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of them are let down at once, and hunting through his grounds. Arry these containing ten men each with other person would have found arms and baggage : this is done them invincible. But he made his · quickly and without the least per men surround them, and while plexity. The inhabitants of the Zanhadib had knocked down a good country, for twenty miles round, are number of thuse, and Senboulade fo terrified at this shew of armed had made them feel the wondrous men, that they bring their tribute force of his jaws, Bigftaf came up to the foot of the mountain, and himself, and knocked down both the fill the baskets with great readiness. heroes with his club.

By my beard! (said the captain) Zounds! (cried captain RaggaI will either lose the little renown I do) I will avenge their caure ; have earned, or put an end to your story makes my blood boil, as this matter.—But who is this Big- if he had assassinated 'my brothers. I staf you speak of? Is he a chan- am impatient to know those friends pion of a certain force ? Would he of yours. Let us go sleep, for I gallantly accept a challenge to try know no other means to cool my his prowess against mine?

pallion. His stature is fomewhat gigantic: Ballayah was equally disposed to he is clad from head to foot in iron, rest; so they both lay down on which however encumbers no more fome leaves and skins in the grotthan if it were feathers : besides, he to. They were awakened by the fights only with his mace which is first rays of the morning light, and gilt bronze, seventy-five pounds in had gone out to waik, when the wéiglit;, this he plays as lightly as dervile saw three persons approach. if it were a t'wig of the aloe-tree, ing at a distance. and I hardly think he would accept a Here come our friends. challenge from any one who could How call you them? not oppose him with in appear- Their names are expressive of ance equally formidable.

their abilities ;- the foremost is calAh! (replied Raggado) let me led Guillarich (Quick fight) :-he only meet him at arm's length! I can perceive a needle on the ground, Thould only thrust my bla je into the at forty leagues distance; he is our point of his nose, that I might spy. The name of the second is have the pleasure of seeing him Nadhertavil. (Straight to the mark): gnafh his teeth before I killed him. and, he could cleave an apple with But, I was born to conquer, or an arrow at the same distance. And die with my fabre in my band. Karaamek, (Cut the air) who fol. I leave the use of the club to lows, would pick it up in five mithose who are called to knock down nutes.—They shall display their abioxen.- Besides, does this man ne- litics before you ; and you may then ver go out by himself? Cannot one judge to what advantage you can meet and attack him; without give employ tbeir services. in the mean ing him time to take his usual ad- time the three wights came up: vantage

Rejoice, my comrades, faid Bal.. He always keeps within doors, layah. Fate has brought us, in (replied the dervise) unless when the person of this brave knight, a he knows that some one is at work comiade, much superior to both within his territory. Alas! he has those whom we have lost. This is already cost us the lives of two of the invincible captain Raggado, our comrades, Zanhadib and Sen- whose head, arm and sabre, shall boylade, who had adventured out a enable us to avenge ourselves on

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our cruel enemy, and to live hence- IBN HUSSEIN,
forth in peace and jollity. But we
must dine to-day, you know ;- I A PERSIAN TALE.
have you brought us no provisions ?
Nadbertavil) it have cakes; not likely to recover from a
Bilamich (Stout-back), is coming contagious disease that had spread
with a calf six months old on his itself through the city of Tauris,
shoulders, and two calks of wine dispatched a messenger to bring to
under his arms ;-he would go into him a fage who lived retired in the
a garden to gather a salad; but he mountains. This sage had been
walks at a good rate, and will soon formerly his intimate friend. He
be here if no accident befalls him. conjured him to take upon him the

As he ended speaking, Bilamich care of his fun, as much to save him
entered with the salad hanging by from the danger of remaining long-
his neck ;-it consisted of three er within the walls of a desolate
cauliflowers, bound in a cord, and city, as to procure him such instruc-
covering his body all over. With tion as might secure his future
all this load, he walked as nimbly, happiness. That awful moment
as if he had nothing but a bag of when man, forget sul of time, ad-
nuts on his back. He laid down vances towards eternity, changes
his burden. Ballayah presented him commonly all his ideas, and he can
to Raggado. General, (said he, see no real treasure but that of
clapping on Bilamich's shoulders) virtue.
here is our chariot of war. Destroy Ibar accepted with pleasure the
towns, rout, armies, take booty; care of educating the son of a friend,
this back thall bear ali ;-it would of whose end hę perceived the near
not fail under the weight of So- approaches in the fudden change of
lomon's treasures.

