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a's voice is never heard: apart,
■ permitted, guarded, veil'd, to move,
She yields to one her person and her heart.
Tuned to her cage, nor feels a wish to rove:
For, not unhappy in her master's love,
And joyful in a mother's gentlest cares,
Blest cares! all other feelings far above!

f more sweetly rears the babe she bears,
r quits the breast, no meaner passion shares.

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In marble-paved pavilion, where a spring Of living water from the centre rose, Whose bubbling did a genial freshness fling, And soft voluptuous couches breathed repose, Ai_i reclined, a man of war and woes: 1 Yet in his lineaments ye cannot trace, While Gentleness her milder radiance throws Along that aged venerable face, The deeds that lurk beneath, and stain him with disgrace.

Lira.

It is not that yon hoary lengthening beard
m suits the passions which belong to youth;'
Love conquers age — so Hafiz hath averr'd,
So sings the Tcian, and he sings in sooth —
But crimes that scorn the tender voice of ruth,
Beseeming all men ill, but most the man
In years, have mark'd him .with a tiger's tooth;
I follows blood, and, through their mortal span,
r acts conclude those who with blood began.'

Lxiv.

"M3d many things most new to car and eye
The pilgrim rested here his weary feet,
And gazed around on Moslem luxury, <
Till quickly wearied with that spacious seat
Of Wealth and Wantonness, the choice retreat
Of sated Grandeur from the city's noise:
And were it humbler, it in sooth were sweet;
Bat Peace abhorreth artificial joys,

Pleasure, leagued with Pomp, the zest of both destroys.

r moon, on the evening of the 8th, by every demon

I Joy: but although, during this month, the strictest

ujrttartK* b observed in the daytime, yet with the letting of tW aun the feasting commences : then is the time forpaying sad receiving visits, and for the amusements of Turkey, pospet-tbows, jugglers, dancers, and story-tellers."—Hob.

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'r- On the 12th, I was Introduced to All Pacha. 1 was ^nsol in a rill suit of staff uniform, with a very magnificent The vizier received me in a large room paved t; a fountain was playing in the centre; the m surrounded by scarlet ottomans. He received _, a wonderful compliment from a Mussulman, c me sit down on his right hand. His first question wty, at so early an age, 1 left my country? He then smut, toe English minister. Captain Leake, had told him I wis of a great family, and desired his respects to my mother; wtoicfc I now, in the name of All Pacha, present to you. He aaad be was certain I was a man of birth, because I had small ears, roiling hair, and little white hands. He told mo to raosodVr him as a father whilst 1 was in Turkey, and said ho lrafced on me as his own son. Indeed, he treated mo like a csxud. Beading me almonds and sugared sherbet, fruit, and ^ twenty times a day. 1 then after coffee and pipes

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h the lip of youth." — M.S.] the vizier as " a short man, Inches In height, and very fat; possessing face, fait and round, with blue quick eyes, not a Turkish gravity." Dr. Holland happily it which lurked under All's usual exterior,

LXV.

Fierce are Albania's children, yet they lack Not virtues, were those virtues more mature. Where is the foe that ever saw their back? Who can so well the toil of war endure? Their native fastnesses not more secure Than they in doubtful time of troublous need: Their wrath how deadly! but their friendship sure, When Gratitude or Valour bids them bleed, Unshaken rushing on where'er their chief may lead.

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Childe Harold saw them in their chieftain's tower Thronging to war in splendour and success; And after view'd them, when, within their power, Himself awhile the victim of distress; That saddening hour when bad men hotlier press: But these did shelter him beneath their roof, When less barbarians would have cheer'd him less, And fellow-countrymen have stood aloof * — In aught that tries the heart how few withstand the proof 1

Lxvn.

It chanced that adverse winds once drove his bark Full on the coast of Sull's shaggy shore, When all around was desolate and dark; To land was perilous, to sojourn more; Yet for awhile the mariners forbore, Dubious to trust where treachery might lurk: At length they ventured forth, though doubting sore That those who loathe alike the Frank and Turk Might once again renew their ancient butcher-work.

