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TOW'S MY BOY?

The youth fell at Haitim's feet, but the latter quickly raised him

up, and affectionately pressed him to his bosom. “Ho, sailor of the sea !

Meanwhile the people belonging to Harith's daughter conveyed How's my boy—my boy ?"

to their mistress the news of Haitim's arrival. “What's your boy's name, good wife,

The merchant's daughter immediately sent for him, and requested And in what good ship sailed he ?"

to know the result of his adventure. “My boy John

He minutely detailed to her the nature of the cave, and every He that went to sea

circumstance connected with his journey among the Deevs, adding,

* Thus I have answered one of your questions; let me now hear What care I for the ship, sailor!

your next, that I may immediately set about its solution." My boy's my boy to me.

Harith's daughter stated her second question, as follows:

“ There is heard in the Desert the voice of a man who exclaims, 6. You've come back from sea,

'I have done nothing which can benefit me this night.'" And not know my John ?

Upon hearing this, Haitim returned to the caravanserai, and after I might as well have asked some landsman,

taking leave of the young man, he set out for the Desert. Yonder down in the town,

One night, as he was reclining beneath a tree, occupied in praising There's not an ass in all the parish

the Supreme Creator, suddenly his ear caught the sound, “I have But he knows my John.

done nothing which can benefit me this night." For the whole of that

night Haitim continued to advance in the direction from whence the “ How's my boy—my boy?

voice proceeded. And unless you let me know

When daylight came he again sat down under the shade of a tree, I'll swear you are no sailor,

and began to deliberate with himself whether he should turn to the Blue jacket or no,

right or to the left. Brass buttons or no, sailor,

While he was yet uncertain as to his route, be happened to espy Anchor and crown or no:

a village on the confines of the Desert, the inhabitants of which

were all assembled together weeping and lamenting bitterly. Sure his ship was the Jolly Briton.'

Haitim approached, and asked one of them, “What is the cause “Speak low, woman--speak low!"

of your weeping and lamentation ?"

They answered him, “Once every week a monster giant comes “And why should I speak low, sailor,

to our village, and devours one of our people; and if we do not About my own boy, John ?

appease him by the sacrifice of a human creature, he will raze our If I was as loud as I am proud,

abodes to the dust, and destroy us all." I'd sing him over the town!

“At present the lot has fallen on the son of our chief: on Thurs. Why should I speak low, sailor ?"

day the monster will come, and the four days that intervene till " That good ship went down."

that time are devoted to weeping and mourning.

“The youth's relations are at this moment standing around him, “How's my boy- my boy?

extolling his virtues and lamenting his fate. This, sir, is the cause What care l for the ship, sailor,

of the grief that now overwhelms our village." I was never aboard her.

Haitim inquired of the people—“ Which of this assembly is the Be she afloat or be sho aground,

chiet's son, and which the parents and relatives ?" Sinking or swimming, I'll be bound,

They were pointed out to Haitim, who approached the chief, and said to him, “Honoured sir, pray tell me what sort of monster is this

, Her owners can afford her.

and what form he assumes ? Meanwhile be under no anxiety, for I say, how's my John ?”

I, as substitute for your son, will face the giant.”
Every man on board went down,

The chief replied “ Brave youth! may heaven reward your
Every man aboard her."

generosity: you seem a stranger, too, in our village."

“Suffice it for the present," said Haitim, “ that I have drank of “How's my boy – my boy?

your waters, you have, therefore, a claim upon my friendship ; do What care I for the men, sailor?

you only describe to me in what form this monster usually apI'm not their mother

pears." How's my boy- my boy?

The chief of the village drew a sketch of the monster upon the Tell me of him and no other,

sand; on seeing which Haitim observed, “This must be the giant How's my boy—my boy!

Halûka; he is invulnerable against all weapons, but if you will My boy John

follow my directions, I trust that, if it should please God the Supreme, I may be able to overcome him.”

All the people anxiously asked him, “ How is this to be done ?"

Haitim, addressing the chief, said, " Are there any manufacturers THE ADVENTURES OF HAITIM TAI.

of glass in your village ?"

"There are,” said the chief, “two or three houses for that purCHAPTER II. (Continued.)

