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THE DOG OF MELAI.
Under the Greeks of the middle age, the faminations, turned himself to Melonionart of sculpture, after the famous destruction All your excellent works (said be) are, as I of their statues, never more ventured power \| perceive, dedicated to heroes. To them alone, fully to raise its head. Paintings were the perhaps, you have devoted your art?" sole ornaments of their temples and palaces ; “ To them, even the least. I love mankind, and a hundred pictures were more easily found, too well to be fond of their destroyers; that than a single statue. The descendants of Phi you find my workshop su full of their inovadias and Scopas as much forgot the arts of ments, is merely accidental, and to confess their forefathers, as the valour of Miltiades honestly, an accident that occasions me more and Themistocles was forgotten by them. pain than pleasure. As artists, are we not
During a few years only, under the Em oftener obliged to follow the commands of our peror Constantine X. this art appeared to be employers than the impulse of our own inflattered with a more favourable destiay. He clinations? Often, whilst occupied on the ex: had seen Italy before his ascent to the throne, ploits and characters of these warriors, my had preserved his liking to the remains of Ro chisel is apt to drop from my hand. Yon will, man grandeur he had there seen, and encou I hope, believe ine, when I tell you, that the raged his subjects to imitate their example. bloody marks in this marble, not undesignedis, He succeeded! No sooner did the artists per refer often to their swords.” ceive that from bim might be acquired what “ Two-fold fame for that artist, who with a artists, particularly natives, so seldom moet head and a hand possesses also a soul! for 3 with-support and reward, than they imme- | deserving being, under whatever form fate had diately collected around him in numbers, em- decreed him to appear, you would then wil bellished his residence, and bowed at bis nod. lingly employ your chisel ?"
One of the most fortunate of these work. “Most certainly, as soon as he is really men in metal and marble, was Melonion. The proved deserving!” fanre of his art, and the pureness of his heart | “O that he was! tbat be was. Neither you were equally great; and he felt not less by the nor I will ever have it in our power to be so la view of a fine form, than by listening to an in- l a higher degree.” teresting and affecting tale.
lu the eyes of the old man, as he utterru Onee, about the going down of the sun, as this, tears glistened, and his voice changes he was preparing to leave off his employment, from the deliberateness of age, to the eagera man bent double with age, entered his work ness of youth. He proceeded :shop, aud begged leave to look at his statues. “ But the price, artist, which you fis on a His white hair, a certain sublimity in his eyes, monument from your bands?” the fire of which age might have diminished, “ Two thousand golden bezantins.” but could not extinguish, his dress simple, “ Much, very much! yet pot more than be rather indifferent than good, but cleanly and is worth.” decent, the animated look with which he sur “And who is this being (asked Meloniol, veyed the masterpieces be beheid, the few ob- somewhat surprised), of whom you have servations lre made on them, but those few so spoken?" pointed all this induced the artist to pay “ One more answer, before I discover more attention to his visit than he usually Would you, since yon do not confine yo did to the daily interrupters of his work. The ! to heroes, deem a being of a different spel stranger had now viewed all the pieces, and deserving your chisel, if his conduct weit through a particular chance it so happened,
| otherwise Justly deserving of adıniration and they were all dedicated to famous warriors. praise?" The war with the Arabs, which was alone in- | The embarrassment of the stafuary terrapted by an armistice, never ended by all creased at every word of the stranger. peace-occupied in particular the contempo “A being of a different species? " raries of Melonion; and the grateful Coustan- || it you mean?" tine lad destined for many of his generals, ll “ You will be still more astonished monuments of immortality,
name bio to you." This singu ar coincidence did not escape the “So, name him then.” . old man, who having at last finished his ex- “My dog."
