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He, therefore, firmly rejected Mourad's offer, and even remon'strated with him on his own change of religion.
12. The Bey, finding his father determined, and that his family's distress demanded immediate succour, sent him back to Syria, with a large sum of money, and a vessel loaded with corn. The happy husbandman immediately returned to the plains of Damascus, where his arrival banished misery and tears from his homely roof, and brought joy, ease and felicity.
SCENE BETWEEN CATO AND DECIUS.
Decius. CESAR sends health to Cato
Cuto. Could he send it
To Cato's slaughtered friends, it would be welcome.
Dec. My business is with Cato; Cæsar sees
Cato. My life is grafted on the fate of Rome.
Dec. Rome and her senators submit to Cæsar;
Cato. Those very reasons thou hast urged forbid it.
Cato. No more;
I must not think of on these conditions.
Dec. Cæsar is well acquainted with your virtues,
And therefore sets this value on your life.
Cato. Bid him disband his legions, Restore the commonwealth to liberty, Submit his actions to the publick censure, And stand the judgment of a Roman senate. Bid him do this, and Cato. is his friend.
Dec. Cato, the world talks loudly of your wisdom
Cato. Nay, more; though Cato's voice was ne'er employed
Dec. A style like this becomes a conqueror.
Cato. Let him consider that. who drives us hither;
Dec. Does Cato send this answer back to Cæsar,
Dec. Your high, unconquered heart makes you forget You are a man. You rush on your destruction. But I have done. When I relate, hereafter, The tale of this unhappy embassy, All Rome will be in tears.
THE BEGGAR'S PETITION.
PITY the sorrows of a poor old man,
Whose trembling limbs have borne him to your door,
2. These tattered clothes my poverty bespeak,
3. Yon house, erected on the rising ground,
4. Hard is the fate of the infirm and poor!
5. Oh! take me to your hospitable dome;
6. Should I reveal the sources of my grief,
7. Heaven sends misfortunes; why should we repine? 'Tis Heaven has brought me to the state you see; And your condition may be soon like mine, The child of sorrow and of misery.
8. A little farm was my paternal lot;
9. My daughter, once the comfort of my age,
10. My tender wife, sweet soother of my care,
THE TEST OF GOODNESS.
REAL goodness consists in doing good to our enemies.
Of this truth the following apologue may serve for an illustration. A certain father of a family, advanced in years, being desirous of settling his worldly matters, divided his property between his three sons.
2. "Nothing now remains," said he to them, "but a diainond of great value; this I have determined to appropriate to whichever of you shall, within three months, perform the best actions."
3. His three sons accordingly departed different ways, and returned by the limited time. On presenting themselves before their judge, the eldest thus began.
4. "Father," said he," during my absence, I found a stranger so circumstanced, that he was under the necessity of intrusting me with the whole of his fortune.
5. "He had no written security from me, nor could he possibly bring any proof, any evidence whatever, of the depósit. Yet I faithfully returned to him every shilling. Was there not something commendable in this action?"
6. "Thou hast done what was incumbent upon thee to do, my son," replied the old man. "The man who could have acted otherwise were unworthy to live; for honesty is a duty; thy action is an action of justice, not of goodness."
7. On this, the second son advanced. "In the course of my travels," said he, "I came to a lake in which I beheld a child struggling with death. I plunged into it, and saved his life, in the presence of a number of the neighbouring villagers, all of whom can attest the truth of what I assert." 8. "It was well done," interrupted the old man ; "but you have only obeyed the dictates of humanity." At length the youngest of the three came forward.
9. "I happened," said he, "to meet my mortal enemy, who, having bewildered himself in the dead of night, had imperceptibly fallen asleep upon the brink of a frightful precipice. The least motion would infallibly have plunged him headlong into the abyss; and, though his life was in my hands, yet, with every necessary precaution, I awaked him, and removed him from his danger."
10. "Ah, my son," exclaimed the venerable good man with transport, while he pressed him to his heart," to thee belongs the diamond; well hast thou deserved it."
DESCRIPTION OF MOUNT ÆTNA.
THERE is no point on the surface of the globe, which unites so many awful and sublime objects, as the summit of Mount Etna. The immense elevation from the surface of the earth, drawn as it were to a single point, without any neighbouring mountain for the senses and imagination to rest upon, and recover from their astonishment in their way down to the world:
2. This point or pinnacle, raised on the brink of a bottomless gulf, as old as the world, often discharging rivers of fire, and throwing out burning rocks, with a noise which shakes the whole island:
3. Add to this the unbounded extent of the prospect, comprehending the greatest diversity, and the most beautiful scenery in nature; with the rising sun, advancing in the East, to illuminate the wondrous scene.
4. The whole atmosphere by degrees kindled up, and showed dimly and faintly the boundless prospect around. Both sea and land looked dark and confused, as if only emerging from their original chaos; and light and darkness