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him, he would say, were bribes re « not add to that load of Torrow I see ceived by Eucrate; for Eucrate had “ in your countenance the awe of my the most compassionate fpirit of all presence; think you are speaking to men living, except his generous ma your friend; if the circumstances of tter, who was always kindled at the your distrets will admit of it, you least affliction which was communi.

“ Thall find me so." To whom the caled to him. In the regard for the ' ftranger" Oh, excellent Pharamiferable,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; but, courts, who wanted only fupplies to “ oh Pharamond! though it was by luxury, thould 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, runaccountable alienation of parents a forrow too great for human life to ' from their children, cruelty of hus. support: from henceforth shall all oca

bands to wives, poverty occasioned currences appear dreams or thort infrom shipwreck or fire, the falling out “tervals of amusement, from this one of friends, or such other terrible dif

"aMiction which has feized my very 'asters, 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 56 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 about.

" that instant!" Here the stranger One evening when Pharamond came paused, and recollecting his mind, afinto the apartment of Eucrate, he ier 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

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 Pharamond, 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 urfora 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 men living I most loved. " folable calamity: all his features seem " I command myself too much in your " fuffused with agony of mind; but I royal presence, to say, Pharamond,

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

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

have; he said he would speak to Pha « his own subjects? Will the father of * ramond. I desired his business; he « his country murder his people? But, k 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 Mall not be able country does murder his people. Fora " to speak it at all.” Pharamond com “ tune is so much the purluit' of nian

manded 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 fortudes. It him under the greatest concern in " is therefore the iradvertency, negliwhat manner to demean himself. The gence, or guilt of princes, to let any king, who had a quick-cliscerning, re “ ihing grow into custom which is lieved him from the oppression he was " against their laws. Acourt can make under; and with the most beautiful as fashion and duty walk together; it complacency said to him "Sir, do " can never, without the guiir of a


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" court, happen, that it mall not be « when I reflect upon the little accidents riunfashionable to do what is unlawful. “ in our former familiarity, my mind “ But, alas! in the dominions of Pha « swells into forrow which cannot be 16 ramond, by the force of a tyrant cuf “ refifted enough to be silent in the pre“ tom, which is mis-named a point of « sence of Pharamond." With that “ honour, the duellist kills his friend « he fell into a flood of tears, and wept " whom he loves; and the judge con • aloud. “Why thould not Pharamond

demns the duellilt, 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 name obedience to them? As " of his administration, and form to “ for me, oh Pharamond! were it por “ himself the vengeance called for by - sible to describe the nameleis kinds of " those who have perished by his negli. os compunctions and tendernelles I feel, gence."



Hor. Ars POET. V.319.

T is the custom of the Mahometans, capacity. I once met with a page of

if they lee any printed or written Mr. Baxter under a Christmas pye. 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 defence 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 perusal of it, I canceived 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 circumstances it by these accidental readings, and have may appear; for as no mortal author, in fometimes found very curious pieces, the ordinary fate and vicissitude of things, that are cither 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 survey of my library, in a paper of tobacco. I have light. they are very much surprized to find, ed my pipe more than once with the upon the shelf of folios, two long writings of a prelate; and know a fricnd band-boxcs ftanding upright among my of mine, who, for these several years, books, until I let them fee that they are has converted the estays of a nian of both of thein lined with deep erudition quality into a kind of fringe for his and abstruse literature. I might likecandiesticks. I remember in particular, wife 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 le a hat-cate, which I would not exchange veral fragments of it upon the next re for all the beavers in Great Britain. joicing day, which had been eipployed This my inquisitive temper, or ratherin quibs and crackers, and by that impertinent humour of prying into all mwis celebrated it's fubject in a double forts of writing, with my bacural ayer


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