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those two friends, embalmed as they admiration and wonder of many ages are in my heart of hearts, time passed to come. But I had scarcely crossed away, not merely tolerably, but plea- the gate of the garrison, and given santly. My suspicions began in time the drowsy smokers, nicknamed sento relax, and I reproached myself for tinels, their accustomed number of taking such prudent measures of de- paras, when I observed the Voivode fence against the dreaded machina and the Disdar in earnest conversations of the hoary, but dastardly op- tion. The eyes of both were quickly pressor, who now lived in terror of turned, with no friendly expression, the inhabitants of the city and vil. towards the intruder. Delight ap-. lages within his jurisdiction, lest peared to shed gleams of light over they should forward to the Porte à the sombre physiognomy of the Voijoint representation against his rapa- vode, who could hardly conceal his city, cruelty, and injustice. Such re- joy, that his mortal foe had at last presentations are never overlooked or run his head into the toils. I felt cast aside. The Porte listens with that I had gone to beard the lion in pleasure to accusations preferred his lair. To retreat was difficult, if against its old and opulent servants. not impossible, to say nothing of its This affords the much longed-for op- disgrace: to remain, was to submit portunity of squeezing out of the in- myself to the mercy of a couple of ferior horse-leeches of despotism the ruffians, to one of whom I had offermarrow they had sucked from the ed an inexpiable insult. Agitated by vitals of a suffering people. The the contending passions of pride, reVoivode knew this, and was now venge, and defiance, I remained for anxious, if possible, by forbearance, a few seconds motionless, perfectly and some clumsy acts intended to be unable to determine what line of conpopular, to appease the just resent- duct I ought to adopt and pursue. ment of the Athenians, and to avert There was little time for hesitation. the storm that was ready to burst on I had formerly known the Disdar, in his guilty head.
an inferior capacity, and had oftener Reflecting on these circumstances, than once fought' in battle by his and being naturally a stranger to side. It occurred to me at the mofear, I soon began to discontinue the ment, that I would accost my former measures of precaution which I had companion in arms.
I did so.
He been persuaded to adopt, and to sally seemed confused, and cast on me a forth to perambulate the city and the frown of withering hatred and utter adjacent country, in my usual reck abhorrence; a scowl of such black less fashion. In the meantime, no and dæmoniacal expression, that, althing occurred to re-awaken my for though I were destined, like “ the mer suspicions. I had travelled as fabled Hebrew wanderer," to endure far as Misitra, Thebes, Corinth ; had & peripatetic immortality, I should been to Ægina, and several of the never be able to obliterate the picislands; and had even ventured to ture so indelibly graven on my me ascend Pentelicon, to search for an mory and imagination. Ere I had tique vestiges in its celebrated marble time to collect my ideas, somewhat quarries. Emboldened by impunity, disturbed by my critical situation, and by a conviction that the critical and the certainty that the Disdar Agà, position of the Voivode himself from whom I expected civility, if not must compel him to smother and justice, had made common cause with digest his revenge as he best might, my enemy, a ruffian-looking Turk, I, one day, had the temerity to enter of Herculean limbs and gigantic stathe Acropolis, in order once more to ture, seized me by the left arm with give my eyes a holiday with the sight a grasp of iron, and hurried me, as I of the remains of that unrivalled at first believed, towards the gate. edifice, which has been the admira- As you have often told me you were tion of all past ages, and, but for an never in the Acropolis (to xerrpo), it English barbarian*, might have re- may be proper to mention, that, in mained tolerably entire, to excite the going from the town to the garrison,
the first gate is at the foot of the rock *“ Quod non fecerunt Goti, hoc fece. facing nearly north-east ; that, havrunt Scoti."
