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Denied his bones a holier grave: And there by night, reclined, 'lis said, Is seen a ghastly turbaned head: And hence extended by the billow; "Tis named the “Pirate-phantom's pillow!” Where first it lay that mourning flower Hath flourished; flourisheth this liour, Alone and dewy, coldly pure and pale; As weeping Beauty's cheek at Sorrow's tale! 1215 N O T E S
BRIDE OF A BYDOS.
Note 1, page 85, line 8. Wax faint o'er the gardens of Gül in her blooin. “Gúl,” the rose.
Note 2, page 86, line 7.
"Souls made of fire, and children of the Sun,
Note 3, page 88, line 20. With Mejnoun's tale, or Sadi's song. Mejnoun and Leila, the Romeo and Juliet of the East. Sadi, the moral poet of Persia.
Note 4, page 38, line 21. Till I, who heard the deep tambour. Tambour, Turkish drum, which sounds at sunrise, noon, and twilight:
Note 5, page 91, line 18.
He an Arab to my sight. The Turks abhor the Arabs (who return the compliment a hundred fold) even more than they hate the Christians.
Note 6, page 93, line 4. The mind, the Music breathing from her face. This expression las met with objections. I will not refer to “Him who hath not Music in his soul,” but merely request the reader to recollect, for ten seconds, the features of the woman whom he believes to be the most beautiful; and if he then does not comprehend fully what is feebly expressed in the above line, I shall be sorry for us both. For an eloquent passage in the latest work of the first female writer of this, perhaps, of any age, on the analogy (and the immediate comparison excited by that analogy) between “painting and music,” see vol. 11, cap. 10. De L'ALLEMAGNE. And is not this connexion still stronger with the original than the copy? With the colouring of Nature than of Art? After all, this is rather to be felt than described; still I think there are some who will unterstand it, at least they would have done had they beheld the countenance whose speaking harmony suggested the idea ; for this passage is not drawn from imagination but memnry, that mirror which Afliction dashes to the earth, and looking down upon the fragments, only beholds the reilection multiplied!
Note 7, page 94, line 3.
But yet the line of Carasman. Carasman Oglou, or Kara Osman Oglou, is the principal landholder in Turkey, he goverus Magnesia ; those who, by
a kind of feudal tenure, possess land on condition of service, are called Timariots: they serve as Spahis, according to the extent of territory, and bring a certain number into the field, generally cavalry.
Note 8, page 94, line 15. And teach the messenger what fate. When a Pacha is sufficiently strong to resist, the single messenger, who is always the first bearer of the order for his death, is strangled instead, and sometimes five or six, onc after the other, on the same errand, by command of the refractory patient; if, on the contrary, he is weak or loyal, he bows, kisses the Sultan's respectable signature, and is bowstrung with great complacency. In 1810, several of these presents were exhibited in the niche of the Seraglio gate; among others, the head of the Pacha of Bagdat, a brave young man, cut off by treachery, after a desperate resistance,
Note 9, page 95, line 10. Thrice clapped his hands, and called his steed. Clapping of the hands calls the servants. The Turks hate a superfluous expenditure of voice, and they have no bells.
Note 10, page 95, line 11. Resigned his gem-adorned Chibouque. Chibouque, the Turkish pipe, of which the amber mouthpiece, and sometimes the ball which contains the leaf, is adorned with precious stones, if in possession of the wealthier orders.
Note 11, page 95, line 13.
With Maugrabee and Mamaluke.
Note 12, page 95, line 14.
His way amid his Delis took. Deli, bravos who form the forlorn hope of the cavalry, and always begin the action.
Note 13, page 96, line 2.
Careering cleave the folded felt. A twisted fold of felt is used for scimitar practice by the Turks, and few but Mussulman arms can cut through it at a single stroke: sometimes a tough turban is used for the same purpose. The jerreed is a game of blunt javelins, animated and graceful.
Note 14, page 96, line 5. Nor heard their Ollahs wild and loud “Ollahs,” Alla il Allah, the "Leilies," as the Spanish poets call them, the sound is Ollah; a cry of which the Turks, for a silent people, are somewhat profuse, particularly during the jerreed, or in the chase, but mostly iu battle. Their animation in the field, and gravity in the chamber, with their pipes and comboloios, form an amusing contrast.
Note 15, page 96, line 24.
The Persian Atar-gul's perfume. "Atar-gul,” ottar of roses. The Persian is the finest,
Note 26, page 97, line 2.
The pictured roof and marble floor. The ceiling and wainscots, or rather walls, of the Mus