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more love than ever. I then remem- · who, for my sake, has come to so much
(madman that he is,) bring down the “ With thoughts like these I spent vengeance of the King on this sweet the night, and in the morning, confu- flower, who (but for him) was floused and feverish, I went to the bath, rishing, and would have blossomed an and on my return home I sent for you. honour to her race, a pride to all her
“ This was what I wished to tell you. people. Speak not of him, but save I wished to beg your aid, but my own this lovely maid, and let him weakness marred my purpose. I could penalty of follies such as his.” not tell you, for I was then wretched, “ Is it you,” said Meiram, “who and sorrow made me weak; but now speak thus-you who bore him, who despair has given me strength, and I nursed him at your breast, and, as can tell you, even without blushingyou yourself have told me, saw in his of my love.
smiling infant eyes a solace for your “ This is not all; oh no! the worst woes, which then were many-you, is yet to come.
What then was sor whom I have myself seen weep for very row—was happiness—to what I have joy to hear his praises from my father to tell you now :-The King has sent --and do you thus cast him off, who me presents, and ordered me to wait ought to plead for him! Oh, his heart on him to-night; and even worse than is true! He would not have deserted this-worse-worse than all, Eusuf the meanest slave at such a time-rewas mad enough to send to me a let- quiring so much aid as he does now.” ter full of love-This has been inter
I was about to interfere, when a cepted; he is taken, and I am charged noise was heard without, and Aga with infamy—most falsely charged; Jewah rushed into the room, calling, for I swear by my dear father's soul, “ They are come---they are come." He which looks on me from heaven, that threw himself upon the floor-kissed I am pure and innocent as when he his mistress's feet, and broke out into used to take me in his arms, and smile bitter lamentations. I demanded who upon me through tears of hope, and
He said, the executionlove, and joy.
They came to give me the King's A solemn, dead, and awful pause presents, and tell that I was to be ensued. Poor Aga Jewah stood mute much honoured by waiting on his and motionless, the picture of despair. Majesty to-night; and when I pushed The old woman was on her knees at away the odious gifts, and wept, (as prayer, after the christian manner, what could I do else ? ) they said that Her face was hid from me, but I could I did little grace to the King's mes see her agony expressed in strong consage, and that they feared I scarcely vulsive heavings, which went to my was deserving of the honour done me. But when they found the letter, they I turned to Meiram. Her face was thought that all was then made plain; deadly pale_calm and motionless she and so, in truth, it was, but not as sat—her streaming eyes turned up to they have made it ; and they went to heaven-her pallid lips apart-her tell the King, and left me here to hair thrown back, and falling down in weep my sorrows, and to weep for him, long black silken tresses - her hands
were folded on her bosom. If ever quest is such as the King cannot with
Although I knew not what to do, I sonable than your request ? a jade, to felt it was my duty to do something, play the King the trick she has playand that without delay. I went to the ed ; to disgrace and insult him; and outer room, and found there some of the you would have her forgiven! What, inferior eunuchs, who had, in truth, Meerza, do you want her for yourself? come to act as executioners. I gave I thought you had been too old to the chief of them some money, making trouble yourself about young wives him promise to wait till my return; What would you make of her, and I engaged for Aga Jewah, that he Meerza, if you had her ? Come, send should treat them handsomely. for your 100 tomans, for you have
I thought of many things which forfeited them, or give me a good reamight be done; but all required more son for your request." time than I could give. I passed across "The girl," said I, “ is innocent of the court, not knowing whither I went, the crime for which she is doomed to and got into another court, in which I suffer." had never been. There I saw about a “ If you can prove that,” replied the dozen eunuchs standing together near King, "I shall be better pleased than a window, which was open, where if I had received the money, for the some one seemed to be conversing with girl is passing fair.” them. I drew near unobserved, and I related to his Majesty the story of 'found it was the King of kings him- Meiram, word for word, as she had self. I stood till he perceived me, and told it to me, and he listened with then fell flat upon the ground, to shew great attention. When I came to tell that I came to make a supplication.
him of the executioners' having gone “Ah! Meerza Ahmed,” said his Ma to take her away, and of her having jesty, what are you doing here ? reproached Eusuf's mother for trying What is the matter?-Have any of to save her, in preference to her own the women been treating you ill ? son, and of the mother's opinion of They are terrible devils these women, her son's conduct, and of her calling Meerza- Ah! is it not so? Come near, him mad, and of their great disand tell me what you want. If you
tress and sorrow, the King expresshave any ureeza* to present, you ought ed soine pity for them. I added, that to have come to the salam.t-But let if his Majesty would grant a pardon me hear what it is.'
