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THE GOLDEN MIRROR;
THE KINGS OF SHESHIAN :
TRUE HISTORY, TRANSLATED FROM THE SHESHIANESE.
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THE next evening, by command of the locks, and your grey beard, added he, did not Sultan, Danishmende thus resumed his narra bear witness to your progress in the decline of tive:
life, one would take you for a man of forty. “ All was in vain; nothing could procure the Explain to me, I pray, this mystery; what secret emir any rest; he tossed himself on every side in do you possess capable of working such a miquest of sleep. Short intervals of uneasy slum | racle? ber only served to harass his imagination with “ I can tell you my secret in three words, re. frightful dreams ; often in bitterness of heart did turned the old man, smiling, work, amusement, he curse his harem, his physicians, his cooks, and rest; each in small proportions, mingled in and the young fops by whose example he had equal parts, and interchanged according to the been led to adopt a soft luxurious life. He
suggestions of nature, work this miracle, as you drew a comparison between himself, an old man choose to terin it, in the most comprehensible of two-and-thirty, and the hoary headed youth manner possible. A not disagreeable weariness of fourscore. He at last fell asleep; and on is the hint that nature gives us to interrupt our waking a few hours after, he almost tbought all work for diversion; and a similar hint reminds that had happened to him since his last sleep us to rest from both. Work keeps up the taste had been merely a dream, at least he did his for the pleasures of nature, and supplies the utmost to suppress the recollection of the most means of enjoying them; and he alone for whom disagreeable part of it; and, in hopes that new her pure and blameless delights have lost all impressions would best contribute to that end, charms, is unhappy enough to seek a gratificahe threw open a window, which gave him a tion in such as are artificial which they can never view of the garden, extending wide on the east supply. Look at me, good stranger, how happy side of the house. A pure air, impregnated with ebedience to nature makes us; she rewards us a thousand recreating odours dispelled the gloomy i with her choicest gifts; my whole life has been vapours still hovering in his brain ; he felt him.
a long, rarely interrupted, chain of agreeable self refreshed; this sentiment now fanned a moments; for even labour, a labour proporspark of hope within his breast, and with hope tionate to our powers, and not accompanied the love of life returned. As he was contem with any embittering circumstances, is conplating this garden, which he could not help ad- nected with a kind of gentle pleasure, which miring for its simplicity and usefulness, in spite sheds a benign influence over all our frame; of liis vitiated and artificial taste, he perceived but, for being happy by nature, it is necessary the old man, half covered with busnes, busying that we preserve the uncorrupt taste, that greathimself in the lighter employments of gardening, est of her benefits, and the instrument of all the of which the emir had never deigned to acquire rest; and for having right notions a right way one idea. The desire of obtaining a solution of of thinking is indispensably requisite. all the surprising and marvellous scenes he had “The old man looked full at his guest, and beheld in this house, prompted him to go down saw by his countenance that he understood but into the garden, in order to have some conversa- little of what he said. I shall be better underlion with the old man. After thanking him forstood by you perhaps, continued he, if I relate to the obliging reception he had met with in his you the history of our little colony; for in every advanced age, he began to testify his amazemene other habitation, whither chance might have that a person of his advanced age should be still conducted you in these vallies, you would have so upright, so active, so lively, and so capable found every thing pretty nearly like what you of sharing in the pleasures of life ; if your silver I have seen in mine. The emir signihed that he
should hear him with great pleasure. He had manners, the artless wisdom of his discourse, so much the appearance of fatigue, that the kind the knowledge he possessed of numberless useold man proposed to him to sit down on a sofa, ful and agreeable matters, joined with an eloin an arbour of the garden planted about with quence that insinuated itself into every mind citrons; though to himself a walk among the with irresistible force, procured him by degrees trees would have been more agreeable.