ut species? What is
ore astonished when I
The old man spoke truth, Melonion at the science, and that for me is enough. Have you two words appeared thunderstruck-looked | a room less frequented by those who may wish doubtfully, now full into the eye of the stran to speak with, or disturb you-conduct ine to ger-now on his miserable dress-now on the it, and your curiosity shall be gratified.” Meground. This , degrading commission alone lonjon complied with his desire-they sat soon filled him with the idea, that either the down, and the stranger thus began :stranger was frantie, or, by some one sent, ll “My father was king over the greatest part through envy, to deride him. Yet his former of Iudostan-I, Melai, his eldest son, and the sensible conversation contradicted the first peaceful inheritor of his throne.” Astonished suspicion, whilst the noble generous warmth and filled with awe, the artist attempted to of his tone and look considerably weakened the rise ; but the old man grasped his hand, and second-it was, however, a minute at least, Il prevented him with a friendly smile.-“ Forbefore Melonjon recovered himself; he then bear (said he), it is the lot of monarchs to be with calmness replied : “ You are right, ve- flattered in good fortune, censured after death nerable old man! Your proposal really sur -in misery despised by thousands, and only prises me- it is the first of the kind that has now and then, from one elevated soul, to meet ever been made to me-is it in jest, or in || with sympathy. Be you this last, and I am earnest?"
more than contented. My father (continued “ Really in earnest.”
he, after a few moments' pause) was a warlike “ Have you sutficiently reflected on it?” ll prince, before whom his neighbours trembled, « Perfectly."
and his subjects were afraid. I was his oppo“ And also the expence of the two thousand site; for from my youth the chief desires of bezantins?"
my heart were peace, and the love of my peo. « On that also."
ple. He had grown grey in battle, and regard" Ayd of the security you must give me, lled his armour as the decorations of a bridethat this work, supposing I undertook it, is 1 groom. I unwillingly put it on, and never not undertaken in vain?"
Il without the most fervent prayer, that I might " For that, this stone shall be your secu soon be permitted to lay it off for ever. rity." He drew, as he said this, a ring from I“ In ny forty-eighth year, I yet retained all off his finger, the form of which, even with the fullness of health, all the powers of a youth out the preceding conversation, would alone l at twenty,--and at these years I saw a girl have excited the surprise of Melonion. It || prostrate herself at the foot of my thronecould not in reality be called any longer a ring, || A girl, such as I had never yet beheld! A it was only the casket of what once had been milder eye, a finer form, a more lovely bosom, one, with some remains of its former splen no artist had ever painted, hardly imagined; dour. The magnitude of its empty sockets, and when she began to speak, the tones alone shewed the worth it had formerly possessed, ll of her voice were powerful, even for those who and the two stones that remained, was a still understood not her language. Before her pe. more certain proof. The artist, who was well tition was known, it was granted; and her acquainted with the worth of jewels, valued suit might as well have been unjust, as it one at about four thousand ducats of the pre- ll proved just, without danger of being lost. sent coin, and the other at half of that sum. | Her complaint was against a covetous uncle,
No longer could be repress his curiosity and || who would have sold her to a deformed euerwonder.“ Old man!" he exclaimed, as he | vated man, alike cripple in soul and body, as sprang up, and carefully shutting the already l a sacrifice to his lust, or rather an incitement half-closed door ; “Old man! I conjure you to his desires ; and you may easily conceive to tell me who you are? and what you require || how my judgment decided. of me?"
“ But not so easy can you imagine how I “ What I require, you already know ; but || felt as she prepared to retire from before my to discover who I ain, reqnires consideration throne. The feelings of a youth of sixteen, -at least I must exact from you au oath of the who is in danger of being bereaved of his first utmost secrecy.”
love, are tritling compared to it. Had not my " Which I will make. It is true, an oath I rank forbid, I had gladly hastened after her, bave been used to reserve for things alone of embraced that fine neck before all my subjects, the utmost importance, and indeed without and kissed those lips of coral. one, my no impeached character might render “I called her back once more. As she turnyou sufficiently easy."
ed round, it was as the breaking forth of the “ Not your character, but the tone of your sun on a lowering day; the clouds disperse, appeal. It is the tune of an unspotted con- and the bright region around seems to have been new created. I have declared you free, ll “ Notwithstanding the warmth of my love, beautiful Gulmanac, cried I; and as a proof I yet knew little, or pot at all, jealousy, the of your freedom, it now rests with you to give ' general failing attendant on this passion. Guleven your sovereign, before his people, a fa- manac was mistress of my heart, and, greatly vourable answer, or a denial. Would you ac- as the custom of the country and rank decreed cept of a place among' my women? She , the reverse, also mistress of her freedom. By blushed.”
|| little chearful suppers, some of my courtiers • My sovereign has to command !
were often permitted to see her while they at« But how then, if he will not command?" | teuded on us; yes! more than once I laid aside
" It then will be the greatest happiness of all majesty, and suffered Ebu Machmud to sit his slave to anticipate his smallest wishes.' by my side, and partal of our meal.
