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45 Tell. They thank kind Providence it is not thou.
Thou hast perverted nature in them. The earth
Return his smile. Their flocks and herds increase, 50 And they look on as men who count a loss.
There's not a blessing Heaven vouchsafes them, but
That never smile, though wanton summer tempt
Tell. But they do sometimes smile.
Ges. Ah !-when is that?
Ces. Dare they pray for that ?
Ges. [To Sarnem,] Lead in his son. Now will I take
Tell. To die for what ? he's but a child. 70 Ges. He's thine, however.
Tell. He is an only child.
Ges. So the viper hath-
Tell. I talk to stone. I'll talk to it no more,
Ges. But first, I'd see thee make
Thy.arrows never miss, 'tis said.
Tell. What is the trial ?
sest it. 85
Tell. Look upon my boy! What mean you ?
Look upon my boy as though I guessed it !-
No, no—Thou wouldst not have me make 90 A trial of my skill upon my child !
Impossible! I do not guess thy meaning.
Ges. I'd see thee hit an apple on his head,
Tell. Great heaven !
Tell. Ferocious monster ! make a father
Ges. Dost thou consent ? 100 Tell. With his own hand !
The hand I've led him when an infant by!
I'll not murder my boy for Gesler. 105 Boy. You will not hit me, father.
You'll be sure
Tell. Lead me forth-I'll make the trial.
Tell. Speak not to me ;110 Let ine not hear thy voice-Thou must be dumb,
And so should all things be-Earth should be dumb,
Give me my bow and quiver. 115 Ges. When all is ready. Sarnem, measure hence
The distance-three hundred paces.
Tell. Will he do it fairly ?
Tell. (sarcastically.] O, nothing, a little thing, 120 A very little thing, I only shoot At my child !
[Sarnem prepares to measure.] Tell. Villain, stop! You measure against the sun.
Ges. And what of that? 125 What matter whether to or from the sun ?
Tell. I'd have it at my back. The sun should shine
Ges. Give him his way. [Sarnem paces and goes out.] 130 Tell. I should like to see the apple I must hit.
Ges. (Picks out the smallest one.] There, take that.
Ges. I know I have. Thy skill will be
The greater if thou hittest it. 135 Tell. (sarcastically.] True-true! I did not think
Give me my bow. Let me see my quiver.
[Tell looks at it and breaks it.]
To shoot with at a dove, much less a dove 145 Like that.
Ges. Show him the quiver. [Sarnem returns and takes the apple and the boy to place them. While this is doing, Tell conceals an ar
row under his garment. He then selects another ar150
row and says]
Tell. Is the boy ready? Keep silence now
'Tis only for the chance of saving it. 155 For mercy's sake keep motionless and silent. [He aims and shoots in the direction of the boy. In a
moment Sarnem enters with the apple on the arrow's point.]
Sarnem. The boy is safe. 160 Tell. [Raising his arms.] Thank Heaven !
[As he raises his arms the concealed arrow falls.] Ges. [Picking it up.] Unequalled archer! why was
49. Nathan's parable. And the Lord sent Nathan unto David ; and he went unto bim, and said unto him,
“There were two men in one city ; the one rich, and the other poor.
The rich man had exceeding many 5 flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing save
one little ewe lamb, which he had bought, and nourished up; and it grew up together with him, and, with his children ; it did eat of his own meat, and drank his own
cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daugh10 ter.
“And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the way-faring man that was come unto him ;
but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the 15 man that was come unto him."
And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan,
“ As the Lord liveth, the man that bath done this thing shall surely die : And he shall restore the lamb 20 fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”
And Nathan said unto David, “Thou art the man."
50. Harmony among brethren. Two brothers, named Timon and Demetrius, having quarrelled with each other, Socrates, their common friend, was solicitious to restore amity between them.
Meeting, therefore, with Demetrius, he thus accosted 5 him: “ Is not friendship the sweetest solace in adver
sity, and the greatest enhancement of the blessings of prosperity ?" "Certainly it is," replied Demetrius; í because our sorrows are diminished, and our joys in
creased, by sympathetic participation.” " Ainongst 10 whom, then, must we look for a friend ?" said Socrates :
“ Would you search among strangers ? They cannot be interested about you. Amongst your rivals ? They have an interest in opposition to yours. Amongst those who are much older, or younger than yourself? Their
20 feelings and pursuits will be widely different from yours.
Are there not, then, soine circumstances favourable, and others essential, to the formation of friendship ?" “ Undoubtedly there are," answered Demetrius. May
we not enumerate,” continued Socrates, amongst the 25 circumstances favourable to friendship, long acquain
tance, common connexions, similitude of age, and union of interest ?” “ I acknowledge,” said Demetrius, “ the powerful influence of these circumstances : but they
may subsist, and yet others be wanting, that are essen30 tial to mutual amity.” " And what,” said Socrates, "are
those essentials which are wanting in Timon ?”
attachment of the rest of mankind ?” continued Socra35 tes. “Is he devoid of benevolence, generosity, grati
tude, and other social affections ?" 6 Far be it from me,” cried Demetrius,“to lay so heavy a charge upon him. His conduct to others, is, I believe, irreproacha
ble; and it wounds me the more, that he should single 40 rne out as the object of his unkindness.”
"Suppose you have a very valuable horse," resumed Socrates,
gentle under the treatment of others, but ungovernable, when you attempt to use him; would you not en
deavour, by all means, to conciliate his affection, and 45 to treat him in the way most likely to render him trac
table ?--Or, if you have a dog, highly prized for his fidelity, watchfulness, and care of your flocks, who is fond of your shepherds, and playful with them, and yet
snarles whenever you come in his way; would you at50 tempt to cure him of his fault, by angry looks or words,
or by any other marks of resentment? You would surely pursue an opposite course with him. And is not the friendship of a brother of far more worth, than the ser
vices of a horse, or the attachment of a dog ? Why, 55 then, do you delay to put in practice those means, which
may reconcile you to Timon ?" Acquaint me with those means," answered Demetrius, “ for I am a stran
“ Answer me a few questions,” said Socrates.
“If you desire, that one of your neighbours
ger to them.is