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the daughters of Cohu had their minds wholly set upon riches.; for which reason the beautiful Hilpa preferred Harpath to Shalum, because of his numelous flocks and herds, that covered all the low country which runs along the foot of Mount Tir. zah, and is watered by several fountains and streams. breaking out of the sides of that mountain.
Harpath made fo quick a dispatch of his courtAhip, that he married Hilpa in the hundredth year of her age, and being of an infolent temper, laughed to fcorn his brother Shalum for having pretended to the beautiful Hilpa, when he was master of nothing but a long chain of rocks and mountains. This so much provoked Shi!um, that he is said to have cursed his brother in the bitterncfs of his heart, and to have prayed that one of his mounvains might fall upon his head, if ever he came within the shadow of ic.
From this time forward. Harpath would never venture out of the vaheys, but came to an untimely end in the 250th year of his age, being drowned in a river as he attempted to cross it. This river is called to this day, from his name who perished in it, the river Harpath, and, what is very remarkable, issues out of one of those mountains which Shalum wished might fall upon his brother, when he cursed him in the bitterness of his heart.
Hilpa was in the 160th year of her age at the death of her husband, having brought him but 50 children before he was snatched away, as has been already related. Many of the antediluvians made love to the young widow, though no one was thought so likely to succeed in her affections as her first lover Shalum, who renewed his court to her about ten years after the death of Harpath; for it was not thought decent in those days that a widow should be seen by a man within ten years
afier the dece ise of her huband. Shalum, falling into a deep melancholy, and re
folving to take away that objection which had been raised against him when he made his first addresses to Hilpa, began immediately after her marriage with Harpath, to plant all that mountainous region which fell to his lot in the division of this country. He knew how to adapt every plant to its proper foil, and is thought to have inherited many traditional secrets of that art from the first man. This employment turned at length to his profit as well as to his amusement : His mountains were in a few years shaded withi young trees, that gradually shot up into groves, woods, and forests, intermixed with walks and lawns, and gardens; insomuch that the whole region, from a naked and defolate prospect, began now to look like a second paradise. The pleasantness of the place, and the agreeable dispofition of Shalum, who was reckoned one of the mildest and wifest of all who lived before the flood, drew into it multitudes of people, who were perpetually employed in the finking of wells, the digging of trenches, and the hollowing of trees, for the better distribution of water through every part of this spacious plantation.
The liabitations of Shalun looked every year more beautiful in the eyes of Hilpa, who, after the space of 70 autumns, was wonderfully pleased with the distant prospect of Shalum's hills, which were then covered with innumerable iufts of trees, and gloomy scenes, that gave a magnificence to the place, and converted it into one of the finest landscapes the eye of man could beholl.
The Chinese record a letter which Shalum is said have written to Hilpa, in the eleventh year of her widowhood. I shall here tranfiate it, without de parting from that noble fimplicity of sentiments and plainness of manners - which appears in the original.
Shalum was at this time 180 years old, and Hilpa, 170,
Shalum, Master of mount Tirzah, to Hilpa, Mif
tress of the Valleys.
In the 788th year of the Creation. WHat have I not fuffered, o thou daughter
of Zilpah, since thou gavest thyself away in marriage to my rival? I grew weary of the light of the sun, and have ever since been covering myself with woods and forests. These threescore and ten years have I bewailed the loss of thee on
of mount Tirzah, and soothed my melan-choly among a thousand gloomy shades of my own raising. My dwellings are at present as the garden of God; every part of them is filled with: fruits and flowers, and fountains. The whole mountain is perfumed for thy reception. Come up into it, O my beloved, and let us people this:
spor of the new world with a beautiful race . of mortals ; let us multiply exceedingly among • these delightful shades, and fill every quarter of "them with fons and daughters. Remember, O
thou daughter of Zilpah, that the age of man is • but a thousand years; that beauty is the admira• tion but of a few centuries. It flourishes as a moun• tain oak, or as a cedar on the top of Tirzah, • which in three or four hundred years will fade
away, and never be thought of by pofterity, un' less a young wood springs from its roots. Think * well on this, and remember thy neigtibour in the * mountains."
Having here inserted this letter, which I look up. on as the only antediluvian Billet-doux now extant, I shall in my next paper give the answer to it, and the fequel of this story.
N° 585. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25.
Ipfi lætitia voces ad fidera jančtant
VIRG. Ecl. v. ver. 63:
The sequel of the story of Shalum and. Hilpa.
an effect upon Hilpa, that the answered it in less than a twelvemonth, after the following man
Hilpa, Mistrefs of the Valleys, to Shalum, Master of
In the 78th year of the creation. WHAT have I to do with thee, O Shalum?
Thou praisest Hilpa's beauty, but art thou not fecretly enamoured with the verdure of her * meadows ? Art thou not more affected with the
prospect of her green valleys, than thou wouldest * be with the fight of her person? The lowings • of my herds, and the bleatings of my stocks, 'make a pleasant echo in thy mountains, and
found fweetly in thy ears. What though I am
delighted with the wavings of thy forests, and *thofe breezes of perfumes which flow from the top
of Tirzah: Are these like the riches of the • valley?
• I know thee, O Shalum; thou art more wife: ! and happy tlian any of the sons of men: Thy dwellings are among the cedars; thou searchett
out the diversity of soils, thou understandest the • influences of the stars, and markeft the change of • feasons. Can a woman appear lovely in the • eyes of such a one? Disquiet me not, ó Shalum, • let ine alone, that I may enjoy thofe goodly pof« sessions which are fallen to my lot. Win me
not by thy enticing words. May thy trees in• crease and multiply; mayest thou add wood to • wood, and shade to shade ; but tempt not Hilpa
to destroy thy folitude, and make thy retirement populous.
The Chinese fay, that a little time afterwards she accepted of a treat in one of the neighbouring hills to which Shalum had invited her. This treat lafted for two years, and is said to have cost Shalum five hundred antelopes, two thoufand ostriches, and a thousand tun of milk; but what most of all recommended it, was that variety of delicious fruits and pot-herbs, in which no person then living could any way equal Shalum.
He treated her in the bower which he had planted amidft the wood of nightingales. This wood was made up of such fruit-trees and plants as are most agreeable to the several kinds of singing,
so that it had drawn into it all the mufick of the country, and was filled from one end of the year to the other with the most agreeable confort in season.
He fhewed her every day fome beautiful and surprising scene in this new region of wood-lands; and as by this means he had all the opportunities he could wish for of opening his mind to her, he fucceeded so well, that upon her departure she made him a kind of promise, and gave him her word to return him a positive answer in less than fifty years,
She had not been long among her own people in the valleys, when she received new overtures, and at the fame time a most splendid visit from Miss.