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LXVI.

Childe Harold saw them in their chieftain's tower
Thronging to war in splendour and success;
And after view'd them, when, within their power
Himself awhile the victim of distress;
That saddening hour when bad men hotlier press
But these did shelter him beneath their roof,
When less barbarians would have cheer'd him less,

And fellow-countrymen have stood aloof— 47
In aught that tries the heart how few withstand the

proof.

LXVII.

It chanced that adverse winds once drove his bark
Full on the coast of Suli's shaggy shore,
When all around was desolate and dark ;
To land was perilous, to sojourn more;
Yet for a while the mariners forbore,
Dubious to trust where treachery might lurk :
At length they ventured forth, though doubting sore

That those who loathe alike the Frank and Turk Might once again renew their ancient butcher-work.

LXVIII.

Vain fear! the Suliotes stretch'd the welcome hand, Led them o'er rocks and past the dangerous swamp, Kinder than polish'd slaves though not so bland, And piled the hearth, and wrung their garments damp, And fill'd the bowl, and trimm'd the cheerful lamp, Ind spread their fare ; though homely, all they had : Such conduct bears Philanthropy's rare stamp:

To rest the weary and to sooth the sad, Doth lesson happier men, and shames at least the bad.

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