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ZULEIKA.

SHE saw in curious order set

The fairest flowers of Eastern land"He loved them once; may touch them yet, If offered by Zuleika's hand."

The childish thought was hardly breathed

Before the rose was pluck'd and wreathed;

The next fond moment saw her seat

Her fairy form at Selim's feet.

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"What! not receive my foolish flower?

Nay then I am indeed unblest :

On me can thus thy forehead lower?

And know'st thou not who loves thee best?

Oh, Selim dear! oh, more than dearest!

Say, is it me thou hat'st or fearest ?

Come, lay thy head upon my breast,
And I will kiss thee into rest."

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