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With it he comes not---sends not---faithless one!
The night-breeze freshens---she that day had past
It came at last---a sad and shatter'd boat,
While yet was Hope-they soften’d--flutter'd--wept-All lost--that softness died not-but it slept; 1270 And o'er its slumber rose that Strength which said, “With nothing left to love--there's nought to dread." 'Tis more than nature's; like the burning might Delirium gathers from the fever's height. “ Silent you stand-nor would I hear you
tell 1275 “ What--speak not--breathe not--for I know it well“ Yet would I ask-almost my lip denies “ The-quick your answer—tell me where he lies?”
“ Lady! we know not-scarce with life we fled; « But here is one denies that he is dead:
1280 “He saw him bound; and bleeding—but alive."
She heard no further--'twas in vain to strive---
In that wild council words wax'd warm and strange, 1295
Within the Haram's secret chamber sate
1310 His only bends in seeming o'er his beads, (15) But inly views his victim as he bleeds.
“ Pacha! the day is thine; and on thy crest “ Sits Triumph---Conrad taken---fall’n the rest ! “ His doom is fix'd---he dies : and well his fate 1315 “ Was earn'd---yet much too worthless for thy hate: “ Methinks, a short release, for ransom told “ With all his treasure, not unwisely sold ;
"Report speaks largely of his pirate-hoard--6 Would that of this my Pacha were the Lord ! 1320 “ While baffled, weaken'd by this fatal fray--“ Watch'd---follow'd --- he were then an easier prey ; “ But once cut off---the remnant of his band “ Embark their wealth, and seek a safer strand.”
« Gulnare !---if for each drop of blood a gem 1325 “ Were offer'd rich as Stamboul's diadem ; “ If for each hair of his a massy mine
Of virgin ore should supplicating shine; “ If all our Arab tales divulge or dream “ Of wealth were here-that gold should not redeem! “ It had not now redeem'd a single hour; 1331 “ But that I know him fetter'd, in my power;
And, thirsting for revenge, I ponder still " On pangs that longest rack, and latest kill.”
Nay, Seyd !--I seek not to restrain thy rage, 1935 “ Too justly moved for mercy to assuage; “My thoughts were only to secure for thee “ His riches---thus released, he were not free: “ Disabled, shorn of half his might and band, “ His capture could but wait thy first command.” 1340 “ His capture could !---and shall I then resign “ One day to him---the wretch already mine? “ Release my foe !---at whose remonstrance ?---thine « Fair suitor !---to thy virtuous gratitude, “ That thus repays this Giaour's relenting mood, 1945
“ Which thee and thine alone of all could spare, “ No doubt---regardless if the prize were fair, “ My thanks and praise alike are due---now hear! 6. I have a counsel for thy gentler ear: “I do mistrust thee, woman! and each word 1350 “Of thine stamps truth on all Suspicion heard. 6. Borne in his arms through fire from yon Serai--“ Say, wert thou lingering there with him to fly? “ Thou need'st not answer---thy confession speaks,
Already reddening on thy guilty cheeks; 1355 " Then, lovely dame, bethink thee! and beware: “ 'Tis not his life alone may claim such care! 66 Another word and---nay---I need no more. “ Accursed was the moment when he bore “ Thee from the flames, which better far---but---no-“ I then had mourn'd thee with a lover's WO--- 1361 “ Now 'tis thy lord that warns---deceitful thing! “ Know'st thou that I can clip thy wanton wing? 6. In words alone I am not wont to chafe: “ Look to thyself---nor deem thy falsehood safe!" 1365
He rose---and slowly, sternly thence withdrew,