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der his adminiftration the weak were protected, the learned received honour, and the diligent became rich; Mirza, therefore, was beheld by every eye with complacency, and every tongue pronounced bleffings upon his head. But it was obferved that he derived no joy from the benefits which he diffufed: he became penfive and melancholy; he fpent his leifure in folitude; in his palace he fat motionless upon a fofa; and when he went out, his walk was flow, and his eyes were fixed upon the ground: he applied to the business of state with reluctance; and refolved to relinquish the toil of government, of which he could no longer enjoy the

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He, therefore, obtained permiffion to approach the throne of our fovereign; and being afked what was his request, he made this reply: "May the Lord of the "world forgive the flave whom he has honoured, if "Mirza prefume again to lay the bounty of Abbas_at "his feet. Thou haft given me the dominion of a "country, fruitful as the gardens of Damafcus; and a city glorious above all others, except that only "which reflects the fplendor of thy prefence. But the

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longeft life is a period fcarce fufficient to prepare for "death all other business is vain and trivial, as the "toil of emmets in the path of the traveller, under "whose foot they perish for ever; and all enjoyment is "unfubftantial and evanefcent, as the colours of the *bow that appears in the interval of a ftorm. Suffer me, therefore, to prepare for the approach of eter"nity, let me give up my foul to meditation : let foli"tude and filence acquaint me with the myfteries of "devotion; let me forget the world, and by the world "be forgotten, till the moment arrives in which the "veil of eternity fhall fall, and I fhall be found at the "bar of the ALMIGHTY." Mirza then bowed himself to the earth, and stood filent.

By the command of Abbas it is recorded, that at thefe words he trembled upon the throne, at the footftool of which, the world pays homage: he looked round upon his nobles; but every countenance was

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"Mirza, terror and doubt are come upon me, I am alarmed as a man who fuddenly perceives that "he is near the brink of a precipice, and is urged for"ward by an irrefiftible force: but yet I know not, "whether my danger is a reality or a dream. I am as "thou art, a reptile of the earth; my life is a moment,

and eternity, in which days and years and ages are "nothing, eternity is before me, for which I alfo "fhould prepare: but by whom then must the Faith"ful be governed by thofe only who have no fear of "judgment? by thofe only whofe life is brutal, be"caufe, like brutes, they do not confider that they “ shall die? Or who, indeed, are the Faithful? Are the "bufy multitude that croud the city, in a state of per"dition and is the cell of the Dervife alone the gate "of Paradife? To all, the life of a Dervise is not "poffible: to all, therefore, it cannot be a duty. "Depart to the house which has in this city been pre"pared for thy refidence: I will meditate the reason "of thy requeft; and may he who illuminates the "mind of the humble enable me to determine with

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Mirza departed, and on the third day having received no command, he again requested an audience, and it was granted. When he entered the royal prefence, his countenance appeared more chearful; he drew a letter from his bofom, and having kissed it he prefented it with his right hand. "My Lord," faid he, "I have learned by this letter, which I received "from Cofrou, the Iman who ftands now before thee, "in what manner life may be beft improved. I am "enabled to look back with pleasure, and forward "with hope; and I shall now rejoice ftill to be the "fhadow of thy power at Tauris, and to keep those "honours which I fo lately wished to refign.' The king, who had liftened to Mirza with a mixture of furprize and curiofity, immediately gave the letter to Cofrou, and commanded that it should be read. The eyes

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eyes of the court were at once turned upon the hoary fage, whofe countenance was fuffufed with an honeft blush; and it was not without fome hesitation that he read these words.

"To Mirza, whom the wisdom of Abbas, our mighty "Lord, has honoured with dominion, be everlasting "health! When I heard thy purpofe to withdraw the

bleflings of thy government from the thousands of "Tauris, my heart was wounded with the arrow of

affliction, and my eyes became dim with forrow. But "who fhall fpeak before the king when he is troubled; "and who fhall boaft of knowledge, when he is dif* treffed by doubt? To thee I will relate the events "of my youth, which thou haft renewed before me; and thofe truths which they taught me, may the Prophet multiply to thee.

