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presses the body, elevates the ima- lace, so disordered were his senses, gination. In France, where all are he thought the walls increased in soldiers, none are esteemed friends height as he approached; his heart who have not interchanged a brace misgave him as he surveyed them; of bullets. Our northwest regions, no friendly inequality for the hand bearing a stronger affection for their to grasp, or the wearied foot to rest apparel, than for aught besides, in- upon. Could I but make a beginvariably seize each other by their ning, said he, half my difficulties coats, supporting a smart conversa were vanquished. So Archimedes tion until all the buttons are twisted could have turned the earth, had he off, or a dozen buttonholes decreased but possessed a second to hold his into one. We have, indeed, as well apparatus. as the Turks, a fashion of tapping He now endeavoured to scale the on the shoulder, a circumstance walls, but every effort decreased his which renders sufficient reason for strength and his hopes; and, had he deriving the one nation from the not fallen asleep in the midst of his other; especially when we consider perplexities, he had perhaps exerted that their "45" answers exactly himself into madness; but even from to our « Aye,” except that it is pro- balmy sleep he gathered no relief; nounced and spelled differently, and he dreamed of nothing but the prinvaries altogether in signification. But cess. Now he beheld her pressing to return:

her ripe lips in mockery against an “ What hast thou to do with the inaccessible window; and now plaprincess Roxalinda?" Do with her, cing his hand upon the summit of said Mohamasim, chuckling, why I the wall, he leaped over it with as jic under the disagreeable necessity inuch facility and as much contempt of kissing her. What! Mohamasim, as Remus over those of infant Rome. the ass-driver kiss the princess! When he awoke, his faculties were kiss your asses, you idiot. I have, less circumscribed, and his patience said Mohamasim. Yes, and when had acquired renewed energy; he thou shalt have surmounted yonder imagined and rejected scheme after walls, escaped the vigilance of five scheme; but, instead of regretting hundred eunuchs, and explored thy their impracticability, he lay on his way through inextricable avenues, back in mute amaze at the inex. thou shalt kiss Roxalinda.

haustibility of his own invention. At In melancholy mood did Moha. length he determined. If, said he, masim one moment contemplate the Mohamasim has any affection for walls, and the next placed his hand the shoulders of Mohamasim, he instinctively upon his shoulders. Oh must cease to be Mohamasim. PhiRoxalinda! exclaimed he, among losophers and Persian physicians the multitude of thy admirers, who are above all men respected in Turmore urgently needs, who more ar. key; rise up then, good Mohamadently desires a kiss, than Mohama- sim, a philosopher, he said, and sim the ass-driver. Then did his sprang from the ground; his heart rustick imagination dwell upon her dilated with hope as he hastened to various beauties; her shape so deli- his hut. He secured his doors, and cate, so majestick; her motion so proceeded to the habitation of a remagnificent; her apparel so lofty, nowned sage, to obtain some inforand her feathers so waving; her mation how to proceed. Arrived, he swelling bosom-neque eas ut fæmi. acquainted his host with his story, nis pendiculas, sed quales virgini- and his intentions, and petitioned for bus globosas—and her lips rosy, and his assistance; but petitioning was pouting like the cherry.

not sufficient, he was compelled to As he proceeded towards the pa- pay for it.

