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teller in the world out of spirits. But, as we be- || ing, with such a strange mixture of pride and fore observed, Danishmende was not so easily humility, that he would probably have been ree discomposed.
fused it, if the laws of hopitality had been held All that I intreat of your niajesty is, said he, less sacred and inviolable by the inhabitants of to have the grace not to give me the promised || these regions. The emir was shewn, with a three hundred strokes till I have made an end of friendly countenance, into a little hall, where he my story; for indeed it is not so bad as one was asked to sit down on a plain but softmight be apt to suppose from the commence cushioned sopha. In a few moments two hand
some young slaves appeared, to conduct him to Well, said the Sultan, laughing, tell it then a bath, where, with their assistance, he bathed, in thy own way; I proinise thee that I will not was persunied, and dressed in a simple but neat interrupt thee again.
habit of fine cotton stuff, brocaded with silk Danishmende arose, threw himself prostrate || flowers. That the time might not pass heavily on the ground before the Sultan, kissed the hem with him, a neat female slave now entered, of as of his bed-coverlet, in testimony of his gratitude || delicate a form as any he ever had in his harem, for this gracious promise; and then proceeded in having a theorbo in her hand, seated herself over his narrative.
against him, and sung him a song, from the “From all these considerations of the emir | subject of which he could comprehend that the (which were too disagreeable and perplexing for people were glad at the arrival of so agreeable a its being adviseable to lay them before your ina guest. The emir was more and more at a loss jesty), he was at last obliged to take up the to know what to think of the matter ; but the resolution to do what, from want of use, ap. form and the voice of the fair slave (though he peared to him very hard, namely, to put his legs was more inclined to take her for a peri, or even in motion, and to try whether he could not find for one of the howris of Paradise) left him no a way out of these desert mountains. The sun leisure for reflection; they, together with the was descending fast to the horizon when, with a || friendly reception he had met with, operated so fatigue that is not to be described, he at length strongly on his senses, that he imperceptibly forreached a place where an avenue presented itself | got all bis causes of grief, and all the troubles he between the hills, and afforded him the view of had gone through; and, impelled by a gentle a valley more charming than even his imagina- | violence, resigned himself to the impressions that tion could have conceived. The sight of some were designed to be made on him. well-built habitations which protruded between “ Though this was the wisest resolution, in trees of the finest verdure, encouraged him, faint || his circumstances, he could adopt, it must likeas he was, to summon up his remaining powers, wise be confessed, that he found himself much in order to reach them before the setting of the at his ease. Scarcely was he dressed, but the sun. Indeed the whole of the way which he person again appeared who had at first admitted had passed, and that which still lay before him, him, and without speaking a word, beckoned was not more than a young rustic would run him to follow. The emir was led into a spacious every day, mornin and evening, without re saloon, illuminated with numerous wax-lights, Juctance, only to give his sweetheart a kiss, but from wherice, as the door opened, there issued for the relaxed sinews and marrowless bones of the most agreeable odour of sweet giliflowers, the emir this was a prodigious labour. He was violets, pinks, jasmines, and orange blossoms. forced to sit down so often to rest and recover his Here he saw a number of low tables, covered breath, that it was night before he reached the with fine snow-white linen, with borders of elegate of the nearest dwelling, which had the look gant needle-work; and round them were placed of a country seat, but only constructed of timber. | magnificent sofas, with cushions of the softest A delightful in urmuring sound of distant music, | down. The middle of the hall swarmed with mingled with vocal airs, and other indications of persons, young and old, of both sexes, who refestive joy which now struck his ear as he ap- | ceived him with frank and open countenances, . proached these dwellings, increased the surprize and at the same time filled him with the most he felt at finding all this amidst desert mountains. agreeable surprise by the majestic beauty of their As he had never read any thing but tales of ghosts form and gait, and by an expression of kindness and fairies, his first thought was, whether all that and festivity diffused throughout their whole dehe saw and heard might not be the work of en portment. In one corner was a placid fountain, chantment. Though this idea at first raised his where a nymph, who reclined on a piece of rock apprehension, yet all vther considerations were overgrown with jasmine and moss, poured from soon overpowered by the sentiment of his dis her urn a crystal stream into a bason of black tress. He knocked; and one of the servants marble. The whole saloon was decorated with coming to the door, lie asked for a night's lodg- || large festoons and wreaths of flowers which, fron No. XIV. Vol. II.
time to time were sprinkled with fresh water by figure in this history, though in fact it is only the several young females. The whole together person of a spectator.
