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Virtue and merit wherever it be found; then shall happiness dwell in thy palace, treachery (hall be banished from the empire of Indostan, and rebellion seek refuge in the dark caverns of the mountains. The tongue of the hoary sage shall bless thee, and the shepherd, as he tends his flocks in the pastures of the Ganges, rehearse the glories of thy reign.
Thus shall thy life glide on serenely; and when the angel of death receives his commisfion to put a period to thy existence, thou shalt receive the summons.with tranquility, and pass, without fear, the gloomy valley that separates time from eternity : for remember, my son, this life is nothing more than a short portion of duration, a prelude to another that will never have an end; it is a state of trial, and a period of probations; and as we spend it either in the service o£ virtue or vice, our state in the regions of eternity will be happv or miserable. Jfore
well, my son, I am arrived at the brink of the precipice that divides the regions of spirits from those inhabited by mortals; treasure the instructions of thy dying father in thy breast; practise them, and be happy."
.At thefe , words the great Kalahad embraced his son, and closed his eyes for ever. A torrent of tears burst from the eyes of his attendants, and the whole empire of Indostan was filled with fighs and lamentations for the loss of a prince, who might be justly stiled the father of his people.
The young monarch of Indostan followed fpr some time the footsteps.of his royal father, whose virtues seemed again to be revived in him. But his pasfions soon awoke, and the dangerous abuse os power, so fatal to the monarchs of the east, completed his irregularities. He collected into his Seraglio the most celebrated beauties of tha east, and spent his whole time in their company. Justice was no longer administered,
and and virtue was banished from the court of Indoslan.
So amazing a change, alarmed the whole kingdom. The vizirs and cadis assembled, and prevailed on the wife Chimas to undertake the difficult task of roufing the prince from that lethargy in which he lay, and drive the monster vice, with all her hateful train from the palace. Chimas well knew the danger that attended so daring an experiment, but his love for his country, and his detestation of vice though dressed in the robes of royalty, prevailed on him to undertake the task.
Accordingly the next morning, as soon as the early messenger of the day had withdrawn the curtains of the east, and adorned the blue mountains with rays of gold, Chimas repaired to the palace, and after great difficulties obtained admittance, and was introduced to the young monarch, who trembled at the fight of this faithful counD 3 sellor. sellor. Such power has virtue over the mind of the profligate, even when seated on an eastern throne! Chimas addressed himself to the monarch with that confident freedom, for which he was always remarkable, but took care to intersperse his discourse with fables, the only veil under which truth could find a passage thro' a herd of sycophant courtiers. He painted in the most glaring colours the distresses of the people, and the confufion that reigned through the whole empire of Indostan, and concluded in the following manner.
"O youthful monarch, listen to the advice of one who is more defirous of thy happiness than his own. Leave for a moment these debilitating scenes of pleasure, to behold the miseries of thy people. When the » great Kalahad, thy father, swayed the sceptre of this extenfive empire, satisfaction smiled in every countenance, and the songs of rejoicing resounded in all parts of his dominions.
But But now a gloom hath covered the face of thy people, and nothing is heard but sorrow and lamentation. The lawless sons of riot commit every disorder with impunity, and vice triumphs in all parts of the empire. • Remember the instructions given thee by thy father, when he left the regions of mortality; follow his precepts, and joy and happiness shall againreturn, and thy people be delivered from every distress."
The King promised Chimas that he would no.longer confine himself within his palace, but applyhimself to the offices of government, labour to reform the abuses of which the people complained, and the next day administer justice in person. These resolutions spread a general joy; but it proved of short duration. His base counsellors, on the departure of Chimas obliterated the good impresfions his advice had made on the heart of the monarch; so that the next da.y, when the people assembled before the palace, they found it shut as usual. D 4 Twa