his. former opinions and in the As yet, (faid Raggado) my plun- contempt of the fortune he had but der has never been long burden- too much loved. fome to any of my attendants. Behold then Ibn-Huslein removWhen I can catch any booty, I fit ed, in early life, from the capital . down in a corner, eat it up, and of Aderbijan, that great province there's an end of it ;-- were you of Persia, and placed under the to see me devour what I lay, hold guidance of a recluse, who conon, you would suppose that I am ducted him to the top of a mounever pursued by robhers, or incen- rain, on which he had fixed his diaries; this bitch of a star of mine habitation. keeps me in almost constant want of The culture of fruits, and the art every thing, that I may never be of combining and bending rushes able to do any thing great. But, into different forms, were albar's thanks to you my dear astrologer occupation, as they had hitherto I hope to get the better of her ma. been, and they became that of Ibnlevolence. But hold; here is a Hussein. little calf of an hundred and eighty Perfia, fertile in speculative reapuunds weight; I wish it were soners, had many treaties, on edu-, eaten up

cation, wonderful in theory, and It is intended to be eaten. Bila- infipid in practice. Ibar formed a mich, flay the calf and make a lpit. plain method, and no way compliGuillarich ! Haraamek! Where is cated. 6. Be bercficent, and thou our cook?

fialt be happy," was what he re. (To le continued.)


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peated constantly and inculcated to Hyffein lives near you ; he has his pupil.

watchful eyes over distress; he is It is true that when they went the friend of him that falls, and down to the towns and villages to the comfort of every thing that sell their fruits and baskets, they suffers.” did not return without seeking after In fact, the sacred hymn of birds some poor people, to distribute to scarcely began to rise towards the thew part of the produce of their star of day, when Ibar led his pufale. So true is it that a precept pil towards the shattered remains of enforced by example is easily en- an antique tomb. He had no foongraven on the mind of imitative er lifted up a pretty large stone, by youth.

the help of a lever he had brought Ibo-Hussein conceived so deep a with him, when they perceived a sense of that manner of making winding staircase, which conducted himself happy, that he desired each them under a vault that received day to continue longer at work, in a glimmering light through some order to make a better sale, and fissures made in a rock which it thus enable then to relieve a great supported. er bumber of poor.

Some coffers, filled with gold duft When Ibar had assured himself of and stones of inestimable value, the difpofition of his pupil, which were opened and delivered to Ibnhe was likely to continue all his Hussein, who exclaimed, seeing the life after : “ Son," said he, « if riches they contained : “O fatal providence now should throw in principle of the ills of this globę ; your way a greater fortune than furious tyrant over weak human that produced by our art and joint nature, be confounded.! wherever labour, should treasures unexpetet. I can penetrate I shall chain down ly fall into your poffeffion, what the ministers of thy mad designs ; vse do you think this Providence they shall make my brethren thed would prescribe to you to make of no more tears. thein ?"

Satisfied with the young man's “That of helping and serving my noble enthusiasm, Ibar felicitated diftreffed brethren."

himself on having succeeded fo * And what would you do for well in the education he was. yourself?"

about to finish. He waited upon $6 What more have I to wish for Ibn-Hussein to Tauris, and took but health, and the delicious plea- | leave of him in a close embrace, sure of faying to the indigent, much affected with his presling inHere, take this benefaction, be in- stances to divide with him his treadustrious, labour with thy hands, sures, and to engage him not to and be contented and wife as' Ibar.” quit him.

" Well then, dear son, to-mor- Already was Ibn-Hussein comrow, fo foon as the god of light modiously lodged in the place of shall display in the field of the air his birth'; already was his table achis bright colours of purple and fice, cessible to many, who thought them. I will procure you the means of felves happy in partaking of the multiplying those pure pleasures fare with which it was covered, and your soul lo much desires. Happy these were commonly facetious pa, the poor, the weak and the oppref- rasites, or petty rhymers. Already fed innocent, whom your steps may the indigent surrounded his house; meet! You may say to them : and every day he enjoyed the hap: " Banish your fears, O my bre- piness of putting an end to fornethren! dry up your tears ; Ibn-1 body's troubles.

A circumstance more flattering in doing good. He was told that a appearance to his heart still added merchant, his neighbour, was great- . to his pleafures. Chance threw in ly embarrasled, and that his effects his way, as he believed, a young were going to be sold at considerVenetian woman in tears, who said able loss to him. He went directly she was deserted in the country by to see him, and the same day put her father. She knew enough of him in a condition to satisfy such the lingua Franca to make herself of his creditors as were most intent understood. Her figure, rather em- on ruining him. bellished by her misfortune in Ibn- Ibn-Hussein, who, under the inHussein's eyes, was graceful enough spection and by the care of Ibar, to please him. With the true spirit was become one of the most able. of generosity he made ample pro- improvers of land in Perfia, wished vision for all her wants, but was also, to divert his thoughts from afraid to speak to her of the regard Lauretta, to enlarge his , garden. the inspired him with, lest he might A piece of uncultivated land lay be supposed by her as intent on re- near his walls, and he was defirous paying himself for his benefactions. to inclose it. He knew also that

Lauretta soon after related to him this field belonged to the merchant the misfortunes of her brother he had juit aslisted. He went with, Claudio, who was detained in slavery confidence to ask him for it; but, . under the most brutal' of masters; (though he offered to pay him double and Claudio was immediately free, its value, numberless frivolous reaand made Ibn-Hussein's steward, sons were alleged to the contrary ;.

