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Their flocks are grazing on the mound
Of him who felt the Dardan's arrow :
Is now a lone and nameless barrow!
Within-thy dwelling-place how narrow!
Late, late to-night will Dian cheer
Yes! there is light in that lone chamber,
And o'er her silken Ottoman
O'er which her fairy fingers ran; (25)
Whereon engraved the Koorsee text,
560 Bloom flowers in urns of China's mould ; The richest work of Iran's loom, And Sheeraz' tribute of perfume; All that can eye or sense delight Are gather'd in that gorgeous room:
565 But yet it hath an air of gloom. She, of this peri cell the sprite, What doth she hence, and on so rude a night?
Wrapt in the darkest sable vest,
Which none save noblest Moslem wear,
As heaven itself to Selim dear,
And starting oft, as through the glade
The gust its hollow moanings made, Till on the smoother pathway treading,
More free her timid bosom beat,
The maid pursued her silent guide;
How could she quit her Selim's side ?
They reach'd at length a grotto, hewn
By nature, but enlarged by art,
And oft her Koran conn'd apart;
Since last she visited the spot
600 A ray of no celestial hue;
But in a nook within the cell
this mean? she turn'd to see Her Selim_" Oh! can this be he?"
His robe of pride was thrown aside,
His brow no high-crown'd turban bore,
Wreathed lightly round, his temples wore:
But were it not that high command
" I said I was not what I seem'd;
“ And now thou seest my words were true: I have a tale thou hast not dream'd,
635 “ If sooth-its truth must others rue. My story now 'twere vain to hide, " I must not see thee Osman's bride: “ But had not thine own lips declared “ How much of that young heart I shared, 640 “I could not, must not, yet have shown • The darker secret of my own. “ In this I speak not now of love; “ That, let time, truth, and peril prove: “ But first-Oh! never wed another
645 “ Zuleika! I am not thy brother !"
“ Oh! not my brother!-yet unsay
6 God! am I left alone on earth “ To mourn I dare not curse- -the day
" That saw my solitary birth? " Oh! thou wilt love me now no more!
“ My sinking heart foreboded ill; “But know me all I was before,
“ Thy sister-friend--Zuleika still.