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Egyptian pyramids--a thousand feet By ornaments profuse, glaring and strong,
at a moderate computation, whence we With glowing colours, and with rich per-
conclude that what are now called the fumes,
precious metals were then dog-cheap.

Spread with such deep solicitude to please,

It was unnatural all, and gave offence “How grieved the heavenly angels were to Instead of pleasure to the eyes of taste.”


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The human multitudes, from hills and Among other topics of persuasion, vales,

this harridan urges on Hadallah's And villages and cities, numberless, consideration the moral to be deWho, with unholy steps, came wildly forth duced from the following “story of To kneel in impious worship at that shrine Adda :"Of wicked pageantry, in full contempt Of the true worship of the God of “ Beware !-thou may'st deceive thyself ; heaven!"

for he

Has other passions that can be aroused, All were idolaters but a remnant.

And he can hate as fervently as love. The true believers had annually emi

Hear me while I relate young Adda's fate, grated in considerable numbers to the

She was as fair a maid as ever woke land of Seth-all but one

Impassioned feelings in the breast of man; « Glorious Jethuran ! thine the happy But she was of a stubborn chastity; choice

And at her feet when the world's master
To stand alone 'midst the blaspheming sued,

She spurned his wishes and refused his
The friend and champion of the Eternal love.

At length, his passions pushed beyond

control, As he is about to be immolated to

He forced her first, then glutted his rethe fury of the tyrant, his daughter

venge. Hadallahi rushes forward

See'st thou yon citadel, whose frowning " Like a beam

towers Of sudden light from heaven, that bursts O’erhang the shadowy breadth of Kisna's the gloom

flood Of an o'ershaded sky,"

Lo! now they gleam in evening's setting And throws her slender form at Shal

There by Shalmazar's mandate she was mazar's feet.

borne, “ The beauty of the suppliant, through the And in a room of state, decked splendidly frame

For his design, he revelled in her charms, Of the fell tyrant shot resistless fire Spite of her imprecations, prayers, and Of amorous longing;”.

cries. And " fondly thus the maiden he ad

Then nothing but revenge for her disdain dressed"

And fruitless opposition, moved his soul.

• In love,'he cried, “I now have rioted “ Fair one, thou'rt charming!” &c.

And vengeance, long provoked, shall have Jethuran is sent to prison, and

its due !' Hadallah is given to understand, that

He caught her, trembling, in his furious on the usual terms her father's life grasp, will be spared.

And from the topmost turret's airy height Book Second is occupied with a

He hurled her headlong to the gulf bedetail of the measures taken by the

low. Demi-fiend to get possession of the

The flood enclosed her in its deepening virgin; among which the most dangerous are the artifices of a painted Take warning, maiden, nor presume too

And Kisna's waters were her dying bed ! and plausible jade, Jazeda, mistress

far of the harem.

Upon thy beauty; think of Adda's fate!” “Now, with proud gait and high affecte

The Demi-fiend, having as he Jazeda, mistress of the harem, eame,

grew old become an epicure in his Commanded by the king, to try each art

pleasures, is now averse to the use Of strong persuasion on Hadallah's mind. of force; but, finding Hadallah obstiAdvanced into the autumnal stage of life, nate, he takes her up to the Tower of Her beauty faded, but not quite decay'd,

Adda, and shows her Jethuran about She its defects assiduously repair'd to be flung into a pile of fire.



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“ Tyrant,' she said, 'I will not yield to à virtuous passion, which, although

she does not return, she successfully And the executioners

uses as the instrument of his converCast their victim on the roaring sion to the worship of the true God. flames.”

--The insidious designs of the tempt" But suddenly the shouting crowd is ers are, consequently, in this instance mute;

also frustrated." Awe-struck, they gaze-for lo ! a miracle ! This argument, though pretty full, Three ʼmidst the flames appear instead of gives but an imperfect idea of Book one!

