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flies which infest meat. He shews his teeth, | keeps them extended like great sails of a and sits on the skin of a vulture.”—Ibid. ship going before the wind. It has besides

two other wings underneath the former,

and which resemble a light transparent [The Sycamore of Egypt.] stuff, pretty much like a cobweb, and which “ The sycamore which in Arabic is it makes use of in the manner of smack called Giomez, is of the height of a beech, sails, that are along a vessel. But when. and bears its fruit in a manner quite dif

the locust reposes herself, she does like a ferent from other trees. It has them on

vessel that lies at anchor ; for she keeps the trunk itself, which shoots out little the second sails furled under the others."

-Ibid. sprigs in form of grape stalks, at the end of which grow the fruits close to one another, almost like bunches of grapes. The

[The Dareira.] tree is always green, and bears fruit seve

“ The Dareïra is a kind of gnat, with ral times in the year, without observing which the water sometimes is almost all any certain seasons; for I have seen some

covered towards the evening. I take it sycamores that have given fruit two months for that sort of insect that the bats go in after others. The fruit has the figure and quest of upon the Nile, for their prey.”—

Ibid. smell of real figs, but is inferiour to them in the taste, having a disgustful sweetness. Its colour is a yellow, inclining to an oker, [American Indian name for the Small Por.] shadowed by a flesh colour. In the inside “ The American Indians call the smallit resembles the common figs, excepting pox Oonatàquâra, imagining it to proceed that it has a blackish colouring, with yel- from the invisible darts of angry fate, low spots. This sort of tree is pretty com- pointed against them, for their young peomon in Egypt. The people, for the greater ple's vicious conduct.”—ADAIR. part, live upon its fruit, and think themselves well regaled when they have a piece

[Yo He Wah the Author of Vegetation.] of bread, a couple of sycamore figs, and a pitcher filled with water from the Nile.”—

“ To inculcate on their young people NORDEN.

that Yo He Wah is the author of vegetation, they call the growth of vegetables

Wahráah, moved by Yohewah. In like [Locusts.]

manner, Wah-àh signifies that the fruits “ The locusts are remarkable for the are ripe, or moved to their joy by Yohehieroglyphic that they bear upon the fore-wah.”—Ibid. head. Their colour is green throughout the whole body, excepting a little yellow

[Magic Rain Stone.] rim that surrounds their head, and which 6 The Indian magi, who are to invoke is lost at the eyes. This insect has two Yo He Wah, and mediate with the supreme upper wings, pretty solid. They are green, holy fire that he may give seasonable rains, like the rest of the body, except that there have a transparent stone of supposed great is in each a little white spot. The locust power in assisting to bring down the rain,

when it is put in a basin of water; by a · The reader should refer to the magnificent reputed divine virtue, impressed on one of passage in Thalaba

the like sort, in time of old, which commu“For these mysterious lines were legibleWhen the sun shall be darkened at noon,

nicates it circularly. This stone would Son of Hodeirah depart.”

suffer a great decay, they assert, were it Third Book, 34. Poems, p. 242.-J. W. W. even seen by their own laity; but if by

foreigners, it would be utterly despoiled of “ The war-pole is a small peeled tree its divine communicative power.”—Ibid. painted red, the top and boughs cut ofi*

short. It is fixt in the ground opposite to

his door, and all his implements of war are [The Charake Prophet's Carbuncle.] hung on the short boughs of it till they rot." “A CHARAKE prophet who lived in Tym- | -Ibid. ahse had a carbuncle near as big as an egg, which they said he found where a great [The Spirits of their Dead.] rattlesnake lay dead; and that it sparkled “ Though they imagine the report of with such surprizing lustre, as to illuminate his dark winter house, like strong flashes of dred that died at home to their quiet place,

guns will send off the ghosts of their kincontinued lightning, to the great terror of yet they firmly believe that the spirits of the weak, who durst not upon any account

those who are killed by the enemy, without approach the dreadful fire-darting place, equal revenge of blood, find no rest ; and for fear of sudden death. When he died

at night haunt the houses of the tribe to it was buried with him according to cus

which they belonged ; but when that kintom."-Ibid.

dred duty of retaliation is justly executed,

they immediately get ease, and power to [War Pole of the North American Indians.] fly away.”—Ibid.