« From that moment she was the sole arbi- ll “ I have never yet learnt, whether perhaps tress of my heart. I dismissed my whole ha- || in the beginning, from some remains of faith rem; and Gulmarac from that hour reigned and gratitude, Ebn Machmnd did not endea. over nie, through love, as unlimited as I, byvour to suppress those inclinations, which svon birth-right, over my dominions.
mastered his whole beart; bu: this I unhap. « Soon afterwards they brought me a man, il pily 100+00n experienced, that a rival is to be whom they accused of marderous intentions leared eveu by a monarch. For as the vizier, towards his nephew. His defender was, strange during my government, could not have any enough, the nephew himself. He refuted the hopes of embezzling the best jewel in my accusers so warmly by a relation of the nume- crown, the perfidious being conceived the exrous benefits which his uncle had conferred on!' pedient of setting himself up as lord over lohim ; conducted the cause of the accused in dostan. Perbaps be already perceived someso much superior a manner to the defendant 'I thing in the eyes of the beautiful Gulmanac, himself; shewed so noble a confidence in the which gave to a young fascinating man, a virtue of others, such experience, capacity, marked preference over the husband of fifty eloquence, and humanity, that he soon pos years ; perhaps, he also knew the hearts of sessed himself of my heart. I drew him from | women, generally speaking, but too well, not his inediocrity, bestowed on him one honour to know that by every change of fortune, their able post after the other, and found him in | affections are also liable to change. every respect so useful, that at last I declared “ His endeavours and ideas were now dihim my first vizier, and conferred on him the rected towards acquiring a party amongst the name of Ebn Machind. My son grew up : populace, and he soon succeeded but too well; he was the hardsomest youth in the whole for when I before observed, that I was adored kingdom, and the most accomplished in every | by my subjects, I certainly meant merely the manly exercise. His soul was also truly worthy greatest part of them. The presumptuous of the body it inhabited; he ended fortunately | idea of being universally beloved, is madness a couple of short campaigns against a neigh- in any brain, and would be treble maduiess in bouring foe, and when returned with fame and the head of a monarch. He will ever give ol. victory, he still remained the modest youth, | fence to sone while he satisfies others; creu the dutiful son he was before he went.
while he is parentally employed for the welfare « Who would not now have considered me of the whole, he will disappoint the expectaone of the most fortunate of mankind; who | tions, or at least the advantage of individuals would not have imagined my prosperity unal. Moreover, with me the discontented party was terable? A wife, so lovely and good! a vizier, 1) the smallest, it is true in number, but the mos so experienced and tried ! both tbe more deeply | formidable in power,-the party of the warindebted to me, as the lower I found, the high- || riors. My peaceful government deprivedi
d thein er I had exalted them. A successor to my l of the rich plunder which they had often unrone, who appeared to dread, rather than || tained under my father! With dispeisun wish my death; subjects who adored me! they saw that protected through peaceful po. Peace without, prosperity within, in the mid- || licy, which they could alone appropriate, dle of a well-speut life, yet with all the powers | at the same time destroy, under cover of of youthful health ; and lastly, all this con i sword. Their discontents did not escape the nected with that bliss so seldom found in cot. observations of Ebit Machmud; he stirred tages, hardly ever on a throne; with the great them up to demand war, and higher pay; me est of all blessings, a conscience without stain ! | he persuaded to 'deny both; and hardly ha O how much was I then to be envied; how | the unfortunate No! passed my lips, when I useless appeared to me the parental caution, ll hinself-the' now uomasked traitor1004 and the parental ring; but alas, how much their head, and talked to me the language et too soon was I in want of the latter !
