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Often, sunk in the most profound reverie, she gazed on the im- you found me. If tell me that, I might, perhaps, be able to mensity of ocean, exclaiming :
discover some vestiges, or even-Alas! I know not what to think, you "Oh! ye watery plains, whose bounds my eye cannot compass- could tell me all.” oh! tell me, is this little speck of land (for, how little is it in com- Thus did Melida embarrass her sorrowing mother with a thousand parison with your immense extent) the only one that is inhabited ? questions. Do ye not bathe other shores too distant for us to behold ? Alas! “You affect me, my daughter,” said Semira ; "you affect me with my mother will not confess it, but her secret grief make me suspect your strange questions : I cannot tell how you were born. Finding it. Certainly, this spot of land is not the only one that you myself alone, I besought the gods to give me a companion; and one encompass; for, as far as my eye can reach, I can see something fine morning I found you quite an infant under a rose-tree before immovable, which, like a sinking cloud, forms a long chain at the the cottage. But, once more, too curious girl, torment me not with verge of the horizon. Perhaps my imagination deceives me; but such useless conversation. Cultivate your flowers, sport with your during the profoundest calm I have thought I heard the sound of lambs, and neither irritate the gods by your curiosity, nor perplex distant voices. What can that object be but land ? It appears, me with questions which I know not how to answer. Since you indeed, very small; but, certainly its great distance is the sole cause have been a prey to this restless anxiety, you are no longer ingenious of that. I have observed that the waves seem to lessen the further in procuring for yourself amusement ; your grotto remains imperfect, I look from shore, and our cottage appears but as a speck when and your plantation neglected.” viewed from the extremity of this isle. But if it were, indeed, an Thus did Semira, oppressed with sorrow and anxiety, live in isle like this, enriched with trees and pastures, certainly it is inha- solitude with her daughter ; but the gods at length gave ear to her bited by beings who possess and enjoy them. Perhaps these beings entreaties, and resolved to convert her anguish to ecstasy. Love are different to those that I see here : perhaps they resemble me, and ndertook to work this miracle : who among the gods of Olympus is would be much more pleasing companions for me than my lambs. more capable of rendering a young beauty happy? But if it were so-oh! how that thought torments me--if, indeed it On the continent opposite the isle lived a young man of majestic were inhabited by creatures like me, and that they were as nume- figure: he might have been taken for a divinity as he walked rous as the birds and flocks of our isle! o happy creatures! Leave me among the flowery meadows, or under the shades of the groves. -ah! leave me, too seducing thought! Ye shadowy scenes of bliss, His father often recounted to him the changes which his country had whither would you lead me ? You only add to my misery. O waves ! formerly undergone from the convulsions of nature. if ye dash against that bappy shore, inform its fortunate inhabi- “You see," said he to him, “this spot in the sea, pointing towards tants that a wretched girl, solitary and disconsolate, wanders along the isle (it was to be seen from his cottage, which was not far from the this isle. Leave me, ye vain phantoms, or you will drive me to shore), formerly a long tract of land, advanced into the sea like an despair."
extended arm. At the extremity of this tract, upon an eminence, Often Melida said to Semira, her mother : “But tell me, my mother, lived a faithful couple: Milon was the name of the husband and why do we always remain only two, while allother creatures multiply? Semira that of his wife. Rich pastures extended from one shore to Young plants rise around other plants of the same kind : every year sees the other, which were covered with numerous flocks. A daughter, our flock increase; with what joy skip the tender lambs exulting in who, though but an infant, was already a prodigy of grace and the pleasure of existence! And the various kinds of birds—I have beauty, completed their domestic felicity, The women of the seen their union, and I have shed tears at it! Seated beneath the country hastened to contemplate her beauty, carried her little prethickest foliage, I have remarked all these things more than once. sents, and blessed her happy mother; but all on a sudden a dreadful Two birds bave constructed a commodious nest, caressed each other event took place, the mere remembrance of which freezes me with on the neighbouring branches. How much they seemed to love horror. At midnight a noise, a thousand times more dreadful than each other ! Soon after I saw, in the nest, little eggs, which one of that of thunder, spread consternation through all the country. The the birds covered with her plumage with the tenderest care, earth trembled to its foundation; the angry sea broke from its while the other, perched on a tree beside her, sung to divert his mate. bounds, with fearful groans, the accents of terror and desolation Every day I observed them under the foliage. A short time after, resounded on every side through that dreadful night, and never did instead of eggs, I saw little birds without feathers, I saw the large night obscure the world with a blacker veil. All were ignorant of birds more animated, more busy than ever, fly round the nest
, and the cause of this wonderful event. Trembling and seized with terror, carry in their bills food to the little ones, who received it with cries we all flocked to the fields: the dawning day displayed the ravages of of joy. By degrees the young birds were covered with plumage, the sea; the furious waves had swallowed up the pastures which they began to expand their still feeble wings; then they would leave were between the continent and that isle. It was not until the sun their nest and flutter among the trees which surrounded it, while the had darted his first rays on the appeased ocean that we discovered large birds flew before them, as if they wished to inspire them with this isle; one among us, to whom the gods had given more piercing courage to imitate them. O! my mother, how charming was this sight, thought (when the meridian sun had fully enlightened every sight? Often would the little ones stretch their wings, as ifto fly; object) that he could distinguish the cottage of Milon, and the trees but fear always restrained them. The boldest among them, having that encompass it
. Perhaps he and his wife still live; perhaps at length taken his fight, sung with an air of exultation the success Melida (that is the name of their charming daughter) is condemned of his courage, and seemed to invite his companions to attempt the to a dreadlnl solitude by their loss: she was the loveliest infant I ever same enterprise : they, too, soon after ventured out also, and, beheld.” futtering about on all sides, filled the air with sounds of joy. With This recital made a deep impression on the mind of the young what strange thoughts have these things filled my mind! Why are From that moment he often repaired to the sea-side, and penthese pleasures forbidden to us alone ?