a more unbounded authority than a monarch “ The emir willingly accepted this offer; and, usually lias over his native subjects. He found while a beautiful young female slave presented
our little nation capable of being happy; and them with the best coffee from Moca, the lively people, said he to himself, who for some cenold man thus began his narrative :
turies could content themselves with indispens“ We are told by an ancient tradition, that ible necessaries, deserve to be so; I will make our progenitors were of Grecian descent; and by them happy. He concealed his intentions for an accident, in the circumstances whereof you
some time, wisely thinking that he must make cannot at all be interested, were thrown, some
the first impressions by his example. He settled centuries ago, into these mountains. They || among us; he lived in his house just as you settled themselves in these pleasant vales, which
have seen us live; he made our people acquainted nature seemed to have designed as a refuge for a
with the accommodations and pleasures which few happy beings from the ill usage and pesti- || could not fail to excite their desires ; and scarcely lential manners of other mortals.
was he aware that he had attained this end, when lived in a contented restriction to the narrow
he set about his grand project. A friend who circle of the wants of nature, apparenily so poor,
had accompanied him, and was master of all the that even the neighbouring Bedouins seemed to fine arts to a high degree of perfection, assisted concern themselves but little about their exist him in accelerating its accomplishment. Many ence. The greater part of the characters of their of our youths, after receiving the necessary preorigin were gradually effaced by time; their paratives from them, worked, under their inlanguage was lost in the Arabic; their religion | spection, with an enthusiasm not to be described. degenerated into a few superstitious observances,
Wild regions were cultivated, fine meads, gare for which they themselves could give no reason; dens, and orchards full of fruit trees were seen and, of the arts which gave the Greek nation an flourishing in districts which till now had been inalienable superiority over all others, they re
covered with briars and thistles; and rocks were tained only an affection for music, and a certain shaded with newly planted vines. In the midst native propensity to elegance and to social of a gentle eminence, which commands the most pleasures, which furnished the basis whereon the beautiful of our vallies, rose a circular temple, wise legislators were able to erect their descen open on all sides, in the centre of which nothing
was to be scen bul an estrade about three steps sirous of perpetuating the beauty of forms among higher than the ground, whereon stood three them, they made it a rule to admit into their || images of white marble; statues which could not society only the most beautiful of the daughters be beheld without love and gentle transports; a of the neighbouring yemen; and to this custom hedge of myrtle, at some distance, surrounded (which our lawgiver found worthy of having the the temple, and covered the whole elevation. sanction of an inviolable duty) it is doubiless to This last work was a mystery to all our people, be ascribed, that in all our vales you will find no and Psammis (so this wonderful stranger was person, either of our sex or of the other, who caHed) deferred giving them the solution of it would not pass for an extraordinary beauty on till he perceived that all the tender reverence they the other side of the mountains. In the time of felt for him was unable to restrain their impatimy grandfather, the excellent man to whom we At length, un the morning of a fine day, are indebted for our present constitution, the
which ever since has been kept as the most sacred second and proper founder of our nation, by al of our festivals, he conducted a number of our series of accidents, came into these regions. We people, whom he had selected as the filtest for know nothing either of his origin, or of the par his purpose, to the top of this little hill, seated ticulars of his life previous to the period of his himself with them under the myrtle, and gave coming among us. At that time he seemed to them to understand, that he was come to them be a man of about fifty; he was tall, of a ma- || with no other intention than to render them and jestic figure, and of such an engaging deport- their posterity happy ; that he expected no other inent, that in a short time he won all hearts. reward for it than the satisfaction of having oba He had brought so much gold with him that it tained his end; and that he required no other was apparent to all that he had no other morive conditions from them than a solemn vow to keep for living among iis ihan because he was pleased | inviolably the laws that he should give them. with us.