Third, in which the character of the Two with spread wings and fair angelic Demi-fiend is shown in a very puzzling shapes,

light. Having recovered from the By either hand the good Jethuran caught, fright of the miracle, and got Horzan, Swift at their touch the holy man is priest of Baal, to convince the people, changed

who had been getting rebellious, that From age to youth, from feebleness to it was no miracle at all, he strength:

“ Now fondly turns to more attractive His bonds fall off; his earthly robes are turned

Once more he muses on Hadallah's To radiant garments of celestial frame,

charms." And on his head crown of glory shines. Short space the three survey the wonder

" Compulsion he would spurn, as ruinous ing throng,

To the high visions which his fancy forms With looks of pity mingled with rebuke : Then to Hadallah, with approving smiles, Of so much beauty trembling in his arms,

Of bliss, resulting from the yielding love They turn their eyes, and take their flight With mutual fondness, and with mutual to heaven;

joy.' Jethuran, in the midst, seemed in a car, By cherubs borne up to the seats of bliss.”

Hitherto, certainly, he had not

adopted the means most likely to create This seems rather too much da capo a tender feeling towards him in the of Enoch's transfiguration and trans- heart of Hadallah ; but now he perlation.

pendsThe argument of the Third Book rans thus:“ Shalmazar, recovering What shall it be? The exciting power of

“ Some unseen art it yet remains to try. from his alarm, consults his Vizier

herbs, and the High Priest of Baal, in rela- Or chymic philtres, to infiame the heart, tion to the effects which the preter. With amorous longing ?” natural appearances that attended the execution of Jethuran, might produce But the Doctor, who is no quack, re

That smells of Apothecaries' Hall. on the public mind.--At the sugges- instates himself and the Demi-fiend in tion of the High Priest, it is agreed to

our esteem. persuade the people that they were

“ Small faith in these, the result of magic.—Shalmazar then confers with his demon-slave, Asmo. Inactive oft, and transient when they act. deus, on the means most likely to Bur Magic!” seduce the affections of Hadallah.

Ay! there comes the rub. Magic They try various modes of temptation, will do the businessin which Asmodeus is the chief agent,

“ Horzan has made it welcome to my ear! but without success. Asmodeus, at Let him employ the name to cheat manlength, advises that an accomplished

kindand beautiful youth should be allowed. The art I'll practice to seduce the fair.” access to her, in expectation that he At his potent conjuration appears will become enamoured of her, and “ smooth Asmodeus," as stated in the excite in her a reciprocity of carnal argument, who delivers, in good round passion, which would occasion the set terms, a doctrine to which we heavenly influences that protected her cannot subscribe-to wit, " that the while uncontaminated by such passion, moment any seductive art can taint to leave her to struggle against temp- her soul with any impulse of a carnal tation with only her own strength.- stain,” her guardian angel will desert A young warrior, named Ellam, is her, and she will rush into Shalmazar's selected for this purpose. He be- arms. If so ; what, it may be asked, comes enamoured of her, but it is with is the use of a guardian angel?


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Asmodeus assumes the shape of a Captain Ellam had been a sad roué blooming chorister,

- though rather a good-hearted fel. " Who frames love-ditties passing rare,

low-and a prodigious favourite with

the ladies. And sings them to that lady fair ;

“ He hitherto had roamed amidst the and Hadallah begins to feel rather

flowers queerish.

Which bloomed around him, flaunting all “ The luscious poison gently wound its their charms, way

And yielding all their sweets, where'er he Along each thrilling nerve, and moved her

chose all

To sip and gather, free and unconstrained. Into a mood of melting tenderness

Nay, oft the graces of his aspect had But transient was the insidious warmth"

Bright beauteous dames of highest rank For she observed something alarming

and pride, in Smoddy's eyes—for while “ there As humble suitors to implore his love." flashed a gleam she could not under

One cannot help smiling at Shalmastand,” the casement opened of itself

zar's simplicity in confiding Hadallah to to “permit his entering steps"—the the charge of such a keeper; and we zephyr might now be felt " fanning do not believe that the scheme has with fragrance his voluptuous way". and Hadallah in that crisis prayed, since the Flood. The Captain, of course,

ever been adopted, for the same end, « Protect me, God! in whom I trust.'

falls desperately in love with his fair “ When instantly the infernal charm dis- charge ; but, finding that he can make solved

no impression on her heart, grows Like a foul mist beneath the solar beam, pious, is converted from idolatry or The casement closed against the intrusive atheism, and feels his soul raised by fiend,

her conversationAnd fair Hadallah's mind again is free.”