My son, said the sage, go instantly No man can be deceived by fututo the city, and dispute upon the rity, who does not intrust it. most engaging of all topicks, reli He who loses his thumb, is still a gion. But I know nothing of reli- man; then why not he who loses gion. No matter, declare that you his head? could have formed the universe in He who destroys himself to day, three days fewer than it occupied will scarcely behold the dawning of the Almighty. Lament that you were to morrow. not consulted at the creation, and And now, my son, as I have nodemonstrate that the earth would thing to superadd, journey with so revolve better on its axis if not lemnity to the end of the chamber, flattened at the poles; prove that and shake thine head. Shake my women have no souls. But if I can- head ! said Mohamasim, in amaze. not, interrupted Mohamasim? Never Yes, shake thine head. But I canheed; in all difficulties make wry not; I never could: for I was born faces, and look big; become more with a stiff neck. What! attempt to positive, the more you find yourself be a philosopher, and unable to in errour; what you cannot prove, shake thine head! Dunce, blockhead, declare self evident; and speak idiot, driveller! depart, begone, louder, the weaker your argument. hence, away! and learn that no man If your auditors do not comprehend can be a philosopher who cannot you, say you cannot furnish them shake his head; 'tis at least three with understanding. That I may fourths of his wisdom. safely do, said Mohamasim. And re Mohamasim went his way, but did member that the most convincing of not despond, for he was still deter. all arguments is to turn upon your mined to play the doctor. Had he heel. To turn upon my heel! oh! been in England, his incapacity to oh! then I will venture to assert, shake his noddle would have been that I shall become the first of logi- of serious inconvenience, even in cians; to turn upon my heel, delight. that character; but matters are orful reasoning! Listen, continued the dered otherwise in Turkey, where sage; assert that the sun is a body that profound species of gesticulaof ice; that Adam was seven hun. tion is entirely resigned to philosodred and forty nine feet high; that phers. Mohamasim once more trod Lorenzo de Medici was a bastard; the path to his cottage; and such and that all animals can live without was his alacrity and expedition, that air, except camelions and poets. though naturally beardless, cheerful These rules are all I have to offer; in countenance, and rapid in deli. and with the few every-day maxims very, he issued forth completely dewhich follow, uttered with the sen vested of himself; and, ere the lapse tentiousness of aphorisms and apo.. of an hour, was seen standing at the phthegms, you will doubtless suc- gates of the palace with all the exceed.

teriors of a Persian doctor. Virtue consists in doing good, and It happened to our hero, as it alrofraining from evil; vice in doing most ever happens to short sighted evil, and refraining from good. humanity, that he owed his success

If there were no poverty, there to his imbecility. Had he disguised were no wealth; since to be rich, is to himself better, he had defeated his possess what your neighbours do not. own schemes; since, according to

There are no such things, either the custom of the country, he would in nature, or in imagination, as have undergone examination by the square circles, or circular squares. most learned of the nation. Happily,

As water is not ice, ice cannot be this practice, so pregnant with miswater; yet gravy is gravy, congealed chief to his plans, was escaped by or uncongcaled.

the vizier's recognising him the mo.

ment he entered. The sultan, who minutely descriptive in his remarks; possessed more of the vis comica on this sofa he had toyed, hour after than is usual with sultans, no sooner hour, with a favourite sultana, and understood the business, than he de. on that chewed opiates by the termined to humour the deception. pound; this was the portrait of an He entered, and ordering all but the ancestor who wore a rose-coloured vizier to withdraw, with inimitable turban, and that of an ancestor gravity began to examine the assi- who did not wear a rose-coloured nego himself. Bravo! thought Mo- turban. The poor fellow waxed fuhamasim, the sultan knows no more rious with vexation and impatience; of the materia medica than-than- I wish, thought he, every one of than I. Had he studied for a year, your ancestors were cast into the he coulil have determined upon no rose-coloured sea. comparison better illustrative of me. After a perambulation of an hour, dical ignorance.

they reached an extensive saloon, My vizier, said the sultan, has a where the sultan seated himself kinsman afflicted with the epilepsy. upon the carpet in that position Give him fenugreek and lillies. An which our tailors are so fond of ape. uncle, added the sultan, suffers un- ing, and exclaimed, prepare for the der a violent phlegmon of Give physician! Upon the instant, to the him lillies and fenugreek. Again! unutterable astonishment of Moha. cried the sultan; why what is more masim, innumerable hands and arms opposite to the epilepsy than a were projected through the tapestry phlegmon? True, replied the ass. from the adjacent chamber. This, driver, with infinite vivacity; and said the sultan, is the custom of the pray, sire, what is more opposite to Turks; from the appearance of the fenugreek and lillies, than lillies and arm, and the beating of the pulse, fenugreek? The sultan smiled, and ascertain their complaints, and adthe vizier, less delicate in his mirth, minister; I leave you to your obsercrowed aloud with laughter.