ing turned to the north-west angle
of the citadel, you approach a second into futurity,) instantly opened the gate to the right, facing the Piræus ; gate, calling on Allah to protect them opposite which is a third gate, which against the evil spirit by which they is the entrance of the Acropolis. At believed me possessed. My heart the second gate, which is less than leaped with delight, when I found thirty yards from the first, sits the myself fairly beyond this barrier, guard, cross - legged, smoking and which, at one moment, seemed to me sleeping alternately, and manifesting as impassable as the gulf between the an indifference to all human affairs, rich man in hell and the glorified which no cynical philosopher_ever mendicant in the Patriarch's bosom. equalled, far less surpassed. For & It is true, that popping shots were few seconds I yielded to the iron gripe fired at me, from all parts of the of the lumbering Goth, who had so rampart where I was visible in my promptly obeyed the signal of his flight; but these I despised, scorning commander, and followed him with- to accelerate my pace, as I knew out the least effort of resistance, till there were no sentinels at the city I found him directing his course, not gate; and as I firmly believed, as to the last of the three gates I have every soldier who has been long fadescribed, and which was now the miliar with danger and death must first in making our exit, but to the do, that every bullet has its billet, northern angle of the rampart, where it is built on the extreme edge of the Or scarcely graz’d its force to feel,”
“ Escap'd from shot, unharm'd by steel, precipice, and the perpendicular height of which, independently of I was now congratulating myself, that that of the rampart, is nearly two the deep and murderous vengeance of hundred feet. It was obvious he the Voivode had, by the ascendant meant to hurl me headlong from the of my happy stars, been rendered projectir., ledge of the rock. I was abortive; when a shot, fired by soine not yet weary of life, and determined viewless hand, with too sure an aim, to make a desperate effort to escape was received by me in my left arm, destruction. The lumbering Vandal, by which it was broken below the who was now dragging me to this, elbow joint; and I, who had thus worse than Tarpeian death, had ne far eluded the fury of my enemies, glected to take from me my dagger, rendered incapable of further flight which I now grasped with all the or resistance, from the violent pain force and fury which the fear of of the wound, and the sickly and death and the thirst for revenge paralyzing feeling which in an incould inspire. Need I add, that, with stant trilled through my whole frame, one unerring blow, I drove my steel reducing me to that nervous and to his heart. The shock was so sud- fainting state, in which young maiden, that no precautions had been dens generally fall when a vein is taken to secure the gate, to which I breathed for the first time by their now bounded off with the speed of family chirurgeon. At that dreadlightning, before the drowsy animal ful moment, compared to the sufferof an old Turk, who stood there, ings of which the bitterness of death could take any measures to intercept must be a jest—at that critical, allmy flight. The Disdar and Voivode important moment, your matchless both fired their pistols after me, but brother, the faithful, long-tried Spiwith no better fortune, although the ridion, happened to pass, and without report of the fire-arms roused the tarrying, as a man of a vulgar mind guard at the middle gate, which would have done, to interrogate me they were in the very act of shutting as to the cause of my present hapas I approached, foaming like a furi- less plight, he seized me by the un, ous war-horse, and threatening in- wounded arm, put his own arm round stant death to every one that opposed my waist, and hurried me off in a my exit. The guards believing me state approaching to insensibility, mad, (the Turks have a supersti- before the somnolent ruffians in the tious reverence for insane and fatuous garrison had been able to ascertain in persons, to whom they ascribe cer- what direction I had been carried. tain supernatural endowments, and, My wound was severe, but not among others, the power of seeing dangerous ; and though it kept me
confined many weeks, a good consti- minds of such men are incapable of tution, and excellent surgical aid, that intuitive decision—that sudden soon restored to me the use of the in- spring from purpose to action—which jured limb. I remained concealed, as suffers not the enthusiasm and exaltaon the former occasion, in the Monas- tion of passion to slide into the meantery. In the course of this dreadful ness of calculation, nor the proud, but interval, (dreadful to one who had led dark resolution of an energetic spirit, a restless, and sometimes, as chance to be evaporated by those misgivings, decided, a robber's, or a pirate's life,) scruples, and fears, which, while they my mind, thrown back on its own re lessen not the atrocity, detract from sources, yet possessing an unquench- the dignity of crime. But this is not able craving for variety of scene and all, nor the worst. . Fear, and its novelty of indulgence, became fierce, consequence indecision, invariably irritable, morbid, and, like a besieged compromise the safety of him whom garrison, which, deprived of all foreign they enslave. He reluctantly obeys supplies, and compelled to subsist on his passion-acts, with hesitation and what it had stored up within itself, remorse struggling for the victorymust soon either be relieved from the lingers--allows the moment of action beleaguering force, or surrender to the to elude him-attempts what, though enemy at discretion. Activity and practicable an instant before, is now freedom would have dispelled the impossible ; and, for his failure, is gloomy thoughts which were now the branded with all the guilt, and more daily inmates of my bosom, and turn than all the execration heaped on the ed aside my distempered fancy from more daring and successful perpetraincessantly brooding