The gentleness and civility of his “ It would be too prolix, continued the old No. XV. l'ol. II.
man, to relate to you what he said for convincing || pleasure, and thus become a benefit; it will be his hearers, and what he did for accomplishing in your lives what the shades are in a sunny the work he had begun, and for giving it all the landscape, what the dissonance is in a symphung, consistence which a plan founded on nature can or what salt is to your food. receive by prudent foresight. A specimen of his “Flear me, ye children of Nature! hear your morality, whieh composes the first part of his sound and inviolable laws; without labour no legislation, will be sufficient for giving you come
health of mind or body, no happiness is possible. notion of it. Each of us, on entering his four Nature ordains that ye derive the means of pie. teenth year, on the day that he must make the serving and sweetening your existence, as the vow in the temple of the Graces to live accord fruit of a inoderate labour, from her bo um. ing to nature, receives a sort of tablets, made of “Habituate your eyes to the beauty of Nature; ebony on which this system of morality is written and from the manifold variety of her beautiful in letters of gold. We carry them always about formas, her rich combinations, her charming us, regarding them as a sacred deposit and, in a colouring, store your fancy with ideas of the inanner, as a talisman, to which our happiness beautiful. is annexed. Whoever should attempt to intro
“ The ear, after the
eye, is the most perfect duce other maxims would be banished for ever of our senses. Accustom it to artless but affecting from our borders, as a corrupter of our manners,
melodies, breathing beautiful sentiments which and the destroyer of our welfare. Attend, if you stir the heart with mild emotions, or lull the please, to what I will now repeat to you from sleepy soul into delightful dreams. Joy, love, them.
and innocence attune the frame of man to “ The Being of beings (thus speaks Psammis , harmony with hiinself, with all good persons, in the preamble to his laws) who, invisible to our and with all nature. eyes, and incomprehensible to our mind, grants “ Psammis has imparted to you new sources us to feel his existence only by beneħts, is not of pleasing sensations; through hin ye enju, in want of us, and requires no other return from when fatigued with your daily coil, a voluptuous us, than that we should allow ourselves to be repose; through him delicious fruits delight your made happy. Nature, constituted by him our palate, transplanted to this foreign soil; in the general mother and conductress, inspires us with love which you only knew under its meanest the first sensations and impulses, on the modera- form of anim id gratification, he has made you tion and harmony whereof depends our hap- acquainted with the soul of life, the source of piness; her voice it is which speaks to you by || delicious transport, and the purest voluptuous. the mouth of lier Psammis; his laws are no other ness of heart. than her's.
“Oh niy children! what pleasure, what “She purposes that you should rejoice in agreeable sensation do I refuse you:-None; your existence. Joy is the ultimate wish of all certainly none that nature designed you. sensitive beings; it is to mankind what air and join you to temperance, but for no other reason sunshine are to the plants. By sweet smiles than as it is indispensible to preserve you from . she announces the first expansion of humanity | pain, and to keep you always inclined to joy. I in the suckling; and their departure is the pre- have demolished the foolishi contrast between sage of the dissolution of our being. Love and various kinds of pleasure, and restored an eternal mutual benevolence are her richest and purest concord between them; I have increased, resources, innocence of heart and manners the fined, ennobled your satisfactions. What can I gentie banks within which they flow.
do more! Still one thing, and the most import “ Hear me, ye children of Nature ! for this, ant of all. Learn, my children, the easy art of and no other name, shall your nation henceforth augmenting your happiness; extend your benebear.
volence over all nature; taste as often as you can « Nature has formed all your senses, every
the pure celestial pleasures of making others minute vessel of the wondrous texture of your happy; and thon, the wretch, whose heart does frame, your brain and your heart, be instru begin to expand at these sentiments alone, ments of pleasure. Could she more plainly tell Aee for ever from the abodes of the children of you to what end she formed you?
Nature!” .“ Had it been possible to make you capable of
Shah Gebal was insensibly fallen so fast asleep pleasure, without the necessity of being also over the morality of the wise Psaimis, that the susceptible of pain, she would have done it; fair Nurmahal held it advisable to postpone the but, as far as it was possible, she has stopped up continuation of the history of the emir to the the avenues in paio. So long as you follow her | ensuing, vight. laws, it will seldom interrupt your bliss; nay
(To be continued.) more, it will sharpen your sensibility to every
A TRUE STORY.
