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They to the midnight watch protract debate;
END OF CANTO I.
IN Coron's bay floats many a Galley light, 610
Though all, who can, disperse on shore and seek 625.
High in his hall reclines the turban'd Seyd ;
the bearded chiefs he came to lead. Removed the banquet, and the last pilaff
640 Forbidden draughts, 'tis said, he dared to quaff, Though to the rest the sober berry's juice, (3) The slaves bear round for rigid Moslem's use; The long Chibouque's (4) dissolving cloud supply, While dance the Almas (5) to wild minstrelsy. 645 The rising morn will view the chiefs embark; But waves are somewhat treacherous in the dark: And revellers may more securely sleep On silken couch than o'er the rugged deep; Feast there who can-nor combat till they must, 650 And less to conquest than to Korans trust;
And yet the numbers crowded in his host
With cautious reverence from the outer gate, Slow stalks the slave, whose office there to wait, 655 Bows his bent head-his hand salutes the floor, Ere yet his tongue the trusted tidings bore: “A captive Dervise, from the pirate's nest “Escap'd, is here-himself would tell the rest.” He took the sign from Seyd's assenting eye, 660 And led the holy man in silence nigh. His arms were folded on his dark-green vest, His step was feeble, and his look deprest; Yet worn he seem'd of hardship more than years And pale his cheek with penance, not from fears. 665 Vow'd to his God-his sable locks he wore, And these his lofty cap rose proudly o’er: Around his form his loose long robe was thrown, And wrapt a breast bestow'd on heaven alone; Submissive, yet with self-possession mann'd, 670 He calmly met the curious eyes that scann'd; And question of his coming fain would seek, Before the Pacha's will allow'd to speak.
“Whence com’st thou, Dervise ?"
“ From the outlaw's den, 675 “ A fugitive-"
“Thy capture where and when?” “From Scalanova's port to Scio's isle, “The Saick was bound; but Alla did not smile “Upon our course—the Moslem merchant's gains " The Rovers won : our limbs have worn their chains. “I had no death to fear, nor.wealth to boast, 681 “Beyond the wandering freedom which I lost; “At length a fisher's humble boat by night “ Afforded hope, and offer'd chance of flight : “I seized the hour, and find my safety here- 685 “ With thee-most mighty Pacha! who can fear?”
“How speed the outlaws ? stand they well prepared, “Their plunder'd wealth, and robber's rock, to guard? “Dream they of this our preparation, doom'd “To view with fire their scorpion nest consumed ?"690
“Pacha! the fetter'd captive's mourning eye “That weeps for flight, but ill can play the spy ; “I only heard the reckless waters roar, “Those waves that would not bear me from the shore; “ I only mark'd the glorious sun and sky, 655 "Too bright-too blue-for my captivity;