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proach of every vefsel that he faw, with the same impatience of expectation, as if he had been assured that it contained Almena.”

Solyman, insensible of danger, passed the day by the castle of Sevafir; where, through the iron palisadoes with which the garden within the fort was encompassed, he saw many women, but he saw not Almena. In the evening, therefore, regretting the disappointment even of those expectations, which he dreaded to have confirmed, he resolved to quit his station, till the return of morning; when, by the glimmering of the moon, he perceived another lady enter the garden.

“ As she came nearer, her image glanced through his heart more swiftly than the lightening smites the traveller on the mountains of Hima. The lady was Almena. In a burst of transport he cried, 'Almena! Solyman!' ftruck at once with the voice, the name, and the figure of Solyman, surprize overcame her, and the fell senseless upon the terras.

“ Solyman, unable to enter the garden, in an agony of terror cried out, Save, fave my Almena !' at the same time running round the walls in the utmost distraction. His exclamations alarmed the guard, who immediately secured him; though, from his cries and confufion, they concluded him to be mad, and made their report of him as such to the governor of the castle, who ordered him to be immediately brought before him.

“ Solyman, the moment he beheld the governor, fiercely cried out, I conjure thee, if thou art a human being, let me instantly fly to the relief of a lady in thy gardens.' The governor was alarmed by an appearance of reason in this request, and ordered him to be secured, while he went himself into the gardens to know if there was any foundation for it. There he found Almena supporting herself against the wall, not having perfectly recovered either her strength or her reason. · Art thou my Solyman, (said she) if thou art

my Solyman, support me in thy arms.' In his arms he took her, and bore her to a pavilion, where he held her till her reason returned. She turned her eyes full upon him, and, with a look of fear and horror, shrunk from his embrace.

• Tell me, madam, I beseech you, tell me, (faid the vernor) what is the cause of this distraction? Why are • those dear eyes so full of wildness and horror, and why do



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you look upon your protector with such aversion Is there then some other person more happy in your favour and affection, and must I for ever languish at your feet in vain?"

If thou haft any other affection for me, (faid Almena) * than that which is inspired by brutal instinct; if thou haft + more feeling than the walls that surround thee; thou wilt

surely pity me. The dear unhappy man, whom I fear ere now thy guards have seized, is the friend, for whose loss

thou hast known me mourn ever since I came within thy * power. Yes, thou wilt pity me; for thou hast wept':

when I related to thee my miseries, the tears of compaflion

Aowed from thine eyes. Let us throw ourselves at thy feet; • let us owe our happiness to thee, and thou shalt have all o the affection which is not due to Solyman.'

“ The weeping beauty, as she uttered these words, threw herself before him in such an agony of forrow, and such a pofture of fupplication, as would have moved any heart in which vice had not extinguished every spark of humanity. Far from being affected by it, the governor of Sevafir made her the following answer": · Abfurd and vain ! to suppose

that I should tamely yield that happiness to another, which . I could never obtain myself. Know, madam, that both

you and your lover are now in my power; and that he has no indulgence to hope for, but what your kindness to me

may procure him. With these words he withdrew; rather less offended at the thought of having a rival in Almena's affections, than pleased with the hope that he might terrify her into compliance, by his menaces against her lover.

« Almena remained in the most pitiable distress, Tharpened by the most painful apprehensions for her own honour, and the life of Solyman; and wandering alone into the garden, she added one night of sorrow more to the many lhe had suffered.

“ When the morning appeared, Nagrakut, that was the wretch's name, went at his usual hour into the garden. Almena, who was still there, overcome by the weight of coltinued sorrow, had funk into a transient flumber on a bench in the pavillion. Nagrakut approached and stood by her as The flumbered. There was a fight that might have excited tenderness in the breast of a savage ; but it moved not the heart of Nagrakut, nor awakened any other paflion in him but that of a libidinous desire. In a dream, îne wayed her hand, and cried, with a voice of mournful tenderness, Do S 2


( not murder him, Nagrakut! Let my Solyman live! Then letting fall the hand she had raised, she sunk again into filent Number.

Nagrakut yet felt no pity ; but placing himself near her on the bench, inclosed her in his arms. She awoke ; and, finding herself in the embraces of the tyrant, shrieked out with the most distressful horror. Her cries pierced the cell where Solyman was confined. With the united strength of rage and terror, he burst the door of his prison; and running through the apartments of the castle with a dagger in his hand, which he had fortunately snatched up in his way, he flew to the garden.

“ Almena was still shrieking and struggling in the arms of Nagrakut, who endeavouring to footh her to his embraces, had not observed the approach of Solyman. Villain, (faid

Solyman) remove thy execrable hands from the person of " that lady, and employ them in the defence of thy own?' Nagrakut, who was the most abject coward, called aloud to his guards. Coward ! slave! (said Solyman) draw this in

ftant, or my dagger shall pierce thy heart.' Nagrakut then fell at his feet; and begging for mercy, promised him Almena and liberty. This moment, then, (faid Solyman) • dismiss us from thy cursed prison. No sooner had he uttered these words, than the guards appeared. Nagrakut immediately beckoned to them to seize him; but Solyman, observing his motion, hastilyaranauo him, and plunged his dagger into his heart.

