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4. The shape, character, and origin of the warrior, were described, and how he had risen from slavery to power supreme. The astonished farmer found the description accorded with a fon, who had been stolen from him at twelve years old ; hope palpitated in his heart, he hastened home with his provisions, told his family what he had heard, and determined immediately to depart for Egypt.

5. His weeping wife and sons offered up prayers for his safe return. Going to the

port of Alexandretta, he embarked there, and came to Damietta. One continued fear tormented him ; his son, forsaking the religion of bis fathzers, had embraced Mahometanism ; and now, surrounded as he was by fplendor, would he acknowledge his parents ?

6. The thought lay heavy on his heart; yet, the with to snatch his family from all the horrors of famine ; the hope of finding a long lamented son, gave him fortitude. He continued his journey, came to the capital, repaired to the palace of Mourad, applied to the officers of the prince, and most ardently solicited admission.

7. His dress and appearance bespoke poverty and mis. fortune, and were poor recommendations ; but his great age, so respectable in the East, pleaded in his behalf. One of the attendants went to the Bey, and told him an aged man, apparently miserable, requested an audience.

8. Let him enter, replied Mourad ; and the farmer proceeded, with trembling steps over the rich carpet which ibespread the hall of the Divan, and approached the Bey, who reclined on a sofa, embroidered 'with silk and gold. Crouding sensations deprived him of the ufe of speech.

At last, after attentively looking, the voice of nature wanquishing fear, he feH, and embracing his knees, exclaimed, You are my fon! The Bey raised him, endeavored to recollect, and, after explanation, finding him to be his father, made him sit down by his fide, and caressed him most affectionately,

10. The firft gush of nature over, the fire described in what a deplorable state he had left his mother, and brethren; and the prince proposed to send for, and with them divide his riches and power, if they would embrace INamism.

II. This the generous Christian had foreseea, and fearing youth might be dazzled, took not one of his fons M м

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with him. He, therefore, firmly rejected Mourad's offer, and even remonstrated with him on his own change of religion.

The Bey, finding his father determined, and that his family's distress deinanded immediate fuccor, fent him back to Syria, with a large sum of money, and a vessel loaded with corn.

The happy husbandman immediately returned to the plains of Damascus, where his arrival banishcd misery and tears from his homely roof, and brought joy, ease and felicity.

SCENE BETWEEN CATO AND DECIUS.

Decius.

CESAR

ESAR sends health to Cato
Cało. Could he send it
To Cato's slaughter'd friends, it would be welcome.
Are not your orders to address the senate ?

Dee. My business is with Cato; Cefar sees the
Straits to which you're drives, and, as he knows
Cato's high worth, is anxious for your life.

Gato. My life is grafted on the fate of Rome.
Would he save Cato, bid him fpare his country.
Tell
your

dictator this; and tell him, Cato Difdains a life which he has power to offer.

Dec. Rome and her fenators submit to Cesar ;
Her gen’rals and her consuls are no more,
Who check'd his conquests, and deny'd his triumphs.
Why will not Cato be this Cesar's friend?

Cato. Those very reafons thou halt urg'd forbid it.

Det. Cato, I've orders to expoftulate,
And reason with you, as frona friend to friend ;
Think on the storm that gathers o'er your head,
And threatens ev'ry hour to burst upon it;
Still may you stand high in your country's honors ;
Do but comply, and make your peace with Cesar.
kome will rejoice, and cast its eyes on Cato,
As on the second of mankind.

Cato. No more ;
I must not think of life on these conditions.

Deci

Dec. Cefar is well acquainted with your virtues,
And therefore sets this value on your lite.
Let him but know the price of Cato's friendship,
And name your terms.

Cato. Bid him disband his legions,
Restore the commonwealth to liberty,
Submit his actions to the public censure,
And stand the judgment of a Roman senate.
Bid him do this, and Cato is his friend.

Dec. Cato, the world talks loudly of your wisdom
Cato. Nay, more, tho' Cato's voice was ne'er employ'e
To clear the guilty, and to varnish crimes,
Myself will mount the rostrum in his favor,
And itrive to gain his pardon from the people.

Dec. A style like this becomes a conqueror.
Cato. Decius, a style like this becomes a Roman.
Dec. What is a Roman, who is Cefar's foe?
Cato. Greater than Cesar ; he's a friend to virtue.