In one of those rare societies which are swered him with as much modesty as if she had interesting although little known, where one may not contributed essentially to his recovery, and suill be amused without gaming, where one may with as much precision as if she had not quitted converse with that liberty which forms the him a single instant. He was desirous of seeing charm of cultivated minds, where no pretensions ber who was with so much complacence giving but those of pleasing are shown, and no eagerness | him the particulars he so eagerly sought to know. except for the acquirement of instruction, the He drew back the curtain, and was greatly surconversation happened to turn on real objects prised at the sight of a charming female, apand fantastic visions. was attempted to assign, parently not above eighteen years of age, near their difference and determine their analogy ; to his bed. In examining her with all the attention find the relation which exists between a regular which she excited, he remarked eyes in which dream and a profound meditation, between an candour and benevolence shone; he surprised a ardent contemplator, and a cold observer, be look at once caressing and timid; he perceived tween enthusiasm which depicts, and examina one of those tender, ingenuous, and pensive tion which demonstrates.
physiognomies, which attracts more powerfully One of the company then advanced, that a than beauty, and which inspires more interest; strongly exalted imagination attested the exist- he admired a noble and elegant mien, enchantence of beings with as much energy as the senses ing natural graces, rendered inore striking from could. He was contradicted, grew warm, and the necessity of seeking them under a dress which continued the dispute, when an Officer said, that irritated desire, whilst it indicated privations. he thought a single fact would throw more light Darville, astonished to find such charms in the on an opinion than a great number of arguments, asylum of sickness, was much more so, after he and he offered to tell them one which would
had learned that this nun, whose name was Mary, perhaps elucidate the matter. He added, that
had been his sole nurse during the whole of his the fact happened to a Captain in his regiment, long illness, that she employed the whole day in that he had himself witnessed it, and that all his attending on him, that she watched him at night, comrades could certify its truth.
and took only short slumbers, which never had The company agreed to lend their attention. caused any intermission in the care she had taken He promised to recite the story with the greatest
of him, with tender patience and admirable refidelity, and begged indulgence for details which solution, and that, in short, he owed his life to he could not omit, as well as for a few reflections her. which naturally arose from the subject; he then Barn with one of those fervent constitutions proceeded as follows:
which renders men so amiable and so unhappy, After a smart engagement, in Italy, during and which multiply their sufferings by extending the last war, the wounded French officers were their affections, Darville considered gratitude as taken to the hospital at Milan. Darville was an act of devotion, and all his sentiments became one of the number; his wounds left but slender passions. He immediately abandoned himself to hopes of saving his life; he was soon reduced an excessive sensibility; he fancied he should to the last gasp, but the powerful aids of medi always be able to conceal it from her who was cine, together with his youth and vigour, united its cause. He no longer dared to accept those to save him.
services which she still so kindly and earnestly He had no sooner recovered his senses, which offered him; he said he wished to begin to dishrad been suspended above a month, sometimes charge the immense debts which he had conwith a violent delirium, at others by a lethargic tracted; he would not suffer her to watch at sleep, than he asked numberless questions as to
night, but begged her to retire to her repose, as where he was, in what condition he had been, I the only means of allowing him any rest. But and about all those objects which are so interest.
in a short time he was unable to enjoy any; a ing to a man who, as it were, begins to exist passion too violent to be mistaken, invaded his anew, who tries new sensations, and who enjoys heart. The regard due to the situation of Mary, that pleasure in existing, of which none but those the respect which her benefits deserved, the re. who are recovered from dangerous maladies can serve which the innocence of her manners inhave any idea.
spired, compelled hiin to silence as a duty, The nun whom he was thus interrogating, an which, however, he never violated more than
whilst he thought himself strictly observing it ; || he condemned his desires, he determined to abthe flame raged with greater activity from the stain from any expression; and as soon as his painful efforts which he made to concentrate it. | mistress appeared his resolves were all forgotien. He first perceived this effect by the sudden reserve Mary, supported by real piety, by the rememof Mary.
