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with any further attentions from you. “ There is in the oasis," said the I have already sunk under the weight Arab, great variety of fruits ; of your favors, and been lightened of amongst others, melons, oranges, and my cares by your civility. I shall peaches. You will prefer these to not stay here to be roasted alive, but any thing I can offer you. make the best of my way to the self, I have some bruised barley, green island yonder.' So saying, he which shall be my only food till I meet mounted his horse, which had stood with Cora.” “ Your lady will, I hope, quietly by his side, and turned his reward you for your abstinence,” said head towards the oasis. “ I was go- the traveller, who was by this time a liting thither,” exclaimed the Arab, tle recovered. “ Have the kindness to “ when your approach drew me from gather me a melon; I am so far overmy road.
Let us now make the best come with fatigue, that I do not well of our way to the shade, for the heat know how to rise to get it myself.” is oppressive, and you may have re The Arab gathered him some fruit, ceived some injury in your late fall, and placed it near him, then, seating which I can examine for you when we himself by his side, he began his own are there." The other made no an- unpalatable meal. When it was swer, but whilst the Arab was speak- finished, he procured fire from the ing, he had conveyed his hand to the friction of two sticks, and, lighting holsters of the saddle. The latter his pipe, continued smoking in a state comprehended what he was about, and of perfect abstraction. His eye beit was the work of but a moment to came languid and inexpressive, and his place his sabre within a few inches of features motionless. The act of viothe stranger's throat. “ If you will lence which he had lately committed dismount,” said the Arab, “ I will was a thing of course ; his idea of remove your pistols; they may inter- right and wrong fully justified it, and rupt the good understanding which at explained it as an act of retributive present subsists between us. There,” justice. It had been performed, and said he, placing them in his girdle, was now forgotten, and his mind was “ let us now move on.” The travel again occupied with lofty sentiment ler remounted his horse, and they gal- and romantic feeling, which absorbed lopped along to the delightful spot be all its energies. He was now revelfore mentioned.
ling in all the extasies of the Mahom“ The horses will pick for them medan paradise, and his Cora was a selves," said the Arab, dismounting, lovely houri, whose eyes were beautiand removing the saddle and bridle ful and soft as those of the gazelle. from his beast. “If yours is as well The traveller was as little inclined taught as mine, it will not stray, and to converse as his companion might they can feed together. You seem be, and, after casting a disconsolate somewhat the worse for our late en- look on his two bags of requins, he counter. Come,” continued he, as- laid his head on a little mound beside sisting the traveller to lighten bis him, which served very well for a pilhorse of its furniture, “let us find a low, and presently fell asleep. The pleasant spot for our resting place.” Arab continued smoking. Sometimes, They sat down beneath a canopy of in a moment of recollection, he took lofty trees, whose mingled foliage was one of the bags of gold and poised it, impervious to the rays of the sun. then laid it down, and, taking up a The traveller was scarcely seated, leaf, began to fan his companion to when he fell back exhausted and faint- promote his slumber, and disperse the ing. The Arab brought him water in insects which fitted about him. But a palm leaf, and gathered for him nuts these interruptions to his musings and tamarinds; he poured the milk of were few and short; and as the evethe cocoa-nut down his throat, and ning approached, he appeared to beused every means for his restoration. come entirely insensible to every ob
ject around him. His brow indeed covet nothing that is his, but the fair was raised, and his eyes assumed a Cora. liveliness which gave an inexpressible Hátim, the father of Cora, enterbeauty to his calm and open features; ed into league with my parent Sáker. but this animation arose from the deep We joined our strength against the enthusiasm of his soul. The sun set, Mawali, and set out together to meet and the evening planet presently ap- them. We came up with our enemy, peared. His eye was intently fixed and parleyed with them, but they on its silver orb, and continued to be would not listen to the voice of peace. so till the increasing shades of night We threw a thousand lances into the revealed the glories of the Arabian midst of their company, and they dissky.