Immediately, Haitim, accompanied by the chief, proceeded to the

houses of the glass manufacturers, and gave orders to this effect : N about six months IIaitim arrived at the extremity of the cave “Within four days you must make a mirror of two hundred feet in

through which he had entered the dominions of Farokash. length, and one hundred feet in breadth ; such a mirror will be

The guides accompanied him through the cave, and in the necessary for the expulsion of the giant, and if you comply not with course of three days landed him in safety at its mouth.

my request he will destroy the whole of your village.” Huitim then asked them, “Have you any objection to go further ?" The glass manufacturers replied, “If you furnish us with the

They replied, “Our orders do not permit us to accompany you materials, we shall be able to have your mirror ready within the beyond the mouth of this cave;" and accordingly they laid down time specified.". their burdens of gold and jewels on that spot, and forth with began The chief said to them, “ Whatever amount of money you may to retrace their steps.

require, that I shall furnish;" and he immediately sent them the When the people that had been placed at the mouth of the cave sum they demanded. by Harith's daughter saw the Deevs, they ran off. Haitim shouted They then set about forming the mirror, and in the space

of three after them, “Good people, be not afraid ; I am Haitim, the man days their task was finished. who, some time ago, entered this cave to explore it. I am now When Haitim was informed that the mirror was ready, he comsafely returned; why do you run away from me ?"

manded all the men of the city to assemble, in order to convey the The people looked back, and seeing Haitim, they recognised him mirror to a certain spot without the city gate by which the giant and returned.

usually entered. Haitim having sent for the youth, whom he had left in the cara- The people readily obeyed him, and conveyed the mirror safe to vanserai at his departure, said to bim, “On you I bestow all the appointed spot, and there erected it. this money and these jewels which I have procured." He then Haitim then told them to bring as many sheets as when sewed caused the valuable effects to be conveyed into the city to the young together would cover the face of the mirror, which order was speedily man's residence.

executed by the chief and his attendants.

A PERSIAN

TALE.

pose.”

Haitim now addressed the multitude, saying, “My good friends, five hundred feet in diameter ; ascending to the summit he discovered you may in the meantime retire to your houses without the least that the voice issued from its interior. uneasiness of mind. This night you may sleep in security ; but if Haitim halted, and looked around him; and lo! a body of men any of you be desirous to see the result of my stratagem, let him consisting of about five hundred horsemen, and as many on foot, remain here with me.”

appeared drawn up in array before him. He approached them, but The son of the chief promptly spoke out, “I will be your com- found that they were all statues of marble, being, as he conjectured, panion ;" but his father forbade him, saying, Already my monuments of the illustrious dead. health is exhausted in order to purchase your safety; why, then, do Among these tombs Haitim rested for a week, until the time of you venture to face the giant ?"

hearing the voice should again come round. On hearing this remark, Haitim said to the chief, “ There is As the evening approached, Haitim ascended the hill, and nothing to fear, so you may rest satisfied that no harm will befall devoutly kueeling, poured out his soul in prayer before the Almighty your son. If he should suffer the least injury, you shall be at Creator. liberty to do with me what you choose."

When the first watch of the night had passed, the inmates of the Here the youth himself boldly answered, “A few days ago you tombs started into life, with countenances resembling angels. They had all resolved to sacrifice me to this monster; you will allow, arrayed the place with couches and thrones, on which they sat then, that I am under no great obligations to you. I prefer the apparelled in robes of the most splendid description. society of this brave and skilful man, who has been the means of Amidst all these, one of the revived dead, with weeping eyes and my preservation."

mean apparel, his body sprinkled with dust and ashes, and his feet All

the people, on hearing this, insisted on remaining in company bare, came forth, and in humble posture sat upon the cold ground. with Hairiin: and having dressed some food in the open plain, they Before each of those who sat on thrones and couches flowed ate and rejoiced, saying, “ This night the giant will be destroyed." streams of nectar, of which they freely drank, but none of them

When night arrived, a most terrific yell assailed their ears, such gave the least drop to the wretched man who sat upon the bare as usually accompanied the approach of the giant. They all shud- earth. The latter, after some time heaved a deep sigh, and said, dered, and their faces assumed a yellow hue.

" Alas ! I have not done that which might have benefitted me this “ Fear not," said Haitim, addressing them; " keep strict silence, night." and be not under the least apprehension. You shall soon have Haitim stood near and witnessed the whole scene, and rejoiced some rare sport ; the monster's coming, as that hideous howl pro- that his inquiries were now likely to prove successtul. claims."

When the hour of midnight arrived, a table was magically placed In the course of an hour the giant was so near as to be distinctly before each of them. On each table was a large vessel, full of rice seen, in shape like an immense mountain.

and milk, with a goblet full of pure water. He had neither hands nor feet, but a tremendous mouth situated Another table stood apart from the rest, furnished in like manner, in the middle of his body. He advanced with a revolving motion, and one of the company said, “Come, my friends, this traveller is our and from his jaws issued volumes of flame and clouds of smoke. guest for the time. Let him be introduced, and seated at this table,

When the people of the village saw this terrific spectacle, they which is unoccupied." trembled from fear, and prepared to flee from the spot.