He had been from his formed a delightful scene; but it was not the youth what is called a decided voluptuary, a onest that presented itself to his eyes in this en man who knew no other end of his existence chanted spot. A venerable old man, with locks than to eat, to drink, to amuse himself with his of silver white, lay in the artitude of one enjoy- | women, and solace himself after such toilsome ing a sound and genial repose after labour, on labour by a repose which consumed about half the upper end of the sufa; an old man the like of the day and night, to awake again to a repe of whom the emir had never before beheld, nor tition of the same employment. To this gross could have thought it possible for such an one sensuality he united a certain pride which was to be; serenity and cheerfulness beamed from highly adapted to accelerate the pernicious effects his still sparkling eyes ; eighty years of a happy of it; he founded it on the possession of the life hael imprinted only some faint furrows on handsomest women, the best wines, and the his broad and open front; and the complexion most expert cooks of all Asia; but, not content of health, like a late autumnal rose, still bloomed with this, he aimed at being the greatest eater, on his friendly cheeks. This is our father, said the greatest drinker, and the greatest hero in soine young persons who were near the emir, as another kind of bodily exercise, in which, to his they led him up by the hand to the seat of the great regret, he was obliged to confess the spare old man.
row and the mole to be his masters.
When & “ The old man neither rose up nor inade any
man has the misfortune to possess, with this motion significant of that design, but reached perverse species of ambition, all the means for out his hand, pressed that of the emir with a indulging it, he will soon see himself reduced to force that amazed the latter, and very civilly bade the necessity of having recourse to pastils of him welcome to his house Yet, says my author, opium and beteroot, to inflammatory liquors and there was in the first look which the old man other provocatives. Nature never fails to revenge cast upon the emir, with the civil expression of herself for the affronts that are put upon her, and hospitable philanthropy, a mixture of somewhat she is commonly the more cruel in her vengeance that awed the stranger, though he could not well the less pretence she has left by her bounty for explain to himself how he felt at the time. The the justification of our excesses. Accordingly, old man bade him take his place beside him." thie emir found himself, with the purest Arabian
I promised not to interrupt thee, Danishmende, blood, and the most robust constitution, in his said Shah Gebal; but I would be glad to know thirtieth year, reduced to the wretched condition what could be mingled in the looks of the old which is the middle state between living and man to produce such an effect on the emir? dying, tormented by the recollections which
Gracious sovereign, returned Danishmende, I might have elevated his pleasures, and con. must confess to your majesty, that I have taken demned to impotent attempts to appease the this history from a modern Greek poet, who wrath of nature by the secrets of art to which he probably, according to the practice of his tribe, was beholden for the prolongation of his existe may have added something of his own to the truth, The skilful cooks, of whom he was sa in order to render his picture more interesting proud, had faithfully contributed all that was in It was a friendly louk, said he, but with a little their power at once to destroy his health and to addition of something that was neither contempt debilitate the organs of sense; in proportion as nor pity, but a gentle mixture of both; it was, the difficulty of exciting his palled appetite in. continued he, the look with which a friend of creased, they redoubled their destructive zeal to the art regards the mutilated statue of a Praxi- ' conquer it by the efficacy of their art. But their deles, mixed with something of the angry scorn inventions had seldom any better effect than to with which this amateur would regard the Goth make him pay by tedious hours of pain for some who had inutilated it.
moments of artificial irritation. The image is delicate, and gives much scope “ Our emir was astonished at finding again at for reflection, said Nurmahal. Proceed, Danish- the table of his aged host, that apperite which mende, said the Sulta:1,
for years he had been seekirig in vain. Two “ In the mean time the supper was served up, I equally unusual circumstances, a temperance of at which the emir experienced a new circum- | four-and-iwenty hours, and the violent efforts he stance, which, little as he was disposed to think had been forced to make, doubtless contributed on any thing, appeared to him the most incom- | principally to make him imagine that he was in prehensible matter in the world. But, before 1 Paradise, sitting at table with the favourites of can come to an explanation on this head, I find ihe Prophet.
