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him, he would say, were bribes re- « not add to that load of sorrow I see ceived by Eucrate; for Eucrate had “ in your countenance the awe of my the most compassionate spirit of all prelence; think you are 1peaking to men living, except his generous ma- your friend; if the circumstances of her, who was always kindled at the your distress will admit of it, you least affliction which was communi. “ fhall find me so." To whom the cated to him. In the regard for the ' ftranger" Oh, excellent Pharam ferable,Eucrate took particular care,

“ mond! name not a friend to the un. that the common forms of distress, and “ fortunate Spinamont. I had one, but the idle pretenders to forrow, about " he is dead by my own hand; buí, courts, who wanted only fupplies to “ oh Pharamond! though it was by luxury, should never obtain favour " the hand of Spinamont, it was by the by his means: but the distresses which “ guilt of Pharamond. I come not, . arise from the many inexplicable oc

“ oh excellent prince! to implore your currences that happen among men, the pardon; I come to relate my sorrow', unaccountable alienation of parents a sorrow too great for human life to from their children, cruelty of hus- “ fupport: from henceforth shall all oc'bands to wives, poverty occasioned currences appear dreams or short in. ' from shipwreck or fire, the falling out “ tervals of amusement, from this one of friends, or such other terrible dil- " amiction which has seized my very afters, to which the life of man is ex- “ being: pardon me, oh Pharamond! posed: in cases of this nature, Eucrate “ if my griets give me leave, that I lay was the patron; and enjoyed this part “ before you, in the anguish of a of the royal favour so much without

" wounded mind, that you, good as being envied, that it was never in- you are, are guilty of the generous quired into by whose means, what no “ blood spilt this day by this unliappy one else cared for doing, was brought “ hand: oh that it had perished before

" that instant!" Here the stranger "One evening when Pharamond came paused, and recoilecting his mind, afinto the apartment of Eucrate, he • ter some little meditation, he went on ' found him extremely dejected; upon

' in a calmer tone and gesture as fol'which he asked, with a smile which

6 lows. was natural to him," What, is there " There is an authority due to dirany one too miserable to be relieved " tress, and as none of human race is by Pharain ond, that Eucrate is nie. " above the reach of forrow, none should

lancholy?"—“I fear there is," an- “ be above the hearing the voice of it; 'fwered the favourite; “ a person with- “ I am sure Pharainond is not. Know

out, of a good air, well dressed, and “ then, that I have this morning unfr

though a man in the strength of his tunately killed in a duel, the man " life, seems to faint under some incon- " whom of all inen living I most loved. " lolable calamity: all his features seem “ I command myself too much in your " Suffused with agony of mind; but I royal presence, to say, Pharamond,

can observe in him, that it is more in- give me my friend! Pharainond has " clined to break away in tears than

“ taken him from me! I will not fiy, rage. I asked him what he would " Mall the merciful Pharamond destroy

have; he said he would speak to Pha- his own subjects? Will the father of “ ramon. I desired his business; he “ his courtry murder his people? But, " could hardly say to me" Eucrate,

" the merciful Pharamond 'does de. carry me to the king, my story is not to “ stroy his subjects, the father of his " be told twice, I fear I thall not be able country does murder his people. For

to speak it at all.” Pharamond com- tune is so much the pursuit of manmanded Eucrate to let him enter; he “ kind, that all glory and honour is in * did so, and the gentleman approach. " the power of a prince, because he lias 'ed the king with an air which spoke " the distribution of their fortunes. It him under the greatest concern in

“ is therefore the iradvertency, neglia what manner to demean himself. The gence, or guilt of princes, to let any king, who had a quick discerning, re- " thing grow into custom which is lieved him from the oppression he was “ against their laws. A court can make under; and with the inost beautiful " fashion and duty wait together; it complacency said to him "Sir, do can rever, without the guiis of a


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" court, happen, that it shall not be « when I reflect upon the little accidents 66 unfashionable to do what is unlawful. “ in our former familiarity, my mind “ But, alas! in the dominions of Pha- “ swells into forrow which cannot be “ ramnond, by the force of a tyrant cuf- “ refifted enough to be filent in the pre“ tom, which is mil-named a point of " sence of Pharamond." With that “ honour, the duellift kills his friend • he fell into a flood of tears, and wept " whom he loves; and the judge con- • aloud. “Why should not Pharamond " demns the duellift, while he approves “ hear the anguish he only can relieve " his behaviour. Shame is the greatest « others from in time to come! Let him “ of all evils; what avail laws, when “ hear from me, what they feel who “ death only attends the breach of them, “ have given death by the falfe mercy « and shame obedience to them? As “ of his administration, and form to “ for me, oh Pharamond! were it por- “ himself the vengeance called for bv “ sible to describe the nameleis kinds of " those who have perished by his neglio compunctions and tendernelles I feel,





Hor. Axs POET. V. 399.



T is the custom of the Mahometans, capacity. I once met with a page of paper upon the ground, to take it up Whether or

no the pastry-cook had and lay it alide carefully, as not know. . made use of it through chance or wag. ing but it may contain some piece of gery, for the detence of that superititheir Alcoran. I must confess I have tious viande, I know not; but upon the to much of the Mussulman in me, that I perusel of it, I conceived so good an cannot forbear looking into every printed idea of the author's piety, that I bought paper which comes in my way, under the whole book. I have often profited whatsoever despicable circumitances it by these accidental readings, and have may appear; for as no mortal author, in fometimes found very curious pieces, the ordinary fate and viciffitude of things, that are either out of print, or not to be knows to what use his works may, some met with in the Mops of our London time or other, be applied, a man may booksellers. For this reason, when my often meet with very celebrated names friends take a furvey of my library, in a paper of tobacco. I have light. they are very much furprized to find, ed my pipe more than once with the upon the shelf of folios, two long writings of a prelate; and know a friend band-boxcs standing upright among my of mine, who, for these leveral years, books, until I let them see that they are has converted the ellays of a man of both of thein lined with deep erudition quality into a kind of fringe for his and absoruse literature. I might likecandiesticks. I remember in particular, wise mention a paper-kite, from which after having read over a poem of an emi- I have received great improvement; and nent author on a victory, I met with se- a hat-cate, which I would not exchange veral fragments of it upon the next re- for all the beavers in Great Britain. jcicing day, which had been einployed This my inquisitive temper, or ratherin quibs and crackers, and by that impertinent humour of prying into all muwis celebrated it's tubject in a double forts of writing, with iny natural aves



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