On hearing this, one of them arose, and, advancing to Haitim, “You have nothing to fear," said Hartim, “stand quiet and look took him kindly by the hand, and, conducting him to a couch, on; not the least harm shall befall you."

placed food before him. The people, encouraged by Haitim's address, stood silent as the Haitim's attention was wholly occupied by the man who lay on dead, and tremblingly beheld the approach of the giant.

the ground, constantly sighing and weeping, and at short intervals Haitim stood with his eyes fixed on Halûka as he rolled towards exclaiming, "I have not done aught that can benefit me this right!" him; and when the giant was within a few paces of the mirror, the This man also had a table, but instead of nectar and ambrosia, his curtain that covered it was suddenly pulled off.

cup was filled with the juice of zakkim, and he had the most loathWhen Halâka beheld his own monstrous form in the glass, he some food to eat. was choked with rage; and uttered a yell so loud as to make the Haitim for some time held down his head in deep reflection, and Desert and the mountains shake.

at last began to taste of the fare before him. Thus choking with rage, he remained for a short time, till at last After he had refreshed himself with food and drink, the tables his confined breath so inflated him that he burst like the crash of vanished from his sight; but his whole thoughts ever reverted to the thunderbolt, so that the hearers were struck senseless, and the the mysterious state of that wretched being who sat upon the echoes of the wilderness reverberated far and wide.

ground before him, When the people recovered their senses, what a spectacle presented Haitim, addressing the company, said, “ Most worthy sirs, I have itself! The Desert was overspread with the loathsome entrails of one request which, with your permission, I would wish to state." Halûka, who now lay dead before them.

The whole assembly requested him to speak. The whole assembly, including the chief and his son, gathered Haitim then proceeded : -"How comes it, worthy sirs, that you around Haitim and prostrated themselves at his feet. They then are seated on thrones exalted in dignity, and regaled with such addressed him : " Most learned sir, tell us the reason why the heavenly and delicious fare ? And, on the other hand, tell me the inonster has thus died, as it were of his own accord ?"

reason why, instead of such food, the juice of the zakkim, with the “You see," replied Haitim, “the giant has come to his death, most loathsome refuse, has been allotted as the portion of this not from any, weapon, but merely through viewing 'of his own miserable man who lies stretched on the bare earth?" image, for he had never seen his own likeness in any other creature; To this they replied, " From us that mystery is utterly hidden. rage stopped his breath so effectually that he burst.”

Seek information from the sutferer himself." Next day the inhabitants of the village, each according to his Haitim arose, and coming up to the man, said, “ Pray, friend, means, produced all their valuables in gold, jewels, and diamonds, what is the meaning of this mysterious exclamation which you and offered them to Haitim, who would accept nothing, saying, utter? From what cause are you involved in such a state of “My good friends, these are not of the least use to me. In this misery? For heaven's sake inform me of your condition.” affair I have merely discharged my duty towards God and my The man of woe replied, "My kind friend, I am the chief of all fellow creatures."

this assembly. My name is Yusuf, and my occupation has been “May we ask," said they, “what has been the cause of your that of a merchant. coming into our village ?"

“I was journeying with goods to the city of Kharzim, and those Haitim answered, “This is the eve of the day when a voice will whom you see here were my servants that attended me. be heard in the Desert, crying, 'I have done nothing which can benefit “In my disposition I was so great a miser that I never gave away me this night." I have travelled hither in pursuit of the mysterious in charity a single farthing of my money, nor one rag of apparel

, being who utters this exclamation, and to-night I intend to resume nor a morsel of fuod ; nay, not even a drop of water would I bestow my wanderings."

on my fellow creatures. The chief observed, “It is now some time since that voice has " These my attendants, on the other hand, were wont to give of been heard by us, but we do not know whence it proceeds."

their food to the hungry, and they clothed the naked, and bestoweu Haitim remained in the village for the whole of that day, at the their money in charity upon the poor and needy, and all such as usual time of night the voice reached his ear, and he instantly pro- were destitute. ceeded in the direction whence it issued.

“I used to chide them severely, saying, Pray, sirs, for what purFor the whole of the night he continued to advance as he supposed pose do you thus squander your money, and give away your food towards the sound, and when daylight came he found himself still in without any return?' the Desert, when he again halted.