“ To adoration of the Power Supreme.” Hadallah goes to bed, but has odd “ Thus found the wicked ones their bane. dreams

ful arts “ For airy phantasies, Once more defeated," Seductive to the soul, now off its guard, Before her vision pass bewitchingly."

This Book we consider unique.

In Book Fourth, the Almighty, No fault of hers, poor soul ! for As- pitying Hadallah’s distress, sends the modeus is near her pillow, and angel Adareal to Japhet-. “ Insidiously his incantations works

“ Heir to Noah's throne, To charm her thoughts to love."

A gallant youth, religious, brave, and The semblance of an angel tells her wise,” that it is her fate to wed Shalmazar infusing into her mind ambitious

to command him to go to her rescuethoughts, and she feels distressed in

“ And receive, sleep

As recompense, the heart-enrapturing

meed As if pollution's breath Had through her frame diffused some taint

Of her unsullied charms." of sin,"

Japhet informs Noah of the heavenly Zoriel, a cherub messenger from message ; and Noah, after some hesiHeaven, finds her “ in temptation's tation, gives his assent; advising his grasp," and detects Asmodeus, whom

son to he rates soundly ; but oh! how unlike " Select a band of bold and valiant hearts to the scene from which it is borrow. From 'midst the hardiest youths of all our ed !-Satan at the ear of Eve in Para- realmdise, starting up from a toad into an Not to wage war offensive and unwise archangel at the touch of Ithuriel's Against the fierce Shalmazar's mighty spear!

power, Asmodeus next recommends as in Nor in such manner as may cause alarm, the argument- to place over her a But such as may be deemed a peaceful young Captain of the Guards-Cap- train, tain Ellam.

In honour of thy station and thy work." « And of this band of noble-looking men

But the Prince will not hear of that Young Ellam was the noblest.”

and, in truth, the advice was injudi

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cious and unlike Noah-and declares From yonder distant shore beyond the he will only take


“I see them,' said the prince ; ''tis “ His scrip and staff, and lyre of heavenly

wonderful ! sound,

That air-borne chariot is a glorious And one young friend of tried fidelity.”

sight.So off they set—he and Irad.for And lo! methinks in that which skims the Gal-Cainah, the metropolis of Shal

wave, mazar's empire.

I now discern some human shapes. They Books IV., V., and VI., are occu. pied with a detail of the adventures of Like youthful nymphs adorned most gorthe minstrels-for in that character geously, they travel_and some of these are, as Now to the beach beneath us they apmight be expected, of no common proach ; kind :

They land-five of the softer sex-they

walk, “ Their dress bespoke them of the min

Graceful and easy, as if angels had strel race ;

Taught them the gestures used in ParaThe robe of green, the vest of azure hue,

dise. The yellow sandals, and the jet-black Now, too, the air-borne car descends to hood

earth. Encircled with the laurel coronet

Its door is opened, and lo! issue forth Unfailing emblem of the fame which forms

Five radiant forms who lightly tread the The special guerdon of the sons of song.

ground, Thus habited, with buoyant hearts and

Stately, and buoyant with angelic wings. bold,

These bend before the nymphs in humble Their harps upon their graceful shoulders

mood slung,

And attitude, as if they were their slaves They forward on their perilous journey

Or their imploring lovers. They emset.

brace: It would appear

to this time Now they retire amidst the embowering they had seen little of their own Ar- woods : monia, and they are delighted with its And from our eager and admiring view beauties, which are fluently described; These bright and happy beings are contill, “ on the orient boundaries of the cealed. sons of Seth," they come to the bor- Irad, we will approach ; for though I feel der of a sandy waste, which it takes Such awe as tells me that these brilliant them twelve long weary days to traverse in thirst and toil--but then they Are more than mortal, yet what need we behold a lovely lake sleeping in a

fear, flowery plain, "with shelving sides of Protected as we are by Him whose will a luxuriant sylvan-covered hill.” Ja- Both mortals and immortals must obey por

