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„From off the scorch'd and blacķening roof, Whose thickness was not vengeance-proof.
„They little thought that day of pain, „When lanch'd, as on the lightning's flash; „They bade me to destruction dash,
,,That one day I should come again, 410 „With twice five thousand horse, to thank
„The Count for his uncourteous ride. „They play'd me then a bitter prank,
„When, with the wild horse for my guide, „They bound me to his foaming flank: „At length I play'd them one as frank „For time at last sets all things øven
„And if we do but watch the hour,
„There never yet was human power „Which could evade, if. unforgiven,
420 „The patient search and vigil long „Of him who treasures up a wrong
„Upon the pinions of the wind,
,,A moment from this „With sudden wrai'
„And snapp'd t.
„Had bound ,,And, writhin „Howl'd back my „The thunder of „Perchance the „It vexes me „Have paid to „I paid it w There is ,,Its draw
From : - thought, indeed, Whosen uckend in his speed; und and slender framo
450 lo his angry might, is a spur
became: hich I made to free bs from their agony liis fury and affright: vice, - 'twas faint and low, ; swerved as from a blow; ing to each accent, sprang a sudden trumpet's clang: e my cords were wet with gore, 460 , oozing through my limbs, ran o'er; 1 my tongue the thirst became icthing fierier far than flame.
: neard the wild wood 'twas so wide;
„We sped like meteors through the sky,
430 And bounded by a forest black;
„And, save the scarce seen battlement „On distant heights of some strong hold, „Against the Tartars built of old, „No trace of man. The before „A Turkish army had march'd o'er; „And where the Spahi's hoof hath trod, ,,The verdure flies the bloody sod:„The sky was dull, and dim, and gray,
„And a low breeze crept moaning by - 440 „I could have answer'd with a sigh „But fast we fled, away, away „And I could neither sigh nor pray; „And my cold sweat-drops fell like rain „Upon the courser's bristling mane; „But, snorting still with rage and fear, „He flew upon his far career:
„At times I almost thought, indeed,
bound and slender framo 450 „Was nothing to his angry might, „And merely like a spur became: „Each motion which I made to free „My swoln limbs from their agony
,,Increased his fury and affright: „I tried my voice, - 'twas faint and low.. „But yet he swerved as from a blow; „And, starting to cach accent, sprang „As from a sudden trumpet's clang: „Meantime my cords were wet with gore, ; 460 „Which, oozing through my limbs, ran o'er; „And in my tongue the thirst became „A something fierier far than flame.
„We neard the wild wood 'twas so wide;