“Their reply was, “This we do as a service acceptable to our He journeyed thus week after week for the space of two months, Creator, and due to our fellow-creatures—a service of which we shall at the expiration of which time he came to a mound of sand of about receive the reward and reap the advantages in a future state.'

“On receiving from them such answers I used to beat them, and into several apartments, one of wi.ich Prospero called his study; often did I threaten them with punishment on account of their there he kept his books, which chiefly treated of magic, a study at generosity.

that tiine much affected by all learned men: and the knowledge of "I also argued with them, but to no purpose, and whenever any this art he found very useful to him ; for being thrown by a strange one of them ventured to give me salutary advice I paid not the least chance upon this island, which had been enchanted by a witch called regard to him.

Sycorax, who died there a short time before his arrival, Prospero, by * On our journey a gang of robbers surrounded and overpowered virtue of his art, released many good spirits that Sycorax had imus, and seized the whole of my property. They then murdered me prisoned in the bodies of large trees, because they had refused to and all my attendants, and, having buried us in this spot, they execute her wicked commands. These gentle spirits were ever after departed.

obedient to the will of Prospero. Of these Ariel was the chief. My servants are, as you may perceive, crowned with glory for The lively little sprite Ariel had nothing mischievous in his their charitable deeds and generous disposition ; and I, on account of nature, except that he took rather too much pleasure in tormenting my baseness and avarice, am plunged into the lowest depth of misery. an ugly monster called Caliban, for he owej bim a grudge because

"In my native country my descendants are now living in a state he was the son of his old enemy Sycorax. This Caliban, Prospero of abject poverty. My residence was in the capital of China, in found in the woods, a strange misshapen thing, far less human in such a quarter (here he described the exact locality of the house), form than an ape; he took him home to his cell, and taught him and in a certain chamber of the house is buried an immense treasure to speak; and Prospero would have been very kind to him, but the in gold and jewels, of which no one has any knowledge.

bad nature which Caliban inherited from his mother Sycorax would This is another instance of my avaricious disposition, and not let him learn anything good or useful : therefore he was emaccounts for the state in which you now behold me. See what an ployed like a slave, to fetch wood, and do the most laborious offices ; exalted rank my servants have attained! They are seated upon and Ariel had the charge of compelling him to these services. thrones; they fare upon the most delicious food, and drink of the When Caliban was lazy and neglected his work, Ariel (who was purest and coolest streams, and are clothed in the apparel of angels, invisible to all eyes but Prospero's) would come slily and pinch him, while I am doomed to suffer the pangs of misery and despair." and sometimes tumble him down in the mire; and then Ariel, in

Haitim, on hearing this account, addressed him, saying, “ Is it in the likeness of an ape, would make mouths at him. Then swiftly any way possible to administer to your relief ?”

changing his shape, in the likeness of a hegdehog he would lie Yusuf replied, “ Many a long year have I already passed in this tumbling in Caliban's way, who feared the hedgehog's sharp quills state of torment, but no one has hitherto listened to my cries. This would prick his bare feet. With a variety of such like vexatious night you have approached me, and compassionately interested your tricks Ariel would often torment him, whenever Caliban neglected self in my condition; on you, then, God the Supreme will bestow his the work which Prospero commanded him to do. guidance in your endeavours to serve me.

Having these powerful spirits obedient to his will, Prospero could “Proceed forth with to the capital of China, and find out my resi- by their

means command the winds and the waves of the sea. By dence. My name, as I told you, is Yusuf, and in my day I was well his orders they raised a violent storm, in the midst of which, and known in all quarters of the city, and my grandchildren are still struggling with the wild sea-waves that every moment threatened to there in a state of destitution.

swallow it up, he showed his daughter a fine large ship, which he "When you arrive at my residence inform them of my condition, told her was full of living beings like themselves. “O my dear and tell them where they will find hidden the vast treasure of gold father,” said she, “if by your art you have raised this dreadful and jewels. This treasure you shall bring to light, and divide into storm, have pity on their sad distress. See! the vessel will be dashed four equal portions; bestow one of these shares on my grand- to pieces. Poor souls ! they will all perish. If I had power I would children, and the other three you shall expend in charitable deeds, - sink the sea beneath the earth, rather than the good ship should be in feeding the hungry, in clothing the naked, and in administering destroyed, with all the precious souls within her.” to the distress of the poor and needy.

