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But late an exile from her shore,
Against his countrymen he bore
The arms they taught to bear; and now
The turban girt his shaven brow.
Through many a change had Corinth pass'd
With Greece to Venice' rule at last;
And here, before her walls, with those
To Greece and Venice equal foes,
He stood a foe, with all the zeal
Which young and fiery converts feel,
Within whose heated bosom throngs
The inemory of a thousand wrongs.
To him had Venice ceased to be
Her ancient civic boast—" the Free;"
And in the palace of St. Mark
Unnamed accusers in the dark
Within the “ Lion's Mouth" had placed
A charge against him uneffaced :
He fled in time, and saved his life,
To waste his future

years That taught his land how great her loss In him who triumph'd o'er the Cross, 'Gainst which he rear'd the Crescent high, And battled to avenge or die.

in strife,

V.

Coumourgi-he whose closing scene
Adorn’d the triumph of Eugene,
When on Carlowitz' bloody plain,
The last and mightiest of the slain,
He sank, regretting not to die,
But curst the Christians' victory-
Coumourgi—can his glory cease,
That latest conqueror of Greece,
Till Christian hands to Greece restore
The freedom Venice

gave

of yore? A hundred years have rollid away Since he refix'd the Moslem's

sway ; And now he led the Mussulman, And

gave the guidance of the van
To Alp, who well repaid the trust
By cities levell’d with the dust ;
And proved, by many a deed of death,
How firm his heart in novel faith.

VI.

The walls grew weak, and fast and hot
Against them pour'd the ceaseless shot,

With unabating fury sent
From battery to battlement;
And, thunder-like, the pealing din
Rose from each heated culverin;
And here and there some crackling dome
Was fired before the exploding bomb;
And as the fabric sank beneath
The shattering shell's volcanic breath,
In red and wreathing columns flash'd
The flame, as loud the ruin crashid,
Or into countless meteors driven,
Its earth-stars melted into heaven;
Whose clouds that day grew doubly dun,
Impervious to the hidden sun,
With volumed smoke, that slowly grew
To one wide sky of sulphurous hue.

VII.

But not for vengeance, long delay'd,
Alone, did Alp, the renegade,
The Moslem warriors sternly teach
His skill to pierce the promised breach:
Within these walls a maid was pent
His hope would win, without consent
Of that inexorable sire,
Whose heart refused him in its ire,
When Alp, beneath his Christian name,
Her virgin hand aspired to claim.
In happier mood and earlier time,
While unimpeach'd for traitorous crime,
Gayest in gondola or hall,
He glitter'd through the Carnival,
And tuned the softest serenade
That e'er on Adria's waters play'd
At midnight to Italian maid.

VIII.

And many

deem'd her heart was won; For, sought by numbers, given to none, Had young

Francesca's hand remain'd
Still by the church's bonds unchain'd:
And when the Adriatic bore
Lanciotto to the Paynim shore,
Her wonted smiles were seen to fail,
And pensive wax'd the maid and pale;
More constant at confessional,
More rare at masque and festival :

Or seen at such, with downcast eyes,
Which conquer'd hearts they ceased to prize :
With listless looks she seems to gaze;
With humbler care her form arrays;
Her voice less lively in the song ;
Her step, though light, less fleet among
The pairs, on whom the morning's glance
Breaks, yet unsated with the dance.

IX.

Sent by the state to guard the land
(Which, wrested from the Moslem's hand,
While Sobieski tamed his pride
By Buda's wall and Danube's side,
The chiefs of Venice wrung away
From Patra to Eubea's bay),
Minotti held in Corinth's towers ,
The Doge's delegated powers,
While yet the pitying eye of peace
Smiled o'er her long-forgotten Greece,
And, ere that faithless truce was broke
Which freed her from the unchristian yoke.
With him his gentle daughter came :
Nor there, since Menelaus' dame
Forsook her lord and land to prove
What woes await on lawless love,
Had fairer form adorn'd the shore
Than she, the matchless stranger, bore.

X.

The wall is rent, the ruins yawn,
And, with to-morrow's earliest dawn,
O'er the disjointed mass shall vault
The foremost of the fierce assault.
The bands are rank'd; the chosen van
Of Tartar and of Mussulman,
The full of hope, misnamed “ forlorn,"
Who hold the thought of death in scorn,
And win their way with falchions' force,
Or

pave the path with many a corse, O’er which the following brave may rise, Their stepping-stone-the last who dies !

XI. 'T is midnight, on the mountains brown The cold round moon shines deeply down: Blue roll the waters, blue the sky Spreads like an ocean hung on high,

Bespangled with those isles of light, So wildly, spiritually bright; Who ever gazed upon them shining, And turn’d to earth without repining, Nor wish'd for wings to flee away, And mix with their eternal ray? The waves on either shore lay there Calm, clear, and azure as the air ; And scarce their foam the pebbles shook, But murmur'd meekly as the brook. The winds were pillow'd on the waves : The banners droop'd along their staves, And, as they fell around them furling, Above them shone the crescent curling; And that deep silence was unbroke, Save where the watch his signal spoke, Save where the steed neigh'd oft and shrill, And echo answer'd from the hill, And the wide hum of that wild host Rustled like leaves from coast to coast, As rose the Muezzin's voice in air In midnight call to wonted prayer ; It rose, that chaunted mournful strain, Like some lone spirit's o'er the plain : ’T was musical, but sadly sweet, Such as when winds and harp-strings meet, And take a long unmeasured tone, To mortal minstrelsy unknown. It seem'd to those within the wall A

cry prophetic of their fall: It struck even the besiegers' ear With something ominous and drear, An undefined and sudden thrill, Which makes the heart a moment still, Then beat with quicker pulse, ashamed Of that strange sense its silence framed ; Such as a sudden passing-bell Wakes, though but for a stranger's knell.

XII.

The tent of Alp was on the shore ;
The sound was hush'd, the prayer was o'er ,
The watch was set, the night-round made,
All mandates issued and obey'd ;
'T is but another anxious night,
His pains the morrow may requite
With all revenge and love can pay
In guerdon for their long delay.

Few hours remain, and he hath need
Of rest, to nerve for many a deed
Of slaughter ; but within his soul
The thoughts like troubled waters roll.
He stood alone among the host :
Not his the loud fanatic boast
To plant the Crescent o'er the Cross,
Or risk a life with little loss,
Secure in paradise to be
By houris loved immortally;
Nor his, what burning patriots feel,
The stern exaltedness of zeal,
Profuse of blood, untired in toil,
When battling on the parent soil.
He stood alone—a renegade
Against the country he betray'd;
He stood alone amidst his band,
Without a trusted heart or hand :
They follow'd him, for he was brave,
And great the spoil he got and gave ;
They crouch'd to him, for he had skill

and wield the vulgar will;
But still his Christian origin
With them was little less than sin.
They envied even the faithless fame
He earn'd beneath a Moslem name;
Since he, their mightiest chief, had been
In youth a bitter Nazarene.
They did not know how pride can stoop
When baffled feelings withering droop;
They did not know how hate can burn
In hearts once changed from soft to stern;
Nor all the false and fatal zeal
The convert of revenge can feel.
He ruled them-man may rule the worst,
By ever daring to be first :
so lions o'er the jackal sway;
The jackal points, he fells the prey,
Then on the vulgar yelling press
To gorge the relics of success.

To warp

XIII.

His head grows fever'd, and his pulse
The quick successive throbs convulse ;
In vain from side to side he throws
His form, in courtship. of repose;
Or if he dozed, a sound, a start
Awoke him with a sunken heart.

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