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THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

49030?

ASTOR, LENYA!!
TILDEN FOU: Mwis.
R
1911

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(Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1836, by

HARPER & BROTHERS, in the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New-York.]

GIAFAR AL BAR MEKI.

CHAPTER I.

But were it not that time their troubler is,
All that in this delightful garden grows
Should happy be, and have immortal bliss !
For here all plenty and all pleasure flows,
And sweet love gentle fits among them throws,
Without fell rancour or fond jealousy.

SPENSER.

TIME lingers in the cell of the captive, and hovers on leaden wing over the couch of the unfortunate, lengthening out with heedless cruelty his woes; but he hurries happy lovers with his swiftest flight. How widely seems nature to have erred in this from her usual benevolence to mankind! Strange and unhappy law of our existence! Time creeps with the wretched, and flies only with him who is happy, or him who sleeps.

Never did he speed so fast away as now, with Giafar and his sweet bride. The shining pleasures which ride and glitter upon his wing, shaken

VOL. II.A

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