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Vain fear! the Suliotes stretch'd the welcome hand, Led them o'er rocks and past the dangerous swamp, Kinder than polish'd slaves, though not so bland, And piled the hearth, and wrung their garments damp,

And flll'd the bowl, and trimm'd the cheerful lamp, And spread their fare; though homely, all they had: Such conduct bears Philanthropy's rare stamp: To rest the weary and to soothe the sad, Doth lesson happier men, and shames at least the bad.

to " the fire of a stove, .burning fiercely under a smooth and polished surface." When the doctor returned from Albania, in 1813, he brought a letter from the Pacha to Lord Byron. "It is," says the poet, " In Latin, and begins ' Excellentlssimc, nccnon Carlsslmc,' and ends about a gun he wants made for him. He tolls mc that, last spring, he took a town, a hostile town, where, forty-two years ago, his mother and sisters were treated as Miss Cunegunde was by the* Bulgarian cavalry. He takes the town, selects all the survivors of the exploit — children, grand-children, &c, to the tune of six hundred, and has them shot before his face. So much for 4 dearest friend.'"]

3 ("The fate of Ali was precisely such as the poet anticipated. For a circumstantial account of his assassination, in February, 1822, see Walsh's Journey. His head was sent to Constantinople, and exhibited at the gates of the seraglio. As the name ofAlt had made a considerable noise in England, in consequence of his negotiations with Sir Thomas Maitland. and still more, perhaps, these stanzas of Lord Byron, a merchant of Constantinople thought it would be no bad speculation to purchase the head and consign it to a London showman ; but this scheme was defeated by the piety of an old servant of the Pacha, who britied the executioner with a higher price, and bestowed decent sepulture on the reuc] * [" Childe Harold with the chief held colloquy, Yet what they spake it boots not to repeat: Converse may little charm strange ear or eyei Albeit ho rested on that spacious seat Of Moslem luxury," &c. — MS.] 5 Alluding to the wreckers of Cornwall.

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It came to pass, that when he did address Himself to quit at length this mountain-land, Combined marauders half-way barr'd egress, And wasted far and near with glaive and brand; And therefore did he take a trusty band To traverse Acamania's forest wide, In war well season'd, and with labours tann'd, Till he did greet white Achelous' tide. And from his further bank Aitolia's wolds espied.

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Where lone Utraikey forms its circling cove, And weary waves retire to gleam at rest, How brown the foliage of the green hill's grove, Nodding at midnight o'er the calm bay's breast, As winds come whispering lightly from the west, Kissing, not ruffling, the blue deep's serene : — Here Harold was received a welcome guest; Nor did he pass unmoved the gentle scene, [glean. For many a joy could he from Night's soft presence

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On the smooth shore the night-fires brightly blazed, The feast was done, the red wine circling fast,1 And he that unawares had there ygazed With gaping wonderment had stared aghast; For ere night's midmost, stillest hour was past, The native revels of the troop began; Each PalikarS his sabre from him cast, And bounding hand in hand, man link'd to man, Telling their uncouth dirge, long daunced the kirtled clan. 3

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Childe Harold at a little distance stood And view'd, but not displeased, the rcvelrie, Nor hated harmless mirth, however rude: Jn sooth, it was no vulgar sight to see Their barbarous, yet their not indecent, glee; And, as the flames along their faces gleam'd, Their gestures nimble, dark eyes flashing free, The long wild locks that to their girdles stream'd, While thus in concert they this lay half sang, half scream'd: *

I.

Tambourg: 1 Tambourgl * ! thy 'larum afar
Gives hope to the valiant, and promise of war;
All the sons of the mountains arise at the note,
Chimariot, Blyrian, and dark Suliotc ! 8

1 The Albanian Mussulmans do not abstain from wine, and, indeed, very few of the others.

3 Paukar, shortened when addressed to a single person, from IJecJuxxfi, a general name for a soldier amongst the Greeks and Albanese who speak Romaic: it means, properly, "a lad."

