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But men who are either influenced and way-worn"faquir, and now exby the ebullitions of joy or grief will hibited such splendour. « For my. say any thing.

self," he exclaimed, “I am at the Leaving the happy father (who, height of happiness; and while the as has been seen, had not without divine Ismael continues to reside in reason obtained the appellation of this mansion, affluence and content the magnificent Mirza,) to receive will support its elevated dome!" the congratulations, not only of the “Long may affluence and content, court of Ispahan, but of the sophy though they may perhaps be deemed himself, let us turn our telescope, the high and the low pillars of sociand catch at least a distant view of ety, support the dome of the manthe scientific Dr. Nadir, settled as sion of the benevolent Nadir," said he actually was in an elegantly fur. Ismael, who now entered. “While nished house, surrounded with slaves, his fortune,"he continued, "extends with a carriage at his command, and increases, may that humility of and appointed physician, not only to mind which renders him assailable to the noble Mirza, but to many other the complaints of wretchedness, and great families ; for though the facul. that liberality of sentiment which ty wish to conceal it, we, who are, induces him to extend his cares we think, out of their reach, and to all mankind, ever remain with therefore care but little for their him!” threats, shall not : he had become “For your good wishes, example, the fashion in Ispahan, and of con- and indeed assistance," replied Nasequence was as sure of becoming dir, “ I am bound, son Ismael! if I the possessor of a brilliant fortune may still use that familiar and enas if he had been the owner of the dearing title, I am bound, I say, to diamond mine which has been so return my sincere acknowledgments. often mentioned.

Your generosity, divine and beauti. Seated on the elevated apex of ful youth! not only furnished me this mountain of prosperity, Dr. with the means of being useful to Nadir was still a man of reflection. mankind, but set me the example : It was still his habit, as he smoked therefore, if I have any merit, or his morning's or afternoon's pipes, have had any success, it is entirely to review his past life, and, as he owing to your celestial influence." : was also a man of piety, to thank Ismael is said to have blushed at the Omnipotent for the success that the sublime stile which the learned had at length attended his indefati. doctor had newly adopted, and cergable endeavours.

tainly did betray some marks of unAfter Alla and his prophet, the easiness; when he replied, “ There gratitude of Nadir rested upon Is. is nothing, my friend! my adviser! mael. From his arrival he dated my nominal father! either celestial the change that had taken place in or extraordinary in my composition! his circumstances; and all the good I am a mortal, weak, and in many fortune that had attended him he respects unfortunate, and perhaps deduced from his influence.

in none more than in having, from The wise, the amiable Ismael," circumstances, determined soon to said he, in the effusion of his grati- abandon your protection, and leave tude, “ is certainly a benevolent ge- this hospitable mansion.” nii, who has taken me into his pro- « My fears are realized !” extection."

claimed Nadir : 6 let no man hereWhen an idea of this kind gets after value himself upon his prospeinto the head of a man of learning, rity!” it generally spreads. Nadir had, “Why so ?" returned Ismael ; from reflection, convinced himself, « prosperity is by no means connectthat there was something superna. ed with me. The child of misfor, tural in the appearance of that be. tune! I am borne by the gales of ing who had come to him as a poor adverse fate from place to place upon the face of the earth!' I shall " Misfortune," says Mirwa, the surely find rest at last!”

philosopher of Zulpha, whom we « Will you then leave me, oh Is. have so often quoted, " seldom mael! my tutelar genius ?” cried comes alone.” Before the sage Dr. Nadir, prostrating himself.