sively reflected on the destiny of the inhabitants of the isle. The Semira knew not what to answer to questions so dangerous for her murmur of the tranquil waves having lulled him one day into a secret. “I myself am ignorant of all these things," she replied; sweet sleep, Love fluttered around him, refreshed him with its wings, "why perplex thyself with useless researches ? Why encourage that the heat of the noon-day sun might not awaken him, and sent vague ideas which inspire thee with fruitless desires, and rob thee of him a dream. It presented to his view the shores of the distant isle: thy tranquillity? Why with a guilty curiosity pry into the designs the little Loves were seen in the groves : their attitudes and counteof the gods, who only know what is to happen to us, and who nances were expressive of sorrow; oppressed and sad, they threw sooner or later will rule our destiny, according to their unerring themselves on the flowery turf, or listlessly reclined beneath the shade. wisdom?
A young beauty, adorned with all the graces of love, advanced, “ Alas!" replied Melida, “ I ask pardon of the gods ! But I could sadly pensive, from the enclosure of a bower. She walked carelessly, not help wishing that our species might be multiplied like all others. her head sunk upon her bosom; part of her flaxen hair flowed over I know not, indeed, how that could be done ; the gods alone, without her shoulders, whilst the rest was tied negligently round her head doubt, are possessed of this knowledge. But plants proceed with a branch of myrtle. A bewitching paleness overspread from their seed, animals are born in different manners: I have her lovely face, and her large blue eyes seemed to express the observed all, I can do nothing more. Oh! could I some day thus ardent yet nearly extinguished wishes of her sick and hopeless heart. find little human creatures. Oh, how I would cherish them! how Thus she sauntered, without feeling the sweet impression of the would I love them! But away with those flattering illusions ; I sub- zephyrs that wantoned around her, or regarding the amorous flowers mit to the will of the gods: yet, O my mother! permit me to ask that sprung up under her feet, and which, to excite her attention, you one more question; it shall be the last. I have not always been exhaled their most delicious perfumes. The trees around her, laden as I am at present, I know it well. It is by degrees I have grown, with fruit of the most exquisite flavour, in vain invited her to relieve like all the other creatures which surround me. I remember the their branches, bending under the weight of their abundance. She time when I was scarcely higher than a carnation : I must have stopped upon the brink of the sea : she sorrowfully cast her eyes upon been still less; there must have been a time when I began to exist, the distant azure of the opposite shore : she raised her snowy arms, like the plants, the birds, and all the other creatures; tell me, then and seemed to implore help. Then the young man thought he was for certainly you existed before me-tell me how and in what place I borne over the sea, to the aid of the lovely unfortunate : it seemeu
to him that Love received him into her bower, and conducted her to and covered it with its shade; a gentle breeze completed the whole, his trembling arnis. He saw the little Loves flutter around them, by driving the trunk on shore by the side of the young man, who crown them with garlands, and gently agitate their wings to waft to foreseeing his future success, and Alled with a new-born hope, leaped them the perfume of flowers
. The heart of the young man beat for joy on the strand. Inspired with a thousand new ideas, he sought high ; his burning cheeks were suffused with the tints of the carna- to clear the obscure image which this sight had presented to his ima. tion: and his arms, which were extended to clasp the beauteous prize, gination, and which, like a vision of the night, now vanished, and embraced nothing but empty air.
now re-appeared. He drew the trunk upon the sand, resolving next At length he awoke, and remained a long time in sweet delirium. morning at dawn of day to begin a work of which as yet he had but "Gods!” cried he, with trembling lips," where am I? What! has she a very imperfect idea. Doubt and hope agitated him by turns ; sleep escaped from my arms ? Alas! I am here on my own shore-and did not visit his eyelids. At break of day, furnished with a few rude oh, how distant is the isle which contains her! A dream, alas ! a implements (for then happy simplicity required but few), he flew to dream has deceived me, I feel it: it has made me miserable for the shore. ever."