vations; but remember to respect our For a multitude of complaints re. laws. medies were proposed by Mohama Recovered from his wonder, Mosim with equal facility. At length hamasim inquired for the princess, the sultan pronounced the name of but obtained no reply. What, said the princess. I am glad, said the he, are ye women, and cannot speak? doctor, she is unwell; that is, be. A pair of arms were gently waved cause I am glad I mean, I am to and fro; alas ! said he, shrewd and sorry--that I shall have the honour discerning as I am, I can neither of curing one so cherished by your remove phlegmons nor epilepsies people, which will give me mighty by regarding a pair of withered satisfaction. You appear to be so elbows. Oh love! love ! sighed a confused between joy and sorrow, voice. Of all complaints, said the that you know not what you say; but, doctor, that has least to do with the come, follow nie. His heart beating elbows. Art thou a man, said the turbulently with expectation, Moha- voice? I believe so, replied the docmasim, accompanied by the sultan, tor. Return thee hither at night, paced an extensive suite of chambers, then, and be happy. Though a pair embellished with admirable paint- of arms, aged, withered, and diseasings, superb tapestry, and couches ed, was no very inviting entrance to covered with cloth of gold; all which happiness, Mohamasim bowed with Mohamasim, with great apathy, feigned ecstacy, and embraced them; wished at the devil, for retarding his he had little inclination to the inprogress. The sultan observing his trigue, but he hoped it might lead impetuosity, sported with it; he was to an interview with the princess;

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and then, said he, who knows what blesome than the light, could not may happen. I have no wife, and refrain his laughter. Now, said he, owe not a farthing to chick or child. has this master of the carth, this

He now retrod the galleries, turn- wisest of mankind, taken into his ing a deaf ear to the supplications silly head that I have kissed the of his patients; do not die to night, princess; well, since my shoulders said he, laughing, for I shall see are secure, of what consequence is a your elbowships to morrow. In the few basins of boiled lillies ? thank midst of this pretty speech he was

heaven I am not incarcerated with rather surprised to feel himself rude. that amorous old beldam of withered ly seized by a set of infernal looking excellence. fellows, with squeaking voices, who, He had not been an hour connotwithstanding his tears and en- fined, ere, with tiresome punctuality, treaties, bore him away to the sul- the promised beverage was handed tan. Mohamasim, said the comman to him in all the mockery of splender of the l'aithful, since you have dour. Determined to rid himself of contrived to kiss the princess, I the nauseating task, by performing remit the punishment of the whip; it without delay, he was raising it to but, for having attempted to impose his lips, when his progress was reupon me, the master of the earth, tarded by a voice, which he recogthe wisest of mankind, I doom thee nised for his friend the sultan's, exto imprisonment till the moon claiming: “ Happy the being, who, change; nevertheless, care shall be like Mohamasim the ass driver, taken that you not only live, but live drinks physick from a golden saick, luxuriously. I command, said he, and rapturously kisses the elbows, turning to his slaves, that Mahoma- aged, withered, and diseased, of that sim be plentifully supplied with food, amorous old beldam, the princess and that it be daily changed, lest it Rosalinda!" pall upon the appetite, from fenu “ The princess Roxalinda?" echogreek and lillies, to lillies and fenu. ed Mohamasim; “ holy prophet, who greek; hurry him away.

ever dreamed of a princess being old Mohamasim, though immured in and ugly!" a cell, where nothing was less trou

MOMUS.

FROM THE LITERARY PANORAMA.

