The Talisman eBook

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But the Pasha’s attention is failing,
O’er his visage his fair turban stealeth;
From tchebouk {13a} he sleep is inhaling
Whilst round him sweet vapours he dealeth.

What rumour without is there breeding? 
Ye fair ranks asunder why wend ye? 
Kyslar Aga {13b}, a strange captive leading,
Cometh forward and crieth.  “Efendy!

Whose face has the power when present
Midst the stars in divan which do muster,
Which amidst the gems of night’s crescent
Has the blaze of Aldeboran’s lustre.

Glance nearer, bright star!  I have tiding,
Glad tiding, behold how in duty
From far Lehistan the wind, gliding. 
Has brought this fresh tribute of beauty.

In the Padishaw’s garden there bloometh,
In proud Istambul, no such blossom;
From the wintry regions she cometh
Whose memory so lives in thy bosom.”

Then the gauzes removes he which shade her,
At her beauty all wonder intensely;
One moment the Pasha survey’d her,
And, dropping his tchebouk, without sense lay.

His turban has fallen from his forehead,
To assist him the bystanders started—­
His mouth foams, his face blackens horrid—­
See the Renegade’s soul has departed.


{7} In the book the opening double-quotes are double commas.  These have been replaced by opening quotes in this eBook — DP.

{11} The Tartar Horde,—­generally known by the appellation of “The Golden,” which, some centuries since, was the dreaded and terrible scourge of Southern Russia.

{13a} Turkish pipe.

{13b} Keeper of the women.

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