The bright star Aldebaran was persed like the chaff, scattering themapproaching the meridian, and the selves over the plain. We pursued planets Mars and Venus discovered them, but the night favoring their esthemselves under what is termed by cape, we returned to our tents to ceastrologers, a favorable aspect. The lebrate the feast of victory. The Arab rose from the ground, and retir- flesh of a young camel was prepared ed a few paces to a little hillock of for us, and baked rice, and there was sand. He scattered part of it on the goats' and camels' milk in abundance. earth before him, and then traced with “ I left my tent early on the mornhis pipe an astrological figure. His ing after our victory, and walked to satisfaction increased as he proceeded the well to water the camels. There in his work, and when the horoscope was a female of the tribe of Hátim was finished, he exclaimed in rapture drawing water. Her waist was straight -". The star of my destiny is on the and supple as my lance, and her steps meridian, and the significatory planets were light and elegant as those of a are well posited in the seventh house : young filly. Her face was veiled, acmy beloved approaches, she cannot be cording to the custom of our tribes; far off.”
but in raising the vessel of water to “ Ah ! what is the matter ?” cried her head, she disordered her veil, and the traveller, awaking, «take the I observed her features. gold if you will, and a plague go with were like those of the gazelle ; her it.” His thoughts wandered for the looks were languid and impassioned ; moment to the rencontre of the morn her beautiful eyebrows were arched ing, and the loss he had sustained. like two bows of ebony ; her eye
“ I have been holding converse with lashes were blackened with kool, and the stars," said the Arab, “and they her lips were painted blue ; and her tell me that Cora is near.”
nails were tinged with gold-colored “ The stars are very communica- henna ; her breasts were like two tive,” returned the other, yawning. pomegranates, and her words were
“ I will tell thee of Cora,” resum sweeter than honey. Which of the ed the Arab, seating himself beside his daughters of Hátim is it, said I, who companion ; “I will tell thee of Cora, is drawing water from Saker's well! the delight of the desert. I am Benì I am Cora, (answered she,) the Sáker, the son of Saker, the sheik, daughter of Hátim thy friend. She and am myself a sheik. My father is left me, and, returning, withdrew into master of a thousand spears, he has the inner tent of her father.” multitudes of camels and sheep, and · Day after day, I pined for the fair his family is as numerous as the stars. Cora, but she came no more to the A hundred spears await my bidding. well, and the tribe of Hátim suddenI also have camels and sheep, but my ly struck their tents, and departed chief treasures are locked up in Cora. from among us.
I concealed my pasCora is the daughter of Hátim, he is sion for some time from my father, the commander of five hundred horse- but my body wasted away till it men, and he has great treasure ; yet I yielded no shadow, and Saker then
inquired of me the cause. I told him, ten to it in the midst of the desert, and he has promised to procure me when the day's march is ended, and the daughter of Hátim. I have left he is sitting in his tent under the my father's tent, and am seeking the shade of his fig-tree.” dwelling of Hátim, and when I find “ Well, well,” said the impatient him I shall offer gifts to him, and to Arab, “ but the subject of the song ?” the fair Cora, and if she loves me, “ Does the sentiment displease Hátim will give her to me; then I you ?” inquired the other. shall want nothing when Cora, the de “ It does not displease me,” said light of the desert, is mine."
the Arab, “but I feel interested in “Your name is Benì Sáker, said your narrative, and wish to hear its you not ?" inquired the traveller. termination.”
“ It is,” replied the Arab; why “As nearly as I can remember,” do you dwell on my name ?”
said the traveller,
" these are the “I have heard it before,” said the words of the song : other, “and that not long ago. I My father sojourned in the tent will tell you the whole matter; 'tis a of Sáker. I went to the well to short story, though I should begin draw water; the son of Saker spoke with my setting out for Bassora, and kindly to me. The steed of Beni Sáend with the event of to-day.
ker is the swiftest of his tribe, and he “ I am Lucas, a merchant of Tou- is the chief among a hundred.' My lon. Twelve months back I set out on memory fails me ; but this was I bemy journey to Bassora, whither affairs lieve the substance of the song." of trade had called me.
