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then should cover that stand bare ! How many be commanded, that command !
Oh, who can hold a fire in his hand,
'Tis slander ;
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
TO-MORROW, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusky death. Out, out, brief candle !
CH AP. I.
THE DERVISE. A , ,
DERVISE, travelling thro' Tartary, being arrived at the town of Balk, went into the king's palace by a mittake, as thinking it to be a public inn or caravansary. Having looked about him for some time, he entered into a long gallery, where he laid down his wallet, and spread his carpet, in order to repose himself upon it after the manner of the eastern nations. He had not been long in this posture, before he was discovered by some of the guards, who asked him what was his business in that place? The Dervise told them, he intended to take up his night's lodging in that cara, vansary. The guards let him know,. in a very angry manner, that the house he was in was not a caravansary, but the king's palace. It happened that the king himself passed through the gallery during this debate, and smiling at the mistake of the Dervise, asked him how he could possibly be fo dull as not to distinguish a palace from a caravansary? Sire, says the Dervise, give me leave to ask your majesty a question or two. Who were the persons that lodged in this
house when it was first built? The king replied, Hisancestors. And who, says the Dervise, was the last person that lodged here? The king replied, His father. And who is it, says the Dervise, that lodges here at present? The king told him, That it was he himself. And who, fays the Dervise, will be here after you . The king answered, The young prince his son. " Ah, Sire," said the Dervise, house " that changes its inhabitants fo often, and receives such a.
perpetual fucceflion of guests, is not a palace, but a cau ravanfary."
A TURKISH TALE.
We are told that the Sultan Mahmoud,
perpe. tual wars abroad, and his tyranny at home, had filled his dominions with ruin and desolation, and half unpeopled the Persian empire. The visier to this great Sultan (whether an humourist or an enthusiast, we are not informed) pretended to have learned' of a certain Dervise to understand the language of birds, so that there was not a bird that could open its mouth, but the visier knew what it was it said. As he was one evening with the emperor, in their return from hunting, they saw a couple of owls upon a tree that grew near an old wall out of a heap of rubbish. I would fain know, says the sultan, what those two owls are saying to one another: listen to their discourse and give me an account of it. The visier approached the tree, pretending to be very attentive to the two owls. Upon his return to the Sul. tan, Sir, says he, I have heard part of their conversation,
but dare not tell you what it is. The Sultan would not be faisfied with such an answer, but forced him to repeat word for word every thing the owls had said. You must know then, faid the visier, that one of these owls has a son, and the other a daughter, between whom they are now upon a treaty of marriage. The father of the son said to the father of the daughter, in my hearing, Brother, I consent to this marriage, provided you will settle upon your daughter fifty ruined villages for her portion. To which the father of the daughter teplied, instead of fifty I will give her five hundred, if you please. God grant a long life to Sultan Mahmoud; whilst he reigns over us, we fhall never want ruined villages.
THE ftory says, the Sultan was fo touched with the fable, that he rebuilt the towns and villages, which had been deftroyed, and from that time forward consulted the good of his people.
AVARICE AND LUXURY..
HERE were two very powerful tyrants engaged in 2 perpetual war againft each other : the name of the first was Luxury, and of the second Avarice.. The aim of each of them was no less than universal monarchy over the hearts of mankind. Luxury had many generals under him, who did him great service, as Pleafure, Mirth, Pomp, and FaMion. Avarice was likewise, very strong in his officers, being : faithfully served by Hunger, Industry, Care, and Watchfulness: he had likewise a privy-counsellor who was always at