3 {The following is Mr. Hobhonse's animated description of this scene :—" In the evening the gates were secured, and preparations were made for feeding our Albanians. A goat was killed and roasted whole, and four fires were kindled in the yard, round which the soldiers seated themselves in parties. After eating and drinking, the greatest part of them assembled round the largest of the fires, and, whilst ourselves and the elders of the party were seated on the ground, danced round the blaze, to their own songs, with astonishing energy. All their songs were relations of some robbing exploits. One of them, which detained them more than an hour, be>:an thus: —' When we set out from Parga, there were sixty of us:' then came the burden of the verse,—

'Robbers all at Parga!
Robbers all at Parga 1'

'K>.iQritt iron Xlx^yet! KjUprtif «••« Thttym 1' and as they roared out this stave, they whirled round the fire, dropped, and rebounded from .their knees, and again whirled round, as the chorus was again repeated. The rippling of

2.

Oh! who is more brave thau a dark Suliote,
In his snowy camese and his shaggy capote?
To the wolf and the vulture he leaves his wild flock.
And descends to the plain like the stream from the rock.
3.

Shall the sons of Chimari, who never forgive
The fault of a friend, bid an enemy live?
Let those guns so unerring such vengeance forego?
What mark is so fair as the breast of a foe?

4.

Macedonia sends forth her invincible race;
For a time they abandon the cave and the chase;
But those scarfs of blood-red shall be redder, before
The sabre is sheathed and the battle is o'er.
5.

Then the pirates of Parga that dwell by the waves,
And teach the pale Franks what it is to be slaves,
Shall leave on the beach the long galley and oar,
And track to his covert the captive on shore.
6.

I ask not the pleasures that riches supply,
My sabre shall win what the feeble must buy;
Shall win the young bride with her long flowing hair,
And many a maid from her mother shall tear.

7.

I love the fair face of the maid in her youth,
Her caresses shall lull me, her music shall soothe;
Let her bring from her chamber the many-toned lyre,
And sing us a song oiuthe fall of her sire.

8.

Remember the moment when Frevisa fell, 1
The shrieks of the conquer'd, the conquerors' yell;
The roofs that we fired, and the plunder we shared,
The wealthy we slaughter'd, the lovely we spared.

9.

I talk not of mercy, I talk not of fear;
He neither must know who would serve the Vizier:
Since the days of our prophet the Crescent ne'er saw
A chief ever glorious like Ali Pashaw.

10.

Dark Muchtar his son to the Danube Is sped,
Let the ycllow-hair'd8 Giaours'' view his horse-tail 1°
with dread; [banks,
When his Delhis 11 come dashing in blood o'er the
How few shall escape from the Muscovite ranks i

the waves upon the pebbly margin where we were seated, filled up the pauses of the song with a milder, and not more monotonous music. The night was very dark; but, by the flashes of the fires, wo caught a glimpse of the woods, the rocks, and the lake, which, together with the wild appearance of the dancers, presented us with a scene that would have made a fine picture in the hands of such an artist as the author of the Mysteries of Udolpho. As we were acquainted with the character of the Albanians, it did not at at] diminish our pleasure to know, that every one of our guard had been robbers, and some of them a very short time before. It was eleven o'clock before we had retired to our room, at which time the Albanians, wrapping themselves up in their capotes, went to' sleep round the flres."3

« [For a specimen or the Albanian or Amaout dialect of the niyric, see Appendix to this Canto, Note £C].]

1 Drummer.

6 These stanzas are partly taken from different Albanese songs, as far as I was able to make them out by the exposition of the Albanese in Romaic and Italian.

: It was taken by storm from the French.

8 Yellow is the epithet given to the Russians.

» Infidel.

■° The insignia of a Pacha.

,J Horsemen, answering to our forlorn hope.

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