Lauretta, hospitably entertained and he could not procure this piece in his house, appeared ftill more of ground without remitting to the beautiful to him ; and the charm merchant all he had lent him, withof seeing her conítantly triumphed out any interest, and which was over his delicacy, relative to min- more than a hundred times the progling less virtuous desires with his per equivalent. bencficence. He dared to speak, to Almoft at the same time, fome ligh; and Lauretta promised to defamatory songs had a run in the give him a favourable hearing : but town to the disgrace of Ibn-Hussein, in a few days after, Claudio and and every one was sure they were his pretended fifter disappeared. The the compositions of his ingenious departure of a caravan had facili- guests. “But what itruck deeper tated their flight and their horrid was the envy excited by his sumpingratitude, --for they had robbed tuous fortune, which made people their benefactor of all they could imagine that it was supported by a lay their hands on.

prohibited cominerce. This unjust Utterly astonished at this beha- report gained credit to fo great a viour, he was inforıned by one of degree, that one day he found himtheir country, that different ties relf said under an arrest, and drag, from those of blood had occafioned ged before the cadi, where almost an intimacy between them,--that all his neighbours and friends deLauretta had been a slave as well as posed to facts against him which Claudio, but gained her freedom by proved the acculation. All Ibncomplaisance for the merchant who Hussein's defence was to entreat had brought them to Tauris. the cadi to have the stricteft search

Humbled, confounded, pierced made in his house, while he remainwith grief, Ibn-Hussein wished to ed in the audience chamber. This tranquillise the perturbations of his was accordingly done, to the confu. mind by a prompt opportunity of fion of his balé accufers. VOL. XXVII.




The humiliation he had just un- do good without finding or seeking dergone, of iceing himself dragged as any interest therein, and passed from a criminal before a judge amidst a the happy ftuation in which he had crowd of needy people whom he long lived, to the bofom of that had relieved, prevente his enjoy. Being whose benevolence he frad ing the satisfaction of having con- imitated. quered caluinny. Hé lost his cheerfulness, and almost inttantly the exercise of his virtues. The milanthropy into which he fell, made On the Ill EFFECTS of READING him shiut his door indiscriminately :

without DIGESTING. in short, he became wretched, and living at Tauris seemed insupport- N analogy between the powable to him.

ers of the body and faculties In one of the fits of his deep of the mind is obvious in many sadness he set out to see Ibar. instances. The eye cannot 'survey

66 Thou senseless and stupid a great space with the same accurabeing," said he, “ dost thou know

cy with which it views a single obthe men thou hast made me to ject at a nearer distance ; it takes in love ? dost thou know that they the coarser parts indeed, but comare ungrateful traitors, and per- prehends not the more minute verse Why didst thou inspire me though not less beautiful appearwith sentiments for them of which ances. Thus, too, the mind, when they are so little worthy ?"

attentive to every part of knowFor thy happiness."

ledge, seldom atrains to perfection " For my happiness! and I am in any fingle science ; and daily the most unfortunase of all the experience evinces that the belino children of Ali."

librorum, or devourer of books, who “ Let me know then, son, what is more studious of quantity than has happer.ed to you,” said Ibar. quality, and is led on by the love of

Ibn-Huffein related the ftory of novelty rather than of excellence, the merchant, that of Ciaudio and is rarely learned in an eminent Lauretta, and the base and atrocious degree. affront he had received before the Adages are commonly true becadi.

cause founded on experience. “ The “ Young man," said Ibar to him, rolling itone gathers no moss,” says " have I laid á tax on virtue ? ---Did the English proverb.-To carry on I lay you were to expect a due re- the allusion, one may add, that turn for all your good actions ? - while the rolling Stone is traverfing Why did you think of making a the whole garden, the spade, in traffic of good actions ?-Go, return the space of a few yards, may gather to Tauris, and make ingrates. The the valuable produce of a year. only reward of virtue is virtue her.

Pliny the younger, who is as reself : nothing on the earth can be markable for the justness of his senher reward. Yet study men for timents, as for his elegant inanner your private fatisfaction, and expect

of expressing them, has given a nothing, especially from the praises hint on this subject, which, though of sycophants and poets, the tears of comprised in few words, may be a woman, and the opinion of the more inftructive than volumes of multitude."

“advice. · After some remarks OM Ibn-Huffein returned to Tauris, cursory and fuperficial reading, he made a better choice of those with whom he associated, continued to few books, and Rudy them perfect

fays, we should be content with 3

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