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SIVAN THE SLEEPER. LONDON : GILBERT AND RIVINGTON, PRINTERS,

ST. JOHN'S SQUARE.

THE SLEEPER.

A Tale of all Time.

BY THE

REV. H. C. ADAMS,
LATE FELLOW OF MAGDALEN COLLEGE, OXFORD,

AUTHOR OF “ THE FIRST OF JUNE," &c.

“Ask not for a curse !
Make not the untold request
Now revolving in thy breast;
'Tis to live again, remeasuring

Youth's years, like a scene rehearsed.
In thy second lifetime treasuring
Knowledge from the first."

CAMPBELL

LONDON:
RIVINGTONS, WATERLOO PLACE,

1857.

249, 3.1841

SIVAN THE SLEEPER.

CHAPTER I.

Turn o'er the world's great annals, you will find
That laws were first invented by mankind
To stop oppression's rage, for tho' we learn
By nature, good from evil to discern,
What we should wisely seek, or cautious fly-
Yet can we never with a constant eye
Of legal justice mark each nice extreme.

FRANcis's HORACE,

It is in times so ancient, as to anticipate by many centuries the birth of human history—whose thick darkness is broken only by a few scattered rays from the lamp of inspiration, or the wild lights of tradition and legend,—that our story openg. The mountain ranges which stretch to the north and east of the country now known as Carmania or Kerman, were clothed with forests, which had sprung into existence when the waters of the great Deluge had subsided from the face of the earth; nor had they yet attained

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