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to enter. He surveyed the spaciousness of the apartments, Dispositis admired the walls hủng with golden tapestry, and the floors

covered with silken carpets; and despised the simple neatness of his own little habitation.

3. “Surely,” said he to himself, “this palace is the seat of happiness: where pleasure succeeds to pleasure, and dis

content and sorrow can have no admission. Whatever nad through ture has provided for the delight of sense, is here spread

forth to be enjoyed. What can mortals hope or imagine, lingly re

which the master of this palace has not obtained? The dishes Duld not

of luxury cover his table! the voice of harmony lulls him in his bowers; he breathes the fragrance of the groves of Java,

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4. “ He speaks, and his mandate is obeyed; he wishes, and his wish is gratified; all, whom he sees, obey him, and all, whom he hears, flatter him. How different, Oh Ortogrul, is thy condition, who art doomed to the perpetual torments of unsatisfied desire; and who hast no amusement in thy

power, that can withhold thee from thy own reflections ! endu ani

5, “They tell thee that thou art wise; but what does wis. dom avail with poverty? None will flatter the poor; ang the wise have very little power of flattering themselves That man is surely the most wretched of the sons of wretch edness, who lives with his own faults and follies always before him; and who has none to reconcile him to himself by

praise and veneration. I have long sought content, and have --3-shin ,

not found it; I will from this moment endeavour to be rich.” --åte, #

6. Full of his new resolution, he shut himself in his chamber for six months, to deliberates how he should grow rich. He sometimes purposed to offer himself as a counsellor to one of the kings of India; and sometimes resolved to dig for diamonds in the mines of Golconda.

7. One day, after some hours passed in violent fluctuations of opinion, sleep, insensibly seized him in his chair. He

dreamed, that he was ranging a desert country, in search along

of some one that might teach him to grow rich; and as he
stood on the top of a hill, shaded with cypress, in doubt
whither to direct his steps, his father appeared on a sudden
standing before him. as Ortogrul,” said the old man, “I
know thy perplexity; listen to thy father; turn thine eye on
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Eccee I like the mountain torrent; or for a slow and gradual increase, resembling the rill gliding from the well?".

9. “Let me be quickly rich," said Ortogrul; “ let the Toils golden stream be quick and violent." 66 Look round thee," said his father, “ once again.” Ortogrul looked, and perceived the channel of the torrent dry and dusty; but following the rivulet from the well, he traced it to a wide lake, which the supply, slow and constant, kept always full. He awoke, and determined to grow rich by silent profit, and persevering industry.

10. Having sold his patrimony, he engaged in merchandize; and in twenty years purchased lands, on which he raised a house, equal in sumptuousness to that of the vizier, to which he invited all the ministers of pleasure, expect

ing to enjoy all the felicity which he had imagined riches 1 able to afford. Leisure soon made him weary nf him.

self, and he longed to be persuaded that he was great and happy. He was courteous and liberal: he gave all that approached him hopes of pleasing him, and all who shonla please him, hopes of being rewarded. Every art of praise was tried, and every source of adulatory fiction was exhausted.

11. Ortogrul heard his flatterers without delight, because he found himself unable to believe them, His own heart told him its frailties; his own understanding reproached him with his faults. “ How long," said he, with a deep. sigh, “have I been labouring in vain to amassk wealth, which at last is useless! Let no man hereafter wish to be rich, who is

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extreme surprise. c Frag-ment, fråg'-mênt, brokenth Ad-mi-ra-tion, âd-me-ra'-shủn, piece.

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quaver, e Rev-e-rie, réy'-e-re, a loose mus sound.

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e Tor-pe-do, tor-pe-dd, a fish whose .” Or m Ex-cur-sion, eks-kúr-shủn, an touch benumbs. expedition.

f Lan-guor, lång'-gwůr, a faintness, se dost

n Par-ti-al-i-ty, pår-shé-å!'-e-té, un lassitude.
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g Tinge, tỉnje, to impregnate, to on the

o Ec-cen-trick, ék-sen'-trik, devia imbue.
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h O-bliv-i-on, d-blly-d-ún, forgetfulp De-ride, dé-ride', to mock,ridicule. ness, amnesty. let the 9 Toil-some, toil'-sům, laborious, i Sci-ence, si'-ense, knowledge, art thee," fatiguing.

attained by precepts, or built on * Im-por-tu-ni-ty, im-por-tu'-ne-te, principles. incessant solicitation.

k En-chant-ment, en-tshånt'-ment, & Com-ply, kôm-pll', to yield to, magical charms, agree.

1 Un-re-mit-ted, ủn-re-mit'-téd, unFull. He As-per-i-ty, ås-pêr'-e-té, uneven wearied. ness, roughness.

m Ex-hil-a-ra-ting, égz-hill-8-ra. u Rug-ged, rúg'-gid, rough, stormy, ting, making cheerful. rude.