Not that the nuinber and costi. myself obliged to make a small digression on the ness of the disties, or a very nice preparation character of this emir, who forms a principal had the least share in producing this effect; foc.
there was no greater profusion than the satis- | guish whether he felt, or only imagined himself fying of hunger and thirst required, with the to be as sprightly as the old man himself. care of leaving some choice to the taste; and in “ After supper the man with the silver locks the dressing, art had no more concern than was withdrew unperceived; and a short while after, necessary for gratifying an unspoiled palate with one of his sons said :-it is the custom in our out detriment to health. It is true, certain de house every evening before we retire to rest, to licate artifices were observed, which either from pass half an hour in the bed-chamber of our their simplicity were unknown to the learned father. A guest is never accounted a stranger cooks of the emir, or perhaps required an atten- || here; will you accompany us? The emir action which these important personages had never quiesced with the proposal, and to shew his taken the pains to employ ;- but it was chiedy politeness, desired the eldest of the ladies to do the native goodness of the riands, and a prepara- | him the honour to accept of his feeble arm to tion to which Avicenna himself could have found nothing to object, which distinguished this re “ An apartment opened which seemed to be past from the magnificent and expensive poison- | the temple of voluptuous sleep. A multitude of ous compounds served up at princely tables. large flower-pots of ornamental forms, wafted The emir was forced to confess that the wine, through the whole apartment their perfumes of which perhaps was as old as the landlord, and the most grateful odours; and a quantity of the fruits which elosed the entertainment, were tapers concealed behind green and rose-coloured as excellent as nature could produce in the hap- l shades, composed a sort of twilight which invited piest climate of the earth.
the eyes to gentle slumber; the walls were hung “ Is all this enchantment, said the emir to with painted canvas, the work of a master, repres hinself at every ins:ant, and what sort of an old senting Grecian images of sublime repose : here snan is this, who, with his snow-white beard, is the beautiful Endymion, enlightened by tlie of so ruddy a complexion, and who eats and silver lustres of the moon's descending rays; drinks with as great a relief as if he was now just there, concealed by a solitary rose-bush, the beginning to live? It was with the utmost dif- il goddess of love, about whose gently glowing ficulty he could restrain his astonishment; but cheeks a ravishing dream appeared to float; or the agreeable conversar on in which all the com Cupids sleeping on the bosom of a Grace. The pany around him joined, with the unaffected and old man lay already reclined on a couch of violetengaging manner in which he was addressed, coloured taffery, and three very agreeable ladies made it impossible for him to reduce into any seemed employed in advancing his repose. One, order the ideas that were floating in his brain. resembling the finest autumnal day that can be
“ Taste this pine-apple, said the old man to seen, was seated at his head, and gently agitated him, as he offered him one of the finest of the the air with a fan of myriles and roses; the other kind he had ever beheld. The emir tasted it, two sat lower down on either side his couch, this and was at a loss for words to praise its exquisite || with a lute, and that with another instrument taste and flavour. I reared it with my own
serving only to accompany the voice. Both hands, said the old man; since I am grown too played and sungin mildly modulated notes, someold to accompany my sons and grandsons in the times alternately, and then together, strains labours of the field, I einploy myself in garden- | breathing satisfaction and calm delight, and the ing; it affords me that degree of motion and life and voices of the songstresses were worthy exercise which I find necessary for keeping me of such airs. The amazement of the emir was in that good state of health in which you see me; now at its highest pitch; unperceived, the old and the fresh air, rendered balsamic by the pure man was fallen asleep on the bosom of the fragrance of the flowers and blossoms, probably autumnal fair one, and the rest of the company, contributes not a little to that end. The emir after having kissed one of his gently falling had nothing to reply to this; but I should like hands, softly stole away in reverenti:1 silence. much to have seen the pair of large eyes that he “What strange sort of people these are the made at the old man. The old man's ordinary emir incessantly repeated to himself. drink was cold water, and after meals he took “ On entering the bed-chamber that was allotthree small glasses of wine; the first, said he ted to him, he found the two boys who attended smiling, helps my old stomach to digest, the him in the bath. The sight of them reminded second enlivens my spirits, and the third lowers him of the beautiful female slave who had so them again. The emir, (who could drink no charmingly chanted him a welcome to the house; water, even though it were drawn from the and he could not come to any agreement with himfountain of youth) did honour to the landlord's self, whether he ought to be glad or sorry at her wine. He went on so briskly, one glass after absence. He was undressed, and laid upon as soft, another, that he soon lost the ability to distin as elastic, as voluptuous a sofa as ever was
