I am unsure about the meaning of a passage from Lord Byron's The Bride of Abydos (Canto I, stanza 3).
- How are we to understand the sentence between dashes: let the old and weary sleep below?
- What cannot Selim (one of the characters) do when he says I could not?
- What is the subject of Were irksome below?
“Father! – for fear that thou shouldst chide
My sister, or her sable guide –
Know – for the fault, if fault there be, (55)
Was mine – then fall thy frowns on me!
So lovelily the morning shone,
That – let the old and weary sleep –
I could not; and to view alone
The fairest scenes of land and deep, (60)
With none to listen and reply
To thoughts with which my heart beat high
Were irksome – for whate’er my mood,
In sooth I love not solitude;
I on Zuleika’s slumber broke, (65)
And as thou knowest that for me
Soon turns the Haram’s grating key,
Before the guardian slaves awoke
We to the cypress groves had flown,
And made earth, main, and heaven our own!