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THE GIAOUR. 97 Of transient Anger's hasty blush/- * But pale as marble o'er the tomb, Whose ghastly whiteness aids its gloom. His brow was bent, his eye was glazed; 240 He raised his arm, and fiercely raised, And sternly shook his hand on high, As doubting to return or fly ; "• Impatient of his flight delayed, Here loud his raven charger neighed — Down glanced that hand, and grasped his blade ; That sound had burst his waking dream. As Slumber starts at owlet's scream. The spur hath lanced his courser's sides ; Away — away — for life he rides : 250 Swift as the hurled on high jerreed ^ Springs to the touch his startled steed ; The rock is doubled, and the shore Shakes with the clattering tramp no more ; The crag is won, no more is seen i. Of transient Afiger's Darkening bhish. — IIS. ii. As doubting if io stay or fly — Theji turned it swiftly to his blade ; As loud his raven charger neighed — That sound dispelled his waking dream. As sleepers start at owlet's scream. — {MS.' 1. [For "hasty,*' all the editions till the twelfth read ^* darkening blush." On the back of a copy of the eleventh, Lord Byron has written, '* Why did not the printer attend to the solitary correction so repeatedly made ? I have no copy of this, and desire to have none till my request is complied with." — N'otes to Editions 1832, 1837-] 2. Jerreed, or Djerrid [Jarld], a blunted Turkish javelin, which is darted from horseback with great force and precision. It is a favourite exercise of the Mussulmans ; but I know not if it can be called a manly one, since the most expert in the art are the Black Eunuchs of Constantinople. I think, next to these, a Mamlouk at Smyrna was the most skilful that came within my observation. [Lines 250, 251, together with the note, were inserted in the Third Edition.] VOL. III. H