pressed by an emir. But no sooner had the boys he, after a short pause, to avoid falling into the slipped away than the fair female slave came in error of the vizier Muslem, it shall suffice to say, with her theorbo in her hand, a wreath of twined || that the emir had reason to think himself perserose-twigs about her loosely flowing hair, which cuted by all the magicians and fairies in the world. reached to the ground, and a bunch of roses on a Compose yourself, said the lovely slave, with a bosom, the whiteness whereof dazzled his eyes. smile which had a greater mixture of pity than With silent smiles she bowed profoundly to him, || of scorn or displeasure; I will play you an an. seated herself in an armed-chair beside his couch, || dante, on which you will sleep as well as the haptuned her theorbo, and sang him such an enchant- || piest of shepherds. But her andante performed ing air, with so melodious a voice, that the good not the promised miracle. The emir could get emir, tran,ported with her shape, with her voice, no rest, till at length the female slave, finding all and the eighty year old wine of his aged host, her address ineffectual, thought proper to withforgot what he ought reasonably to have remems draw, wishing him to sleep as sound as he could." bered, the circumstance of being wise. The i Danishmende, I am satisfied with thy story, beautiful songstress had probably no commission | said the Sultan; to-morrow we will hear the conto make one person wretched, in a house where inuation of it, and my treasurer shall have orders all were happy. But, alas, indolence and luxury to pay thee three hundred baham-d'ors. The had banished sleep from his eyes; she had not | philosopher and the young Mirza now retired, and the art of lulling the emir to rest.
the gate of the sacred bed-chamber was fastened A look from the Sultan, which perhaps had after them. a quite different meaning from what Danish
[To be continued.] mende imagined, made him start. Sir, continued
PHARAMOND reigned in France, his valour the gifts of nature, and to value only the talents had subjected all the kings of that country. The which her own exertions could obtain ; she culbeauteous Rosamunda shared his throne, and was tivated her understanding for her own pleasure, even dearer to him than all his glory. The and not from the desire of appearing wiser than French monarch, after forty years of triumph, others. Mild and diffideni, she never thought perceived that true happiness did not consist in l of her rank but when it enabled her to confer vanquishing nations; and in Tournay, his capital, happiness. Felicia, scarcely out of her childhe devoted himself solely to the comfort of his hood, was the comforter of the unfortunate, the people, his wife, and children.
idcl of her parents, and adored and respected by Prince Clodion, his son, who had scarcely at all the knights of her father's court. tained his sixteenth year, already had signalized Brittany was tributary to Pharamond, and dihimself upon several occasions. Accustomed to vided into several kingdoms; that of Gannes was bear arms from his infancy, he had learner the governed by the king Boort, or rather by his art of war by the side of the valiant Pharamond.courtiers. Weak princes are always cruel ; The name of his celebrated father, the extensive Boort had proved the truth of this, by making empire to which he was heir, his courage, his his daughter Arlinde perish, for having given fine form, and particularly the courtier's well birth to Bliomberis. This princess had not been timed Hattery, had all combined to render this able to resist the love of Palamede, one of the otherwise amiable prince extremely vain. As
most celebrated knights of that time. Her weaksuccessful in love, as Pharamond was in battle, ness cost her her life; the barbarous Boort alClodion had acquired as many hearts as his sire lowed the child to live, but caused its miserable had taken cities; proud of his figure, his glory, mother to be precipitated into a well, where she and his birth, the French prince was the hand terminated her existence. somest, the most confident, and the most volatile Bliomberis, deprived of his mother, not known knight of his time.
to his father, was brought up in the court of His sister, the lovely Felicia, had just attained Boort. His education was much neglected; her fifteenth year, and already surpassed her the country of Gannes was half uncivilized; in mother in personal beauty. This, however, was all the kingdom there were few wise men who her smallest attraction; she appeared to disdain knew how to read. Bliomberis had attained the
age of seventeen, and knew little more than how nant, an old warrior, whose hair had become white to bend a bow, the exercise he excelled in, be in battle, profited by this moment to assemble cause he had learned it of himself. Bliomberis his different corps, gave signal for a general atwas finely formed, his face was rather mild than tack, and confident in the success of his mahandsome; his air noble and ingenuous; his neuvre, advanced with a victorious air. Lionel heart open to affection; he was the offspring of was engaged with Clodion; the Gannois were love, and his understanding was naturally good, || nearly lost, no chief commanded them, their for no one had sought to render it so.
