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tried, nor water purified thee. See that his unknown visitor. Proceeding at thou stand fast when the time cometh." a rapid pace toward the western quarter
At these words the stranger, with of the city, they at length stopped bemore alertness than his seeming fee- fore a house of handsome exterior, but bleness indicated, turned into an which Abimelech could not remember obscure street, while Abimelech, pon- ever having seen before. A single tap dering on the warning of the strange at the door caused it to open, and the man, took his way towards his own Rabbi still following his mysterious dwelling. On reaching his house, conductress, entered a hall, feebly Abimelech retired to his own chamber. lighted with a single lamp. Here she It was a small closet or oratory on the motioned him to remain for a short house-top, furnished in a style of sim- time, and disappearing through a plicity approaching to rudeness, and passage, the Rabbi was left alone to its cold cheerless appearance was in- meditate upon the strange adventure creased by the dim twilight. There in which he was engaged. But he was still, however, sufficient light for had little time allowed him for reflecAbimelech to distinguish a female figure tion ere the heavy folds of a curtain, standing in a thoughtful attitude in the which overhung a small door, were centre of the apartment. A rich, partially withdrawn, and a fair hand mellow ray fell upon her shape, which and sweet soft voice invited him to exceeded in height the usual standard enter. He approached, lifted up the of her sex, but was so exquisitely pro- curtain, and beheld a superbly-furportioned as to convey only an idea of nished apartment, lit with silver lamps, graceful dignity to the beholder. Her fed with the perfumed oil of Samaria. eye, as she turned it upon Abimelech, Mirrors of polished metal hung around seemed dark and lustrous, and her the room, while on a low couch, sat, smile was as a sunbeam upon the or rather reclined, the beautiful stranbosom of the still waters. The Rabbi ger, whose charms now shone with a stood motionless, for he never before splendour far surpassing any thing the had beheld so much beauty ; a new Rabbi could imagine of mortal mould. pulse stirred in his bosom, and an un- He essayed to speak, but the words usual fire burned in his veins. At dwelt upon his lips. She beckoned length he found words to express his him to take a seat beside her. He admiration and astonishment. “Fair obeyed tremblingly; but the gentle, damsel,” cried he, “ thy visit is un- assuring smile which she cast upon foreseen; but thou art more welcome him, at once banished his timidity, to my chamber than the pleasant odour and he suffered his eyes to wander in of the young vines in the spring.” unrestrained freedom over those volup
“I am," said the abashed intruder, tuous beauties till the sight became while a roseate blush overspread the painful from 'extreme delight. A marble whiteness of her soft cheek and female attendant spread before them a lofty brow, “ I am, as you may perceive, light but luxurious repast of fresh and a stranger and a Gentile, unworthy to dried fruits, grapes, figs, apricots, come beneath the roof of the far-famed olives, pomegranates, and dates, interRabbi Abimelech, the words of whose spersed with pots of pure honey, rose lips are wisdom, and whose precepts cakes of Damascus, and bananas of Roare as pearls of great price. Never- setta; with Egyptian syrup, and crystal theless, let thy handmaiden find favour in which the rich wine of Helbon in thy sight, and turn aside, I pray sparkled with tempting brilliancy. thee, unto my lodgings, which are “ Fairest of the daughters of men, nigh at hand, and let thy handmaiden may I crave thy name, and that of rejoice in the light of thy countenance, thy father's house ?" said the Rabbi, and in the sweet sound of thy voice." addressing his unknown companion.
The Rabbi, though surprised at this “My name is Zorah,” replied the novel address, felt a strange sensation damsel. My father is of the childthrill through his frame. Gazing upon ren of Ishmael, an abider in the de. the lovely speaker, his resolution began sert; the fame of the sage Abimelech to waver, and, almost unconsciously, has reached unto the further borders he permitted himself to be led out by of the wilderness, and behold, the
heart of thy handmaiden was moved manner, if his next-door neighbour to see the man of whose wisdom all was not the rich publican, Aaron Ben nations speak.”