Nadir had recovered from the dis" Rise, oh sage Nadir!” exclaim. order which the late interview oced Ismael, in the utmost confusion. casioned, Tamas the eunuch ap6 The imperative decrees of fate peared to request his attendance will, perhaps, hurry me away, but upon Zulima. never shall I, in any situation, forget “ How is your young lady this my friend !""

morning ?” asked the doctor. a What then," cried Nadir," will “Her brother Omar," answered become of the lovely Zulima ? Her Tamas, 6 she has just heard, is existence depended upon daily, nay well; the army has drawn nearer almost hourly, hearing of Ismael! to Ispahan ; she is therefore in Can I, to soothe her mind, submit to higher spirits than usual.” utter the dictates of falsehood? No! “ So much the worse," said Nadir. Alla and his prophet forbid! Yet « The worse !” exclaimed Ta. if her mind is not attracted to this mas. subject, she will relapse into her “ No !” cried Nadir hastily, 6 former deplorable state of distrac- mean the better : better or worse, tion. Oh Zulima ! beautiful, fasci. in medicine, are relative terms, and nating Zulima! lily of the vale of frequently mean the same thing." Zenderhend ! soon will thy head be "I never knew that before,” said bowed again to the earth!

the eunuch. Never was astonishment equal to « So much the worse!” cried the that of Ismael as this passionate ex. doctor. clamation of Nadir's, and the emo. “I confess myself totally ignotion with which it was accompanied. rant of physic! I never take any." " Zulima! who is Zulima ?” he he. “ So much the better! You now sitatingly asked, doubtful whether, see,” said Nadir, “ the relation of from the observations he had alrea. these phrases to things. In the dy had occasion to make in the first of these instances I spoke to course of this conversation, some you as a doctor, in the second as a distemper was not operating upon friend; in the distinction betwixt the mind of his friend : however, these lies all the difference; this is he again ventured to ask, “ Who is the grand arcanum of the science Zuliina ?”

of medicine.” Zulima !" repeated Nadir; " Wonderful !” cried Tamas. 16 she is the daughter of Mirza the " Shall I inform my lady that you magnificent! There!” he exclaim. will come ?” ed, with increased emotion, “I have “ Certainly ! hold! I will go with again betrayed my lovely patient! you. While in conversation, I seem I ought to have concealed her name a little to recover my spirits.” and her weakness !".

“ Your spirits !” “ You have not betrayed her to “ Yes! to be sure! how can a phy. me, I do assure you," returned Is. sician convey spirits to his patients, mael ; " for I never have heard of if he has none for himself." her before, and am, from your pre. “ True!” said Tamas. “How sent emotion, inclined to think, that little am I acquainted with physic !” you are alluding to a being of your “So much the better, I repeat," own mental creation. However, said Nadir; 6 people become ac. as your disorder seems to increase, quainted with it as they do with a for fear you should be led to say bailiff, through necessity, and, like what might be either improper or him, it is apt to gripe. However useless for me to hear, I will retire you must learn something of it? till you are more composed."

me as we ascend the carria VOL. VIII. NO. XLIX.

you will observe, that this is the him before his departure, which first step towards visiting a patient she persuaded herself would be sudwith any professional credit."

den." To announce the intended depar. « Could any danger arise," said ture of Ismael to the lovely Zulima the compassionate Tangra, “ from was a task that seemed to tax all a compliance with her request ?the ingenuity of Nadir ; for although “ The greatest to both parties,” she had never seen that youth since replied Nadir, with extreme emotheir short accidental interview in tion. “ Sooner than suffer such an the shop of black Absalom the jew. interview, I would end my life in eller, he had been the constant the severest tortures. I will imme. theme of her conversation, and the diately see the fair Zulima: I will ensubject of her contemplation. deavour to sooth her sorrows : every