“Be not so amazed, daughter Miranda," said Prospero ; “there is “Do this, and perhaps my doom may be mitigated, for though I no harm done. I have so ordered it, that no person in the ship have suffered martyrdom I am not entitled to salvation, so heinous shall receive any hurt. What I have done has been in care of you, is the crime of avarice; whereas my servants, on account of their my dear child. You are ignorant who you are, or where you came liberality, are now in a state of happiness."

from, and you know no more of me, but that I am your father, and Haitim solemnly promised, in the name of his Creator, that he live in this poor cavę. Can you remember a time before you came would strictly perform what Yusuf desired him, and added, “I should to this cell? I think you cannot, for you were not then three years no longer consider myself of the tribe of Taï had I refused to lend of age.” you my aid in your distress."

Certainly I can, sir,” replied Miranda. Haitim remained there during the whole of the night, and By what ?” asked Prospero ; " by any other house or person? witnessed what kind of happiness the servants enjoyed, while their Tell me what you remember, my child.” wretched master passed his time in weeping and lamentation.

Miranda said, “ It seems to me like the recollection of a dream. When the moruing began to dawn, the martyrs vanished from But had I not once four or five women who attended upon me?" sight, each into his silent cell.

Prospero answered, "You had, and more, How is it that this (To be continued.)

still lives in your mind ? Do you remember how you came here?"

“No, sir," said Miranda, “I remember nothing more."

"Twelve years ago, Miranda," continued Prospero, “I was duke TALES FROM SHAKSPEARE.

of Milan, and you were a princess, and my only heir. I had a younger brother, whose name was Antonio, to whom I trusted everything; and as I was fond of retirement and deep study, I commonly left the management of my state affairs to your uncle, my false brother (for so indeed he proved). I, neglecting all worldly ends, buried among my books, did dedicate my whole time to the bettering of my mind. My brother Antonio, being thus in possession of my power, began to think himself the duke indeed. The opportunity I gave him of making himself popular among my subjects awakened in his bad nature a proud ambition to deprive me of my dukedom : this he soon effected with the aid of the King of Naples, a powerful prince, who was my enemy.”

“Wherefore,” said Miranda, “ did they not that hour destroy us?"

“ My child," aswered her father," they durst not, so dear was the love that my people bore me. Antonio carried us on board a ship, and when we were some leagues out at sea be forced us into a small

boat, without either tackle, sail, or mast: there he left us, as he THE TEMPEST.

thought, to perish. But a kind lord of my court, one Gonzalo, who

loved me, had privately placed in the boat, water, provisions, WHERE was a certain island in the sea, the only inhabitants of apparel, and some books which I prize above my dukedom." X

which were an old man, whose name was Prospero, and his “O my father,” said Miranda, "what a trouble must I have been daughter Miranda, a very beautiful young lady. She came

to you then!” to this island so young, that she had no memory of having seen any No, my love,” said Prospero, “ you were a little cherub that did other human face than her father's.

preserve me. Your innocent smiles made me to bear up against my They lived in a cave or cell, made out of a rock; it was divided I misfortunes. Our food lasted till we landed on this desert island,

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since when my chief delight has been in teaching you, Miranda; and Miranda, who thought all men had grave faces and gray beards well have you profited by my instructions."

like her father, was delighted with the appearance of this beautiful " Heaven thank you, my dear father,” said Miranda. “ Now

young prince ; and Ferdinand, seeing such a lovely lady in this pray tell me, sir, your reason for raising this sea-storm ?”

desert place, and from the strange sounds he had heard, expecting “Know then," said her father, “that by means of this storm, my nothing but wonders, thought he was upon an enchanted'island enemies, the King of Naples and my cruel brother, are cast ashore and that Miranda was the goddess of the place, and as such he began upon this island.”

to address her. Having so said, Prospero gently touched his daughter with his She timidly answered, she was no goddess, but a simple maid, and magic wand, and she fell fast asleep, for the spirit Ariel just then was going to give him an account of herself when Prospero interpresented himself before his master, to give an account of the tem- rupted her. He was well pleased to find they admired each other, for pest, and how he had disposed of the ship’s company, and though he plainly perceived they had (as we say) fallen in love at first sight; the spirits were always invisible to Miranda, Prospero did not choose but, to try Ferdinand's constancy, he resolved to throw some difficul. she should hear him holding converse (as would seem to her) with ties in their way: therefore, advancing forward, he addressed the the empty air.

prince with a stern air, telling him he came to the island as a spy to "Well, my brave spirit,” said Prospero to Ariel, “ how have you take it from him who was lord of it. “ Follow me," said he, “ I performed your task ?"