“ Down the green sloping of the sylvan phet asks

hill, “ Canst thou conjecture, Irad, by what They boldly, but with inward reverence,

that up




Whether the progeny of Seth or Cain,
This beauteous region is inhabited ?"
Irad, as might have been expected,

" Who

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To where the glittering vision disappeared;
And soon, within an arbour wreathed

With blossomed woodbines, roses full in

And variegated lilies in their pride,
Again the radiant strangers they behold.
The beauteous females sat on verdant

With thyme all fragrant, and with asma-

dine, Whose odorous sweetness angels once ad


“They must be of the family of Seth."
"But lo!-behold a wonder! See'st

This was a native flower of Paradise,
The favourite long of Eve in innocence,
And deemed the brightest in that gay par-

Whose tendence was her pure and blissful


thou not
Something upon the surface of the stream
Move like a chariot ? Also in the air,
Above the water, lo ! a winged car
Comes, like a floating rainbow, hither-


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Ere hellish fraud seduced her into sin. But one less fearful than the rest with-
Even when expelled that happy residence, stood.
By Heaven's indulgence it was spared to She, sweetly scornful, smiled, and thus

she said :And her fair daughters, through all Eden's

6. What fear ye, Zaries? Sons of Seth clime,

are men, Until, with many a sweetly-kindred plant

Not ruffians; and to us no violence That blest the vales, and charmed the sons

Will offer, nor intrude if we forbid. of men,

Why from the approach of men should we The avenging Deluge swept it from the

withdraw? earth,

sen, made by nature to adore our sex ! No more to solace a degenerate world.

Ye should have more reliance on those Embowered in fragrance here, these

charms radiant nymphs,

Which captivated angels, and which o'er Named Zaries, from the effulgence of

The hearts of men are still omnipotent. those charms

For me, I'll see these strangers.-Orpheal, By which, in this love-breathing clime,

go, they held

And with due courtesy conduct them Graceful dominion o'er the sons of

here.'Heaven, Received attendance from angelic forms. Rather a pretty pic-nic party—though Nectar was here poured forth in cups of scarcely in the style of Watteau or gold,

Stothard. And fruits of rich delicious flavour, were,

The Zarie who spake was named In plates of shining crystal, spread by Ulsannah, and she was their queen. hands

Her father was the chief of Benashaar, That once had ministered in heaven, but

a Cainite province, Were fain to bend, in amornus servitude,

66 Where true piety To the caprices of those earthly dames Was found to linger, after it had filed Whose charms had lured them from their From all the rest of fierce Shalmazar's

seats on high, Causing their fall from angel purity,

The angel Orpheal had seen her one And dooming them to banishment from heaven.

vernal morning gathering flowers in a

grove near the palace garden, fell in “ Soon as the pilgrim youths this scene love with her on the spot, wooed, and beheld,

won herThey paused, alarmed, for suddenly arose

" And then it was The angelic five, as if disturbed, and thus

That woman's love first made an angel Their brightest to the wondering Zaries spake :

His example was soon followed by a “There is intrusion into our retreats,

great number of angels, who were The breathing of some mortals we per

banished from heaven for their frailty, ceive

but not, like them who fell through Within these precincts. Fair ones, shall

pride or ambition, to remediless perdiBack to our mansions in the Isle of Love,

tion, but to the Isle of Love, where And shun their sight? Or, would ye that

they we bring

“ Were only destined to be woman's slaves, Into your presence the adventurers ?'

To her caprice subjected, and to dwell “ Surprised, the Zaries started from With her on earth, partaking all her cares, their seats :

And tortured by her fickleness of mood.” Men! mortal men here venturing,' they exclaimed,

“ Here tarnished of their glory, did they * To penetrate to our secluded haunts !

dwell Haste! let us to our island, to avoid

In rigid servitude to woman's will. Discov'ry by such bold and daring spies,

Oh! happy slaves ! whose welcome chains Who doubtless are some wandering sons

were forged of Seth,

By woman's love, and gilded by her charms!” Envious or curious of the life we lead.' “They would have fled like timid deer, Orpheal now instantly obeys Ulsannah's whose fold

mandate, and ushers Japhet and Irad Is rudely threatened by some ravening into the festal bower. No sooner has wolves;

Ulsannah gazed upon the prince, than,



we haste




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