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66 What other hath Zuleika seen

4420 "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 cherished thoughts with life begun, 425

“Say, why must I no more avow? “What change is wrought to make me shun

“ The truth; my-pride, and tbine till now? “To meet the gaze of stranger's eyes “Our law, our creed, our God denies; 430 “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 thec. “Deep were my anguish, thus compelled 435 " To wed with one I ne'er beheld: 66 This wherefore should I not reveal ? “Why wilt thou urge me to conceal ? “I know the Pacha's haughty mood “To thee hath never boded good;

410 “And he so often storms at nought, “Allah! forbid that e'er he ought! And why I know not, but within “My heart concealment weighs like sin. “If then such secrecy by crime,

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“And such it feels while lurking here; "Oh, Selim! tell me yet in time,

"Nor leave me thus lo thoughts of fear. “Ah! yonder see the Tchocadar, ** “My father leaves the mimic war; “I tremble now to meet his eye — “Say, Selim, can’st thou tell me why?”

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XIV. “ Zuleika! to thy tower's retreat “Betake thee Giaffir I can greet: “And now with him I fain must prate

455 “Of firmaus, imposts, levies, state. “There's fearful news from Danube's banks; “Our Vizier nobly thins his ranks, “For which the Giaour may give him thanks! “Our Sultan hath a shorter way

460 “Such costly triumph to repay. "But, mark me, when the twilight drum

Hath warned the troops to food and sleep, “Unto thy cell will Selim come: Then softly from the Haram creep

465 "Where we may wander by the deep:

“Our garden - battlements are steep; "Nor these will rash intruder climb “To list our words, or stint our time;

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And if he doth, I want not steel
" Which some have felt, and inore may feel.
co T'hen shalt thou learn of Selim more
“Than thou last heard or thought before;
Trust me, Zuleika fear not me!
“Thou know'st I hold a Haram key."

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“Fear thee, my Selim! ne'er till now “ Did word like this

“Delay not thou; “I keep the key and Haroun's guard Have some, and hope of more reward. “To night, Zulcika, thou shalt liear “My tale, my purpose, and my fear: “I am not, love! what I appear."

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BRIDE OF ABYDOS.

CANTO

II.

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I.
The winds are liigh on Helle’s wave,

As on that night of stormy water
When Love, who sent, forgot to save
The young, the beautiful, the brave,

The lonely hope of Sestos' daughter.
Oh! when alone along the sky
Her turret-torch was blazing 'high,
Though rising galo, and breaking foam,
And sliricking sea - birds warned him home;
And clouds aloft and tides below,
With signs and sounds, forbade to go
He could not sce, he would not hear
Or sound or sign foreboding fear;

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