Rabiat. “Lovely Zorah!" exclaimed the “ It is even so," replied the Rabbi, enamoured sage,
“ my wisdom is still musing. become as withered grass before thy “ And he hath, I am told, coffers beauty, and the strength of my heart filled with shekels of pure silver ?” as dew in the consuming light of thine “ It is said so." eyes. Suffer me, therefore, to be " And shekels of gold, and pots unto thee even as Boaz was unto Ruth, of double maccabees, and precious and to love thee with the love where- stones, pearls, and sardonyxes, and with Jacob loved Rachel."
carbuncles more costly than the jewels Zorah smiled at the earnestness with of the high-priest's breast-plate? which these words were uttered, and “ Hah!” exclaimed Abimelech, as filling the cup, presented it to the if a sudden ray of light had darted delighted Rabbi, who instinctively across his mind : “ speak on. sbrank from the dangerous libation ; “ Aaron Ben Rabiat is stricken in but Zorah would not be denied. years and liveth alone-riches are to
Urge me not, fair damsel,” said him as the dust of the earth—there is he. “I have a vow against the juice a private way from thy house into his." of the vine until next new moon."
Stop! Stop!” cried the agitated Zorah's countenance fell, and the man, grasping the arm of the tempter big tear hung tremblingly on her dark convulsively. “What wouldst thou? eyes' silken lash.
Abimelech, torn Shall I peril my soul in this thing ? with conflicting passions, passed his Zorah ! Zorah ! thy words are pleaarm around her waist, and drew her sant to my ears as the murmurs of unresistingly to his bosom : he felt fallen waters in the desert, but the the quick pulses of her heart throb bitterness of Marah, even the bitteragainst his-her warm sighs were upon ness of death, is in their taste : neverhis cheek, and the perfumed wine-cup theless, in this also I will obey thee." at his lips ; human strength could “Go about it then, instantly,” said resist no longer, he seized the cup Zorah, rising ; “thou knowest the with desperate hands, and at a single private passage into the old miser's draught quaffed it to the bottom. His chamber. Take this weapon--thou vow was broken, and having nothing mayest need it—and when thou hast farther to hope or fear, draught fol- secured the treasure, return quickly lowed draught in quick succession, till hither, and all things shall be ready his flushed cheeks and sparkling eyes for our flight.” bore evidence that he was no longer Abimelech, whose scruples had by under the dominion of reason.
this time completely vanished, was “ Zorah, my beautiful Zorah ! no less eager than his impetuous miscried he, “my love for thee is as the tress to accomplish the deed; he ran love which floods cannot quench, nor with incredible speed through the now many waters drown. Thou art the silent streets, and quickly reached his light of mine eyes—I cannot part from own dwelling. Lighting a small lamp, thee; let us, therefore, flee unto thy he entered a private passage, which in father's tents, even unto the wilder- times of danger had been contrived ness as unto a city of refuge.”
between the two houses, and in a few Ah! my lord, thy servant hath minutes found himself in the strong neither gold nor silver to bear the chamber of Aaron Ben Rabiat. charge. Could we live like the raven Around him lay coffers filled with or the stork of the desert ?'
gold and silver coins, and caskets This objection had not struck Abi. charged with precious stones, that melech before; he was rich himself, trembled with varied but incessant but he could not immediately convert lustre in the sickly beams of the lamp his possessions into money, and his he bore. He had raised one jewel. passion was too violent to admit delay. box to his eyes, to examine it more He seemed perplexed and spake not, closely, when, slipping from his fingers, till Zorah inquired, in a careless it fell to the floor with a loud crash,
and the next moment the alarmed vain-glorious man shall fall in the miser rushed into the apartment. See- snare of his own heart. The time ing a stranger, at such an hour, in the hath come, and thou couldst not stand sanctuary of the god of his idolatry, fast.” he uttered a piercing scream, and “ Racca ! art thou there?" shouted throwing himself upon the robber, Abimelech, as he recognised in the grappled him with almost supernatural speaker the voice of the mendicant to strength. Vainly did Abimelech en- whom he had given alms at the deavour to escape from the old man's Water Gate on the previous evening. grasp, or to still his screams: every Burning with rage, he seized the promoment increased his danger: he phet of evil by the throat; but the heard the steps of persons ascending strength of the old man far exceeded the stairs : not an instant was to be his own, and he flung him to the lost; the dagger which Zorah had earth with a violence that shook his given him was in his girdle ; he drew frame. Starting up he beheld, not it, and plunged it into the heart of the the old beggar of the Water Gate, nor old man.
