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[CANTO II.
THE CORSAIR.


Around his form his loose long robe was thrown,
And wrapt a breast bestowed on heaven alone;
Submissive, yet with self-possession manned,
He calmly met the curious eyes that scanned;
And question of his coming fain would seek,
Before the Pacha's will allowed to speak. 670


IV.

"Whence com'st thou, Dervise?"
 "From the Outlaw's den
A fugitive—"
 "Thy capture where and when?"
"From Scalanova's port[1] to Scio's isle.
The Saick[2] was bound; but Allah did not smile
Upon our course—the Moslem merchant's gains
The Rovers won; our limbs have worn their chains.
I had no death to fear, nor wealth to boast,
Beyond the wandering freedom which I lost;
At length a fisher's humble boat by night
Afforded hope, and offered chance of flight; 680
I seized the hour, and find my safety here—
With thee—most mighty Pacha! who can fear?"


"How speed the outlaws? stand they well prepared,
Their plundered wealth, and robber's rock, to guard?
Dream they of this our preparation, doomed
To view with fire their scorpion nest consumed?"


"Pacha! the fettered captive's mourning eye,
That weeps for flight, but ill can play the spy;
I only heard the reckless waters roar,
Those waves that would not bear me from the shore; 690

  1. [On the coast of Asia Minor, twenty-one miles south of Smyrna.]
  2. [A Levantine bark—"a kind of ketch without top-gallant sail, or mizzen-top sail."]