“ Their law compels the widow, through the long term of her weeds, to refrain all

[The White Circle.] public company and diversions, at the pen

“ The Indians use the same ceremonies alty of an adultress, and likewise to go with

to the bones of their dead as if they were flowing hair, without the privilege of oil to anoint it. The nearest kinsmen of the de

covered with their former skin, flesh, and ceased husband keep a very watchful

ligaments. It is but a few days since I

eye over her conduct in this respect. The place their people, who had been two months be

saw some return with the bones of nine of of interment is also calculated to wake the

fore killed by the enemy. widow's grief, for he is intombed in the

They were tied house under her bed ; and if he was a war

in white deer-skins separately; and, when leader, she is obliged for the first moon to

carried by the door of one of the houses of sit in the day time under his mourning war

their family, they were laid down opposite

to it till the female relations convened with pole, which is decked with all his martial trophies, and must be heard to cry with flowing hair, and wept over them about

half an hour. bewailing notes. But none of them are

Then they carried them fond of that month's supposed religious

home to their friendly magazines of mortaduty; it chills, or sweats, and wastes them lity, wept over them again, and then buried

them with the usual solemnities. The so exceedingly; for they are allowed no

chieftain carried twelve short sticks tied shade or shelter.

together, in the form of a quadrangle, so 1 " By the door

that each square consisted of three. The Bare of its bark, the head and branches shorn, sticks were only peeled, without any paintStood a young tree with many a weapon hung, ing; but there were swan feathers tied to Her husband's war-pole, and his monument. There had his quiver moulder’d, his stone-axe,

each corner. They called that frame the Had there grown green with moss, his bow.

2 “ Soon the mountaineers string there

Saw the white deer-skin shroud," &c. Sang as it cut the wind.”Madoc in Wales.-Erillyub, vi. Poems, p.

Madoc in Wales. — The Peace Poems, p. 333. J. W. W.

J. W. W.


White Circle, and placed it over the door, for they cannot sleep sound or easy under while the women were weeping over the an old title while a new or higher one is bones." - Ibid.

due. On that long wished for day they all

appear on the field of parade, as fine and Interment of their Kindred's Bones. cheerful as the birds in spring. Their "When any of them die at a distance, martial drums beat, their bloody colours if the company be not driven and pursued

are displayed, and most of the young peoby the enemy, they place the corpse on a ple are dancing, and rejoicing for the prescaffold, covered with notched logs to se

sent success of their nation, and the safe cure it from being torn by wild beasts or return and preferment of their friends and birds of prey.

When they imagine the relations. Every expectant warrior on flesh is consumed, and the bones are tho- that joyful day wears deer-skin maccaroughly dried, they return to the place, seenes painted red, his body is anointed bring them home, and inter them in a very

with bear's oil, a young softened otter-skin solemn manner."—Ibid.

is tied on each leg, a long collar of fine swan

feathers hangs round his neck, and his face [North American Indians' Funeral.]

is painted with the various streaks of the

rainbow. Thus they appear, when two of “ They laid the corpse in his tomb in a

the old magi come forth, holding as many sitting posture, with his feet towards the white wands and crowns as there are wareast, his head anointed with bear's oil, and riors to be graduated : and in a standing his face painted red, but not streaked with black, because that is a constant emblem oration with great vehemence of expression,

posture, they alternately deliver a long of war and death. He was drest in his finest apparel, having his gun, and pouch, of the law of purity, while they accompa

chietly commending their strict observance and trusty hiccory bow, with a young pan

nied the beloved ark of war, which induced ther's skin full of arrows, along side of him, the supreme chieftain to give them the and every other useful thing he had been victory ; and they encourage the rest to possessed of, that when he rises again they continue to thirst after glory in imitation may serve him in that track of land which of their brave ancestors, who died nobly pleased him best before he went to take

in defence of their country.