to them both, their being in fact half My urz, – so please your Majesty,” man and wife (for they had been besaid I, “ is one which it would not trothed) would give a fair pretext have become me to make to the King for doing so—the generosity of his of kings in public; but a fortunate Majesty would be echoed from one chance, or some lucky conjunction of end of the empire to the other; and the heavenly bodies, has now directed that I was sure the girl would rather me to your Majesty ; for I lost my way, die than be untrue to her betrothed and came here, not knowing whither husband; for if he were put to death, I was going. But your Majesty is al she certainly would break her heart ways gracious, and I trust will not
with grieving. deny the first petition of the slave of The King reflected for a while, then
said, “ Hakeem Bashee,|| you have “Well, Meerza Ahmed,” said his done well to make these things known Majesty, " if you ask anything in rea -the King gives the girl to your charge son, you shall have it; and if your re -let her be taken to your own house,
* Urecza, a petition.
+ Salam, a levee held by the King every morning.
|| Hakeem Bushee, head physician.
and well treated, and have her ready and seemed about to speak, but checkto be produced when the King shall ed herself, and cast her eyes upon the demand her. The fellow shall be ex- ground. The old woman's keen eye, amined. If his story agrees with too, was fixed upon me with a look of yours, he shall be pardoned. If not, inquiry, which seemed to ask if I had you must pay the 100 tomans. Do nothing more to say. I interpreted you hear what the King has ordered ?” their looks rightly, and told them that
I fell upon the ground once more, there was nothing to fear for Eusuf. and blessed his Majesty's generosity It has been said by wise men, that and benevolence, which no prince had the effects of excessive joy are nearly ever equalled.
the same with those of sorrow, and so His Majesty sent an eunuch of rank it was now, for Meiram and the old to liberate Meiram, and hand her over woman were no sooner relieved from to my charge, aud gave me permission all their fears, which so late. had hung to depart.
heavily upon them, than they began to When we arrived at the apartments, sob and weep, and any one who might I was alarmed by hearing a great noise have entered then, would have imawithin; many shrill voices were rai gined that I had been the bearer of sed at once, and Aga Jewah's was loud some doleful tidings. After a time er than any of them.
they became more composed, and beWhen we entered, I found that the gan to prepare themselves for their deeunuchs whom I had left there under parture. a promise to remain quiet, till I ar The eunuch now intimated that it rived, had forced their way into Mei was customary to give a present to the ram's room, seized upon everything King's eunuchs when they left the they could find, and completely plun- house; and though I represented their dered the house.
bad conduct, he still insisted on their Poor Meiram, believing that this right to a compensation for having been was only a prelude to a more trying disappointed of the plunder, which, scene, sat a silent, passive, indifferent had the King's intention not been hapspectator of their present proceedings. pily changed, would, as a matter of
The eunuch who accompanied me, course, have fallen to their share. He not being able to make them obey his also intimated, that he himself expect. orders to restore the property, seized ed a handsome reward. a large piece of firewood, and began All this was speedily adjusted, and to lay about him with all his might. I having left Aga Jewah in charge of followed his example; and Aga Jewah, the apartments, we proceeded to the who seemed delighted by the oppor gate of the haram. tunity which was afforded him to vent The news had gone abroad that his rage, gave us able assistance, so Meiram was to live at my house, and that in five minutes we were mas the people conceived that the King had ters of the house, and had recovered given her to me. As we went through almost all the things that had been the court many jokes were passed upon taken.
us; some of them no doubt very witty; Having turned the ruffians into the but my mind was too much occupied outer room, and set Aga Jewah to to be either annoyed or amused by watch them, the eunuch who accom them. panied me with the king's order, came From the gate, an eunuch was sent with me into the inner apartment, and with Meiram, to shew her my house, having paid me many compliments, and I hurried home to prepare for her communicated the nature of his in- reception. structions.
Not many hours had elapsed since While he was speaking, a breath the King had pardoned Meiram, but less and distressing anxiety was pain- my wife, who heard everything, and fully visible in the old woman's coun always had a wrong edition of every tenance; and when she heard that story, had been told that the King had Meiram was to proceed to my house, given me a young wife, and that she she started from where she was sit- might expect her immediately. Acting, and throwing herself at my feet, cordingly, when I entered she made kissed them a hundred times.
a furious attack upon me, and it was Meiram followed her example ; but long before she could be persuaded as she rose she looked at me wistfully, that what she had heard was not true.