Every morning it was the task of indulgence to her unhappy passion, Nadir to inform her of the health consistent with my duty to Mirza, of Ismael, of his pursuits and avoca- which honour, nay which she extions, and every evening these inter. pects from me, shall be allowed. rogatories were renewed. The But if she has a lucid interval, of physician, well knowing how much which I have little doubt, I know her health was connected with the the rectitude of her mind se well, object of their constant colloquy, that I shall instantly convince her took all the pains in his power, that it is impossible I should prowhile he exhibited the young Gol. ceed further in promoting a conneccondian in the amiable light in tion betwixt the daughter of a Perwhich he appeared to him, to re. sian prince, allied to the sophy, and press every overture of the young the son of a jeweller, who, however lady that had a tendency towards amiable, does not appear to have a an interview, or that even indicated friend or ally in the world.” a wish to see him. But although “ Perhaps,” continued Nadir, af. he had used this caution, he still ter he had left the apartment, “ the was aware of the danger with which departure of Ismael may be necesthe departure of this object of her sary to secure the health and repose adoration would be attended to his of Zulima : I shall therefore no lonlovely patient in her delicate state ger oppose it.” of mind. Impressed with this idea, " Will not my dear master take yet still apprised of the necessity some refreshment?" cried Tamira, which there was for preparing her as he descended into the hall. for this event, he, in the course of “ Refreshment and repose shall conversation, mentioned it as a be equally strangers to my body and thing within the scope of possibility. mind,” said Nadir,“ till I have en

This hint, slight as it was, alarmed deavoured to relieve the distress of her to such a degree, that when he the object of my solicitude." left her for a short period, he was fear. « What will be done with the ful that her disorder would return. patient up stairs ?”

Obliged to take an extensive . " What patient ?" asked Nadir, round, as his patients had so much with quickness. increased, he did not reach his own “ Why, the lady that has so long house till the afternoon, when, to waited for you," said Tamira. his great surprise, he found Tangra “Oh! the nurse! She must wait waiting for him. As he had conjec- till my return, if she does not chuse tured, she came to exhibit a melan- to follow me," choly picture of the health of the “A nurse!” muttered Tamira, lovely Zulima. By her account, she “ and so finely dressed! I hope I seemed to have relapsed into her shall never have occasion to call former extravagance, with this ad- her mistress; though she does not dition, that she raved about Ismael, seem very old, the doctor himself and, indeed, insisted upon seeing is not very young. Strange things do happen in Ispahan! Gentlemen berality of words detailed all that do take strange fancies! I am re. had happened to her. How, in the solved to speak with her.”

wreck of the affairs of Akbar, In consequence of this, to her she came into the family of Mirza; agreeable, resolution, Tamira enter- the death of the mother of the loveed the apartment.

ly Zulima; the passion of that As to speak, upon any subject, young lady for Ismael (at which was the delight also of Tangra, the Tamira expressed more surprise, impatience of the learned doctor, and and almost as much displeasure as the abrupt manner in which he had her master); the present situation departed, without taking her with of the daughter of Mirza, and her him, furnished two copious ones, on strong desire to have an interview both of which she descanted with with Ismael, &c. great fluency and success.

This discourse had not been long " You expected that he would finished, and Tangra departed, have taken you with him in the car when Nadir returned. He seemed riage ?” said Tamira.

more composed; from which Ta« Certainly ! could I expect less, mira conjectured that his patient, after what has passed ?"

of whom she had learned the whole “I am ignorant of what has pass- history, was better. ed,” continued Tamira, “but I am If it had puzzled her to endeaconvinced that it was his desire to vour to guess what could induce visit a patient whose case, it ap. Tangra to linger so long after the pears, from his precipitation, is learned doctor had left the house in desperate, that induced him to order to wait upon her mistress, leave the house in such a hurry," the conversation she had had with

« That unpolite, inconsiderate her would have developed the mysprecipitation," said Tangra," which tery; for it appeared from this, possesses Dr. Nadir, is so like the that her desire was to see Ismael, rudeness of his father. I remem- and that she ardently and impatiber, when the old man came to vi. ently waited his return, as long, nay sit the dying Akbar, though I was longer, than politeness would have then at the height of my beauty, he prescribed. took no more notice of me

This, however, was not the only « Did you know Akbar?” cried matter that attracted the attention Tamira.

of Tamira : the situation of Zulima “ Certainly I did! he purchased strongly excited her compassion; and brought me up."

the impending departure of Ismael, “ Then you cannot forget Tami. to whom she was both confidante ra, whom he presented to Nadir.” and counsellor, her regret. While

« Oh, Alla!” cried Tangra, “I he was taking some refreshment, thought I recollected you ; but she endeavoured to learn from her years "

master the present state of the . “ Years !" said Tamira.

young lady's health ; but he was im" The events of life, I mean, have penetrable. She next asked Ismael altered us both. My course though when he intended to begin his joursplendid, has been full of care." ney ; but he was undetermined.

