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CXLVIII. He went to mosque in state, and said his prayers

With more than “ Oriental scrupulosity;" He left to his vizier all state affairs,

And show'd but little royal curiosity; I know not if he had domestic cares

No process proved connubial animosity;
Four wives, and twice five hundred maids, unseen,
Were ruled as calmly as a christian queen.

If now and then there happen'd a slight slip,

Little was heard of criminal or crime;
The story scarcely pass'd a single lip-

The sack and sea had settled all in time, From which the secret nobody could rip ;

The public knew no more than does this rhyme; No scandals made the daily press a curseMorals were better, and the fish no worse.

He saw with his own eyes the moon was round,

Was also certain that the earth was square,
Because he had journied fifty miles and found

No sign that it was circular any where ; His empire also was without a bound :

'Tis true, a little troubled here and there, By rebel pachas, and encroaching giaours, But then they never came to “the Seven Towers ;"

Except in shape of envoys, who were sent

To lodge there when a war broke out, according To the true law of nations, which ne'er meant

Those scoundrels, who have never had a sword in Their dirty diplomatic hands, to vent

Their spleen in making strife, and safely wording Their lies, yclept despatches, without risk or The singing of a single inky whisker,

He had fifty daughters and four dozen sons,

Of whom all such as came of age were stow'd,
The former in a palace, where like nuns

They lived till some Bashaw was sent abroad, When she, whose turn it was, wedded at once,

Sometimes at six years old-though this seems odd, 'Tis true; the reason is, that the Bashaw Must make a present to his sire in law.


His sons were kept in prison, till they grew,

Of years to fill a bowstring or the throne,
One or the other, but which of the two

Could yet be known unto the fates alone!
Meantime the education they went through

Was princely, as the proofs have always shown ;
So that the heir apparent still was found
No less deserving to be hang'd than crown'd.

His Majesty saluted his fourth spouse

With all the ceremonies of his rank,
Who clear'd her sparkling eyes and smooth'd her brows,

As suits a matron who has play'd a prank ; These must seem doubly mindful of their vows,

To save the credit of their breaking bank : To no men are such cordial greetings given As those whose wives have made them fit for heaven,

His Highness cast around his great black eyes,

And looking, as he always look’d, perceived
Juan amongst the damsels in disguise,

At which he seem'd no whit surprised nor grieved, But just remark'd with air sedate and wise,

While still a fluttering sigh Gulleyaz heaved, “ I see you've bought another girl; 'tis pity “ That å mere christian should be half so pretty.

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This compliment, which drew all eyes upon

The new-bought virgin, made her blush and shake.
Her comrades, also, thought themselves undone ;

Oh! Mahomet! that his Majesty should take
Such notice of a giaour, while scarce to one

Of them his lips imperial ever spake !
There was a general whisper, toss, and wriggle,
But etiquette forbade them all to giggle.

The sun,

The Turks do well to shut-at least, sometimes-

The women up-because in sad reality,
Their chastity in these unhappy climes

Is not a thing of that astringent quality,
Which in the north prevents precarious crimes,
And makes our snow less pure than our morality;

which yearly melts the polar ice, Has quite the contrary effect on vice.

Thus far our chronicle; and now we pause,

Though not for want of matter ; but 'tis time,
According to the ancient epic laws,

To slacken sail, and anchor with our rhyme. Let this fifth canto meet witb due applause,

The sixth shall have a touch of the sublime; Meanwhile, as Homer sometimes sleeps, perhaps You'll pardon to my muse a few short naps.


Note 1, page 183, stanza üi.

The ocean stream. This expression of Homer has been much criticised. It hardly answers to our atlantic ideas of the ocean, but is sufficiently applicable to the Hellespont and the Bosphorus, with the Ægean intersected with islands.

Note 2, page 184, stanza v.

The Giant's Grave." “ The Giant's Grave" is a height on the Adriatic shore of the Bosphorus, much frequented by holiday parties : like Harrow and Highgate.

Note 3, page 191, stanza xxxiii.

And running out as fast as I was able. The assassination alluded to took place on the eighth of December, 1820, in the streets of R, not a hundred paces from the residence of the writer. The circumstances were as described.

Note 4, page 191, stanza xxxiv.

Killd by five bullets from an old gun barrel. There was found close by him an old gun barrel, sawn half off: it had just been discharged, and was still warm.



Note 5, page 196, stanza liü.

Prepared for supper with a glass of rum.
In Turkey nothing is more common than for the Mus-
sulmans to take several glasses of strong spirits by way of
appetizer. I have seen them take as many as six of raki
before dinner, and swear that they dined the better for it:
I tried the experiment, but was like the Scotchman, who
having heard that the birds called kittiewiaks were admira-
ble whets, ate six of them, and complained that “he was no
hungrier than when he began."

Note 6, page 196, stanza lv.
Splendid but silent, save in one, where dropping,

A marble fountain echoes.
A common furniture.— I recollect being received by Ali
Pacha in a room containing a marble basin and fountain,
&c. &c. &c.

Note 7, page 204, stanza lxxxvii.

The gate so splendid was in all its features.
Features of a gate-a ministerial metaphor; " the fea-
ture upon which this question hinges.” See the “ Fudge
Family," or hear Castlereagh.

Note 8, page 209, stanza evi.
Though on more thorough-bred or fairer fingers.
There is perhaps nothing more distinctive of birth than
the hand: it is almost the only sign of blood which aristo-
cracy can generate.

Note 9, page 219, stanza cxlvii.

Save Solyman, the glory of their line. It may not be unworthy of remark, that Bacon, in his essay on " Empire," hints that Solymar was the last of his line; on what authority I know not. These are his words:

The destruction of Mustapha was so fatal to Solyman's line, as the succession of the Turks from Solyman, until

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