will tie you neck and feet together. You shall drink sea-water; shellAriel gave a lively description of the storm, and of the terrors of fish, withered roots, and husks of acorns shall be your food." "No," the mariners ; and how the king's son, Ferdinand, was the first who said Ferdinand, “ I will resist such entertainment till I see a more leaped into the sea, and his father thought he saw his dear son swal- powerful enemy,” and drew his sword; but Prospero, waving his lowed up by the waves and lost. “ But he is safe," said Ariel, “ in magic wand, fixed him to the spot where he stood, so that he had no a corner of the isle, sitting with his arms folded, sadly lamenting the power to move. loss of the king his father, whom he concludes drowned. Not a hair Miranda hung upon her_father, saying, “Why are you so uns of his head is injured, and his princely garments, though drenchied gentle ? Have pity, sir ; I will be his surety. This is the second in the sea-waves, look fresher than before."

man I ever saw, and to me he seems a true one." " That's my delicate Ariel," said Prospero. “ Bring him hither: “ Silence," said the father ; "one word more will make me chide my daughter must see this young prince. Where is the king and you, girl. What ! an advocate for an impostor! You think there my brother?"

are no more such fine men, having seen only him and Caliban. I tell " I left them," answered Ariel,“ searching for Ferdinand, whom you, foolish girl, most men as far excel this, as he does Caliban.” they have little hopes of finding, thinking they saw him perish. Of This he said to prove his daughter's constancy; and she replied, the ship's crew not one is missing ; though each one thinks himself My affections are most humble. I have no wish to see a goodlier the only one saved : and the ship, though invisible to them, is safe in the harbour."

“Come on, young man," said Prospero to the prince, “ you have “ Ariel," said Prospero, “thy charge is faithfully performed : but no power to disobey me." there is more work yet.'

"I have not indeed," answered Ferdinand; and not knowing that “ Is there more work ?" said Ariel. “Let me remind you, master, it was by magic he was deprived of all power of resistance, he was you have promised me my liberty. I pray, remember, I have done astonished to find himself so strangely compelled to follow Prospero: you worthy service, told you no lies, made no mistakes, served you looking back on Miranda as long as he could see her, he said, as he without grudge or grumbling.”

went after Prospero into the cave, “ My spirits are all bound up, as " How now!" said Prospero.

" You do not recollect what a tor- if I were in a dream : but this man's threats, and the weakness which ment I freed you from. Have you forgot the wicked witch Sycorax, I feel, would seem light to me if from my prison I might once a day who with age and envy was almost bent double ? Where was she behold this fair maid." born ? Speak ; tell me."

Prospero kept Ferdinand not long confined within the cell: he · Sir, in Algiers,” said Ariel.

soon brought out his prisoner, and set him a severe task to perform, "O, was she so ?" said Prospero. “I must recount what you have taking care to let his daughter know the bard labour he had imposed been, which I find you do not remeinber. This bad witch, Sycorax, on bim, and then pretending to go into his stuuy, he secretly watched for her witchcrafts, too terrible to enter human hearing, was bănished them both. from Algiers, and here left by the sailors ; and because yon were a Prospero had commanded Ferdinand to pile up some heavy logs spirit too delicate to execute her wicked commands, she shut you up of wood. Kings' sons not being much used to laborious work, in a tree, where I found you howling. This, torment, remember, I Miranda soon after found her lover almost dying with fatigue. did free you from."

“Alas !” said she, “ do not work so hard ; my father is at his studies, * Pardon me, dear master,” said Ariel, ashamed to seem ungrate- he is safe for these three hours ; pray rest yourself.” ful ; " I will obey your commands.".

“O my dear lady,” said Ferdinand, “1 dare not. I must finish " Do so,” said Prospero, “and I will set you free.” He then gave my task before I take my rest." orders what further he would have him do ; and away went Ariel, "If you will sit down,” said Miranda, “1 will carry your logs first to where he had left Ferdinand, and found him still sitting on

the while." But this Ferdinand would by no means agree to. the grass in the same melancholy posture.