“ The tyrant fell. No way of escape, however, was left for Solyman : he was instantly seized by the soldiers, loaded with heavy chains, and shut up, with Almena, in a strong apartment of the castle. With Almena he was shut up, for jealousy now no longer parted them ; and she was considered as an accomplice in the murder of the governor."

Not long after this, a body of Kanarians entered the country of Sundah, and laid siege to the castle of Sevafir. As the death of the governor had thrown all into confusion, the fort was easily carried; and the Kanarians took prisoners all that were in the castle. The women were immediately conveyed to the court of Kanara, and presented to the King for his choice, who selected Almena.

Solyman having convinced the Kanarians, that he had no connections with the King of Sundah, and that he was willing to enter into the service of their prince, was restored to



liberty; and proftrating himself before the King, he related the adventure which urged him to the destruction of Nagrakut. The King applauded his justice. O Prince! continued Solyman, I am ftill miserable. I have reason to believe that some of your officers will detain that lady. as a prize taken in the castle of Sevasir. “ No officer of mine (replied the King) shall be suffered to detain her ; let me know her name, and she shall be immediately restored to you.” “Her name (said Solyman) is Almena.” The King appeared disturbed, and walked backward and forward for some moments in the utmost confusion : he knew that Almena was the lady whom he had selected from the captives, and he had the most ardent affection for her. in a few moments he withdrew, and commanded Solyman to attend him the following day.

The heart of the King was, in the mean time, distracted by different passions ; urged by the most powerful love to detain Almena, and diffuaded from that by truth, humanity, and shame. This conflict affords one of the noblest lessons of virtue, and is described in such a strong and affecting manner, as does great honour to the Writer's sentiments and abilities. "Am I (said he) possessed of a throne, and shall I

have no more power to indulge my wishes, than the peasant of the field ? What is the worth or the end of absolute

power, if Kings must tamely facrifice their inclinations, to • the creatures they were born to command ? Shall I give

up such beauty as that of Almena ! a beauty that has fmit

ten my heart, and inspired me with such tenderness of ' affection as I never yet felt for woma

an? But Almena was Solyman's !--it might be fo; but she is now mine. Por' fesfion goes from one to another, according to the laws of nations; and, by those laws, Almena is mine. • Why then do I feel these uneasy sensations, as much at the thoughts of keeping, as of parting with her ? The ' laws of nature, the unvariable laws of nature and truth • create them. The laws of nations ought always to be « founded on these ; and thefe suggest to me, that to keep • Almena, would be most injurious and inhuman. Shall I, ' who have condemned that in another, as a crime which

deserved the punishment of death ; commit the very fame myself? What a detestable hypocrite fhould I appear!

Shall I, who promised the lover, that none of my officers « should deprive him of Almena ; shall I degrade the King,

by doing what I would have punished in a subject? I love « Almena, and Thould be exquisitely happy in the enjoyment of her ; but shall I, therefore, make her miserable? How should I ever partake of happiness, if the object of my affections lived with me in fullen difcontent, or inconsolable • forrow? Base and unworthy of the heart of man, muft 6. be that love, which would purchase its gratification by the 5 misery of its object! The heart of Almena is Solyman’s, ! and to shall be her perfon: painful is the alternative; but § truth, and honour, and virtue, must prevail.'

“ Thus the generous King of Kanara overcame the efforts of importunate desire, by the force of virtue and reafon; and nobly scorned to avail himself of his power against an unhappy man, who had been long persecuted by misfortune, and distreffed in his love.

« The hour came at which he had ordered Solyman to attend him. The King received him with a condescending smile ; and without the least appearance of uneasiness or difsatisfaction in his countenance, defired him not to be apprehenfive about Almena, for that he should thortly be put in possession of her,

« Having thus spoken, he went immediately to her apartment, and gently taking her hand, Most beautiful of the

daughters of India, (said he) cease your forrows! I am not I now come to offer you my love, but to recommend to you

another lover, who possibly may be happier in your favour ? than I could ever hope to be. He is now in the palace;

and, if you will give me leave, I will introduce him to you.' ? My heart (faid Almena) has been so much accustomed to ? new distresses, that it is not now shocked by their fre. quency; but if you have any pity for ine, fuffer me to be! wail my miseries in folitude. Not to be interrupted in my ? sorrows, is all I ask; and that is not, furely, too much for { you to grant.' The King anfwered with a smile, If I ! ain not to be happy in your love, I am determined that c rone but the person whom I am about to introduce to you,

fhall be lo.' And haftily quitting the apartment, he returned with Solyman,

« The lovers flew to each other's arms: My Solyman!' My Almena!' In a few moments being recollected, they threw themselves at the feet of the King; and Solyman, as well as the transports of his heart would give him leave, expressed his gratitude. " Generous Prince, (said he) the { thanks of Solyman are not worth your acceptance; but you

will not be without a reward.' Yours Thall be the fu


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