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by me! Condemned to obscurity, I am “ My brothers played on several mu-
become a stranger to my own fame, am sical instruments, some of our new ac-
unable to enjoy it, and dead to all the quaintance had the same talents, and as
world ; it is in the eternal silence of we could not enjoy at Bagdat the free
the tomb that I receive the approbation exercise of our religion, we agreed,
and the eulogies of my contemporaries ? that, on the folemn festivals, we should
The unfortunate victim of despotism, meet in a room and chant the mass.
and the fatal example of human vicissi- Our apartment was towards the street,
tudes. I am Barmecide." At the and the people stopping to listen to us,
sound of this great and celebrated name, soon discovered the motive of these re-
the Knights of the Swan rose up. A ligious exercises. Mahonetan intole-
sentiment of profound veneration and rance was alarmed ; and obtained an
refpet rendered them motionless for edict from the Caliph, which was pub-
some minutes : to great minds proscrip- lished throughout the city, prohibiting
tion and misfortune tend to increase the the Christians, under pain of death,
interest which genius and virtue never from assembling to celebrate their reli-
fail to inspire ! The two friends con. gious rites. They were allowed, how-
sidered Barmecide with an eagerness ever, the privilege of performing them
of curiosity as if they beheld him individually.
now for the first time. The emotion “ This prohibition offended me to
and sympathy which they felt was highly, that I considered what means
painted on their countenances, in so could be devised to elude it. I had
expresive a character, that Barmecide always a genius for mechanics; and,
was very strongly affected by it. “O! after some reflection, I conceived the
my friends,” cried he,“ you restore idea of constructing an instrument which
me to my existence.” In saying these might imitate all those with which I
words, he threw himself into their arms ; was acquainted, and even the human
and, having received their affectionate voice. I endeavoured to supply it at
embraces, thus resumed his narration : the same time with so prodigious a vo-

“ My father, born in the dominions lume of sound, that it might produce to of Gerold, had a passion for travelling. the ear the effect of a concert. I workHe inspired my mother with the same ed at my invention night and day, and ir Jination, who was always his insepa- in less than six months produced an inrable companion. I drew my first strument of an enormous size, to which breath in Persia ; my father was my I gave the name of Organ, and which only instructor, and he taught me by perfectly answered my intentions. I facts and observations founded on expe- ihen placed myself near my window, rience, and not by lesions derived from and played on it regularly morning and books. I had the misfortune to lose night, chanting the service at the same this excellent parent when I was 20 time. At the end of some days, inyears of age ; my mother had been.dead formation was sent to the Caliph, that tome time before. I had three brothers. the Christians, notwithstanding the riWe had always lived together in the gour of his prohibition, had begun amost perfect union, and were determin- gain their religious concerts, and with ed not to separate. Having often heard more audacity than ever. The Caliph of the extreme magnificence of the issued his orders in consequence; and Court of Aaron Ralchid, we determ. one morning while I was playing on my ined to visit Bagdat Arrived at this organ at the usual hour, I heard a vion superb capital, we became acquainted leat knocking at my door. I shut up with several Europeans of our own age, my organ, and rose to enquire the and we lodged altogether under the cause ; when, at the same instant, a same roof.

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room, and teftified the greatest astonish- became mute with astonishment, and ment at finding me alone. The captain doubted whether he should pronounce of the company asked me, where were my sentence, or dismiss me as a person my accomplices. I replied I had none. insane. I began therefore again thus ? He paid no attention to this answer, to address him: “ Sit, I can venture and sought in vain in all my closets for to protest to you, that I have not disthe other musicians. He passed feve. obeyed your orders, and that I was an ral times in the front of my organ, lone ; of which it will be very easy to without imagining it to be a musical convince you,

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you will deign to fend instrumentwhich was in some' mea- for the chest of drawers which is in fure owing to my having given it the my chamber. I will open in your prethe appearance of a chest of drawers. fence this mysterious article of furniture, At length, not being able to compre- and you will find in it a complete evihend how my companions had escaped, dence of my innocence.” The Caliph, he ordered 'me to follow him. I'de- whose astonishment was augmented by Gired to be conducted into the presence this discourse, issued immediately the of the Caliph. He replied, that he order for which I solicited, and my orwas conveying me thither. In fact, gan was conveyed into his apartment. the prince had resolved, to see me, and While I employed myself in putting it to interrogate me himself. He re. into order, the Caliph, who waited ceived me with a gloomy and severe with as much curiosity as impatience for air, considering me some time in fi. the catastrophe of this singular scene, lence; and, struck with the serenity went out for the Princess Abassa his of

my countenance, “ Indiscreet young sister, gave her an account of our conman,” said he, “ what could inspire versation, and returoed along with her. thee with so much audacity and fo The Princess, covered with a long much contempt for life ?” “Sir,” said I veil, which concealed entirely her shape in reply, “ nothing so effectually encou- and her face, placed herself on one of rages innocence as the aspect of an e. the cushions by the side of her brother, quitable judge.”-“ Thou can't not," at a little distance from, and in front of answered be,“ deny thy disobedience. the organ. Then I alked permiffon of I myself have been under thy window; the Caliph to seat myself opposite my I myself have heard the sound of in- chest of drawers ; and, at the same in. struments and voices; and yet none ftant, began to play and to ling. The but thyself has been found in thy cham- Caliph immediately heard those powerber. Where are thy companions ?" ful and harmonious founds imitating fo “ I have,” said I, “none." - Listen," completely Autes, horns, hautboys, and replied the Caliph ; “ thy physiognomy the human voice; when starting from interests and pleases me, and thy youth his seat with wonder and delight, “ Is excites my pity. I am willing to par- it possible,” said he, “ that these drawdon thee, but I expect a fincere confef- ers an instrument of music ?> fion." “ No, my lord,” answered 1, “ Yes, my Lord,” replied I,

you will not pardon a man who shall inventod it to soften the severity of your be mean enough to inform against his prohibition.” “ In prohibiting these companions and friends." " Well!" assemblies,” said the Caliph, “ ) wish. exclaimed the Caliph with violence, ed principally to prevent the celebrity “ all the Christians at present in Bag. and folemnity which the union of difdat shall be this day in irons.” “ They ferent instruments and several voices will be in that fituation only a few give to your ceremonies. I did not hours," faid 1 in a tranquil tone. foresee that there could be such an in“ And who shall set them free!”-“l, genious contrivance to abrogate my emy Lord.” At this answer the Caliph dict; but it is but just," added he,

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“ that those who are compelled to obe- livered up my mind to the splendid dience should be more inventive than prospects with which fortune and ambitheir governors.” Saying these words, tion presented me." The next day the he turned towards Abassa, to ask her Caliph fent for me, to explain to him what she thought of this adventure. the mechanism of my organ. While Immediately the most soothing and de- demonstrating its principles, I perceived lightful voice which had ever yet attract- in a few minutes that he had no notion ed my ear, requested him in expres- of the previous information that was fions the most Aattering for me, to re- necessary to comprehend with facility compense the author of so wonderful an the mechanism of a machine somewhat invention. Young man,” said the complicated ; and, at the same time, Caliph, who then approached me, “ I had so much self-conceit as to desire admire the arts and every species of ta- to conceal his ignorance. lents; thy person also pleases me. I ir As he has a fund of intelligence desire to have the mechanism of this and good sense, I could easily, by exmarvellous machine explained to me; plaining to him some of the first princiand I charge myself with thy fortune : ples, and by clearing up his doubts, Thus,” pursued he, addressing himself have shewn him plainly what he wished to his filter, 6

you shall be satisfied, to know ; but he required a learned exAbassa ; I shall keep the instrument and planation; he pretended to understand its inventor."

what.it was impossible he could coni66 The very same day I was establish- prehend, so that my

illustration was abed in the palace. I was furnished with solutely useless to him. He carried an extensive apartment, a multitude of away with him only the secret persuasion, flaves, and several magnificent presents. that he had imposed on me on the subI had no fortune, and I was charmed ject of his instruction ; and he left in that I had acquired one with so much my mind the chagrin of perceiving to rapidity and singularity; but I was not what an extent of puerility may be lefs struck with the despotism which strained the pride of the most enlightened this Prince mingled with his favours, of men, when their mind has been even those which were most distinguished. vitiated by a long poffeffion of unlimited He had disposed of me as a slave, with. dominion. out confulting my inclinations, without “ He made, however, of my organ, condescending to inform himself whe- an use which was very grateful to me. ther any particular engagement might The Ambassadors of Charlemagne were interfere with the desire he felt of attach- then at his couri, aud the Caliph added ing me to bim. I made on this subject my organ to the numerous presents with many melancholy reflections ; but I was which

he entrusted them for their masyoung, without experience, and dazzled ter.” with the brilliant qualities of the Caliph. * Madame Genlis here informis her readIn truth, he has very exalted ones. 1 ers in a note, that the first Organ known in Thut my eyes against the terrible effects Europe was sent, as appears from history, to of his disposition and character, and de- Charlemagne by the Caliph Aaron.

From Madame Genlis' Knights of the Swan.

LITERARY IMITATION.

DESCRIPTION OF BARTHOLOMEW FAIR. SHALL my steps descend to the mountains. Fair maid of the sportive field, shall my dim eyes once more be- puppet-show, of the locomotive pastehold the glories of the mob-assemblal board, thy eyes are as two funs. But fair? Daughter of Floctono, where wast thy Tonthormo shall leave the plainthoạ ? Thine arm is as the moving of the wool-covered sheep shall beat the

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feeble note-Tonthormo fighsm-Maid A stall-nymph of the frying imple. of the gurgling faucepan-Tonthormo ment, where wert thou then-a ftaillighsm-for--thee!

as smaller ships in the great vortex The Thrill trumpet sounds - Tall as whelmed-his hand, ill-fated—bis mighthe lofty cedar Giganta moveth—her ty arm to a basket clung--the stall fell head pierccth the heavens--her feet trip down, Farewell, thou nimble-fingered pingly play on the well-frequented booth Scampo. His eyes are closed in dark-Say, shall she devour the all living ness.---Fair bird of St Giles : I will fons of the rock-hall she ope the gates weep rivers. . I will make the parched that expand like the doors of the firma- earth an ocean. The trembling Blowment. Child of show, and sausage- zinda approach--Look! her fainting Leardless nymph of the stall slowly eyes ! her lover's breathless trunk now moves the rulh-compounded basket moves--swift as the doe, beloved by Look!. ye natives of Milton-her ca- cits on Easter day-the flies over the vern mouth expands--The tall Gigan- pens of the half-lold sheep,gazes on ta! rival of the oaks-devours-21- ill-fated Scampo, lifts the Iturdy arm oyster.

on his gall-provoking foe-and ans But hark! That groan--again! No his eyes.

Son of Bow-street--thou diest Tipstaffo! where wert thou? Marwith a victor's shout-Catchpollo the fhal of citizens, why lingers thy Now great! thy glories shroud thy staff arm? Scampo bites the ground.' His call as the Corinthian pillar-capped foe now triumphs, and spins the neverwith the arms of royalty.

ending ribbon. Fearless he swallows Scampo was an element in his green the devouring fire. Clouds come from youth-he grew like the Indian corn— his mouth—the furnace top. his head majestic rose, between two Such were the words of Floctono. brawney shoulders, Thus riseth the He raises the head of Puncho, glorious fpire between the adjacent wings. Scam- as the mountain-top. The clangour of po had a foe--they fought. Scampo arms is heard. The oyster gapes to be fell, as would the monumental pillar that devoured—the fleet courser into fausage marks the once all-blazing city-his jet- turned-Son of Longiano! He strode black locks that seldom knew the infect- along-and as he went-devoured the disturbing comb, kiss the ground his cock-and-breeches. blood enfanguines the straw-girt pen!

C. A SKETCH OF FASHIONABLE LIFE.

BY DR CURRIE. AS it is an acknowledged fact, con- ceffive indulgence in the pleasures of firmed by daily observation, that the the table; want of exercise, lying too constitutions of people of fashion are long in bed; respiring confined air ; and exceedingly delicate, and easily dif- vexation of mind. Diet, rendered exordered, and that very few of that def- quisitely stimulating.and relishing by the cription live to old age, I hope it will art of cookery, has so pleasing an effect not be unacceptable, if I point out the upon the palate, as to tempt to indulcauses thereof, and the reinedies : and gence in much more than is really necefthough I may not advance a single idea fary for the support or nutrition of the that is new on the subject, there can be body; especially when wine, of the no disadvantage in recalling the atten- most enlivening quality and delicious tion, as occafion may require, to useful -flavour, is joined with the principal truths, which might otherwise be for- meals. This regimen, with the obgotten.

servance of regularity, it is true, inThe principal of these causes are ex- creases the bulk, fulness, and strength

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of the body; and when exercise is free. ious effects of confined and stagnant air ly employed, no ill consequence may are too well known to need description. ensue, as the animal system has a power Air in circulation is absolutely necessary of accommodating itself gradually to al. for the support of both animal and vemost any impreffion, however foreign to getable life: motionless air is as defits nature.

tractive to both, as stagnant and putrid But, such a mode of living, when waters are to fishes formed to exist in a little or no exercise is taken, is soon river. By secluding ourselves from the productive of the most unsalutáry effects. free and open air, we deprive ourselves When carried to excess, it always oc- of one of nature's choicest blessings, and casions repletion, and a quantity of blood foon become unfit for the valuable purdisproportioned to the capacity of the poses of life. It is very astonishing that vessels, and cisposes the body to very men, who cannot exist a moment withviolent diseases. Every meal taken to out air, should be so afraid of it, and excess, creates drowsiness, fucceeded yet so little attentive to the quality of by feverish symptoms, particularly pre- what he breathes. Confined and im. ternatural heat and restlessness. The pure air equally affects the health of the violence done to the stomach by preter- greatest beauty beneath her guilded raof, natural stimuli and distention, at length the sheep in the fold, and the plant in relaxes and weakens; hence its diges. the green-house. Vexation or uneali. tive powers are enfeebled, and the same nefs of mind, whether proceeding from condition is communicated to the whole resentment, envy, discontent, or for. nervous system, and to all the functions row, has a relaxing and debilitating ef. of the body which depend upon it. fect, by destroying the appetite and These disagreeable effe&s are confirm- digestion, and preventing nutrition. Peoed by a sedentary life.

ple of wealth and fashion are more liable A found state of health depends upon to vexation than others ; for having no firm, fibres, steady nerves, good dig: necessary objects of pursuit, they become tion, regular circulation of the blood, satiated and displeased with every thing: and regular evacuations. This state they are apt to engage in various procan only be preserved by temperance or jects, in hopes of obtaining that plenimoderation in diet (including drinks) tude of satisfaction they have fought exercise, pure air, and tranquillity of for in vain, in the haunts of diffipamind ;--Other means may be of service; tion-fome enter into schemes for aug. but these are indispensable. Want of menting their fortune, and frequently exercise, alone, never fails to occasion meet with vexatious losses ;-others relaxation and a morbid sensibility of “ build enormous palaces, the fools and the nerves, a sensibility and irritability, architects to please;" and run in debt of which the active and robust can have for ornaments and equipage. Some, ia no idea.

order to kill time, ruin their estates at The same relaxed and debilitated games of hazard. Numerous are the condition is produced by lying in bed modes of embarraffiog a man's circum. all the morning, in the confiaed air of a stances, and as numerous are his causes chamber, fecluded from the cheering of vexation. But he that courts popu« rays of light.

larity, or considers a title as effential to Compare the pale and bloated visage happiness, is liable to a multiplicity of of a fashionable lounger, with the ruddy' vexations : he grows fufpicious and apa. and healthful countenance of the tema prehensive of every one engaged in the perate and early-rising farmer, and the same pursuit, and discontent goaws the advantages of temperance in eating root of his felicity ; if he fails in his and drinking, and of early rising and pursuit, he becomes a dejected valetudiaktivity, will be conspicuous. The nox- nariao. It is certain that many of the

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