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breed. But I am wrong to interrupt the story. The bird carried off the girdle: The damfel inftantly gave the alarm, to the guard: and a number of borfemen were dispatched to keep the kite in view: who dropt it after a long purfuit: when it fell into a well. A man was immediately let down; who difcovered in the fide a large cavity, where a vast number of chefts had been lodged, which proved to be the very treasure, which the emir had been in queft of; and amounted to four millions Sterling. This is the first time, I believe, that a body of horfe was fent after a kite: and though the horfes of Perfia are very fleet; yet it is extraordinary in d long pursuit that they fhould be able to keep up with a bird fo fwift, which had likewife got fome minutes the start of them. But the most furprising circumftance is, as the aperture of a well cannot be above a yard or two in diameter, that in fo wide a range the kite fhould fo exactly hit this mark: and of all places in fo large a circuit let the girdle drop into this well. And laft of all, which crowns the whole, that here fhould be the long fought for treasure, worth four millions fterling We fee here a wonderful concurrence of circum< stances: and there are people, who will think, that they approach very near to the marvellous.

The ftory, p. 5. concerning the envoy, who was fent to the Tobba of Arabia, is equally extraordinary and entertaining. The prince, it seems, upon the envoy being introduced faid to him, T'heb, ba feated. But this, in the dialect of the person spoken to, unluckily fignified-precipitate yourself: which proved an unfortunate circumstance. For the poor envoy, with a fingular deference for the orders of bis fovereign, went and threw himself from the wall of the castle, and broke his neck. Now the commands of princes ought without doubt to be heeded:

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heeded: yet I believe in this cafe few would have
fhewn fuch fingular deference at so sudden warn-
ing. One should think, that a person would have
hefitated a little, and made fome fmall inquiry have
before he had ventured all for nothing. In later,
times a fenfible man may have fhewn a mistaken
regard; and have been led into an errour: but
hardly into one fo fatal, as that mentioned above.
However there have been facts fomewhat fimilar:
and as nothing fets off a history to fuch ad-
vantage, as its parallel, accept what follows by
way of illuftration: for the precife truth of which
I will not vouch: but give it you as I receive it.
The perfon concerned is fuppofed to have been,
like the man above, an envoy: one, who refided
here in the reign of Queen Elizabeth: but of
what country is not said: though from his great
politeness fome judgment may perhaps be formed.
He is represented as very infirm, and gouty: and
at the fame time troubled with a painful retention.
The MSS. in which he is mentioned, describes
him in the following manner. He was a very aged,
and a very coftive Lord: and fo marred in his knees and
in his ancles with the gout, that he could fcant ftond.
One day, when he was in Privy Chamber, the Queen's
Majeftie noting his infirmities, fayd unto him: Good
my Lord, I wifh, that you could procure yourself a
ftool. He not truly apprehending her Grace's meaning
through default of language, but thinking of his pri-
vate malady, went incontinent home:
went incontinent home: and took so
many laxatives, enemas, and cathartics, that he was
well nigh killed. And though they gave him Hippo-
crafs, and many cordial apozems, yet from Allhallow-
tide to Saint Swithin his bowels were like a bladder.
Nor did they recover themselves in a year, they were
fo angered and aggrieved. Whatever mistake may
have been made, we fee here the utmost complai-
fancé :

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fance and this too, let me tell you, în very critical circumftances. Nothing could be more proper, than the regard fhewn to the fuppofed good wishes of a princess; whofe withes were esteemed equal to commands. But I must confefs, when a regard of this fort is extended to hanging or drowning, or to breaking one's neck, it feems to be carried rather too far. And whatever fenfe of duty a per fon may entertain, yet I fhould imagine, that he would think twice, before he implicitly obeyed: for a leap down a precipice is no jefting matter. In good truth, if I may be allowed to speak freely, hiftories of this fort are very little fuperior to thofe of that refpectable lady, Mother Goose. On this account I fhould imagine, that in your future pub. lications they had better be omitted, left the Perfians fhould be efteemed as great fablers as the Greeks. As to the account (p. 147. notes) of the Nim luze, this I allow to be curious; and it is of a different caft. I beg therefore to repeat it in your own words, for I am far from having any thing to fay to its difparagement. One of the most fingular creatures (in Arabia) is the Nim Iuzé, or Nim Cheir. It is fuppofed to be a human figure fplit in two: the male being the right half, and the female the left. They have of confequence half a face, one eye, one arm, and one foot; on which they run with incredible fwiftness. There is humour in this: and. I only with, that one of the halves had been fent after the kite, that ftole the maid's girdle; it • would have beat the Perfian fcouts all hollow.

And now, good fir, give me leave in the most amicable manner to conclude. You took notice in a particular paffage, that you thought it your duty to defend the merits of the Perfian and Arabian languages. You cannot but think me under an equal obligation to ftand up for my own writings.

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