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of lilies, which, although the air felt but, owing to the negligence or stupidisomewhat cold, did not cease to poor ty of her slave, had not been iostructed forth a fragrant smell. The blossoms how to lift the latch of a certain wicket. of the arbour also enchanted him with This idea came, and went, and came their odour ; and the long tendrils of again. Could she venture out at the climbing plants, glittering with moisture, window ? No, no, no. Only a few trembled at the least breath of wind. steps ? No, no. Yet there was no Nakoonar was visited with the remem- great impropriety. She would immebrance of bis earlier days, when the diately return; and by the time be had passion of love had visited him for the unfastened the wicket, she would be first time, and made the blood tingle ia safe within the window. his veins with a sweetness to which he So she reasoned, and found, that, in had for a long time been a stranger. her present mood, she could not with

A total silence pervaded the garden as draw contentedly and go to sleep. She well as the house, which was quite near. endeavoured to remember the advices of The walls were white, and reflected the the holy dervis; but they passed over moonshine strongly. The lowest row her mind without bringing back good of windows was not more than a yard resolutions. from the ground. While Nakoonar sat The fair Safie, believing that no eye looking and listening, one of the sashes observed her, put fortb ber slender foot was thrown open, and the beautiful upon a stone seat beneath the window, Safie put out her head cautiously, as if and took what might be called a very to see whether any person was there. improper step, of which she soon felt Finding that notbing stirred, she with- the consequences. Nakoonar, perceivdrew. Her mind was probably in a ing that all obstacles were remor. state of sanguine restlessness and ex- ed, got hold of her-immediately. He pectation, which would not allow her mounted his borse, and away they flew. to suppose that any thing could detain her lover, although she had not beard from him, and which overcame her with CHAP. IV.–Shakrak falls in with the Gentleman sweet tbroes of tenderness, interming

with the Six Horns.--He again sees his Mistress led with anxiety.

In the meantime, Shakrak having spent Shortly afterwards she appeared a the whole day in a most disconsolate second time. She leant out over the manner, witbout tasting any food, esroses which grew beside the window, cept a few dates wbich were brought and listened attentively. In the mean- him by the magician, resolved, when time, Nakoooar had an opportunity of night came on, to make a second atobserving the beauty of her neck, which tempt to escape. He accordingly paswas very white and smooth, and of her sed once more through the jaws of the cheek, which did not appear to have monster, and repaired to the stable, but much red, but only a gentle and mo- found the horse gone. Upon opening dest crimson, set off by two or three the door at which Nakoonar had knockdark curls. Her bands were also very ed on a former occasion, he found it white; and it grieved Nakoonar to led into another suite of apartments, consider the roughness of the stone be- which probably served Nakoonar as a fore her, which, in her thoughtfulness, workshop for carrying on the different she was grasping and rubbing uncon- branches of his art. They were tull of sciously. Cruel and upworthy wretch! very extraortinary articles. In the last whose miod was, at the saine time, file room, Shakrak found the gentleman led with the most sinister intentions. with the six horns pouoding at a huge

When she could not hear any steps, mortar, and venting, from time to time, she opened the window a little more. lamentable groans and complaints against At this juncture, the cunning magician the absent magician ; for, by means of made a rattling with the bridle of his spells, he had been forced to breome horse ; and the idea occurred to her, Nakoonar's servant, and was kept very that perhaps her lover was not far off, closely at work.


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Shakrak and the Magician. No sooner did he perceive Shakrak, it would be leave her to repose than, throwing down his pestle, he for some time; and accordingly, havran to detain bim. • My dear friend,” ing laid her gently upon a sofa, be went said the evil genius," you see how I away, locking the door after him. am used. Whatever may

be Nakoon Shakrak now peeped out. He saw ar's politeness to me before company, I bis sweet mistress lying languidly, with can assure you that in private he treats her dark hair shaken out of her turme no better than a dog. I have ban, and her silken robes disordered. worked to bim for twenty years, and The small ribbons wbich tied her sanwould fain escape from my bondage ; dals were half uploosed, and shewed which, if I bad some assistance from that, before she made the fatal step out others, I could easily accomplish. I of the window, she had just been preknow several of his talismanic secrets. paring to retire to sleep. Now droopI am an evil genius myself, no doubt, ing with her tulip cheek over the sofa, and many things therefore lie out of my she seemed slowly to recover the regu. reach ; but if some holy and pious larity of her breathing, and uttered from person could be introduced into this time to time heavy sighs. palace, and persuaded to act according It would be upoecessary to describe to my directions, Nakoonar might be her astonishment, when the faithful destroyed, much for the good of Con- Sbakrak presented himself before her stantinople.”