Instead of a help Miranda became a hindrance, for they began a long “Ò my young gentleman," saiú Ariel when he saw him, " I will conversation, so that the business of log-carrying went on very slowly. soon move you. You must be brought, I find, for the Lady Mi- Prospero, who had enjoined Ferdinand this task merely as a trial randa to have a sight of your pretty person. Come, sir, follow me." of his love, was not at his books, as his daughter supposed, but was He then began singing,

standing by them invisible, to overhear what they said. " Full fathom five thy father lies :

Ferdinand inquired her name, which she told, saying it was against Of his bones are coral made;

her father's express command she did so. Those are pearls that were his eyes;

Prospero only smiled at this first instance of his daughter's Nothing of him that doth fade,

disobedience, for having by his magic art caused his daughter to But doth suffer a sea-change

fall in love so suddenly, he was not angry that she showed her love Into something rich and strange.

by forgetting to obey his commands. And he listened well pleased Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Harki now I hear them, ding-dong-bell.”

to a long speech of Ferdinand's, in which he professed to love her

above all the ladies he ever saw. This strange news of his lost father soon roused the prince from In answer to his praises of her beauty, which he said exceeded the stupid fit into which he had fallen. He followed in amazement all the women in the world, she replied, “I do not remember the the sound of Ariel's voice, till it led him to Prospero and Miranda, face of any woman, nor have I seen any more men than you, my who were sitting under the shade of a large tree. Now Miranda good friend, and my dear father. How features are abroad, I know had never seen a man before, except her own father.

not ; but, believe me, sir, I would not wish any companion in the “Miranda,” said Prospero, " tell me what you are looking at yon- world but you, nor can my imagination form any shape but yours der."

that I could like. But, sir, I fear I talk to you too freely, and my “O father," said Miranda, in a strange surprise, “surely that is a father’s precepts I forget." spirit. Lord! how it looks about! Believe me, sir, it is a beautiful At this Prospero smiled, and nodded his head, as much as to say, creature. Is it not a spirit ?"

- This goes on exactly as I could wish; my girl will be queen “ No, girl," answered her father; "it eats, and sleeps, and has of Naples.” senses such as we have. This young man you see was in the ship. And then Ferdinand, in another fine long speech (for young He is somewhat altered by grief or you might call him a handsome prin ces speak in courtly phrases), told the innocent Miranda he was person. He has lost his companions, and is wandering about to find heir to the crown of Naples, and that she should be his Queen. them."

“Ah, sir," said she, “I am a fool to weep at what I am glad of.

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I will answer you in plain and holy innocence. I am your wife, if and the sailors all on board her, and that he and his daughter would you will marry me."

accompany them home the next morning. “In the meantime," Prospero prevented Ferdinand's thanks by appearing visible before says he, “partake of such refresbments as my poor cave affords; them.”

and for your evening's entertainment I will relate the history of my "Fear nothing, my child,” said he ; "I have overheard, and life from my first landing in this desert island." He then called for approve of all you have said. And, Ferdinand, if I have too severely Caliban to prepare some food, and set the cave in order ; and the used you, I will make

you rich amends, by giving you my daughter. company were astonished at the uncouth form and savage appearance All your vexations were but trials of your love, and you have of this ugly monster, who (Prospero said) was the only attendant nobly stood the test. Then as my gift, which your true love has he had to wait upon him. worthily purchased, take my daughter, and do not smile that I boast Before Prospero left the island, he dismissed Ariel from his service, she is above all praise.” He then, telling him that he had business to the great joy of that lively little spirit ; who, though he had been which required his presence, desired - they would sit down and talk a faithful servant to his master, was always longing to enjoy his free together till he returned ; and this command Miranda seemed pot at liberty, to wander uncontrolled in the air, like a wild bird, under all disposed to disobey.

green trees, among pleasant fruits, and sweet-smelling flowers. “My When Prospero left them, he called his spirit Ariel, who quickly quaint Ariel,” said Prospero to the little sprite when he made bim appeared before him, eager to relate what he had done with Pros- free,." I shall miss you; yet you shall have your freedom." " Thank pero's brother and the King of Naples. Ariel said he had left them you, my dear master," said Ariel ; " but give me leave to attend almost out of their senses with fear, at the strange things he had your ship home with prosperous gales. before you bid farewell to caused them to see and hear. When fatigued with wandering about, the assistance of your faithful spirit ; and then, master, when I am and famished for want of food, he had suddenly set before them free, how merrily I shall live !" Here Ariel sung this pretty song: & delicious banquet, and then, just as they were going to eat,

“Where the bee sucks, there suck I; he appeared visible before them in the shape of a harpy, a

In a cowslip's bell I lie: voracious monster with wings, and the feast vanished away.

There I crouch when owls do cry. Then, to their utter amazement, this seeming harpy spoke to them,

On the bat's back I do fly reminding them of their cruelty in driving Prospero from his duke

After summer merrily. dom, and leaving him and his infant daughter to perish in the sea ;

Merrily, merrily shall I live now saying, that for this cause these terrors were suffered to afflict them.

