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Experience hath long fince convinced me that labour and sorrow are the portion of the sons ot men, while they continue inhabitants of this earthly manfion. And when the heats pi youth are over, and calm reflection assumes her feat, thou wilt be fully convinc. ed of this great youth, and repent the maments thou haft squandered in the service of vice."
These words pierced like an arrow the heart of the exiled monarch, and drew a fresh flood of tears from his eyes: He again prostrated himself before the God of nature, and with a voice interrupted with fighs, thus answered the hoary hermit.
O thou whom age and experience have taught wisdom, listen O thou, to my tale, aud thou will soon be convinced, that I have abundant reason for my sorrow, and that my tears are not shed in vain. I am the son of the great Kalahad, and was lately seated on the throne of Indostan. My subjects will* D 7 ingly
i'ngly paid me obedience, and my praise echoed in every corner of the empire. But 1 forsook the counsel of the wise and prudent and listened to the advice of the young and foolish; indulged myself in every kind of luxury and paid no regard to the petitions of my people. Justice was no longer administered, nor the cries ot the injured regarded. To put a, stop to these excesses the populace assembled in a tumultuous manner before the palace, but instead of redressing their just complaints, I took the fatal resolution of putting their leaders to death; even the wife Chimas, who loved me with the affection of a.father, fell a victim to my rage. But alas! this horrid tragedy produced very different effects; the people, mad with iury at the loss of their leaders, assaulted the palace, but before they could force a passage I escaped thro' the garden, and have ever fince wandered in these pathless wastes, lamenting my weakness, and imploring for. U.l \ givenese
giveness from the god of nature. But how can sorrow atone for my wretched conduct, or a torrent of tears wash out the stain of murder!"
The hermit stood for some time astonished. but at last, recovering himself, he cried out', "How unsearchable are the ways of providence! and how various are the methods used by the Almighty to teach wisdom to the sons of men! Thou, O monarch of Indostan, hast known from experience the poignant pangs of a guilty conscience; and adverfity has taught thee this sacred truth, that virtue only is productive of happiness. But return, 0"son of Kalahad! to the capital of thy empire; thy subjects will receive thee with open arms, and the son of Chimas, who now administers justice, will replace thee on the throne of thy ancestors. And may the sufferings thou hast endured in these barren wastes never be forgotten; may they prove a constant monitor to remind thee of the D 8 follies — — ,
follies of thy youth, and the kindness of heaven in pardoning thy frailties. And remember, my son, that those, who follow the ways of vice, will at last plunge them.? selves into the gulph of destruction: while the paths of virtue are paths of pleasantness, aud lead to the regions of eternal repose."
The Prince followed the hermit's advice, repaired to his capital, was kindly received by the son of Chimas, and governed bis people happily for many years.
"Tis a charming story Madam, said Miss Scagoe, but nothing pleases me more., than that the nasty Cat met her desert—How I trembled tor the poor Rat."
"The story is so extremely moral throughout," said Miss Stlwyn, "that it is sufficiently explanatory, without troubling our good Governess with questions," FOURTH EVENING.
EMPEROR OF CHINA,
Hamti, the best, and the wisest Emperor that ever filled the throne, after having gained three fignal victories over the Tartars, who had invaded his dominions, returned to Nankin in order to enjoy the glory of his conquest. After he had rested for some days, the people, who are naturally fond of processions, impatiently expected the triumphal entry, which Emperors upon such occafions D 9 were