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thou watch, my gazelle, light of mine eyes ? Thy cheeks will become
pale with watching, and thy husband will no longer rejoice in thy
dazzling looks." " Thou also, my lord, dost watch, and watching is
robbing the colour from thy countenance, and the light from thine
eyes. Come and rest, my lord; thy spouse will strike the guzla, and
slaves will watch the sleep of the King." " No, Sultana; go
encircle thy brow with jewels and richly robe thyself: the lists
wait, for this is to be a grand day. Zegries and Abencerrajes will
joust in Bib Eambla, and, forgetful of ill-will, Granada will
wrestle with the Christian." The King threw himself upon the divan
in an indolent manner, whilst the Sultana remained standing. "
Come, rose of Hiram, come and sit by my side," said the King,
casting his heavy eyes upon Zoraida. " The daylight is still weak,
and the winds do not yet bring me the sound of the drums of war of
my valiant Muza. Come, sit near me, Sultana, because I love thee as
I love the houris of the seventhheaven, and thy lips distil
aromatic honey quaffed in the fragrant flowers of the garden of
love." " Oh ! if thou didst not love the King Abu- Abd-Allah, whom
traitorous vassals surround, whom Christians insult, raising walls
before his kingly standard. ... Oh ! if thou didst not love me, my
heart would break as the glass is broken with poison. Then might
thou rightly call me in contempt the Zogoibi." The cheeks of the
Sultana became suffused, and her heart trembled like the tops of
the palm-trees of Africa, which become agitated when the soft
aromatic winds of spring sweep over them. She trembled, because
many moons had passed since she, her beauty neglected, Sultana
without husband, mother bereft of children, had heard other words
than the trembling respectful...
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