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“ Still, ere thou dost condemn me, pause ; 1060 “ Not mine the act, though I the cause. " Yet did he but what I had done 6 Had she been false to more than one. “ Faithless to him, he gave the blow; “ But true to me, I laid him low:

1065 65 Howe'er deserved her doom might be, “ Her treachery was truth to me; “ To me she gave her heart, that all “ Which tyranny can ne'er enthrall ; " And I, alas! too late to save!

1070 “ Yet all I then could give, I gave, “ 'Twas some relief, our foe a grave. “ His death sits lightly; but her fate “ Has made me—what thou well may'st hate.

6 His doom was seald-he knew it well, 1075 6 Warn'd by the voice of stern Taheer,

Deep in whose darkly boding ear (40) 6. The deathshot peal'd of murder near,

As filed the troop to where they fell! " He died too in the battle broil,

1080 " A time that heeds nor pain nor toil ; “ One cry to Mahomet for aid, “ One prayer to Alla all he made : “ He knew and cross'd me in the fray“ I gazed upon him where he lay,

1085 « And watch'd his spirit ebb away:

Though pierced like Pard by hunters' steel, it He felt not half that now I feel.

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“ I search'd, but vainly search’d, to find
“ The workings of a wounded mind;
“ Each feature of that sullen corse

Betray'd his rage, but no remorse.

Oh, what had Vengeance given to trace “Despair upon his dying face! “ The late repentance of that hour, “ When Penitence hath lost her power “ To tear one terror from the grave, “ And will not sooth, and can not save.

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“ The cold in clime are cold in blood,

“ Their love can scarce deserve the name; 1100 But mine was like the lava flood

66 That boils in Ætna's breast of flame, “I cannot prate in puling strain “ Of ladye-love, and beauty's chain : “ If changing cheek, and scorching vein, 1105 “ Lips taught to writhe, but not complain, “ If bursting heart, and mad’ning brain, “And daring deed, and vengeful steel,

And all that I have felt, and feel, “ Betoken love that love was mine,

1110 “ And shown by many a bitter sign. 66 'Tis true, I could not whine nor sigh, “ I knew but to obtain or die. “ I die-but first I have possess'd, “ And come what may, I have been blest. 1115

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“ Shall I the doom I sought upbraid ?
“ No-reft of all, yet undismay'd
“ But for the thought of Leila slain,
“Give me the pleasure with the pain,
“ So would I live and love again.
“ I grieve, but not, my holy guide!
“ For him who dies, but her who died :
“ She sleeps beneath the wandering wave-
6 Ah! had she but an earthly grave,
“ This breaking heart and throbbing head
“ Should seek and share her narrow bed.
“ She was a form of life and light,
“ That, seen, became a part of sight;
“ And rose, where'er I turn'd mine eye,
“ The Morning-star of Memory!

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“ Yes, Love indeed is light from heaven;

“ A spark of that immortal fire " With angels shared, by Alla given,

6 To lift from earth our low desire. “ Devotion wafts the mind above, “ But Heaven itself descends in love; “ A feeling from the Godhead caught, “ To wean from self each sordid thought; “ A Ray of him who form'd the whole ; A Glory circling round the soul ! “ I grant my love imperfect, all “ That mortals by the name miscall;

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“ Then deem it evil, what thou wilt; But

say, oh hers was not guilt! “ She was my life's unerring light:

1145 “That quench'd, what beam shall break my night? 6. Oh! would it shone to lead me still,

Although to death or deadliest ill! “Why marvel ye, if they who lose “This present joy, this future hope,

1150 “No more with sorrow meekly cope; “In phrensy then their fate accuse: “In madness do those fearful deeds

“That seem to add but guilt to wo? 6 Alas! the breast that inly bleeds

1155 “ Hath nought to dread from outward blow : " Who falls from all he knows of bliss, “ Cares little into what abyss. “ Fierce as the gloomy vulture's now "To thee, old man, my

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appear: 1160 " I read abhorrence on thy brow,

“ And this too was I born to bear! 66 'Tis true, that, like that bird of prey, 6. With havock have I mark'd my way: “But this was taught me by the dove,

1165 66 To die—and know no second love. " This lesson yet hath man to learn, " Taught by the thing he dares to spurn: “ The bird that sings within the brake,

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“The swan that swims upon the lake,
“ One mate, and one alone, will take.
6 And let the fool still prone to range,
“And sneer on all who cannot change,
“Partake his jest with boasting boys ;
“I envy not his varied joys,
“But deem such feeble, heartless man,
" Less than yon solitary swan ;
“ Far, far beneath the shallow maid
“He left believing and betray'd.
“ Such shame at least was never mine-
“Leila! each thought was only thine !
“My good, my guilt, my weal, my wo,

My hope on high-my all below.
“Earth holds no other like to thee,
" Or, if it doth, in vain for me:
“For worlds I dare not view the dame
“Resembling thee, yet not the same.
" The very crimes that mar my youth.
“This bed of death-attest my truth!
“ 'Tis all too late—thou wert, thou art
“The cherish'd madness of my heart !

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“ And she was lost—and yet I breathed,

“But not the breath of human life: “A serpent round my heart was wreathed,

“And stung my every thought to strife. “ Alike all time, abhorr'd all place,

Shuddering I shrunk from Nature's face,

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