At the conhis long sleep. IIis tomb was firm and clusion of their orations, one of the Magi clean inside ; they covered it with thick calls three times with a loud voice one of logs, so as to bear several tiers of cypress, the warriors by his new name, or war-title, bark, and such a quantity of clay as would

and holds up the white crown and the confine the putrid smell, and be ou a level with the rest of the floor. They often sleep and runs whooping to and around them

sceptre or wand.

He then gladly answers over those tombs, which with the loud wail

three times. One of the old beloved men ing of the women at the dusk of the even

puts the crown on his head and the wand ing and dawn of the day, on benches close

into his hand, then he returns to his former by the tombs, must awake the memory of place, whooping with joy. In like manner their relations very often. And if they were

they proceed with the rest of the graduate killed by an enemy, it helps to irritate and warriors, concluding with this strong causet on such revengeful tempers to retaliate

tion,– Remember what you are'-such a blood for blood."-A.

title--according to the old beloved speech.

The crown is wrought round with the long [The Warrior's Rejoicing Day.] feathers of a swan at the lower end, where " In the time of their rejoicings they fix it surrounds his temples, and it is curiously a certain day for the warriors to be crowned, weaved with a quantity of white down, to make it sit easy, and appear more beauti- their clothes, which they wash when dirty. ful; to this part that wreathes his brows, Those who keep negro slaves, call them, the skilful artist warps close together a and rub their hands in their hair ; or if a ringlet of the longest feathers of the swan, Jew happens to be present, they make a and turning them carefully upward in an napkin of bis garments.”—Chenier. uniform position, he ties them together with deers' sinews, so as the bandage will not appear to the sharpest eyes without [The Seven Songs of Hasan Casa.] handling it. It is a little open at the top,

Round the gallery of the tomb of Abas and about fifteen inches high. The crowns

II. at Com, runs a frize, divided equally they use in constituting war-leaders are al- into cartridges of azure, wherein are writways worked with feathers of the tail of the

ten, in large characters of gold, seven songs cherubic eagle, three or four inches higher in distichs, made by the learned Ilasan Caza, than the other."-Ibid.

the first in honour of Mahommed, the others of Ali.- From CHARDIN.

[Saying of Muley Ishmuel.]

The first Song “Muley Ishmael, who in the beginning

“I salute the glorious Creature of whom of this century reigned or tyrannized at

the Sun is but the shadow! Master-piece Morocco, used to remark that were a

of the Lord of human creatures! great Star number of rats put into a basket, they of Justice and Religion ! would certainly eat their way out unless

" Infallible expounder of the four books,” the basket were continually shaken.'"

Conductor of the eight 3 Mobiles, Governor CHENIER.

of the seven 4 Parts, Chief of the Faithful!

“ Doctor of that knowledge which iso in

fused into the Prophets! royal Ilero cele[ Arab Cure for Gun-shot Wounds.]

brated by twelve successors! Though the “ Tue Arabs attempt to heal all simple Veil should be taken away, yet would not and gun-shot wounds, by pouring fresh my belief be encreased. Light of God! butter, almost boyling hot, into the part Illuminating Soul of Prophecy! Guide of affected. And I have been credibly in- true believers ! formed that numbers of persons have been " The first object of God, when he becured by this method."— Shaw.

thought himself of sending his orders to earth, and Embassador, Centre of divine se- alted being, there could not be found a more crets concerning what is past and to come, perfect exemplar than Mahomet.” who has caused the acknowledgment of God

2 “ The Pentateuch, the Psalter, the Gospel,

and the Alcoran, the Mahometans believing that [Moorish Customs after Meat.]

these books ever were, and always shall be, the " The Moors know not the use of table

rule of their faith."