view. “Ah, my dear mistress !" said “ Perhaps,” replied Shakrak, “my he, “ you know not what terrible things belp might be somewhat in this mat- I have gone through since we parted. ter ; but how can I be sure of your sin- This is a magician's house ; but do not cerity ?"

despair, for I any here to guard you, and “ Never doubt that,” said the ge- hope soon to accomplish our escape. nius, striking his palm upon that of the magician carried me off as I was Shakrak with a loud noise. “ Come going to Haslan with your letter.” along with me into a neighbouring “ Now I begin to understand my apartment, and I shall give you con- situation," said Safie. “What a frightvincing proofs."

ful looking man that is, with his shagThey proceeded into a fair chamber, gy hair ! Oh, Shakrak, you must cerspread with the richest carpets, and tainly have been loitering, or doing scented by orange trees and other plants, something wrong, when you was carwhich grew in vases. It likewise con- ried off.” tained many sofas and musical instru- “No, no," replied Shakrak, "I ments, and was altogether a delightful protest that I was doing nothing wrong. place, but had no windows, and was But where did the magician get hold lighted only by globular lamps, finely of you, madam ?" painted.

“We shall speak of that after“ How do you like this ?" asked the wards," replied Safie, blushing; and genius.

they entered into a conversation, in the “Exceedingly well,” replied Shakrak. course of which Shakrak related all that

“ Oh, the magician! the magician ! he knew, disclosing also what prospects I hear him coming !" cried the gentle- had been held out to him by the genman with the six horns, and was off in tleman with the six horns. an instant, leaving poor Shakrak to alas !" cried Shakrak, “although this creep under a sofa.

room is beautifully decorated, I perNakoonar entered, bearing the fair ceive it is a prison, from which there is Safie in his arms, and placed her upon po other outlet except the door, of a seat. Her eyes were tull of tears, which the magician has the key; and I and she seemed quite exhausted with can do nothing while I remain here." terror and astonishment at her journey So saying, he knocked loudly at the through the air, insomuch that she did door, and then hid himself under a sofa. not even attempt to speak or enquire Safie did not perceive the meaning where she was. The magician thought of this ; but presently Nakoonar en

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tered, and came up to her with as sweet nius, and asked him what he had been an expression of countenance as he doing for two hours. The genius recould assume, saying, “ Fair lady, be- plied, sheepisbly, that he had been hold your humblest slave. This pal- working as hard as he could ; whereace is yours, with all its delights; and upon Nakoopar, taking the pestle out you see before you one who would of his bands, belaboured him dreadrather follow your steps on all fours, fully, and concluded by knocking off walking, thao be admitted at once to three of his horos. This was too much the third heaven."

to be endured, and the spirit sternly “ Impious and abominable man!" folded his arms, muttering threats of cried Safie, “how dare you come near revenge. me ? Are you not ashamed to use this “ Let me have no sulkiness," cried language to her whom you have so Nakoonar,“ else you shall fare worse cruelly snatched away from her friends?than you have done. Bestir yourself, Your appearance testifies that you can- and decorate the banqueting-room as not be far from sixty, an age at which superbly as possible. Spread forth there is no longer any excuse for wan- my talismans upon the table, and preton outrages : nevertheless, you con- pare my books ; for there is a fair lady duct yourse!f like a green and giddy re- before whom I wish to make a grand probate. I am sure your head exhib- display of my art. I shall grudge no its gray hairs enough to make you pass pains to please her. As for you, make for a dervis or a philosopher."

your outside as decent as possible, and “Ah, madam!” cried Nakoonar, be ready to execute whatever I may kneeling, “ you see what a plilosopher command. To improve my appearI am.'

ance, I think I shall lay aside my usBegone, for I wish to repose my- ual safeguard of the enchanted doublet, self,” cried Safie, who now perceived and shall content myself with the staff that Shakrak bad crept out of the room of cedar which I received from the old unobserved.