“Yes," said he, “I have seen withered leaves, which the wind From this time he still more frequently repaired to the sea-side : carried away, swim gently on the water; yes, and I have also seen, on sunk in a deep reverie, he walked, or he sat on the sand, and turned the lake, near our cottage, butterflies who, fluttering about, have his eyes anxiously towards the isle. At night also, by the light of alighted on the leaves, without wetting their delicate feet-Jet me the moon, when a deep silence reigned over the country, and nothing make a trial; nature has already done half the work ; I will hollow was heard but the murmuring of the sea, he placed himself at the out this tree so that I can conveniently sit in it.” Thus saying, he extremity of the shore, where he listened in an agony of attention, gaily begun his work. in hopes that some sounds from the isle might be borne to him. “0, thou!" he cried, " whosoever thou art, beneficent God !-thou He often thought he heard plaintive accents, and sometimes a sweet who hast engraven on my heart this indelible dream, hear my prayers, voice , (for the ardent imagination of lovers easily deceives them): and let my enterprise succeed." he often called aloud, and fancied he was answered, though at an He often stopped at his work and looked towards the isle, saying, immense distance ; or, when a star appeared in the horizon behind“ O thou, most lovely among mortals ! what obstacles, what dangers the isle, he thought he saw a light, or the blaze of fire.
will not love surmount! 0, how sweet a hope makes me bound with " Perhaps,” he said, “perhaps she is seated alone by the flame of joy! thou wilt not surely refuse die thy tenderness, when I shall her nocturnal fire, thinking on her sorrowful destiny, and lamenting arrive on thy island—I whose love makes me brave the ocean! Never in vain, during the silence of the night, the loss of the days of her did love inspire a bolder project !" Yet he would often lose courage, youth. O winds ! why have I not your wings ? Hasten, O ye and abandon his work. “ Madman that I am !” he would say: "how winds ! fly towards her, and tell her what a wretch languishes on foolish is my enterprise! Suppose any one should say to me, my these shores.”
friend, what are you doing? What would he think of this answer? “But what,” he sometimes said to himself,“ what is become of my I am making this hollow to seat myself in it, and cross the vast sea.' reason, unhappy that I am ! what is the object of my love ? a dream, Then would he justly reply to me, “ Where is thy unnatural a vain phantom! I slept ; and my fancy presented an image more father, that thus abandons his son to such frenzy ?" lovely by far than I have ever seen. lawoke ; but this image has Saying this, he looked with contempt at his unfinished work. not disappeared like a dream : deeply engraven on my imagination, Again would he take up the cause in his own mind : “Even," said it reigns over my whole soul. And yet this dream, this phantom, he should my enterprise fail of success, Ishall have lost nothing but which has not perhaps, in the world, its reality, I love; I am pursued a few leisure hours. Can I risk less for my love ? This isle is certainly by it in every place ; it nourishes in my heart a continual fire and inhabited ; what my father has told me renders it very likely; and my torments, alas! too real ; it draws me to this shore in spite of myself. dream, which a Deity alone could have inspired, places it beyond all Ah! blush and resume thy reason ; become what thou wast before doubt; and if it be inhabited, ah! how wretched must be the inhabian airy vision infatuated thee; be tranquil and content; be assiduous tants !-if the father or mother of the lovely unfortunate were dead, in thy lab r. Go, laugh at thy folly ; quit the sea-side ; and render or if they should die, and she remain alone, abandoned, condemned thanks to the gods that thou art not become the derision of the to pass her youth in frightful solitude, consumed by melancholy and whole country.”
despair ! No, it is no longer love, it is divine compassion alone that But it was in vain that he sought to conquer this strange passion; prompts me to succour her !” It was thus he lost and regained his it was in vain that he resolved to fly the shore. In the midst of his courage. most agreeable occupations, her image presented itself to him Some days thus passed away, the tree was hollowed out ; he had incessantly ; it seemed as if an invisible divinity, with an irresistible already, though in perfectly, formed a boat. He drew it then to a force, drew him to the sea-side.
little gulf where the sea never ran high; there he gave his barque to "O gods !” he would then cry, “will this love for ever torment me the waves, and, placing himself in it, let it go at the will of the in vain ?- must the days of my youth be spent in sufferings which winds. He carefully observed the defects of his work however ; the even hope can discover no bounds to ? Yet surely this dream cannot wind having driven it on shore, he recommenced his labours : he beone of those produced by chance; my imagination could never have made several improvements in his barque and tried it often. raised that idea of beauty, which surpassed so much all I have ever Behold," said he, “ one half of the work is finished ! But how beheld.