brance of her vows, by a conduct hitherto irreFearful then of losing every thing, he dared | proachable, surmounted for a long tiine the tenevery thing; he risked the avowal w bich he had derness which she shared; but her triumph was promised himself never to make; he expected a succeeded by that arid kind of grief which sheds repulse, he received it, and was overwhelmed no tears, which loads with an immense pressure, with despair. All the reasons which were given which agitates without distracting; above all, it to make him conquer his love, only served to became impossible for her to bear the idea that increase it; all the consolations presented to him she caused the misery of him for whom she would became as many torments; all the amends which have sacrificed her life. This conviction, against were offered appeared to him an increase of which those who truly love cau find no defence, misery. His almost broken-hearted mistress was sealed her doom. She yielded; and the day going to leave him, and to send one of her com which to her lover was the height of felicity, panions to supply her place: one of Darville's overwhelmed her with despair. From that mo. wounds broke out afresh, and she remained. ment she fancied she read her shame in every
In the mean time our regiment arrived at eye. Religious prejudices, of all the most tyran. Milan for the winter. I went every day to keep | nical, filled her timorous conscience with fears. my friend company; I found Mary, and wit She considered that love which had enslaved her, nessed her care;
sometimes she dressed the which had cost her so dearly, of which she had wound in my presence, and I perceived her shed | proved all the charms without tasting them, as a few tears which she vainly tried to retain and the greatest of crimes. conceal. Darville did not speak to her, but his Whilst she was fulfilling her most noble and looks darted fire, and his silence was impassioned.useful duties, but the most melancholy and An eloquence so powerful, so terrible a situation, frightful of all those which religious societies so much reserve with so inuch love, the energy could impose on their votaries, and of which be. which characterizes a right sentiment, that cry neficent humanity could make choice, the picof the soul which proves it, that persuasion which ture of death appearing incessantly before her accompanies it, all were united against Mary; eyes, froze her senses, increased her terrors, and all conspired to infuse a devouring Aame into left that tender and timid soul a prey to the more her feeliog heart. She discovered it with terror; tal activity of remorse. she did not, however, fear to disclose the whole Mary could no longer resist afflictions which to him who had inspired it; knowing him to be became daily more keen; so much love, so many generous, she thought her virtue would never be troubles, regrets, desires, struggles, successive in danger, unless she were to render him respon- nights passed with her lover, shattered a feeble sible for it; slie therefore ventured to intrust constitution. She was seized with an inflamhim with that sacred deposit ; and he swore it matory fever; it was pronounced mortal, and should be respected.
rapidly led her to the grave. He thought he should be able faithfully to Her lover, who had concealed his passion, keep an oath which nature disavowed, but he was not able to dissemble his loss : his, despair soon was sensible of his mistake; he could no broke out in the most inauspicious manner; the longer contain his feelings. Mary reminded first fit was terrible; with great difficulty a stop him of his promise; a few tender words from her was put to its effects, a sullen gloominess of mind whom he adored suspended his transports. How, I succeeded. He told us he should soon rejoin said she, must my ruin be the price of my sensi her who had carried off his lite; he was not to be bility, and do you seek to disgrace her whom you | persuaded to take any food; he slept no longer. love? He fell at her feet, assured her of his re Penetrated with his condition, we neglected pentance, renewed his protestations of respect, nothing which might alleviate it; but our eagerand experienced that the repulses of innocence ness to relieve him irritated his sorrows. Disare not always without sweets to an honest man mayed at the inutility of our cares, we, in one who reveres the object of his love. When he of our conversations, spoke with a vivacity of reflected on the multiplied sacrifices made by which the motive could not displease hiin. We an unfortunate woman who was to defend herself gently reproached him with his want of friendagainst the power of her lover and against her ship, we conjured him not to reject our entrea. owo weakness, wherein the so difficult victory | ties; tears started in our eyes. lle abruptly in was to be obtained by endless trouble and anxiety, terrupted us, saying: “My friends your efforts he accused himself of being wanting in delicacy, are fruitless; it is not in the power of any one