Dec. Consider, Cato, you're in Utica ;
And at the head of your own little fenate;
You don't now thunder in the capitol,
With all the mouths of Rome to second you.

Cato. Let him consider that who drives us hither.
"Tis Cefar's sword has made Romc's senate little,
And thinn'd its ranks. Alas! thy dazzled eye
Beholds this man in a false glaring light,
Which conquest and success have thrown upon him ;
Didlt thou but view him right, thou’ullt see him black
With murder, treason, facrilege and crimes,
That strike

my

foul with horror but co name 'em.
I know thou look'st on me, as on a wretch
Beset with ills, and cover'd with mistortunes ;
But, be it known to thee, millions of worlds
Should never buy me to be like that Cefar.

Dec. Does Cato send this answer back to Cefar,
For all his gen'rous cares und proffer'd friendship?

Cato. His cares for me are infolent and vain ;
Presumptuous man! the gods take care of Cato.
Would Cesar ihow the greatness of his soul,
Bid him employ his care for these my friends,
And make good use of his ill-gotten pow's,
By Sheltring men much better than himself. Dee.

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Dec. Your high, unconquer'd heart makes you forget You are a man. You rush on your destruction. But I have done. When I relate hereafter The tale of this unhappy embassy, All Rome will be in tears.

THE BEGGAR'S PETITION.

2.

PITY the forrows of a poor old mar,
Whofe trembling limbs have borne him to your doorgs
Whose days are dwindled to the shortest span, 1
Oh! give relief, and Heaven will bless

your

store.
These tatter'd clothes my povert:2 bespeak,
These hoary locks proclaim my lengthen'd years ;;
And many a furrow is my grief-worn cheek
Has been the channel to a flood of tears.
3.

Yon house, erected on the rising ground,
With tempting aspect drew me from my road;
For plenty there a residence has found,
And grandeur a magnificent abode.
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Hard is the fate of the infirm and

poor
Here, as I cravid a morsel of their bread,
A pamper'd menial drove me from the door,
To feek a fhelter in a humbler Med.

5. Oh! take me to your hospitable dome ;
Keen blows the wind, and piercing is the cold. !
Short is my passage to the friendly tomb,
For I am poor and miserably old.

6. Should I reveal the sources of my grief,
If soft humanity e'er touch'd your breast,
Your hands would not withhold the kind relief,
And tears of pity would not be repress’d..

7. Heaven fer-3 misfortunes ; why should we repine ? 'Tis Heaven has brought me to the state you fee : ; And your condition may

be foon like mine, The child of forrow, and of misery.

8. A little farm was my paternal lot, Then like the lark I sprightly haild the morn; But ah! oppreson forc'd me from my cot,

Cattle dy'd, and blighted was my corn. 9. My

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9. My daughter, once the comfort of my age,
Lur'd by a villain from her fative home,
Is cast abandon’d on the world's wide stage,
And doom'd in scanty poverty to roam.

My tender wife, fweet-foother of my carejo
Struck with sad anguish at the ftern decree,
Fell, ling’ring fell, a victim to despair,
And left the world to wretchedness and me.

11. Pity the forrows of a poor old man,
Whose trembling limbs have borne him to your door,
Whose days are dwindled to the shortest span,
Oh! give relief, and Heaven will bless your store.

THE TEST OF GOODNESS.

REAL goodness consists in doing good to our eneniies. Of this truth the following apologue may ferve for an illustration. A certain father of a family, advanced in years, being desirous of settling his worldly matters, divided his property between his three sons,

2. Nothing now remains, said he to them, but a diamond of great value ; this I have determined to appropriate to whichever of you shall, within three months, perform the best actions.

3. His three fons accordingly departed different ways, and returned by the limited time. - On presenting themselves before their judge, the eldest thus began.

4. Father, said he, during my absence, I found a stranger so circumftanced, that he was under a necesity of entrusting me with the whole of his fortune.

5. He had no written security from ne, nor could he poffibly bring any proof, any evidence whatever of the des post. Yet I faithfully returned to him every filling. Was there not something commendable in this á tion ?

6. Thou hast done what was incumbent upon thee to do, my son, replied the old man. The man who could have acted otherways were unworthy to live ; for honesty is a duty; thy action is an action of juftio of good cfs.

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