shall I direct my course in the open sea ? How arrive at the isle, “Without doubt a god has inspired this dream. But why? What without exposing myself to become the sport of the waves ?" Then can be his design ? I cannot discover it. If the beauty that I have did a thousand ideas present themselves and were rejected. At last seen lives in that isle, why has he showed her to me? Why is it he thought, “ Does not the swan direct its course by parting the his pleasure that I should adore her? Why does he abandon me to water with its large feet? And does not every bird that swims do despair, without assistance, without showing me any means of gaining the same ? An animal has taught me to swim on the trunk of a tree. the end of my desires ? Since it is impossible to reach by swimming I will learn from animals the means of bringing this new invention this far-distant isle, what can I do?-what ought I to attempt? The to perfection. If I make feet of wood, large in proportion as those gods, it is true, have given to man aspiring thoughts, and a mind of ihe swan, if I fix them at each side of the hollowed trunk to cut fertile in inventions : they leave him at liberty to exercise his emi- through the water!" nent faculties; but who so daring as to devise means for walking on Transported with this idea, he hastened to cut wood for his the sea ? who so venturous as to trust himself on the ocean like a purpose, and he soon formed oars; he then got into his boat, and swan ?"
tried them a long time without success. Every day he attentively Seated on the strand, his whole soul roused, he gave himself up to observed the aqnatic birds, and every day he discovered new means deep meditation on the means of traversing the sea ; for men had of governing his boat. He long confined himself to the little gulf, not yet learned the art of confiding themselves to the waves. What but experience having rendered him more daring, he ventured on the had they to do with other countries ? since wherever grass grew for open sea ; and having happily brought back his barque, he leaped their flocks, wherever they found trees laden with wholesome fruit, with joy on shore. wherever there flowed a clear stream, that spot furnished abundantly “Behold it then realised,” said he, “this project which has torall their wants. Long did he meditate, long did he contrive, and mented me so long. To-morrow, with the first rays of the sun, I reject each inadequate contrivance. One day, as sadly he sat, his eyes shall be on the sea ; and if the winds favour me, I shall, in this little fixed on the sea, he saw from afar something which the waves im- barque, undertake the voyage to the isle. It would be criminal not pelled towards the shore ; joy and hope sparkled in his eager eyes ; to make an effort to succour the unfortunate, however perilous the the object still approached ; at length he saw distinctly floating on attempt may be." the waves the enormous trunk of a tree, scooped hollow by time, that Having said this, he fixed his boat in the little gulf, and returned had been torn up by the roots by a storm. A timid fawn, pursued to the cottage, for it was night. by some hunters, had saved itself by the aid of this trunk: it was seated in the hollow of the tree ; a thick branch was bent over it,
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a dream he beheld an aged man, who thus accosted him: “Oh,
Haitim! let not thy heart be cast down. Thinkest thou that Divine “Oh, where are you going,
Providence has sent thee hither without some wise and unerring My pretty maiden fair,
design ? Listen, and I will tell thee the cause of thy falling into With your red, rosy cheeks,
this apparent calamity.
“ In this pit, the Creator, bountiful and gracious, hath kept hidden “ I'm going a-milking,
a treasure that is destined for thee. Arise and take possession of it, Kind sir,” said she,
for thou art capable of employing it in that way which is most
acceptable to the bountiful Giver. Let sadness no longer dwell in " And it's dabbling in the dew
thy heart; for he who is discontented is unfit for the service of Where you'll find me."
To this mysterious man Haitim replied; “In every state that may
befall me, I am always satisfied with the unerring decrees of ProviWith your red, rosy cheeks,
dence; and though these may exceed my comprehension, yet I And your coal-black hair?”
submit with resignation. Should the sacrifice of my life tend to “ Yes, you may go with me,
promote the service of God, I am ready to yield it.” Kind sir,” said she,
“I am convinced,” continued the old man, “that thy words are “ And it's dabbling in the dew
sincere ; meanwhile take away this treasure, which is thine.” Where you'll find me.”
“I am alone,” said Haitim, “ I cannot even liberate myself from
this dungeon ; of what use is it, then, to offer me so vast a treasure ?" " If I should chance to kiss you,
“ To-morrow,” replied the man, “ two people will pass this way My pretty maiden fair,
who will set thee at liberty; and by their aid you can bring out the With your red, rosy cheeks,
treasure and carry it away.' And your coal-black hair ?
" It will be impossible for two people," said Haitim," to release me "" The wind may take it off again,
from this prison; and as for the treasure, it is out of the question." Kind sir," said she,
“ The two persons to whom I allude," replied the man, “ And its dabbling in the dew
to accomplish both the one and the other;" and having thus spoken, Where you'll find me.”
he vanished, leaving Haitim to the enjoyment of his pleasant dream.