ranks were in disorder, when Bliomberis, the Bliomberis had heard of the unhappy fate of young Bliomberis, saw and prevented the danger; his inother, and the name of his father. The he threw away his sword, and took his bow, this retown of this celebrated hero made all the king || weapon, which in his hand had always proved of Gannes's courtiers tremble, and the fear of his mortal; he chose his best arrow, eyed the French return was the only cause of their paying any at chief, and struck him where the cuirasse left a tention to his son; but these attentions impor- || space uncovered; the old warrior fell, his troops tuned Bliomberis, the society of these ignorant | stopped and surrounded him. More swift than barons, who did not even know the use of arms, || lightning Bliomberis flew to his battalions; and fatigued him; as a relief he courted solitude, || in his turn rushed on the French, broke their and became an inhabitant of the woods, he ex ranks, and dispersed them, and soon the field of ercised his skill on the deer and birds. Solitude
battle was covered with slain. made him a misanthrope, misanthropy taught Clodion, forsaken, trenibling with shame and him wisdom. Bliomberis was only cighteen, || rage, dealt a dreadful blow at Lionel, and forcing but his reflections, and the good of never having his way through the victorious army, fled, but been flattered, were equal to thirty years of ex
hero like, in a different direction from that which perience.
his army had taken. The king of Boort had a son, who did not at all Bliomberis did not allow himself to be carried resemble his futher; he was called Lionel, and on in pursuit of the ranquished, but was oecuhad merited by his exploits to be adınitted to pied in keeping his troops in order; on this day the second table. On his return from England | he displayed the valour of a soldier, joined with he was indignant at the large tribute which Pha the talents of an experienced general. Soon ramond had exacted ; and, consulting his valour Lionel appeared, and completed the defeat of the more than his prudence, persuaded the listless || French. Our young hero now made the carnage Boort to declare war against the French monarch. cease, caused the prisoners to be shewn respect, Pharamond did not think his presence neces
and treated them in a mild and noble manner; sary to reduce à people so often conquered into and as the whistling of arrows, and the noise of subjection, and wishing to give his youthful son arms during the combat, had given him no emothe pleasure of terminating this war, named him tions, so the laurels he had just gathered, the his general.
shouts of victory, and the soldiers' acclamation, Clodion, transporteil with joy, embraced his did not make him for a moment lose that trane father, and vowed that before a month he would | quillity he felt at being satisfied with his own make his entry into Tournay, in a car drawn by conduct. Bliomberis was only sensible to the Boort and his son; he already shared the king. ll joy of having served his country. Meanwhile don he was going to conquer among his favour. || the impetuous Clodion, in despair at having been ites, reviewed his army five or six times, set out, beaten the first time he had commanded, fled and after fifteen days march, arrived on the fron- | through the plains, almost insensible with rage; tiers of Gannes.
his vanity had received a most poignant outrage, Lionel awaited them : the battle was long and he dared not appear at Tournay, after having bloody. Clodion wrought miracies of valour, I shared the enemy's country among his favourites, but his impetuosity made him commit faulis. and having ordered the car of triumph on which Bliomberis did not quit the brave Lionel; it was he had promised to appear, drawn by Boort and the first time he witnessed a battle, and the young his son; he resolved never to return to his fa. warrior did not for a moment lose the presence cher's court, until by some glorious deed he had of mind which characterizes a truly brave man;
effaced the stain his honour had received; in but his efforts, and those of Lionel would have
these sentiments he embarked for England, in prured insufficient to wrest the victory from the search of adventures and laurels. troops of Phuramond. Already the impetuous While he was going to display his giddy va. Clodion had broken into the centre of their army,
lour at the court of king Arthur, Pharamond when Lionel ran to oppose the prince, and began || heard of his defeat. This monarch, unaccus. with him a single combat, which left the Gan. tomed to such news, few to avenge it; armed nois without a commander, Clodion's Lieute with that sword which had given death tu se