over schemes of tors of crime. The mean, crouching, revenge. And here I may confess to trembling villain, is despised—and you a part of my creed, although I hanged: the Cæsars, Richards, and am aware you will condemn it. I hold Napoleons, are applauded-admired it generous, manly, noble, to forgive-and crowned. My character had an injury; but mean, cowardly, and no such infirmity as this. By exdespicable, to permit an insult pre- perience I had learned, that danger meditated to pass unrevenged. This lessens as you approach--augments is the law of nature, which implanted as you recede from it. The most in man the stormy passions of resent- desperate actions are always the most ment and revenge, that feat might successful. How many hundred constrain those who have taught their battles have been won by acts of forminds to contemn the dictates of tunate uncalculating temerity, which, truth and justice. Storms occur both if but so much as hinted at in the in the natural and moral world, and cool hour of counsel and deliberaaccomplish an important and benefi- tion, would have been repulsed as cent purpose in both. My mind was, monstrous and impossible ! Actuatherefore, made up to seek for ven ted by such sentiments, my invention geance, although I should follow it was ever on the rack to devise some to the ends of the earth; and I said means by which I might destroy my to myself, “Let me but see the blood enemy. But I torturtd my mind to of this accursed Disdar spring after no purpose. The prudent Disuar, the blow of my trusty handjar, and I knowing well he was obnoxious to shall die happier than a Grand Mufti, the people, never ventured abroad assured of a place in the Prophet's Pa- unless well armed and well attendradise, and of having his choice of those ed; never, in his rides, took any byeblack-eyed maidens
fabled to bless the roads or unfrequented paths ; never arms of the true believers.” There is afforded me a chance of sending a ball an unspeakable pleasure in gratified on a message of affection to his heart. revenge, which men of weak and wa- What was I to do? The Disdar Agà vering minds can never taste or know. had his spies every where. To seek They suffer the gnawing of the crav- the aid of others was therefore to ening appetite, but feel not the intense danger myown life, without acceleratand unspeakable, but tempestuousing the purpose for which I exposed it. delight, that results from a reckless In this state I spent many weeks; and and desperate deed, prompted by an no tongue can tell-no fancy picture ipsuit expiable only by blood. The the agony I endured in that brief
interval. I have been in almost geance and death. The circumstance every situation of peril in which was no less singular than unex a human being can be placed—a pected. robber- a pirate-a slave-the mas You are already aware, my dear ter of slavesma common soldier--an Panhellenios, that, during my conofficer of rank—a renegade, traitor, valescence, nobody , was entrusted and deserter ;-I have been in a Turk- with the secret of my retreat except ish prison, and in a Sicilian pest- your inimitable brother, the Englishhouse ;-I have been condemned to man Tweddell, and Signior Foresti
, death, and have made my escape not the rich Corfu merchant. The rean hour before impalement ;-) have sidence of this last individual was suffered every extreme of heat and immediately contiguous to the Mocold, of hunger and thirst, of disease nastery where I had so often found and misery, and have been turned out a home and shelter, and access might on the naked hill-side, without food, be had to it without crossing the money, clothes, arms, or shelter ;-) street. Foresti had heard of my have known the remorse of shedding miraculous escape from the benevoblood ;-I was destined to witness lent papas Urban, the chief of the my wife and children blasted in an in- Monastery of St Spiridion, and instant, by the breath of the destroying terested himself ardently in my beangel, blowing pestilence and death half. Like myself, he cherished an “from his shrivel'd lips;"-prompt- inextinguishable hatred to the oped by the raging madness of a jea- pressors of Greece. Like me, he had lousy artfully fanned to fury, I suffered both from their cruelty and plunged my handjar into the faith- rapacity. We were soon acquaintful bosom of one who loved well, but ed, and I became his almost daily not wisely--a deed that still “ weighs guest. At his hospitable mansion heavily against my soul;-I have done we passed the time in general and and suffered all this and more--but improving conversation, or in rethe whole sufferings of my past guilty counting and deploring the wrongs life, though concentrated into one of our common country. Foresti moinent of agony, would have been was a man of a cultivated mindas nothing to the burning and con- like many of his countrymen, had suming suspense of that horrid inter- received his education at the Univerval, during which my throat some- sity of Pisa---had travelled muchtimes burned with a raging thirst, like Dornar de axbgessa ide ärria za no that of Belzcni, when all but suffoca- igra-had profited greatly by the ted with the volatile dust of the frag- promiscuous intercourse of a commented mummies in the cavities of mercial life, which, more than any the Pyramid. Rest had forsaken my thing else, is calculated to liberalize eyes—my blood was converted to a the mind, and to make a man a cithin semitransparent Huid-an un tizen of the world, without impairnatural heat had dried and parched ing his attachment to his native my whole body—my skin became soil-and, above all, he had imbibed shrivelled and wrinkled like fish an ardent and irrepressible love of dried in the sun-and death itself, freedom, a ccompanied with a geneif my purpose had been fulfilled, rous longing for the resurrection and would have been hailed as a so- regeneration of Greece. For his vereign balm for an immedicable manly and expanded views on the wound. The miseries of the damned suivject of rational liberty he had in hell cannot surpass what I then been, in a great measure, indebted endured!