Under the blossom that hangs on the bough. The King of Naples, and Antonio the false brother, repented the Prospero then buried deep in the earth his magical books and injustice they had done to Prospero ; and Ariel told his master he wand, for he was resolved never more to make use of the magic art. was certain their penitence was sincere, and that he, though a spirit, And having thus overcome his enemies, and being reconciled to his could not but pity them.

brother and the King of Naples, nothing now remained to complete “ Then bring them hither, Ariel,” said Prospero : “If you, who his happiness but to rerisit his native land, to take possession of his are but a spirit, feel for their distress, shall not I, who am a human dukedom, and to witness the happy nuptials of his daughter and being like themselves, bave compassion on them ? Bring them. Prince Ferdinand, which the king said should be instantly celebrated quickly, my dainty Ariel.” Ariel soon returned with the King, Antonio, and old Gonzalo in under the safe convoy of the spirit Ariel, they, after a pleasant

with great splendour on their return to Naples. At which place, their train, who had followed him, wondering at the wild music he voyage, soon arrived. played in the air to draw them on to bis master's presence. This Gonzalo was the same who had so kindly provided Prospero formerly with books and provisions, when his wicked brother left him, as he thought, to perish in an open boat in the sea.

Grief and terror had so stupified their senses, that they did not know Prospero. He first discovered himself to the good old Gonzalo, calling him the preserver of his life ; and then his brother and the king knew that he was the injured Prospero.

Antonio with tears, and sad words of sorrow and true repentence, implored his brother's forgiveness; and the king expressed his sincere remorse for baving assisted Antonio to depose his brother : and Prospero forgave them; and, upon their engaging to restore his dukedom, he said to the king of Naples, * I have a gift in store for

TO THE DAISY. you, too ;" and opening a door, showed him his son Ferdinand

LITTLE flower with starry brow, playing at chess with Miranda.

Slumbering in thy bed of snow: Nothing could exceed the joy of the father and the son at this

Or with lightly tinged ray, unexpected meeting, for they each thought the other drowned in

Winter gone and storms away, the storm.

Peeping from thy couch of green “O wonder !” said Miranda, “what noble creatures these are! It

With modest head and simple mien; must surely be a brave world that has such people in it.”

How I love to see thee lie, The King of Naples was almost as much astonished at the beauty

In thy low serenity, and excellent graces of the young Miranda, as his son had been.

Basking in the gladsome beam ; " Who is this maid ?" said he," she seems the goddess that has

Or, beside some murmuring stream,

Geutiy bo ivg from thy nest, parted us, and brought us thus together.” “No, sir," answered

Greet the water's silver breast.. Ferdinand, smiling to find his father had fallen into the same

Or mid fissure of the rock, mistake that he had done when he first saw Miranda, “she is a

Hidden from the tempest's shock, mortal ; but by immortal Providence she is mine. I chose her when

Vie with snowy lily's bell, I could not ask you, my father, for your consent, not thinking you

Queen and fairy of the dell. were alive. She is the daughter of this Prospero, who is the famous

Thee nor wind nor storm can tear Duke of Milan, of whose renown I have heard so much, but never

From thy lonely mountain lair; saw him till now: of him I have received a new life: he has made

Nor i he sleety, sweeping rain, himself to me a second father, giving me this dear lady."

Root thee from thy native plain ; “Then I must be her father," said the king: but, oh! how oddly

Winter's coll, nor Summer's heat, will it sound, that I must ask my child forgiveness."

Blights thee in thy snug retreat; “No more of tbat,” said Prospero: “let us not remember our

Chillid by snow or scorched by flame,

Thou for ever art the same. troubles past, since they so happily have ended.” And then Pros

Type of truth, and emblem fair pero embraced his brother, and again assured him of his forgiveness ;

of Virtue struggling through despair, and said that a wise, overruling Providence had permitted that he

Close may sorrows hem it round, should be driven from his poor dukedom of Milan, that his daughter

Troubles bend it to the ground, might inherit the crown of Naples, for that by their meeting in this

Yet the soul within is calm, desert island it happened that the king's son had loved Miranda.

Dreads no anguish, fears no harm, These kind words wbich Prospero spoke, meaning to comfort bis

Conscious that the Hand which tries brother, so filled Antonio with shame and remorse, that he wept and

All its latent energies, was unable to speak ; and the kind old Gonzalo wept to see this

Can, with more than equal power, joyful reconciliation, and prayed for blessings on the young couple.

Bear it through temptation's hour

Still the conflict, soothe its sighs, Prospero now told them that their ship was safe in the harbour,

And plant it 'neath congenial skies.

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