magician who now lives io retirement “ For what purpose did you make among the ruins of Dendera.” such a noise lately?" asked Nakoonar. So saying, he retired. The genius,

"I know nothing about these nois- still smarting with his wounds, went es,” replied Safie. “It must have immediately to the wardrobe, wbere been some of your own wicked genii ; the staff of cedar was kept, and deposfrom whom, as well as yourself, I trust ited another in its place. that our holy Prophet will defend me. In the mean time, you would oblige CHAP. VI.–Shakrak gets the Assistance of a derme very much by retiring, and locking

vis.--Safie is rescued. the door after you."

In the meantime, Shakrak, having “Sweet lady,” replied Nakoonar, mounted the wooden horse, shot bold“ I will obey ; but you must ultimate- ly down into Constantinople. ly have pity on me" And accordingly now day-light ; and bis first care was he withdrew.

to find Haslan, the lover of Safie, who,

after a short explanation with the pantCHAP.V.–Nakoonar prepares an Exhibition for Safie. fore him. Such persons as were abroad

ing and perspiring slave, mounted beNAKOONAR, in coming away, heard at that early hour stood gazing at ibe some stir in the stable of the wooden strange machine; and when it rose horse, and was proceeding in that di- again, they saluted it with loud huzzas. rection, when he was stopped by the The two riders, however, where detersix-horoed genius, who wished to have mined to have a third, namely, the bobis directions about mixing certain pre- ly dervis Noodlegander, who had plaparations in the workshop. Nakoon- ced an amulet in Safie's apartment. ar went to look at the inortar, Find. Upon repairing to the street where he ing that very little had been pounded, lived, they found the venerable old man he turned furiously round upon the ge- seated before his door, reading the Al

It was

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coran. He was extremely thick-sight- covered with fine velvet, upon which ed, and also obtuse in bis hearing, so were spread various jewels and curiosithat they could not make him under- ties. Oh ho !" cried the dervis, “ I stand what they wanted. Neverthe- perceive there are talismans here: we less, at their solicitations, the venera- must secure these in the first place.” ble old man, who was so completely And be accordingly put the whole in sacred that nothing could come amiss bis pocket. to him, tucked his Koran under his arm, At this juncture Nakoonar rushed and mounted without hesitation. He into the room, flashing fire from his felt quite at home every where, because eyes, and uttering frightful imprecahe knew himself to be incapable of re- tions. He lifted up what he supposed ceiving any hurt ; and accordingly the to be his cedar staff, and made a trewooden horse ascended with its three mendous blow at the dervis, who very riders.

coolly warded it off with an old pair of When they were about half way from spectacles. The staff few in pieces. Nakoonar's house, the venerable old Nakoonar being thus deprived of all man put bis hand gently upon Haslan's personal power, was running to open shoulder, and said, My good friend, a great iron door, and let loose his monwhat is the meaning of this haste ? Be- ster upon them, when the evil genius ware of the left side of the road, for I took hold of him, aod threw him headthink I perceive a ditch there.” long from a window.

“ Never fear,” replied Haslan; was accomplished, and he disappeared. are far above every thing of that sort. They now repaired joyfully to the We

e want you to assist us against a orange-tree apariment, where Safie was great magician."

confined. They found her asleep, “ Music is a lascivious art,” replied with the roses mantling in her cheeks. the dervis, shaking his head. “ I never She was muttering something about assist in these things.

stepping out from a window by moon“ I do not say musician,” replied light; and when Haslao . touched Haslan, “ He is a great necromancer.' her, she screamed and awoke. The

“ Romances are worse,” said the utmost congratulations passed among dervis, shaking his head a second time. all the parties ; and the good-natured

“ Reverend father, you mistake me," dervis promised to give a bint to the said Haslan. “I mean a great sorcerer.” parents of the young people.