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"Under the inftruction of the phyfician Aluzar, "I obtained an early knowledge of his art. To thofe "who were fmitten with difeafe, I could adminifter plants, which the fun has impregnated with the fpi"rit of health. But the fcenes of pain, languor, and mortality, which were perpetually rifing before me, "made me often tremble for myfelf. I faw the grave "C open at my feet: I determined therefore to contemplate only the regions beyond it, and defpife every acquifition which I could not keep. I conceived an opinion that as there was no merit but in voluntary poverty, and filent meditation, those who defired money were not proper objects of bounty; and that "by all who were proper objects of bounty, money was defpifed. I, therefore, buried mine in the "earth; and renouncing fociety, I wandered into a "wild and fequeftered part of the country: my dwelling was a cave by the fide of a hill, I drank the "running water from the fpring, and eat fuch fruits "and herbs as I could find. To increase the aufterity "of my life, I frequently watched all night, fitting at "the entrance of the cave with my face to the east, "refigning myself to the fecret influences of the Prophet, and expecting illuminations from above. One morning after my nocturnal vigil, just as I perceived

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"the horizon glow at the approach of the fun, the power of fleep became irrefiftible, and I funk under "it. I imagined myself ftill fitting at the entrance of my cell; that the dawn increafed; and that as I "looked earnestly for the first beam of day, a dark fpot appeared to intercept it. I perceived that it was in motion; it encreased in fize as it drew near, "and at length I discovered it to be an eagle. I still kept my eye fixed ftedfaftly upon it, and faw it alight at a small distance, where I now defcried a fox whofe two fore legs appeared to be broken. Before this "fox the eagle laid part of a kid, which he had "brought in her talons, and then difappeared. When "I awaked I laid my forehead upon the ground, and "bleffed the Prophet for the inftruction of the morn

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ing. I reviewed my dream, and faid thus to my felf: "Cofrou, thou haft done well to renounce the tumult, “the business, and the vanities of life: but thou hast as yet only done it in part: thou art ftill every day "bufied in the fearch of food, thy mind is not wholly at reft, neither is this truft in PROVIDENCE Complete. "What art thou taught by this vifion? If thou haft "feen an eagle commiffioned by HEAVEN to feed a "fox that is lame, shall not the hand of HEAVEN alfo fupply thee with food; when that which prevents "thee from procuring it for thyfelf, is not neceffity "but devotion? I was now fo confident of a miracu"lous fupply, that I neglected to walk out for my repaft, which, after the first day, I expected with an "impatience that left me little power of attending to

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any other object: this impatience, however, I la"boured to fupprefs, and perfifted in my refolution ; "but my eyes at length began to fail me, and my "knees fmote each other; I threw myfelf backward, "and hoped my weaknefs would foon increase to infenfibility. But I was fuddenly roufed by the voice "of an invifible being who pronounced thefe words: Cofru, I am the angel, who by the command of the ALMIGHTY, have registered the thoughts of thy heart which I am now commiffioned to reprove. While thou waft attempting to become wife above that which K S

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is revealed, thy folly has perverted the inftruction which was vouchfafed thee. Art thou difabled as the Fox ? haft thou not rather the powers of the Eagle? Arife, let the Eagle be the object of thy emulation. To pain and fickness, be thou again the meffenger of ease and health. Virtue is not rest, but action. If thou doft good to man as an evidence of thy love to GOD, thy virtue will be exalted from moral to divine; and that happiness which is the pledge of Paradise, will be thy reward upon earth.

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"At thefe words I was not lefs aftonished than if a "mountain had been overturned at my feet. I hum"bled myself in the duft; I returned to the city; I dug up my treafure; I was liberal, yet I became rich. "My skill in restoring health to the body, gave me frequent opportunities of curing the difeafes of the "foul. I put on the facred vestments; I grew eminent

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beyond my merit; and it was the pleasure of the king "that I fhould ftand before him. Now, therefore, be "not offended; I boast of no knowledge that I have "not received; as the fands of the defart drink up "the drops of rain, or the dew of the morning, fo "do I also who am but duft, imbibe the inftructions of "the Prophet. Believe then that it is he who tells "thee, all knowledge is prophane, which terminates "in thyself; and by a life wasted in fpeculation, little " even of this can be gained. When the gates of pa"radife are thrown open before thee, thy mind shall be "irradiated in a moment; here thou canft little more "than pile error upon error; there thou fhalt build "truth upon truth. Wait, therefore, for the glorious "vifion; and in the mean time emulate the eagle "Much is in thy power; and, therefore, much is ex"pected of thee. Though the ALMIGHTY only

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