to his connection with a branch of Fortune, which delights to smile an English mercantile house estab on daring deeds, at length brought a lished at Corfu, soon after the Recircumstance to my knowledge which public of the Seven Ionian Islands gave me the entire option of ensuring had, in a fortunate hour for itself, the ruin and destruction of my enemy, , been placed under the protection of without encountering the smallest Great Britain. I, also, had seen & personal hazard-or, of avenging my little of the world ; but my expeown and others' wrongs, by becoming rience had been gathered in a quarmyself the ininister at once of ven ter very different from Foresti's
among robbers, pirates, and outlaws, and the affection of this innocent girl -men who subsisted by violating served to soothe even my boisterthose laws which other people re ous and perturbed spirit. From the vere and observe, and who contemned daughter of Foresti I learned the fatal the spoils of our enemy unless pure secret that sent the Disdar to chased at the expence of life or blood. heaven! Daring and desperate as many of A Turk, an officer of artillery, my adventures had been, however, had married a Greek lady, distantly I communicated them, without re- related to the family of Foresti. serve, to this generous and enlight- This Turk, infinitely more polished ened Islander, who did not deem the and humanized than the sons of worse of me for having in my time Othman in general are, was besent some few odd Osmanlees to Pa- lieved to be a renegado Englishman, radise a little too soon. But Foresti whom some misfortune or crime had was not the only person interested driven from his own happy coun. in the story of my “ hair-breadth try, and compelled to assume the escapes," and my adventures by flood turban, profess Islamism, and suband field. He had a daughter, an mit to that horrid rite of initiation only child, who was a constant, si- indispensable to the character of a lent, but deeply-interested listener Moslemin. In his character, coldness, to our conversations. This gazelle- caution, and distrust, were strangely eyed daughter of the East, to a sylph- mixed up with great shrewdness, inlike and ætherial lightness, and grace telligence, observation, and knowof form and contour, united a mind, ledge of the world. Though he had quick, powerful, penetrating, and a made the usual pilgrimage to Mecca, spirit of fame, that must either find and had acquired, in consequence, an object on which to lavish its ar- the title of Hadgee, he was regarddent affections, or perish self-absorbe ed by the more rigid and orthoed and self-consumed. The youth- dox Moslems as no better than a ful Zoë had all the unsophisticated Giaour in his heart. But he was an bashfulness of nature, without that officer of high reputation for skill artificial, factitious, and repulsive and bravery; and, on three different coldness and inanimateness, which occasions, his knowledge and expethe forms of more polished society rience had turned the tide of battle bestow, and which act like a species at the very flow, and rendered the of moral mildew on the spontaneous crescent triumphant. At the same impulses of the heart and the affece time, it was well known that he abtions. She mixed easily in the so- horred the Disdar--and his wife, for ciety of her father's house, without a reason of her own, participated appearing to imagine that she was largely in the same feeling. In the even a unit in the sum-total of his confidence of unsuspecting friend. establishment, or that any human ship, the latter communicated to Zoë. being would waste a second thought what I am now about to relate. on so insignificant a creature as her It is well known, that at certain self. In short, like the wonderful stated hours the jealousy of Turkish creation of the Rhodian's chisel, she husbands is so far relaxed as to perseemed to be “compounded of every mit their wives to take the amusecreature's best.” On the heart of ment of the bath, where, accordingthis child of nature I flattered my- ly, they often assemble in considerself that I had made an indelible able numbers at a time-talk over impression. Often did I observe the topics of scandal, in which woher eyes glistening with tears, more men invariably indulge when seprecious in my sight than all the cure against eaves-dropping and ingems of Istakhar, when her father terruption and while away their caused me, again and again, to re time in a manner which, to such late the particulars of my escape prisoners as they are, possesses the from the dungeons of Djezzar, Pasha highest possible attractions. The of Acre. On these occasions, glances 'bath is, in fact, the Turkish ladies' were exchanged between us which coffee-house, whither they repair, spoke unutterable things. We loved : as soon as they obtain permission, she opened to me her whole heart; with incredible eagerness and delight.