“Oh ho! a sorcerer !" cried the der- Shakrak would fain have been alvis. “My eyes have much failed me lowed to carry away the wooden horse of late, but you shall see presently what for his own use; but to this the dervis an old man can do. To me a sorcerer is would by no means consent, quoting as pleasant as a bare to a greyhound.” a certain adage, which it is unnecessa

They landed on the platform, and ry here to repeat. passed through the estable, where the They left Nakoonar's house by a wooden grooms fell prostrate, as the great staircase which led down to the dervis hobbled past with his Koran. street; and next morning the dervis According to the direction which Shak-having revisited it, with the cadis of rak had received, they proceeded forth- the district, had all the unlawful implewith to the banquetting-room, where ments and monsters consumed and kilthey beheld the utmost splendour of de- led, which was a dreadful business for coration. In one corner sat the evil those who were engaged in it. But genius, burning with rage and shame after these things were accomplished, for the loss of his horns. He could there remained some very pretty apartscarcely look Shakrak in the face, but ments, ready for the reception of Safie seemed rejoiced at their arrival. In and her husband. the middle of the room stood a table

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Extracted from the New Monthly Magazine, December 1819, Oh, could my mind, unfolded in my page,

whole liberal turn of thinking was not Enlighten climes and mould a future age; There as it glow'd, with noblest frenzy fraught,

only congenial with his own, but who Dispense the treasures of exalted thought;

coo ferred, wbile they received, improveTo Virtue wake the pulses of the heart,

ment, by that interchange of ideas and And bid the tear of emulation start! Oh, could it still, through each succeeding year,

conceptions, of observations and reflecMy life, my manners, and my name endear;

tions, which not seldom affords the most And, when the poet sleeps in silent dust,

valuable materials for subsequent conStill bold communion with the wise and just !.. sideration. We must add, also, the Yet should this verse, my leisure's best resource, opportunities afforded by visiting the When through the world it steals its secret course, Revive but once a generous wish supprest,

Continent, France, and Italy, one conChase but a sigh, or charm a care to rest ;

quence of which he has given to the In one good deed a fleeting hour employ,

public in his “Lines written at Pæstum, Or flush one faded cheek with honest joy;

March 14, 1815."
Blest were my lines, though limited their sphere,
Though short their date, as his who traced them here.

But it is most likely that this gentle

man's principal claim to rank, as a Bri. SO SUCH are the sentiments of this poet. tish poet, will be founded on his

Very different from some who direct “Pleasures of Memory,” which if we their talents to “ wake the pulses of the mistake not, first appeared in 1792, and heart" to joys forbidden by virtue, and his " Human Life," a lately issued pereven to violations of that decorum which formance. Perhaps the advantage of a libertinez themselves acknowledge to be happily chosen subject has seldom been the best safeguard of social happiness. more completely realised than in these;

The Muses have been characterized especially in the first of them : for, who as ranking in their train rather abilities is there, who does not call up associathan property, rather genius than riches. tions of his younger days with an affecOur present subject forms a distinguish- tion increasing as life is prolonged ; ed exception. Born of wealthy parents, who does not more or less resemble the son of a banker of the city of Lona Goldsmith’s Traveller, while increasing don, pursed in the lap of ease, himself his distance from home, following the same lucrative profession Aud drag at each remove a lengthen'd chain. as his father, Mr. Rogers indulges his The affectionate caresses bestowed powers as a mean of amusement, as a on the opening mind, and the boyish gratification to himself and to those who form rising to graceful vigour, are rehave the pleasure and the honour of his collected with an energy of mental defriendship. The advantages of such a lineation, that while it most strongly insituation are almost innumerable; the terests, most exquisitely delights. The benefits of a liberal education, the op- place where, and the time when, the portunities for observation of life, in its minor circumstances, with their less various branches, for selecting a subject than minor accompaniments, dwell on without restraint from opposing circum. the memory; and the man who does stances, for contemplating it in all its not realize again and again, in his elder bearings, and for maturing those ideas years, that bounding of the heart which by which it is expressed and illustrated. feebly expressed his pleasure, as bis sire, Genius unsupported pines under the in- or his grandsire, praised bis youthful conveniencies of the res angusta domi : performances, and uttered predictions even Dryden was not proof agaiost the expressive of the most sanguine hopes, hasty and unfinished verses imposed on is less to be envied than old Argus, the him by necessity. Mr. Rogers has also dog of Ulysses, who recognised his masenjoyed the blessings—for such they are ter, and expired with the emotions oc: --derived from keeping the best com- casioned by the joy of seeing him again, pany, from associating with those whose after a tedious interval. What is it

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