PEMALE HEROISM, AS EVINCED DURING THE REIGN OF TEKROUR OF

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. IN reviewing Mrs. Bristow's It is impossible to reflect, without translation of Mons. Legouvé's poem emotion and gratitude, on the courala Mérite des Femmes, we express- geous affection and indefatigable ed our surprise at her not inserting perseverance, which were displayed those authentick anecdotes, which by the female sex under the reign of that author had collected and added terrour, towards their proscribed to his notes. We then promised to husbands, relations, or friends. supply her omission; we now enter First, they petitioned the convention on the fulfilment of our promise; in their behalf, to the number of they will form an interesting sequel 1500 or 1600. Afterwards, in all the to the curious narratives which we towns where incarcerations and collected in our first volume, in proof murders took place, they braved of the celebrated prophecy found every danger, made every entreaty, after M. de la Harpe's death, among submitted to every sacrifice, to save,

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objects of their affection; and more she glories in having exposed her than once, when they could neither own life to save his." When threat. obtain their liberty nor protect them, ened with immediate death, if she they willingly shared their captivity does not disclose the road he has taand death. I should be very happy ken, her answer is: “Strike wheneto pay a tribute to each of those he ver you like, I am ready.” She is roines, in recording her name and told that “the good of the country the instance of her magnanimity; requires she should give informabut how could I collect accounts of tion,” she exclaims: “The country actions so innumerable ? I have, does not command nature to be outhowever, gathered some: they will raged.” be sufficient to attest the Truth of Paris, as well as the departments, my verses, while they witness exhibited wonderful instances of kindness of those consoling angels, connubial affection. who, in days of cyime, imitated Pro Madame Lavalette, a prisoner in vidence itself.

La Bourbe,* with her husband, learns Madame Lefort, in one of the that he is about to appear before the western departments, trembling for tribunal; she runs to him, clasps him the life of her husband; then impri- by the neck and legs, and entreats soned as a conspirator, bought a the gaol keeper to let her go with permission to see him. At dark, she him. This dire favour was denied Hies to him with a double dress; her, she prevails on him to change ap Madame Davaux obtained it. Her parel, to go out in this disguise, and husband, formerly lieutenant general to leave her there. On the next day in the presidial of Riom, had been it is discovered that his wife has ta arrested in that town, and ordered ken his place. The representative to be carried to the Conciergerie; addresses her in a menacing tone, he was overwhelmed with age and “ wretch, what hare you done?” infirmities. Madame Davaux, aware * My duty,” says she, “ do yours.of the fate prepared for him, resolve

The same stratagem was employ- cd to share the bloody sacrifice. No ed at Lyons, when that valiant city, warrant had been issued against her; reduced to submit to her conquer- and not being confined, she jumped ors, became the theatre of the most upon the wagon in which the pribarbarous executions. One of the soners of the departments were carinhabitants is marked for imprison- ried to Paris. On their arrival, she ment; his wife is apprised of it; she was imprisoned with them, and died hastens to warn him, gives him all five months after on the scaffold, by her money and jewels, forces him to the side of her husband, while she escape, and puts on the dress of this was, embracing him. threatened husband. The execution Madame Lavergne, the wife of ers come to demand him: his wife the commander in Longwy, raised dressed like him makes her appear- her voice in his favour, before the ance, and is conducted to the com- revolutionary tribunal, when he was miitee. The dcceit being soon dis- examined respecting the surrender covered, she is examined respect of that town. Fruitless exertion ! ing her husband; she answers that his sentence was pronounced in her so she has obliged him to fly; and that presence. She then abandoned her

* La Bourhe, la Conciergerie, le Plessis, le Luxembourg, l'Abbaye, Sevres, Port Libre, were houses of arrestation, or prisons in Paris.

† Extract from the book entitled La Philosophie du Bonheur, of Cit. Delille Dee salle, author of la Philosophie de la Nature.

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