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“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 ?
“ I know the Pacha's haughty mood
“ And such it feels while lurking here ; “ Oh, Selim! tell me yet in time,
“ Nor leave me thus to thoughts of fear. “ Ah! yonder see the Tchocadar, (22) “ My father leaves the mimic war; “ I tremble now to meet his eye“ Say, Selim, canst thou tell me why?”
XIV. “ Zuleika to thy tower's retreat " Betake thee--Giaffir I can greet:
And now with him I fain must prate “ Of firmans, 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 “ Such costly triumph to repay. “ But, mark me, when the twilight drum
“ Hath warn'd the troops to food and sleep, “ Unto thy cell will Selim come :
“ Then softly from the Haram creep
“ Nor these will rásh intruder climb “ To list our words, or stint our time; “And if he doth, I want not steel 66 Which some have felt, and more may feel. " Then shalt thou learn of Selim more “ Than thou hast heard or thought before : “ Trust me, Zuleika fear not me! “ Thou know'st I hold a Haram key."
“ 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, Zuleika, thou shalt hear “ My tale, my purpose,
fear : “ I am not, love ! what I appear.”
BRIDE OF ABYDOS.
The winds are high on Helle’s wave,
As on that night of stormy water
The lonely hope of Sestos' daughter.