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years inconsolable for the death of his brother, Helim durst not trust him with the secret, which he knew would have fatal consequences, should it by any means come to the knowledge of the old king. Ibrahim was no sooner mounted to the throne, but Helim sought after a proper opportunity of making a discovery to him, which he knew would be very agreeable to so good-natured a prince. It so happened, that before Helim found such an opportunity as he desired, the new king Ibrahim, having been separated from his company in a chase, and almost fainting with heat and thirst, saw himself at the foot of mount Khacan. He immediately ascended the hill, and coming to Helim's house demanded some refreshment. Helim was very luckily there at that time; and after having set before the king the choicest of wines and fruits, finding him wonderfully pleased with so seasonable a treat, told him that the best part of his entertainment was to come. Upon which he opened to him the whole history of what had passed. The king was at once astonished and transported at so strange a relation, and seeing his brother enter the room with Balsora in his hand, he leaped off from the sofa on which he sat, and cried out, . It is he! it is my Abdallah!' Having said this, he fell upon his neck, and wept. The whole company, for some time, remained silent, and shedding tears of joy. The king at length, having kindly reproached Helim for depriving him so long of such a brother, embraced Balsora with the greatest tenderness, and told her that she should now be a queen indeed, for that he would immediately make his brother king of all the conquered nations on the other side the Tigris. He easily discovered in the eyes of our two lovers, that instead of being transported with the offer, they preferred VOL. II.
their present retirement to empire. At their request therefore he changed his intentions, and made them a present of all the open country as far as they could see from the top of mount Khacan. Abdallah continuing to extend his former improvements, beautified this whole prospect with groves and fountains, gardens and seats of pleasure, until it became the most delicious spot of ground within the empire, and is therefore called the garden of Persia. This caliph, Ibrahim, after a long and happy reign, died without children, and was succeeded by Abdallah, a son of Abdallah and Balsora. This was that king Abdallah, who afterwards fixed the imperial residence upon mount Khacan, which continues at this time to be the favourite palace of the Persian empire.
N° 168. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1713.
loca jam recitata revolvimus
HOR. 2. Ep. i. 223.
The same subjects we repeat.
‘T OBSERVE that many of your late papers have represented to us the characters of accomplished women; but among all of them I do not find a quotation which I expected to have seen in your works; I mean the character of the mistress of a family as it is drawn out at length in the book of Proverbs. For my part, considering it only as a human composition, I do not think that there is any character in Theophrastus,
which has so many beautiful particulars in it, and which is drawn with such elegance of thought and phrase. I wonder that it is not written in letters of gold in the great hall of every country gentleman.
or Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
“ The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
“ She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
“ She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
“ She is like the merchants ships, she bringeth her food from afar.
“ She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her houshold, and a portion to her maidens.
“ She considereth a field, and buyeth it; with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
“ She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
“ She perceiveth that her merchandise is good ; her candle goeth not out by night.
“ She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
“ She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
" She is not afraid of the snow for her houshold, for all her houshold are clothed with scarlet.
" She maketh herself coverings of tapestry, her clothing is silk and purple.
« Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
“ She maketh fine linen, and selleth it, and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
“ Strength and honour are her clothing, and she shall rejoice in time to come.