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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;
Little was heard of criminal or crime;
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.
Was also certain that the earth was square,
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 ;"
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,
Of whom all such as came of age were stow'd,
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.
Of years to fill a bowstring or the throne,
Could yet be known unto the fates alone!
Was princely, as the proofs have always shown ;
With all the ceremonies of his rank,
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,
And looking, as he always look’d, perceived
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.”
The new-bought virgin, made her blush and shake.
Oh! Mahomet! that his Majesty should take
Of them his lips imperial ever spake !
The women up-because in sad reality,
Is not a thing of that astringent quality,
which yearly melts the polar ice, Has quite the contrary effect on vice.
Though not for want of matter ; but 'tis time,
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.
NOTES TO CANTO FIFTH.
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.
Note 6, page 196, stanza lv.
A marble fountain echoes.
Note 7, page 204, stanza lxxxvii.
The gate so splendid was in all its features.
Note 8, page 209, stanza evi.
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