As soon as the morning rays dawned in the east the two people * If I should chance to run away,
arrived at the mouth of the pit, and called out, “ Oh, Haitim ! are My pretty maiden fair,
you still alive ?" With your red, rosy cheeks,
To this he replied, “He who at first created me bath till now preAnd your coal-black hair ?”
served me." “ The de'el may then run away wi' you,
Each of the two strange beings that addressed him thrust a hand Kind sir,” says she,
into the pit, which was of immense depth, and to Haitim's astonish. “And it's dabbling in the dew
ment their hands reached the bottom where he lay. They called Where you'll find me.”
aloud to him to hold fast by their hands, which he did, and in an " And what is
instant he was drawn up and set at liberty.
Haitim thanked his deliverers, and said to them," In this pit there
are vast treasures of gold and jewels. If you can bring them to
light I will distribute the same in the service of God, by relieving And your coal-black hair ?”
the wants of the poor and the needy.". "My father is a farmer,
On hearing this, one of them threw himself into the pit, and handed Kind sir,” says she,
up the treasure to the other, who remained outside. In the course “ And its dabbling in the dew
of an hour all the hidden stores of the pit were brought up and Where you'll find me."
packed together, so as to be easily carried, after which the two people " And what is your mother,
took leave of Haitim and departed.
Haitim for some time viewed his treasure, and thus communed
with himself: “How can I best dispose of all this wealth ? If those And your coal-black hair?”
accursed villains that lately maltreated me were here I should bestow
it all upon them, that they might for once be satisfied, and cease from “My mother is a dairy-maid,
oppressing their fellow creatures." Kind sir,” says she,
He then selected from the stores a suit of apparel, in which he “ And it's dabbling in the dew
dressed himself; and having filled a large bag with the most Where you'll find me."
valuable jewels, he departed in quest of the old woman and her seven “ And what is your sweetheart, My pretty maiden fair,
He had not advanced far when he espied the object of his search, With your red, rosy cheeks,
sitting, as formerly, by the way-side. On seeing her Haitim was And your coal-black hair?”
extremely delighted, and walking up to her, he put his hand into bis bundle and pulled out a handful of the finest and most costly jewels
, “ William, the carpenter,
which he scattered around her. Kind sir,” says she,
The old woman, as before, gave the signal to her sons by exclaim. “ And it's dabbling in the dew
ing, “ May heaven send one or two to aid me;" and forthwith the Where you'll find me.”
seven robbers presented themselves, and surrounding Haitim, asked him whither he was journeying.
Haitim addressed them thus : “My good friends, I have one THE ADVENTURES OF HAITIM TAÏ.
request to beg of you, which I hope you will grant me."
The thieves desired him to speak, whereupon he thus continued : “You hunger and thirst for gold, for worldly wealth ; abandon your
present iniquitous way of life, and withhold your hands from oppressCHAPTER II. (Continued.)
ing your neighbours, and I will enrich you with gold and jewels to
such an extent as will satisfy your utmost wishes." (OR two or three days Haitim lay senseless; but as soon as To this exhortation the thieves replied, “ Hunger and want have
his recollection was restored he searched for his talisman, which driven us to this avocation ; and certainly if you give us all this
the robbers had fortunately left with his turban. The instant wealth, we shall speedily abandon a course of life which is hateful to he brought it out, the pit became quite dry; he then applied it to bis God and oppressive to man." wounds, which were speedily healed.
"Well," said Haitim, “repent of your past deeds, and give me Haitim, thus restored to perfect health, could not, mild as he was, your solemn and sincere promi
mise never to transgress in future, and I avoid making the following reflections : " What a trick those shall satisfy your wants. cowardly villains have played me! Well, if we should meet again “But ere we can conscientiously give you this promise," replied I may give them something which will set their avarice for ever at the thieves, “ show us that immense treasure which you are to bestow rest."
Occupied with these thoughts he fell into a profound sleep, and in Haitim opened his bag and displayed the treasures which he pos
A PERSIAN TALE,
of the dog.
sessed ; on seeing which the thieves unanimously requested him to time bent down his head in reflection, after which he addressed the impose upon them whatever terms he chose.
young man, saying, My dear friend, pray tell me where is your Swear to me," said Haitim, “a solemn oath in the following residence ?" words : ‘Before God the wise and supreme, who observeth and " It is about three days' journey from this place, in the city of knoweth all things, we promise never to lay our hands on the pro- Suri.” perty of our fellow-creatures, nor henceforth to injure any one ; “That city," rejoined Haitim, “I know well, for there resides otherwise may the wrath of heaven be upon us, and may our past Harith, the merchant, whose beautiful daughter is so celebrated on deeds, of which we sincerely repent, never be forgiven.'"
account of her three questions. I am just on my return to that city, Hereupon the thieves bound themselves by oath to follow his having found out the solution of her second question, which runs dictates, and expressed penitence for their past sins ; after which thus :- I have done nothing that can benefit me this night.” Haitim, having thus reclaimed them from the path of error, divided “You speak truly,” replied the young man, “as to Harith and his treasure among them and departed.
