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All infidels - all enemies !
She darted through that armed crowd A look so searching, so intent,
That e'en the sternest warrior bow'd Abash'd, when he her glances caught, As if he guessed whose form they sought.
she sees him not, —’tis gone : The vision that before her shone Through all the maze of blood and storm, Is fled ; 'twas but a phantom form,
Scattering its brilliant fragments round.
Their course is toward that mountain hold, Those towers, that make her life-blood freeze, Where Mecca's godless enemies
Lie, like beleaguer'd scorpions, rolld
In their last deadly, venomous fold !
Had her bewilder'd mind the power
Through which departed spirits go;Not e'en the flare of brand and torch
Its flickering light could further throw
Than the thick flood that boil'd below.
Beneath them from its onward track.
The vexed tide, all foaming, back, And scarce the oar's redoubled force Can stem the eddy's whirling course; When, hark ! some desperate foot has sprung Among the rocks, -- the chain is flung, The oars are up, — the grapple clings, And the toss'd bark in moorings swings. Just then a daybeam through the shade Broke tremulous; but ere the maid Can see from whence the brightness steals, Upon her brow she shuddering feels A viewless hand, that promptly ties A bandage round her burning eyes ; While the rude litter where she lies, Uplifted by the warrior throng, O'er the steep rocks is borne along.
Blest power of sunshine! genial Day,
Or whither wound the perilous road,
Which suddenly around her glow'd, That they had risen from darkness then, And breathed the sunny world again! But soon this balmy freshness fled; For now the steepy labyrinth led Through damp and gloom, — ’mid crash of boughs And fall of loosen'd crags that rouse The leopard from his hungry sleep,
Who, starting, thinks each crag a prey,
Chasing them down their thundering way!
Of torrents in the glen beneath,
That rolls beneath the Bridge of Death! All, all is fearful, — e'en to see,
To gaze on those terrific things She now but blindly hears, would be