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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1824 Excerpt: ...thy falt'ring tongue short on my name? Oh, speak! unveil this mystery of sorrow. Arp. Thou art undone! lost, ruin'd, and undone! Mon. I will not think 'tis so, while I have thee; W hile thus 'tis given to fold thee in my arms, The sad remembrance of past woes is lost! Arp. Forbear to soothe thy soul with flattering thoughts Of evils overpast, and joys to come: Our woes are like the genuine shade beneath, Where fate cuts off the very hopes of day, And everlasting night and horror reign. Mon. By all the tenderness and chaste endearments Of our past love, I charge thee, my Arpasia, To ease my soul of doubts! Give me to know, At once, the utmost malice of my fate! Arp. Take then thy wretched share in all I suffer, Still partner of my heart! Scarce hadst thou left The sultan's camp, when the imperious tyrant, Soft'ning the pride and fierceness of his temper, With gentle speech made offer of his love. Amaz'd, as at the shock of sudden pain, 1 started into tears, and often urg'd (Though still in vain) the difference of our faiths. At last, as flying to the utmost refuge, "With lifted hands and streaming eyes, I own'd The fraud which, when we first were made his prisoners, I forc'd thee to put on Thy borrow'd name of brother, mine of sister; Hiding between that veil the nearer tie Our mutual vows had made before the priest. Kindling to rage at hearing of my story, Then, be it so, he cried: think'st thou thy vows, Giv'n to a slave, shall bar me from thy beauties? Then bade the priest pronounce the marriage rites; Which he perform'd; whilst shrieking with despair, I call'd in vain the pow'rs of heav'n to aid me. Mon. Villain! Imperial villain!--Oh, the coward! Aw'd by his guilt, though back'd by force and pow'r, He durst not to my face avow his purpose; But, in ...
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Book Description University of Pennsylvania Press, 1966. Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP97795776