Don Juan By Lord Byron Canto V

This compliment, which drew all eyes upon
  The new-bought virgin, made her blush and shake.
Her comrades, also, thought themselves undone:
  O! Mahomet! that his majesty should take
Such notice of a giaour, while scarce to one
  Of them his lips imperial ever spake!
There was a general whisper, toss, and wriggle,
But etiquette forbade them all to giggle.

The Turks do well to shut — at least, sometimes —
  The women up, because, in sad reality,
Their chastity in these unhappy climes
  Is not a thing of that astringent quality
Which in the North prevents precocious crimes,
  And makes our snow less pure than our morality;
The sun, which yearly melts the polar ice,
Has quite the contrary effect on vice.

Thus in the East they are extremely strict,
  And Wedlock and a Padlock mean the same;
Excepting only when the former 's pick'd
  It ne'er can be replaced in proper frame;
Spoilt, as a pipe of claret is when prick'd:
  But then their own Polygamy 's to blame;
Why don't they knead two virtuous souls for life
Into that moral centaur, man and wife?

Thus far our chronicle; and now we pause,
  Though not for want of matter; but 't is time
According to the ancient epic laws,
  To slacken sail, and anchor with our rhyme.
Let this fifth canto meet with due applause,
  The sixth shall have a touch of the sublime;
Meanwhile, as Homer sometimes sleeps, perhaps
You 'll pardon to my muse a few short naps.

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