his fair daughter. I know them well, being their fellow citizen, Having traversed part of the desert, he espied a dog lolling out and I rejoice in the prospect of your company thither." his tongue, and exhausted with hunger and thirst. He at once sup- Haitim then advised the young man to preserve the magic nail posed that some caravan, to which the dog belonged, must be at no with the utmost care, and as soon as he arrived at his house, to great distance. On approaching the poor animal, it seemed in the serve his wife with it as she had done to him, and the consequence most piteous manner to implore bis aid.
would be the transformation of the abandoned woman into a Haitim felt for the misery of every living creature; he there- spaniel. fore lifted the dog in his arms, and car it with him, in order They both set out, and in about three days arriv in the city of to restore it with food and drink as soon as he could procure Suri, and proceeded straightway to the young man's residence.
When arrived at the gate the porters and female slaves ran out He had not proceeded far when he beheld a village at some distance from every room to welcome him. He made a sign to them to keep before him, and thither he bent his steps.
silence, and arming himself with a sword, he inquired of his On his arrival the people presented him with a barley loaf and domestics where the black Abyssinian was. some curdled milk, the whole of which he gave to the dog. The They replied, “ With your wife.” exhausted animal, thus satisfied with food and drink, fawned on Foaming with rage, he entered his wife's apartment, and seizing Haitim, as if expressing its sense of his kindness, and then lay down the enchanted nail, thrust it into her head, and she was instantly at his feet.
transformed into a spaniel. He then, to complete his revenge, Haitim began to stroke the animal with his hands, and was severed the head of the Abyssinian from his foul carcase. meditating on the power and wisdom of the Almighty, 'who created He returned to Haitim, and, cordially taking him by the hand, the countless myriads of creatures that fill the universe, each with conducted him into his hospitable mansion, and seated him on a some characteristic in form and colour peculiar to itself, when, his throne. He tied a string round the neck of his wife, now trans. hand passing over the head of the dog, he felt some hard substance formed into a spaniel, and led her before Haitim, saying, “Behold resembling a horn. He wondered what this could mean, for," my abandoned spouse ; and there” (pointing to the headless trunk of said he, “I never heard of dogs having horns.” He examined it the Abyssinian) is the black slave who shared in her guilt." further, and found that an iron nail had been driven into the head When Haitim beheld the headless trunk of the slave he could
He drew it out, and instantly the animal assumed the not help saying to the young man, “Why have you killed this shape of a young man.
sinful wretch ?” Haitim sat for some time in silent abstraction, wondering at the “I think,” replied the other, “ I have done him a service, “for I miraculous occurrence which he had witnessed.
thus secure him from all further sin and iniquity, with which he At last he addressed the young man, saying, “ Tell me, sir, who would have loaded his polluted soul had he have been left longer you are, and how you have been transformed into the likeness of an in this world.” irrational animal ? From what mysterious cause have you now
Haitim remained for that day as guest, and the next morning he recovered your proper shape on my removing the nail from your took farewell of the young man and returned to the caravanserai, head ?"
where he met with the lover of Harith's daughter. The young man, struck with Haitim's humane and amiable dis. He courteously addressed the youth, whose name was Naim, and position, and full of gratitude for the service he had just rendered made many inquiries after his condition, to which the other replied, him, bowed his head to the dust as he replied, “ Benevolent sir," It is now several months since the voice was last heard in the suffice it to say that I am of the human race; that by the foulest wilderness, and from that circumstance Harith's daughter is expectcraft I was transformed into that shape wherein you lately saw me, ing your return crowned with success." and from which, through the divine favour, and your humane “Rejoice, my friend,” said Haitim, “ for I have really succeeded attention, I am now delivered.”
in procuring the most accurate information respecting the voice in " I should like to know," said Haitim, “if agreeable to you, the the desert.” cause of your having assumed the shape of a dog.
Haitim then made straight for the gate of Harith's abode, and The young man, thus solicited, proceeded with his own history. announced his presence to the domestics, who forth with informed “Worthy sir, I am the son of a merchant; my father, not many their mistress that the Arabian prince had returned, and waited at years ago, made a journey to the capital of China, with a large stock her gates. of goods of various kinds, which he there disposed of to great She ordered them to admit him, and, on Haitim's entrance, she advantage. In return, he supplied himself with the most valuable eagerly requested to know the result of Haitim's adventures, of commodities produced in that country, which, on his arrival in which he gave her a detailed account from beginning to end. Kheta he exchanged for gold, and thus became immensely rich. "You speak truly," said the lady," the voice has now ceased to
“ As I was his only son, he wished to have me settled in life, and be heard, and you have accomplished my second task ; it only induced me to marry a beautiful young lady.
remains for you to procure me the Shahmuhra from Mahpari, the "Shortly after my marriage he died, and I became possessed of King of the Peris." the whole of his property, and for some time my life passed in perfect Haitim then took leave of Harith's daughter, and returning to the felicity.
caravanserai, said to his young friend, “now I depart in quest of the " At length my wealth became considerably diminished; I there- Shahmuhra." fore invested my money in purchasing goods at Kheta, and, like my The youth prostrated himself at Haitim's feet, and poured forth his father, made a journey to China, which, of course, compelled me to gratitude. leave my home and country for a considerable period.
