy veins is flushing? “My own have nearly caught the same,
“At least I feel my cheek too blushing. “ To soothe thy sickness, watch thy health, “Partake, but never waste thy wealth, “Or stand with smiles unmurmuring by, “And lighten half thy poverty ; “Do all but close thy dying eye, “For that I could not live to try; “To these alone my thoughts aspire : “More can I do? or thou require?
But, Selim, thou must answer why “ We need so much of mystery? “ The cause I cannot dream nor tell, “ But be it, since thou say’st 'tis well; “Yet what thou mean'st by 'arms' and 'friends,'
Beyond my weaker sense extends. “I meant that Giaffir should have heard
“ The very vow I plighted thee; “His wrath would not revoke my word:
“ But surely he would leave me free.
“ Can this fond wish seem strange in me, “ To be what I have ever been? " What other hath Zuleika seen “ From simple childhood's earliest hour?
" What other can she seek to see “Than thee, companion of her bower,
“ The partner of her infancy? “ These cherish'd thoughts with life begun,
Say, why must I no more avow? “What change is wrought to make me shun
“The truth; my pride, and thine till now “ To meet the gaze of stranger's eyes “Our law, our creed, our God denies; “Nor shall one wandering thought of mine “At such, our Prophet's will, repine: “No! happier made by that decree! “He left me all in leaving thee. “Deep were my anguish, thus compellid “ To wed with one I ne'er beheld: “ This wherefore should I not reveal? “Why wilt thou urge me to conceal?