3 “ The heavens of the planets of the Primum cloths, forks, or spoons; their meal ended,

Mobile." they lick their fingers, and wipe them on 4 “ The seven climates which was the ancient

division of the earth,” ! " The treating wounds with oil, and that * It is in the original, • Doctor in the knowpoured in bot, in consequence of which the ma- ledge of the prophets who knew not their ABC;' jority of those wounded by gun-shots died; for the Mahometans affirm that Mahomet was prevailed universally in the European armies, so ignorant in human learning, that he could till superseded by Ambrose Parée, that distin- not read: to the end they might the better from guished French surgeon to the French kings, thence conclude that his knowledge was superwho, being a Protestant, would have perished natural.” in St. Bartholomew's massacre, had he not been 6 “ The twelve heirs and successors of Maho. saved from it by the contrivance of Charles IX. met, the last of which was carried to heaven, bimself.”_ Note to MacBride's Diatessuron, p. and shall return to confound the reign of the un162. Third Edit.-J. W. W.


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The Second Song. to shine forth out of the darkness of errors,

“O unexpressible man, who hast no equal as the Morning goes before the Sun, before he mounts the horizon, thwart a dark night. assigned upon thy love? the dowry of the

but Mahomet, the elect Prophet, God has “ Principal Type of things created! In

ladies of Paradise. strument of the creation of the world, the

“ The Primum Mobile would never dart highest of the race of Adam! Soul of the

the ball of the Sun through the trunk of great Apostles and Messengers !

Heaven, were it not to serve the morning “ Thou art that Lord, through whom one

out of the extreme love she has for thee. verse in the Alcoran promises the fulfilling of our desires. Thou art that Sun through tiny in comparison of thine ? and what is

“ What is the power of the Stars and Deswhom another verse tells the sovereign the light of the Sun compared with that of beauty shall be seen. Light of eyes ! Crown

thy understanding ? Destiny does but exeof prophecy! Idol of the Angel Gabriel ! - Thou art in the world a world of virtue | by the beams of thy knowledge.

cute thy commands. The Sun is enlightened and dignity. Thou art upon the earth a

“When the numerous train of thy Masun of majesty and grandeur. “ The Sea is not rich and liberal, but by bound to the hand of the Captain that guides

jesty goes in its pomp, we see the sphere 3 the gifts of thy munificent hands. The An

it, like a little bell at the neck of a mule. gel Treasurer of Heaven reaps his harvest in the fertile gardens of the purity of thy force of his courage; for who would endure

Let not Hercules vaunt any more the nature. " Moses, who divided the sea, is the por- Phenix of the East ?

a fly to brave it upon the wings of the great ter of the throne of thy justice. Jesus, the Monarch of the fourth Ileaven, keeps guard in one action, assuredly the Bird of his Soul

“Had Hercules seen the valour of thy arm before the veil of the throne of thy glory.

would have broken the cage of his body, and " That incomprehensible Painter, who

fed for fear. drew the Mole at one stroke of his pencil

“ The immense sea of thy merit tosses up koun-fikoun, never made so fair a portraiture as the globe of thy visage.

surges above the heavens, and upon this sea

of virtue the tempests of adversity cause no “From thy descent into the craille to the

more disorder than rushes in the water. last day of thy life, the Angels who register words never heard thee speak a word which

'If thy glory be weighed in the balance

of exalted sense, the highest mountains did not ravish God himself with joy. “No man, in whatsoever condition he is, weighed against it would appear no more

than the seed of lentils. can resemble God so much as thou dost. But if there could be an image to represent

" In the great career of bappiness, (where

the transports of those who run the race God as he is, it could be no other than thyself, that Embassador whom out of his ex- 2 " The Persians affirm that Aly was the traordinary clemency he sent to the Earth. handsomest person that ever was, and that his Happy and holy is the man who believes beauty was unconceivable; for which reason the

painters usually cover his face with a veil, and all that God has spoken in the Alcoran, ac

will not let it be seen. But what the poet here cording to the sense which his Prophet has speaks of Haly signifies that the blessed in hea. observed in the Book of his sentences. If ven account it their chiefest felicity to be beloved he should be compared with any other ex

by him."

3“ Or fortune. The sense is, thou knowest

how to turn the world at thy pleasure, as a mule I“ Let it be so, and it was so.” Gen. 1. turns the little bell that hangs at his neck.”

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