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THE CORSAIR.


"Else vainly had I prayed or sought the chance
"That leads me here—if eyed with vigilance:
"The careless guard that did not see me fly,
"May watch as idly when thy power is nigh.
"Pacha!—my limbs are faint—and nature craves 700
"Food for my hunger, rest from tossing waves:
"Permit my absence—peace be with thee! Peace
"With all around!—now grant repose—release."


"Stay, Dervise! I have more to question—stay,
"I do command thee—sit—dost hear?—obey!
"More I must ask, and food the slaves shall bring;
"Thou shalt not pine where all are banqueting:
"The supper done—prepare thee to reply,
"Clearly and full—I love not mystery."


'Twere vain to guess what shook the pious man, 710
Who look'd not lovingly on that Divan;
Nor show'd high relish for the banquet prest,
And less respect for every fellow guest.
'Twas but a moment's peevish hectic past
Along his cheek, and tranquillised as fast: