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The HISTORY of HINDBAD the Merchant. An Eastern Tale.

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lived for a long time in a state of tomb of the holy prophet; and perfect happiness, and fhared his Hindbad, who had now entirely reprosperity with Zenderhoud, the nounced the errors of the feet of idol of his heart. This happiness Xaca, set out with them for Hpawas, however, soon after disturbed han. Upon his arrival at that place, by a vision, in which he beheld a ve- he met with a vast concourse of nerable old man, who earnestly ex- people assembled before the house of horted him to make a pilgriinage a cadi; and having enquired the to Medina, and offer up his prayers cause thereof, was informed that at the tomb of the holy prophet; several persons were then examining telling him at the same time, that before him, who were found pofif he neglected to obey that injunc- fefiled of immense wealth, which tion, the vengeance of heaven would they could not satisfactorily make certainly overtake him. This ad- appear how they came by; and monition he at first neglected, and which a woman, named Zenderattributed to the prejudices which houd, who was found in their com. he had imbibed in his infancy ; but pany, claimed as the property of the fame advice being reiterated in her husband Hindbad, a merchant three subsequent dreams, heat at Ormus, whose house they had length began to hesitate, and his rifled, and carried her off at the mind was filled with scruples. same time.

Coining a few days afterwards Hindbad, overjoyed at this intelfrom a caravansera, where he had ligence, intreated to be heard; and treated with some Egyptian mer- being admitted to the presence of chants concerning an affair in which the cadi, was immediately known by they were all equally interested, he Zenderhoud, who embraced him was seized with the utmost horror with a transport of joy inexpressible. and surprize to find, upon his re. The cadi, after interrogating them, turn home, that his house was rob- was so fully convinced of their ve bed : he searched for his dear Zen- racity, that he caused the robbers to derhoud, and not being able to find nake instant restitution, and ordered her, after having enquired all over them to receive the baltinado upon Ormus, he left the city in despair. the spot.

For some time he wandered about, Hindbad and Zenderhoud imme. not knowing whither to direct his diately returned to Ormus, where steps; but at length, meeting with they ever after lived in perfect felia company of faquirs, who told him city; the former acknowledging his they were upon a journey to Me- folly in having forsook the doctrine dina, he recounted to them his of God's prophet for the impious dreain ; and he, yielding to their feet of Xaca, and the latter making united solicitations, agreed to accom- it her only study to please a husband pany them to Medina.

who loved her with unabated afBeing arrived there, they all de- fection, voutly paid their adorations at the

An ESSAY upon the Uncertainty of the SCIENCE S.

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