In Ev-er-green, év'-úr-gréén, a plant v Whole-some, hole'-sům, sound, verdant through the year. salutary.

0 Ef-ful-gence, èf-fül-jense, lustre, w Re-fresh, ré-fresh', to relieve af splendour.

p Ar-dour, år'-důr, heat of affection, 2 Ob-struc-tion, ob-stråk'-shản, hin as love, desire, courage: drance, obstacle.

9 Di-vine, de-vine', partaking of the y En-tice, én-tise', to allure,attract. nature of God. z In-nu-mer-a-ble, in-nu-můr-å-bl, r Be-nign, be-nine', kind, liberal. not to be counted.

s Ra-di-ance, ra'-je-ånse, sparkling a For-mi-da-ble, fôr'-me-då-bl, terri lustre. blu, dreadful.

t Sage, såje, a philosopher, learned austed. b Im-per-cep-ti-bly, in-per-sép'-te in philosophy

ble, in a manner not to be perceiv- u Her-mit, hér'-mit, a recluse, a soled.

itary monk. Hos-til-i-ty, hồs-till-e-tė, open war, v Em-i-nence, ém'-e-nense, height, enmity.


The hill of science. In that season of the year, when the serenity of the sky, the various fruits which cover the ground, the discoloured foliage of the trees, and all the sweet, but fading graces of inspiring autumn, open the mind to benevolence, and dispose it for contemplation, I was wandering in a beautiful and romantick country, till curiosity began to give way to weariness; and I sat down on the fragmento of a rock overgrown with moss; where the rustling of the falling leaves, the dashing of waters, and the hum of the distant city, soothedd my mind into a most perfect tranquillity; and sleep insensibly stole upon me, as I was indulging the inspired.,


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3. I observed, that those, who had hut just began to climb the hill, thought themselves not far from the top; but as they proceeded, new hills were continually rising to their view; and the summit of the highest they could before discern seemed but the foot of another, till the mountain at length appeared to lose itself in the clouds. As I was gazing on these things with astonishments, a friendly instructer suddenly appeared: “the mountain before thee,” said he, “is the hill of Science, On the top is the Temple of Truth. whose head is above the clouds and a vale of pure light covers her face. Observe the progress of her votaries; be silent and attentive.”

4. After I had noticed a variety of objects, I turned my eye towards the multitudes who were climbing the steep ascent; and observed among them a youth of a lively look a piercing eye, and something fiery and irregular in all his motion. His name was Genius. He darted like an eagle up the mountain; and left his companions gazing after him with envy and admiration:" but his progress was unequal, and interrupted by a thousand caprices. When pleasure warbledi in the valley, he mingled in her train.

5. When Pride beckoned towards the precipice,k he ventured to the tottering edge. He delighted in devious! and untried paths; and made so many excursions from the road, that his feebler companions often outstripped him. I observed that the muses beheld him with partiality;" but Truth often frowned and turned aside her face.

6. While Genius was thus wasting his strength in 'eccentricko flights, I saw a person of very different appearance, named Application. He crept along with a slow and unremitting pace, his eyes fixed on the top of the mountain, patiently removing every stone that obstructed his

way, till he saw most of those below him, who had at first derided" his slow and toilsome? progress.

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were more severely felt; the hill appeared more steep and t:ep rugged;" the fruits, which were wholesome and refresh

ing, w seemed harsh and ill tasted; their sight grew dim; begant and their feet tript at every little obstruction.*

8. I with some surprise, that the muses, whose buly rinsiness was to cheer and encourage those who were toiling

up the ascent, would often sing in the bowers of pleasure, and

accompany those who were enticedy away at the call of the passions. They accompanied them, however, but a little

way; and always forsook them when they lost sight of

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to the cells of Ignorance, or the mansions of Misery.

9. Amongst the innumerable’ seducers, who were en

deavouring to draw away the votaries of Truth from the med et path of science, there was one, so little formidable in her este appearance, and so gentle and languid in her attempts, that

I should scarcely have taken notice of her, but for the numbers she had imperceptibly loaded with her chains.

(10. Indolence, (for so she was called,) far from proceeding to open hostilities, did not attempt to turn their feet out of the path, but contented herself with retardingd their

progress; and the purpose she could not force them to abandon, she persuaded them to delay. Her touch had a power like that of the torpedo, which withered the strength of those who came within its influence. Her unhappy captives still turned their faces' towards the temple, and always hoped to arrive there; but the ground seemed to slide from beneath their feet, and they found themselves at the bottom, before they suspected they had changed their place.

11. The placid serenity, which at first appeared to their countenance, changed by degrees into a melancholy languor,' which was tinged with deeper and deeper gloom, as they glided down the stream of Insignificance; a dark and sluggish water, which is curled by no breeze, and enlivened by no murmur, till it falls into a dead sea, where start

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