“ Necessity forced me now to the most || wretch. Her fearful shrieks brought several dreadful of all expedients---to a civil war. My ll of my officers, and I for the first time perloyal subjects collected numerously around me; ceived, that I no longer was the sovereign beto my son I appointed the station of field. || fore whom every knee bent; only the day marshal. Twice he was victorious; in the before, that being against whom my arm had third action he fell. When they brought me | been uplifted, would have immediately been his corpse, I threw myself upon it disconso || pierced through with ten daggers; now my late; yet one of his most confidential slaves arm was arrested, the miserable object reblunted the keen edge of this affliction by the moved, and the deadly weapon wrested from intelligence of a still greater misery. He me. It was, it is true, with the voice of paciproduced papers, which proved undeniably fication ; it is true it had yet all the appearthat Ebn Machinnd, by a pretended account | ance of servility, the forın of submission; but of dangers prepared for him by Gulmanac, | I too clearly saw through the thin disguise, had shaken the love of my own son towards and no longer confided in any being around me; that his breaking with me was only de me. layed on account of the partition of some pro “ Messenger after messenger informed me of vinces; that my son, forced by his army, had | the total rout of my forces, and the nearer apunwillingly given the last battle; and in it had proach of Ebn Machmnd. I threw myself across fallen, contrary to Machmnd's express orders, my swiftest horse : Who yet loves me, exclaimand solely through the ignorance of one of the ed I, let him follow me! about fifty out of enemy's soldiers.
more than one hundred thousand followed. * Had the perfidy of my favourite before Most of them were secret enemies of Ebn wounded my inmost feelings, how much more Machmnd: they followed out of hatred to 10 must the death and the guilt of my only || him, not of zeal to me. The fortress in which son! I now took up arms myself; my people I intended to take refuge was distant about a appeared to view me at their head with trans day's journey. A wood lay between ; night port; my arms were by far superior to the was fast approaching; we rode for life or rebel legions, and the next meeting could not || death. The wood was gained-it was midbut prove decisive.
night-our horses had not power to proceed; “The armies soon met, for passion forced me we were obliged to halt. I now numbered my on, and love goaded Ebn Machmnd, Already companions, the fifty were reduced to ten; the my right wing was under me victorious; the remainder, either fatigue or repentance bad left was led by Myn Narkuli, a brave warrior, detained. Bitterly I laughed aloud ; spoke whom my father in anger had once condemned not one word, and threw myself on the grass; to death, and whose life I had saved. To whom around me lay my attendants. Sorrow, rage, could I more securely entrust myself than to anxiety, revenge, jealousy, and a hatred of life, the man who had to thank me for his exist-ll possessed me entirely; yet weariness and ence? yet he betrayed me. Ju the midst of hunger were still more predominant than either the heat of battle, he went over to the enemy, ll of the other passions. I fell asleep, and when and with him the greater part of his division; || I awoke after a few hours, I perceived by the remainder naturally dispersed; my already | the twilight, that I was alone. How my victorious army fell into disorder, and a single companions stule away, I know not. Not far quarter of an hour precipitated me from power from me grazed my horse, and at my feet lay and grandeur into flight and anisery.
my dog. « With the look and tone of distraction, I “Enough, and more than enough, have I flew to the tent of Gulmanac, and conjured entertained you with the relation of infamous her to mount the swiftest horse, and follow beings; it is pleasing to myself, that at last I me to the nearest fortress. I know, exclaim I can describe one of a better class. Yet, to ed I, that there imprisonment, and lastly make it more easily understood by you, I inust death, will be our fate; but let us die as we | first mention what sort of a dog this was. have lived!
“ Among all the different kinds of hunting, « The wretch requested me to submit to I had preferred the chace of the tiger alone, the victor; offered herself to entreat his com- because it appeared to me the most useful to passion : offered herself- Ah, I know not to the welfare of my subjects. At one of these, what the abandoned creature offered herself! || I saw a very young, but furious dog, lacerated It is enough that I found her also to be un- and weltering in his blood; I killed the tiger questionably faithless. It was now no longer at the very moment he intended giving the in my power to repress my rage; I drew a || death-stroke to his enemy. The poor animal dagger, and would have stabbed the unworthy l gricved me; I ordered bim to be taken up, and as I usually carried about me in all those dan- opened its gates to the new sovereign; that geroas sports, a most excellent balsam, I he had entered it triumphantly on the side of poured a few drops of it into the wounds of: Gulmanac; and ended by saying, that my head the dog : the alleviation he felt from it changed was not worth less than a province. Daring his hitherto violent cries into a gentle moau his barangue I sat in such a manner that he ing, and in the midst of this moaning, he could not easily see my face; be appeared to thankfully licked my land.
