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“But let our plighted secret vow “Be only known to us as now.

370 " I know the wretch who dares demand “From Giaffir thy reluctant hand; “ More ill-got wealth, a meaner soul “ Holds not a Musselim's (20) control: 66 Was he not bred in Egripo ? (21)

375 “A viler race let Israel show! “But let that pass——to none be told “Our oath; the rest shall time unfold. “To me and mine leave Osman Bey; * I've partizans for peril's day: “ Think not I am what I appear; “I've arms, and friends, and vengeance near.”

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XIII. “Think not thou art what thou appearest !

“My Selim, thou art sadly changed : “This morn I saw thee gentlest, dearest;

“But now thou’rt from thyself estranged. “My love thou surely knew'st before, “ It ne'er was less, nor can be more. “To see thee, hear thee, near thee stay,

"And hate the night I know not why, “Save that we meet not but by day:

“ With thee to live, with thee to die,

“I dare not to my hope deny: “Thy cheek, thine eyes, thy lips to kiss, “Like this--and this--no more than this;

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“For, Alla! sure thy lips are flame:

“What fever in thy veins is flushing ? “My own have nearly caught the same,

“ At least I feel my cheek too blushing. "To soothe thy sickness, watch thy health, 400 “Partake, but never waste thy wealth, “ Or stand with smiles unmurmuring by, “And lighten half thy poverty; “Do all but close thy dying eye, “For that I could not live to try ;

405 “To these alone my thoughts aspire: “More can I do? or thou require ? “But, Selim, thou must answer why 6. We need so much of mystery? “The cause I cannot dream nor tell,

410 “ 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;

415 “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 ? 6. 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?

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6. 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 compelld 66 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 “ To thee hath never boded good; “ And he so often storms at nought, “ Allah! forbid that e'er he ought! “And why I know not, but within “My heart concealment weighs like sin. “ If then such secrecy be crime,

“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, can’st thou tell me why?"

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XIV. “ Zuleika--to thy tower's retreat “ Betake thee-Giaffir I can greet: “ And now with him I fain must prate 455 “ 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 warnd the troops to food and sleep, “ Unto thy cell will Selim come:

“ Then softly from the Haram creep 465 “ Where we may wander by the deep;

“ Our garden battlements are steep; “ Nor these will rash intruder climb “ To list our words, or stint our time; “ And if he doth, I want not steel 4 Which some have felt, and more may feel. " Then shalt thou learn of Selim more " Than thou hast heard or thought before ; 6 Trust me, Zuleika--fear not me! “ Thou know'st I hold a Haram key."

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“ 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, and my fear:
“ I am not, love! what I appear."

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END OF CANTO 1.

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