“ It is enough," said the Arab, ing through the Mediterranean, I stroking his beard with profound grajoined a caravan which was then about vity. “ The tribe of Hátim has been to proceed, under an Arabian escort, your escort. How came you to sepato the Persian gulf. We met with no rate yourself from the caravan, and at interruptions on our way, and, arriv- what distance should you think it is ing at Bassora, the caravan separated. from us?” At the end of three weeks, having fin “I rashly imagined,” answered ished my business, I wished to return, the traveller, “ that I could gain the and a Persian trader directed me to a shores of the Mediterranean without caravan that was on the eve of depar- interference on the part of your freeture towards the Mediterranean. I booters, and in less time than would joined company with it, and proceeded be spent by the caravan in reaching on across the desert,
them." You did wrong,” said the “On the third day of our journey Arab; “ When did you leave your I was resting myself, after our halt, party ?” in the tent of the sheik. I was alone, “ This morning only. The caravan and on the point of falling asleep, for our is not many hours' march behind us ; march bad been severe, and I was much if we remain here, it will have come fatigued, but iny attention was awak- up, or nearly so, by to-morrow sunened by the silver tones of a beautiful rise.” voice, which proceeded from the inner “ If it is as you say,” returned the tent. I am no cynic, music has Arab, the sequins may once more charms for me at all times, and I lis- change masters. I shall not injure tened with considerable interest to him whom Hátim has protected.” the song of the invisible minstrel. It The traveller was about to resume was a female voice, not less sweet possession of his two bags, but the than the honeyed accents of your Arab gently put back his hand. fabled houris. Indeed, let him who “ There is,” said he, “no need of haste. inquires after the exquisitely beauti- It was your expedition which occaful, and who wishes duly to appreci- sioned your losing them.” Lucas ate the melody of woman's voice, lis- smiled, and made no answer.
Arab composed himself for the night, The noise of the approaching cavalcade and the traveller, following his exam- brought the Arab and the traveller ple, the former was in a short time from the enclosure of the oasis. The sitting in his dreams, under a palm- former immediately recognized the tree, with his Cora; and the latter Arab guard to be the tribe of Hátim. comforting himself in the possession of The stillness of the desert was now his lost sequins. The sun had risen broken by a confusion of sounds; not many degrees above the horizon, horses neighing, the camels snuffling, when the Arab and the traveller and crowding towards the great well, awaking, repaired to the entrance of led thither by an instinctive knowledge the oasis, and looked eagerly across of what it contained. Some of these the desert, hoping to discover the ap- last were kneeling, in order that their proach of the caravan; but all be- burdens might be removed ; the captween the land and the sky was one tain of the rest, one of the officers atvacant plain. They looked at each tending the caravan, was giving his other for a moment, the one doubting orders for the bestowal of the merthe truth of what his companion had chandise, over which he appointed a told him, and the other fearing that his strong guard. The camels and mares conqueror's present mood was by no were then given in charge to some of means favorable to the restoration of the attendants, who confined them in his gold.
The countenance of the slips, leaving them however at liberty Arab suddenly lightened. A small to graze round the oasis. A large grayish cloud appeared on the edge of tent was quickly erected for the whole the horizon. The traveller viewed it company, and preparation was made without the least interest, but the for affording refreshment to the caraArab knew that it indicated the ap van after its march. proach of a large company.
“ Yon “ Es salam aleikum,” (God save der is the caravan," said the latter; you,) exclaimed a meagre, swarthy, “ when the sun is eight degrees high- and diminutive old man, approacher, it will have reached us. It will ing his cheek to that of Benì Sáker. be best to await its coming up. There “ Es salam âleikum," returned the is no caravansary between them and other, respectfully kissing the hand of the oasis, they will therefore halt at Hátim, for be it was who saluted him. this place. If you have told me the “ Have you left peace in your father's truth,” continued he, seriously ad- house,” inquired Hátim.