A piercing shriek rung the tempter Zorah. He was alone, through the chamber, and the unfor- not in the dungeon of a prison, but tunate Aaron Ben Rabiat fell lifeless in his little chamber, with a yellow on the floor. Instead of providing harvest moon streaming through the for his safety, the guilty Rabbi stood lattice. Several minutes elapsed bepetrified with horror over the quiver- fore he could convince himself that ing body of his victim, watching the the horrors he had undergone were life-stream welling from his side in a but the airy painting of a dream, and bubbling tide. When the persons then, prostrating himself upon the attracted by the publican's screams ground, he exclaimed in the fulness entered the room, he made no attempt of his heart, “ It is a lesson from the to escape, but surrendered himself Lord—I was proud of my own strength, quietly into their hands.
and when the trial came, I was deinstantly hurried to prison, and, amidst livered to the Evil One." the revilings of the crowd, was plunged From that forth the Rabbi Abi. into a dark, noisome dungeon, to melech walked in the paths of humility. await the public ignominy of a trial He had experienced the dangers of on the following day, in the sight of self-confidence, and he learned to that people before whom he had set pity rather than condemn those who, himself up as an example of righteous- like himself, had fallen in the struggle ness. Dashing himself on the earth, with The Tempter. he lay writhing in bitter agony, cursing the hour of his birth and the fatal madness which had led his steps from
BEAU BRUMMEL. the paths of virtue ; when suddenly a ray of light illuminated his prison he looked up-it was Zorah. Her BRUMMEL, whose career is one of eyes' dark orbs still shone with un- the most extraordinary on record, must diminished lustre ; but there was in have exercised, during the period of the proud smile which curled her his social reign, many qualities of conelevated lip an expression of demoniac duct which rank among the highest triumph, which chilled the Rabbi's endowments of our race. For an obblood. Hiding his face in his robe, scure individual, without fortune or he exclaimed :
rank, to have conceived the idea of “ False tempter, begone. I have placing himself at the head of society done thy bidding—and lo! innocent in a country the most thoroughly arisblood is upon my hands. I am broken tocratic in Europe, relying, too, upon and trodden under foot like a detiled no other weapon than well-directed thing. The cup of my pride has been insolence ; for the same individual to filled with gall. Depart, therefore, have triumphed splendidly over the I pray thee, lest in the bitterness of highest and the mightiest—to have my wrath I curse thee also.”
maintained a contest with royalty “Rabbi Abimelech, it is said, “the itself, and to have come off victorious
even in that struggle—for such an one said the other very drawlingly, at the no ordinary faculties must have been same time affecting to feel in his waistdemanded. Of the sayings of Brum- coat-pocket for a card. Johnson, mel which have been preserved, it is replied the gentleman. “Jauhnson ?” difficult to distinguish whether they said Brummel, " oh! I remember contain real wit, or are only so sub- now, the name was Thaunson (Thomplimely and so absurdly impudent that son ;) and Jauhnson and Thaunson, they look like witty.
Thaunson and Jauhnson, you know, When Brummel was at the height are so much the same kind of thing.” of his power, he was once, in the com- Brummel was once asked how much pany of some gentlemen, speaking of a year he thought would be required the Prince of Wales as a very good to keep a single man in clothes. sort of man, who behaved himself very “Why, with tolerable economy,” said decently, considering circumstances; he, “it might be done for eight hunsome one present offered a wager that dred pounds." he would not dare to give a direction He once went down to a gentleman's to this very good sort of man. Brum- house in the country, without having mel looked astonished at the remark, been asked to do so. He was given and declined accepting a wager upon to understand, the next morning, that such a point. They happened to be his absence would be more agreeable, dining with the regent the next day, and he took his departure. Some one and after being pretty well fortified having heard of his discomfiture, asked with wine, Brummel interrupted a him how he liked the accommodations remark of the prince's, by exclaiming, there. He replied coolly, that“ it was very mildly and naturally, “Wales, a very decent house to spend a single ring the bell!" His royal highness night in.” immediately obeyed the command, and We have mentioned that this dreaded when the servant entered, said to him, arbiter of modes had threatened that with the utmost coolness and firmness, he would put the prince regent out of “Show Mr. Brummel to his carriage.” fashion. Alas! for the peace of the The dandy was not in the least deject- British monarch, this was not an idle ed by his expulsion ; but meeting the boast. His dangerous rival resolved regent, walking with a gentleman, the in the unfathomable recesses of a mind next day in the street, he did not bow capacious of such things, to commence to him, but stopping the other, drew and to carry on a war whose terror and him aside and said, in a loud whisper, grandeur should astound society, to “Who is that FAT FRIEND of ours ?” administer to audacious royalty a lesIt must be remembered that the object son which should never be forgotten, of this sarcasm was at that time ex- and finally to retire, when retire he ceedingly annoyed by his increasing must, with mementoes of his tremencorpulency; so manifestly so, that dous power around him, and with the Sheridan remarked, that “though the mightiest of the earth at his feet. regent professed himself a whig, he With rapid and decisive energy he believed that in his heart he was no concentrated all his powers for instanfriend to new measures."
