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“Why did I doubt their quickness of career?
V. Quick at the word—they seized him each a torch, And fire the dome from minaret to porch. A stern delight was fix'd in Conrad's eye, But sudden sunk-for on his ear the cry Of women struck, and like a deadly knell 810 Knock'd at that heart unmoved by battle's yell. "Oh! burst the Haram--wrong not on your lives
One female form-remember-we have wives. On them such outrage Vengeance will repay; “Man is our foe, and such 'tis ours to slay: 815 “ But still we spared---must spare the weaker prey. “Oh! I forgot---but Heaven will not forgive “If at my word the helpless cease to live; "Follow who will---I go---we yet have time “Our souls to lighten of at least a crime.” 820 He climbs the crackling stair---he bursts the door, Nor feels his feet glow scorching with the floor; His breath choak'd gasping with the volumed smoke, But still from room to room his way he broke. They search---they find---they save: with lusty arms Each bears a prize of unregarded charms; 826 Calm their loud fears; sustain their sinking frames With all the care defenceless beauty claims: So well could Conrad tame their fiercest mood, And check the very hands with gore inrbrued. 830
But who is she? whom Conrad's arms convey
Brief time had Conrad now to greet Gulnare, (9) 835