At last I gave her a short sketch of and ordered that he should be immethe business ; and had just succeeded diately married to Meiram. He gave in persuading her of the truth of it, Eusuf an office of emolument about when Meiram arrived.
the court, and allowed Meiram to keep My wife, to do her justice, was ca all the jewels which she had received pable of great kindness, and had na while in the royal baram, which were turally a good heart, but her cursed valued at several thousand of tomans. jealousy ruined her temper, and for Eusuf rose every day in favour and many years destroyed my happiness. was soon made a Khan. On this occasion, however, her good
Till within a very few years they feelings had been excited, and she re- have resided at the capital, but have ceived Meiram, and the old woman, lately removed to a village which the whom I had invited to accompany her, King has given them, amongst the Aras kindly as I could possibly desire. menians, in one of his provinces. They She lodged them comfortably, put have several children, and live very fewer questions than could have been comfortably. They have been very expected, and succeeded in making grateful for my services, and send me them very happy:
frequent presents of fowls and fat The King, having satisfied himself lambs, and butter and eggs, so that I of the truth of what I had related to seldom have occasion to buy any of bim, liberated Eusuf the next day, these articles.
THOUGHTS ON SOME ERRORS OF OPINIONIN RESPECT TO THE ADVANCEMENT
AND DIFFUSION OF KNOWLEDGE.
All attempts at bringing knowledge demonstrating a function, has cleared into encyclopedic forms seem to in- up a darkness he himself never felt: clude an essential fallacy. Knowledge that now gives to every man, generally is advanced by individual minds wholly and indefinitely, whose thoughts ever devoting themselves to their own part travel out of the sphere of his personal of inquiry. But this is a process of se
interests to consider the fortunes of paration, not of combination. The his kind, a buoyant sense of superiofacts of every Science become thus in- rity and power subsisting in the incredibly múltiplied. The books in tellectual spirit of his age, a sanguine, each, in which well-examined facts of though aimless, anticipation of entervalue are recorded, in which original prizes yet to be carried through, of and true reasonings are delivered, grow effects still to be accomplished, and very numerous. The library of a Phy- every day accomplishing, by the insician, a Lawyer,--of a Naturalist, an dustry and daring of human genius. Antiquary,-of the Scholar, the Me But it is evident that only while extaphysician, of the Student (may we plained by the notion of such an ideal so speak ?) of Poetry, is large. Each, community is it even intelligible to excepting disability in himself, may speak of the acquisitions made by our in his own pursuit attain the proficien- Mind, of the provinces it has subcy of his time. But to do so, he will jected to itself, of the kingdom it has need to give to it something like the The knowledge actually possame devoted labour, something like sessed by men, must needs transcend the same exclusive zeal, by which in by almost infinite degrees-the capaother hands it is making progress. city, and means, of knowing, of the As knowledge is advanced, from the most fortunate and gifted understandmere amount of each science, the di- ing. How much the capacity and vision of minds from one another be means of those many who neverthecomes more and more the principle, or less please themselves with the imacondition, of attainment to the indi gination of sharing in the “sovereign vidual mind, of farther advancement sway and masterdom” of Intellect ! to the separate Sciences.
The Mind is no where, the single Meanwhile we say that the Human mind is not, cannot be, in which that Blind is extending its empire: and we collected wisdom and power of all, conhave a feeling as if every one in some templated by us, has its seat: but by the manner partook of the triumphs and fancied inter-communion among all of the dominion achieved, even when we rights, and interchange of powers, by do not suppose him to be in any way the felt union of desires to the same affected by the results, or even to have great common ends, the innumerable the knowledge, of what is discovered or associated multitude of minds appear done. All are confederated, who pro to us as one. secute, or support, or love the labours Nor, in truth, if we consider more of intellect, in the eat warfare of attentively the relation of the different knowledge : bent to overcome, by the works of the human understanding to power of thought, evil, physical or one another, is this idea of a fellowmoral, in our condition : burning with ship in labour among minds differently more splendid desires, with the ambi- employed, of the acquisition of one in tion of—if in intellect that is possible the attainment of another, a mere no-even unfruitful glory, of conquests, tional impression. The system of huin which no use is foreseen beyond the man thought is bound together not pleasure and exultation of success. It merely in its origin, by the identity of is the consciousness of our common the powers from which it proceeds, cause, that gives us sympathy and par and in its result by a unity of purticipation with what is gained in fields pose in all the purposes it accomplishes, ot' speculation on which we have never but intermediately and throughout its set foot: that may enable a moral phi- progress, by mutual dependence and losoplier in England to rejoice, that a reciprocal action of its several parts. chemist at Upsala, an anatomist at No man—whatever his owo parts, wheFlorence, by detecting a principle, by ther of speculative inquiry or of prac