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Also arose about the self-same time,

Perhaps a little later, her great lord, Master of thirty kingdoms so sublime,

And of a wife by whom he was abhorr’d; A thing of much less import in that clime

At least to those of incomes which afford The filling up their whole connubial cargoThan where two wives are under an embargo.


He did not think much on the matter, nor

Indeed on any other : as a man
He liked to have a handsome paramour

At hand, as one may like to have a fan,
And therefore of Circassians had good store,

As an amusement after the Divan; Though an unusual fit of love, or duty, Had made him lately bask in his bride's beauty.


And now he rose; and after due ablutions

Exacted by the customs of the East, And prayers and other pious evolutions,

He drank six cups of coffee at the least,
And then withdrew to hear about the Russians,

Whose victories had recently increased
In Catherine's reign, whom glory still adores
As greatest of all sovereigns and w-

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But oh, thou grand legitimate Alexander !

Her son's son, let not this last phrase offend Thine ear, if it should reach-and now rhymes wander

Almost as far as Petersburgh, and lend A dreadful impulse to each loud meander

Of murmuring Liberty's wide waves, which blend Their roar even with the Baltic's

be Your father's son, 't is quite enough for me.

so you


To call men love-begotten, or proclaim

Their mothers as the antipodes of Timon, That hater of mankind, would be a shame,

A libel, or whate'er you please to rhyme on:
But people's ancestors are history's game;

And if one lady's slip could leave a crime on
All generations, I should like to know
What pedigree the best would have to show ?

Had Catherine and the sultan understood

Their own true interests, which kings rarely know, Until 't is taught by lessons rather rude,

There was a way to end their strife, although Perhaps precarious, had they but thought good,

Without the aid of prince or plenipo: She to dismiss her guards and he his haram, And for their other matters, meet and share 'em.


But as it was, his Highness had to hold

His daily council upon ways and means How to encounter with this martial scold, This modern Amazon and



queans; And the perplexity could not be told

Of all the pillars of the state, which leans
Sometimes a little heavy on the backs
Of those who cannot lay on a new tax.


Meantime Gulbeyaz, when her king was gone,

Retired into her boudoir, a sweet place
For love or breakfast; private, pleasing, lone,

And rich with all contrivances which grace
Those gay recesses :— many a precious stone

Sparkled along its roof, and many a vase Of porcelain held in the fetter'd flowers, Those captive soothers of a captive's hours.


Mother of pearl, and porphyry, and marble,

Vied with each other on this costly spot; And singing birds without were heard to warble ;

And the stain'd glass which lighted this fair grot Varied each ray;—but all descriptions garble

The true effect, (4) and so we had better not
Be too minute; an outline is the best, –
A lively reader's fancy does the rest.

(1) [Motraye, in describing the interior of the Grand Signior's palace, into which he gained admission as the assistant of a watch-maker, who was employed to regulate the clocks, says that the eunuch who received them


And here she summon’d Baba, and required

Don Juan at his hands, and information
Of what had pass'd since all the slaves retired,

And whether he had occupied their station ;
If matters had been managed as desired,

And his disguise with due consideration Kept up; and above all, the where and how He had pass'd the night, was what she wish'd to know.

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Baba, with some embarrassment, replied

To this long catechism of questions, ask'd More easily than answer’d, — that he had tried

His best to obey in what he had been task'd; But there seem'd something that he wish'd to hide,

Which hesitation more betray'd than mask'd;
He scratch'd his ear, the infallible resource
To which embarrass'd people have recourse.


Gulbeyaz was no model of true patience,

Nor much disposed to wait in word or deed; She liked quick answers in all conversations ;

And when she saw him stumbling like a steed

at the entrance of the haram, conducted them into a hall, which appeared to be the most agreeable apartment in the edifice:-“Cette salle est incrustée de porcelaine fine; et le lambris doré et azuré qui orne le fond d'une coupole qui règne au-dessus, est des plus riches. Une fontaine artificielle et jail. lissante, dont le basin est d'un précieux marbre verd qui m'a paru serpentin ou jaspe, s'élevoit directement au milieu, sous le dôme. Je me trouvai la tête si pleine de sophas, de précieux plafonds, de meubles superbes, en un mot, d'une si grande confusion de matériaux magnifiques, qu'il seroit difficile d'en donner une idée claire.” Voyages, tom. i. p. 220.]

In his replies, she puzzled him for fresh ones;

And as his speech grew still more broken-kneed, Her cheek began to flush, her eyes to sparkle, And her proud brow's blue veins to swell and darkle.


When Baba saw these symptoms, which he knew

To bode him no great good, he deprecated Her

anger, and beseech'd she'd hear him through — He could not help the thing which he related : Then out it came at length, that to Dudù

Juan was given in charge, as hath been stated; But not by Baba's fault, he said, and swore on The holy camel's hump, besides the Koran.

The chief dame of the Oda, upon whom

The discipline of the whole haram bore,
As soon as they re-enter'd their own room,

For Baba's function stopt short at the door, Had settled all ; nor could he then presume

(The aforesaid Baba) just then to do more, Without exciting such suspicion as Might make the matter still worse than it was.


He hoped, indeed he thought, he could be sure

Juan had not betray'd himself; in fact 'Twas certain that his conduct had been pure,

Because a foolish or imprudent act

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