“ Saker, dressing the traveller, “ I shall quick- thy friend, is in health, and his tribe ly accomplish the object of my search, are in peace," replied Beni Sáker; and return happy to my own tribe. I “ but the son of thy friend asks his shall give back your gold, and you happiness of thee." “ Speak, my will shortly be placed beyond the son,” said Hátim, “tell me in what reach of molestation.
can Hátim render thee a service ?" have deceived me, I am perhaps about “My father," began Beni Sáker, to fall into the hands of a hostile “has a present of goats and young tribe, and my blood will be upon camels for you, and of kids for Cora, They retired together and
“I see how it is,” said into the oasis to await the event. Hátim, interrupting him, “ well, be it
A neighing of horses announced the so; but Cora is not with us, I have approach of the company, which con- left her eastward with the rest of my sisted of not less than an hundred tribe. The flocks have good pasturmerchants of different countries, and age, and they will remain there -till I three hundred camels laden with mer- return to them. You can accompany chandise, the whole escorted by a nu- the caravan, and go back with me, or merous body of Arabs, armed with depart to-morrow sun-rise, in search spears, sabres, and ill-conditioned of Cora.” “ I shall seek the tent of muskets, and mounted on ficet horses. Cora without delay," answered Beni
But if you
Sáker. Regard your mare, as well his vow of taking nothing more than as your mistress,” said Hátim ; “ stay what was barely sufficient to support here with the caravan till the morning. nature till he had found his Cora. The flocks are not above two days' Beni Sáker rose early the morning journey from this place, and your after the halt, and whilst the caravan mare is swift.” They entered the was preparing to pursue its journey, tent together.
he sought and found Lucas, to whom At the upper end of the tent sat the he restored the two bags of sequins. sheik, with Benì Saker at his right Stranger," said he, taking the hand hand, and nearest to them sat the offi- of Lucas, “ there is your gold; I could cers of the caravan; the merchants not keep it, if I desired to do so, since were seated in a double line, after you are under the care of Hátim; but these. The refreshments were then it would as well be ungrateful in me to brought in; they consisted of kids' injure you, when our meeting has terflesh, roast, and boiled rice. After minated so happily for me. Peace be the necessary ceremony of ablution, with you. Return to your country, the meal proceeded, each person putting and be happy ; happy as Beni Saker his hand into the dishes, to supply will be, when sitting in his tent with himself with the provisions before him. Cora, or bounding over the desert on They drank only water, which was his steed.” brought them from the wells. This The caravan began its march, and was indeed no common luxury, being Beni Sáker, bidding farewell to his beautifully clear, and of a pleasant friend Hátiin, and his late companion flavor. But this good cheer, so unu- Lucas, threw himself on the back of his sual among the Bedouins, was not mare, and presently disappeared from tasted by Beni Sáker; he adhered to the plain.
THE LOVE OF COUNTRY.
Thus every good his native wilds impart,
This is one of the assertions which own mountains merely because they people believe to be true, because no are bleak? No such thing; but in body has taken the trouble to contra- the intervals left him between war dict it; but in reality it is totally and dangers, he recalls the scenes of against nature, and therefore must be his youthful hours, of his youthful joys false. The maladie de pays of the the craggy hill is made dear to him Swiss peasant is quoted as an example by the recollection of his having wanof the love of country, which its pover- dered amid its steeps with his young ty and bleakness rather enhance than Annette,-by his pulling the solitary diminish. Do you think that the hardy harebell, which grew far up on the Switzer, who is toiling under the rock, and fixing it with a trembling weight of great fur caps and ponderous hand and beating heart among the soft musket, in the sunny plains of Lom- curls of the bright-haired mountain bardy, hates those plains merely be- maid. He thinks of those scenes as cause they are sunny, and loves his connected with - the old familiar