Haitim raised him up, and embracing him, said: “Rejoice, my “During my absence my wife formed an intimacy with one of my friend, for as soon as by the aid of God I shall have accomplished this Abyssinian slaves, and also obtained this iron 'nail from some third task, I shall put you in possession of your best beloved. magicians.
Haitim lest the city of Suri, and, placing his firm reliance upon "At length I returned home, and as soon as sleep overpowered Divine Providence, set out in quest of the Shabmuhra. After admy eyelids my infamous wife thrust the enchanted nail into my head, vancing a short distance, he sat down to rest under the shade of a and instantly I was transformed into the shape of a dog. She then tree, not knowing in fact which way to proceed. kicked me out of the house, and when thus driven into the public At length his mind recurred to the cave that led to the world of streets all the dogs of the city flew at me.
Deevs, and he resolved to wait upon Farokash their king, and Winged with terror, I fled into the desert, and there for three receive his directions to the abode of Mahpari, thinking that the days I had wandered without a morsel of food or a drop of water, Deevs could furnish him with the requisite information. He thereuntil the auspicious hour when God the Supreine sent you to my fore rose up and made for the mouth of the cave, which he entered relief."
as formerly, and in the course of a week he reached its further When Haitim heard this extraordinary narrative he for some extremity, and issued into the boundless desert by the route pre
The Deevs flocked around him from all quarters, and recognising a man very like you fell into our hands, and we cast him into the their former visitor, they conducted him to their villages, and vied fire and burnt bim ; pray, are you that individual, or some one else with each other in their hospitality and respectful attention.
of the human race ?" Haitim thus advanced from town to town, till at length his “Oh, you troop of simpletons !" replied Haitim; “if, as you say, majesty, Farokash, hearing of his approach, came out to receive him, you burnt that individual, how do you imagine that he should be and with all due honours conducted him to his palace, seated him again alive? But the truth is, the Almighty has preserved me upon a throne, and presented him with a variety of eatables the most amidst the burning flames." delicious, and in short, testified in every way the pleasure he felt at The peris, on hearing this, again threw Haitim into the fire, from the meeting.
which, after a considerable time, he calmly walked out unhurt. A After some time the King requested to know of Haitim the cause third time they repeated the experiment, and at length, becoming of his visit; to wbich the latter replied: "Sire, I am on my journey convinced that he was not to be destroyed by burning, they carried in quest of the Shabmuhra, which is in the possession of Mahpari; him to the sea-shore, and cast him into the midst of the deep, and, in this enterprise may I venture to solicit your aid."
leaving him to his fate, they departed. “ Young man," said Farokash, "you aim at things that are beyond Whilst Haitim was buffeting his way by swimming amidst the the power of the human race. There is not one of my Deev subjects billows of the ocean, a large sea-serpent happened to espy him. This that can enter the dominions of Mahpari and return alive, far less monster of the deep rushed upon him, and instantly swallowed him then is it practicable by you, a mere mortal.”
alive. “Sire," replied Haitim, “the Almighty Power, that has preserved Haitim, thus rescued from drowning, on coming to his senses me in your kingdom, will watch over me when in the fairy-land, attempted to stand up and move about, whereby the sea-serpent and thence conduct me back in safety. In the meantime, may I re- became so desperately annoyed that it darted towards the shore, and quest your bighness to furnish me with guides, who may show me with great exertion succeeded in disgorging him on dry land, after the way thither, for otherwise I should wander astray."
which it plunged into the deep. “ I wish,” said Farokash, "you would abandon this rash enter- Haitim lay in that spot for the space of two days and nights, prise, so inconsistent with common sense.”
helpless, and exhausted with hunger and thirst ; after which time be “How can I,” replied Haitim, “ without disgrace relinquish the rose up, and wandered he knew not whither, until he found himself task which I have undertaken? My word is pledged to accomplish in a wilderness of sand. Here he continued to wander in every direct, and with me a promise is sacred."
tion, till a troop of peris happened to observe him; they immediately On hearing this reply Farokash remained silent, as he felt assured surrounded him, and said to one another, “ Here is a mortal man ; that compliance with Haitim's request would be only hastening his how can he have come hither ?” ruin.