". And mine, though plain and “ The child of Chance," he said, frugal," added Tamira, “ far from “his future operations must be gounhappy."

. verned by circumstances over which This dialogue and rencounter led he had no controul.” Never was to mutual explanation, which con- curiosity so foiled as that of poor tinued a considerable time; for al. Tamira. How she passed the night, though Tamira, from the slender- or how she would have existed ness of her story, was concise, Tan- through the next day, it is impossi. gra was diffuse, and with great li- ble to say, had not Tangra most op.

portunely appeared, soon after the ful infection from Lesbia, Tangra, doctor had left the house to make and the other of her principal athis morning visits.

tendants. In this distressful situaThe conversation of the preced. tion of affairs, every eye was turning afternoon was, by these sage ed upon Nadir ; every bosom beat matrons, renewed, perhaps improve high with expectation of relief to ed on, as we gather from the source the fair sufferer from his skill ; that has produced our other man while he was unfortunate enough to terials, that Ismael, the elegant know, that the efforts of his skill, and amiable Ismael, was fortunate even had they been seconded by enough to be at home to partake those of all the physicians in the of it.

east, were not of the smallest imIn this part of the history, the portance in the case of his present sage of Zulpha has, with great pro. patient. priety, through many pages, des- On a few threads, fine as the fila. canted on the ancient magi, and the ments of gossamer, his hope of her modern gours of Persia, those ador. cure seemed to depend. He knew ers of fire, and has most philosophi. the ardent affection she bore to her cally defined all kinds of fire, from father and her brother; he knew a glow-worm to the sun, from a the generosity of her temper; and spark arising from the collision of had, in her lucid moments, heard fint and steel to a volcano, from an her declare, that to shield them, or ignis fatuus to the fire of love. But either of them, from sorrow or deswe must observe, and we do it in pair, she would devote her life. defiance of all the critics on the Upon this theme he meant, when whole Indian peninsula, that he has he had an opportunity, to assail not with sufficient accuracy mark- her ; but this opportunity did not ed the distinction betwixt physi. occur in the present visit; for alcal, metaphysical, and metaphorical though he tried to introduce the flames; for he says, that at the subject, she seemed insensible to its sight of this Adonis of Golconda, the import, and her whole soul absorbbosom of Tangra, heretofore as ed in the dread she had of the decold as snow, glowed with fire equal parture of Ismael without an interto that which inflamed the lovely view. bosom of her mistress. The com- The sensibility of the doctor inparison of the bosom of Tangra, duced him to sympathise in his pawhich we know was as brown as tient's distress. To comply with mahogany, in any way to snow, is her desire he knew to be impossible. another slip of the pen of the learn. The only chance he had of comed sage whom we have quoted ; and posing her mind upon this subject it has had this bad effect, that it would, he imagined, be when the has left the bosom of Zulima with- ebullition excited by the departure out a parallel, as we now have no. of the youth had in some degree thing, either celestial or terrestrial, subsided. He therefore almost to compare it with, except we bring wished him gone ; though his gratiit to this side the line, and exhibit tude would not permit him to hint it against those of our fair compa. his wish: indeed he would nearly triots.

as soon have stated to him the case The relapse of the lovely conva. of his patient, to which he feared he lescent had changed the palace of had in a former conversation inad. Mirz:1, which the prospect of her vertently alluded. recovery had enlivened, into the Completely dejected with this si. mansion of mourning

tuation of affairs, as his carriage The omrah himself was incon- rolled slowly towards his mansion, solable. His dejection spread to he viewed with envy the satisfac. the male part of his household ; tion that appeared in the important while the female caught the sorrow. busy faces which the crowded

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