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The Morning from her mantle grey,
From its sheath; and they form, and but wait for the
word. Tartar, and Spahi, and Turcoman,
690 Strike your tents, and throng to the van; Mount ye, spur ye, skirr the plain, That the fugitive may flee in vain, When he breaks from the town; and none escape, Aged or young, in the Christian shape; While your fellows on foot, in a fiery mass, Bloodstain the breach through which they pass.
Lycidas, line 187.] 2. [Strike out
“And the Noon will look on a sultry day.” -GIFFORD.]
3. The horsetails, fixed upon a lance, a pacha's standard.
[“ When the vizir appears in public, three thoughs, or horse-tails, fastened to a long staff, with a large gold ball at top, is borne before him."-Mæurs des Ottomans, par A. L. Castellan (Translated, 1821), iv. 7.
Compare Childe Harold, Canto II., “ Albanian War-Song," stanza io, line 2; and Bride of Abydos, line 714 (vide ante, p. 189).] 4. (Compare“Send out moe horses, skirr the country round."
Macbeth, act v. sc. 3, line 35.) 5. (Omit
“While your fellows on foot, in a fiery mass,
Bloodstain the breach through which they pass." -GIFFORD.)
The steeds are all bridled, and snort to the rein;
710 A priest at her altars, a chief in her halls, A hearth in her mansions, a stone on her walls. God and the prophet--Alla Hu !2 Up to the skies with that wild halloo ! “There the breach lies for passage, the ladder to scale; And your hands on your sabres, and how should ye fail? He who first downs with the red cross may crave 3 His heart's dearest wish; let him ask it, and have !" Thus uttered Coumourgi, the dauntless Vizier;
1. [" And crush the wall they have shaken before."--GIFFORD.) 2. (Compare The Giaour, line 734 (vide ante, p. 120) —
“At solemn sound of 'Alla Hu!'" And Don Juan, Canto VIII. stanza viii.]
3. ["He who first downs with the red cross may crave," etc. What vulgarism is this ! “ He who lowers,
,--or plucks down," etc. -GIFFORD.)
4. [The historian, George Finlay, who met and frequently conversed with Byron at Mesalonghi, with a view to illustrating " Lord Byron's Siege of Corinth,” subjoins in a note the full text of "the summons sent by the grand vizier, and the answer.” (See Finlay's Grecce under Oíhoman and Venetian Domination, 1856, p. 266, note 1; and, for the original authority, see Brue's Journal de la Campagne, . en 1715, Paris, 1871, p. 18.)] VOL. III.
The reply was the brandish of sabre and spear, 720 And the shout of fierce thousands in joyous ire : Silence-hark to the signal-fire !
As the wolves, that headlong go
As the spring-tides, with heavy plash,
i. With such volley yields like glass.-[MS. G. erased.]
ii. Like the mower's ridge -.-[MS. G. erased.] 1.
[“ Thus against the wall they bent,
Thus the first were backward sent." -GIFFORD.)
2. (“Such was the fall of the foremost train."- GIFFORD.]
Like the avalanche's snow
i. I have heard -:-[MS. G.] 1. [Compare The Deformed Transformed, Part I. sc. 2 (" Song of the Soldiers ”')
"Our shout shall grow gladder,
And death only be mute."] 2. (Compare Macbeth, act ii. sc. 2, line 554
“If he do bleed,
But the rampart is won, and the spoil begun,
1. (" There stood a man," etc.-GIFFORD.]