Addressing Haitim they said to him," You seem to be of the human Three days were spent in dispensing the rites of hospitality, after race; pray, who brought you into our territory?" which Haitim addressed the King, and said, “Sire, allow me now to Haitim replied, “The merciful Creator first conducted me into depart, for the occasion is urgent ; let it not be said that the tor- your dominions, but since my arrival I have been thrown into the sea, mented lover has died in his protracted expectation of me; in such a and swallowed by a monstrous serpent, from whose belly I was cast case I should be responsible for his death, and what would be my out two days ago on dry land. I am now exhausted with hunger; answer before the Great Judge ? The love-sick youth in whose if you have any compassion within you, let me have something to cause I labour is sincere in heart and ardent in his affections; his eat, and water to quench my thirst.” life depends on my successful exertions, and my failure will be the The peris replied, “We dare not minister to your wants, not even cause of his death."
a drop of water, for our king has ordered us to slay every one of Hereupon the king of the Deevs summoned a few of his subjects the race of men or Deeys that may fall in our way; if we therefore and gave them instructions to the following effect : “ You shall con- delay a moment in putting you to death, the wrath of his majesty duct this young stranger to the boundaries of Mah pari's dominions, will assuredly overtake us. and remain there until his return, if such be his fate."
Here one of the peris said to his companions, “Our king is far The Deevs lifted Haitim on their shoulders, and with the speed hence and need know nothing of this affair; this wretched being is not of the wind began to traverse the wide-spreading desert.
come hither of his own accord. God is merciful! You know not from In the course of a month they arrived at the confines of fairyland, what distance he may have been brought by the serpent, and his where the Deevs halted, and, addressing Haitim, said, “We are now being found here is accidental
, as it was natural he should make an in sight of the mountain Kaf, and here commence the dominions of effort to preserve his life. He is one of the human race too, and our Mah pari, within which we dare not enter, for close upon the limits superior, nay, the noblest of the sublunary creation; let us convey of that mountain are stationed thousands of peris ready to destroy him to our abodes
, and afford him kind and hospitable treatment."
“ But," said the rest of the peris, “if we do spare him, and our Haitim took leave of the Deevs, and fearlessly passed the bounds king should hear of it, his majesty will certainly put us to death.". of the fairy regions, and from day to day approached nearer the On hearing this discussion Haitim addressed them, saying, “ My mountain, whose top seemed to pierce the skies, and whose sides friends, if it is your duty and interest to slay me, I am quite reabounded with green trees in endless variety.
signed, and will submit to my fate without further argument.” When he arrived at the base of the mountain the peris assembled The peri, however, who had spoken in his favour, still held out, from every side, and said, one to another, “ Here comes one of Adam's saying, “My worthy companions, our king is far distant, even seven race, whom we must instantly put to death, since he has the hardi- days
' journey hence; and who among us is likely to turn inhood to approach this mountain.”
former ?" Hereupon the peris rushed to the base of the mountain, and, At length they all agreed to spare Haitim's life; whereupon they laying hold of Haitim, bound his hands and feet with chains, saying, carried him to their dwellings, and gave him food and water, so that " Tell us, mortal, whence come you? What is your business? and in a short time he became perfectly recovered. who has conducted you hither?"
The peris, charmed with Haitim's gracefulness and eloquence, "I come," said Haitim," “ from the city of Suri, under the crowded around him, and felt the greatest pleasure in listening to his guidance of my Creator."
conversation; they daily supplied him with the most delicious food " Pray, are you come at the request of the daughter of Harith the and the most refreshing fruits, and spent their whole time in his merchant ?"
society. Thus he soon became a general favourite, so that he venHaitim reflected in his own mind, "Now, if I tell them the truth, tured to ask their leave to depart, in order to accomplish his own and say that I am come in quest of the Shahmuhra, they will affairs. assuredly destroy me; and if I speak falsely it will be unworthy of “Pray tell us,” said they, “what is your business here, and what me, having never done so in my life. In this case, then, silence is broughť you into our world ?" the best policy."
Haitim told them without reserve: “The Deev subjects of FaroMeanwhile the peris came to the resolution of casting him into kash conducted me as far as your boundaries, beyond which they the fire, “For," said they, “ he is in all probability conie for the dared not venture. As soon as I entered your dominions, the peris Shahmuhra.” They quickly heaped together piles of dry wood, to that guard your coasts laid hold of me, and three times did they cast which they set fire, and, throwing Haitim into the midst of it, they me into the burning flames, but from all their evil design the hand all set up a loud shout of laughter, and there left him.
of the Creator protected nie; they afterwards threw me into the sea, Haitim, remembering his Maker, took into his mouth the talisman from which I escaped as I have already told you." of the bear's daughter, which rendered him completely proof against “And pray,” asked they," what business have you so important, fire. For three days he remained in that state, after which period that you undergo such trials and perils for its accomplishment ?" he came out without even a thread of his garment being singed. My business," replied Haitim," is with Mahpari.'
Haitim had no sooner made his escape iban he was again seized “ Beware, frail man,'' said the peris,“ how you speak of Mahpari; and bound by the peris, who thus addressed him :" Three days since we are his subjects, and he has enjoined us not to suffer a man or