be very curious of doing so, and as he at last “I reiterated my commands, to take the from time to time succeeded, he conversed utmost care of him. It was done; the dog whispering with his father a few moments." recovered, and as I had made repeated enquiries 1 “ It is true I only understood a few words; after him, he was brought to me as soon as but among those few was the word suspicious, he was healed. He knew me, and as if he were and soon after he departed. More was not sensible that I solely had been the preserver of necessary to fill me with apprehensions; I his life, he caressed me so joyfully, and in so feigned to be sleepy; seized a prétext to go pleasing'a manner, that he was from that hour ll out once more before bed-time; burried into a my favourite, and to have separated him from garden near to the house; and having mounted me alive, would have been almost an impossi my horse, took to flight, leaping over fences bility, so great was the attachment he shewed and ditches. for me. My companion by day, my guerdian “ I had hardly got a hundred yards before I by night, he had followed me every where in heard myself called after; and in about a the camp, and in my flight; I found him still quarter of an hour, I perceived by the glimwith me when all that had the power of escap mer of the moon, some appearances which ing had deserted me.
seemed to be moving about a great way off. I " Think of it as meanly as you please; the reinaived not a moment in doubt of their being former sovereign of Indostan, now embraced persons wbo were pursuing me; but I relied his last faithful friend, more warmly than he on my excellent horse, and not without rex would have embraced those who had given him
son; for I soon could no longer distiuguish back a throne and empire. I then threw my
those appearances; I rode or rather raced the self on my horse, and continued my flight; whole night through in this manner; I always but no longer towards the fortress, for I was purposely avoided the high road, and I soon but too sure, that its doors would remain shut
saw that I had but too much avoided it; for to me.
by break of day I found myself in a large sandy “ It appears incredible that a single fugitive I plain. I grieved for my horse, yet my safety could have escaped unknown, through a coun was to me to me, barbarian-of perhaps ory of war and tumult; but at the beginning | greater value than the life of the poor horse ; of my flight, I had chosen clothes and turban I continued now and then to press him forof the most common sort; my horse was fleet | ward; he performed what he could ; towards and good, but nothing less than handsome; noon, when the sun was at its height, he fell and in short, I was protected by him in whose 1 down with fatigue, and without the power of power it is to strike the eye of an enemy with raising himself up again. blindness, and the arm with impotence, when | " And you also forsake me? I cried out, 28 he intends to save us. My plan was thus to || I loosened his girts and bridle; poor animal! • steal along as far as Persia; and I might be at least, with thee thy will expired only with
distant from the frontiers about twenty miles, thy ability. O! tliat the base wretches w1 when I, one evening, applied for sbelter in a whom I was surrounded, whom I brought up, farin-house, and obtained it. I sat at table whom I nourished--ah, whom I considered as and ate, or at least pretended I could eat; my friends, had only performed their duty, there entered a young soldier, who came just
so weil!'-with tears I left him ; I would have home from the actiou, and, as I soon learned, sacrificed one of my arms, if through that was the sou of iny host. They welcomed him
could have had it in my power to have her with acclamations; and their enquiries how him; but for myself, there was no where el every thing stood ? how he bad fared? on which strength or comfort, side he had fought? what the unfortunate ? || “ On foot I now continued my fight, what the new monarch was doing? these, and cessity constrained me to approach a thousand other questions, almost deafened village, which after some hours 1 perce the youth. He was one of those who, duriug bought here some food, gave myself out the battle, bad gone over to Machmud: he merchant, who had fallen among robe exalted the liberality of the victor to the ut- ll asked the way to Persia. They answet most; be related, that my capital had joyfully that tbere were two, the oue was a biga
tinued my fight, Ne
approach the first
among robbers, and