taneous action. He retired for a day Shortly after this occurrence at to the seclusion of solitude, to summon Carlton-house, Brummel remarked to and to spur the energies of the most one of his friends, that “ he had half self-reliant mind in Europe, as the a mind to cut the young one, and lion draws back to gather courage for bring old George into fashion.” the leap. As, like the lion, he drew
Brummel was once present at a back; so, like the lion, did he spring party to which he had not been invited. forward upon his prey. At a ball After he had been some time in the given by the Duchess of Devonshire, room, the gentleman of the house, when the whole assembly were conwilling to mortify him, went up to him, versing upon his supposed disgrace, and said that he believed there must and insulting by their malevolence one be some mistake, as he did not recol- whom they had disgusted by their lect having the honour of sending him adulation, Brummel suddenly stood in an invitation, " What is the name?" the midst of them. Could it be indeed Brummel ? Could it be mortal who raised among his friends, and eighty thus appeared with such an encincture pounds a year was given to an innof radiant glory about his neck ? Every keeper at Caen to provide him with eye was upon him, fixed in stupid ad all the necessaries of life. He is desmiration : every tongue, as it slowly cribed by those who knew him to have recovered from its speechless paralysis, been the best made man of his day, faltered forth “ what a cravat !" What and in the style of dress then prevalent a cravat indeed I Hundreds that had, (white-top boots and buckskin smalla moment before, exulted in unwonted clothes) his fine proportions showed freedom, bowed before it with the
to great advantage. Added to this he homage of servile adoration. What a was gifted with the readiest wit, and cravat! There it stood; there was no in coolness and ease of manner, even doubting its entity, no believing it an in the presence of royalty, he was ini. illusion. There it stood, smooth and mitable. Brummel was often advised stiff, yet light and almost transparent; to marry, and had many opportunities. delicate as the music of Ariel, yet firm But it is supposed that the necessary as the spirit of Regulus; bending with exposé of his finances at the critical the grace of Apollo's locks, yet erect, moment of “settlements,” nipped all with the majesty of the Olympian his rising matrimonial fortunes in the Jove: without a wrinkle, without an bud. He died as he lived-a lover of indentation. What a cravat ! The the table—but expressed to the last regent“saw and shook ;'' and uttering that bitter disgust at the heartlessness a faint gurgle from beneath the wadded of society, which a dandy turned out bag which surrounded his royal thorax, to grass may be supposed to feel. he was heard to whisper with dismay, With a little more of the “root of all “d-n him! what a cravat!" The evil,” he might have been still an triumph was complete.
authority at Crockford's, and an inIt is stated, upon what authority dispensable at the petits soupers of we know not, that his royal highness, Lord Sefton. after passing a sleepless night in vain conjectures, despatched at an early hour one of his privy-councillors to Brummel, offering carte blanche if he NOTES OF A READER. would disclose the secret of that mysterious cravat. But the “ atrox animus Catonis" disdained the bribe. He preferred being supplicated, to being The mind is depraved by the society bought, by kings. “Go,” said he to of the low ; it riseth to equality with the messenger, with the spiritof Marius equals; and to distinction with the mantling in his veins, “Go, tell your distinguished. master that you have seen his master.” An influx of riches and constant
When, at length, yielding to that health ; a wife who is dear to me, and strong necessity which no man can
one who is of kind and agreeable control, Brummel was obliged, like speech ; a child who is obedient, and Napoleon, to abdicate, the mystery of useful knowledge, are, my son, the six that mighty cravat was unfolded. pleasures of life. There was found after his departure to Calais, written on a sheet of paper upon
Men of high or mean birth may be his table, the following epigram of possessed of good qualities: but falling
“STARCH IS THE MAN.” The into bad company, they become vicious. cravat of Brummel was merely
Rivers flow with sweet waters; but starched ! Henceforth starch was in. having joined the ocean, they become troduced into every cravat in Europe.
undrinkable. This famous person died lately at Nor bathing with cool water, nor a Caen, in France, where he had been necklace of pearls, nor anointing with consul. For the last few years of his sanders, yieldeth such comfort to the life he had been farmed out by a few body oppressed with heat, as the lanof his quondam fellow-dandies-or, in guage of a good man, cheerfully ut. plainer language, a subscription was tered, doth to the mind.