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hoisted in the town, hostile proceedings | place; whether it be the sun or the moon, a were instantly suspended, and on a boat brazen serpent or a golden calf, a god of proceeding to the shore, the Indian mail, our own making, or our own unrighteous which had arrived by way of Bagdad, was self-righteousness, it matters not the value banded to the officer, with Suleiman Pacha's of a straw. Whom or what we glorify, when compliments to the Admiral. The latter we rob God of his glory, is not worth a on his part, immediately forwarded a warm consideration. It matters not whose subletter of thanks to the Pacha, and accom- jects we are, if we renounce allegiance to papied it with a packet of foreign wine the King of kings and Lord of lords. which had been seized in an Egyptain ves- I trust that some day or other, through sel directed to Suleiman. Fire was then mercy, the bandage will be taken from the at once resumed.
eyes of the preacher.
Christian Visitor. *©
PART OF A LETTER.
..... In the days of my youth, I once saw a man blindfolded, dancing in the The best armour is to keep out of gunshot. midst of some eggs, laid at different distan- This teaches us to avoid, as far as possible, ces from each other on the ground; and all occasions that lead to sin or mischief of this he did without breaking them. A
whatever kind, rather than be drawn into the minister that I heard some time ago who
current, fancying that we shall escape.
For an allusion of this, turn to the ancient denied the Divinity of Jesus Christ, put me
fable of the Sirens, or, as Lord Bacon, in his in mind of bim. I thought that he was as Wisdom of the Ancients, interprets them, the much blindfolded as the other; and I am pleasures. The habitation of the Sirens, says sure that he took as much pains to avoid
that wise author, was in certain pleasant islands,
from whence, as soon as out of their watchcertain texts of Scripture, as ever the dancer
tower they discovered any ships approaching, did to avoid the eggs.
with their sweet tunes they would first enOh, what a blessing it is, with a single tice and stay the people, and having them in eye to his praise, to have a clear view of the their power would destroy them. So great Lord of life and glory, both in his Divine
was the mischief they did, that these isles of
the Sirens, even as far off as man can ken them and human nature!
appeared white with the bones of unburied carThere are many, who, though neither
For the remedying of this misery, UlysJews, Turks, infidels, nor heathens, can ses, who was passing that way, caused all the hardly be said to be Christians; that is, they
ears of his company to be stopped with wax,
and made himself to be bound to the mainmast, do not worship the God of the Christians;
with special command to his mariners not to be the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost of loosed, albeit himself should require them so to Holy Scripture. If Christians were at liberty But Orpheus disdained to be so bound, to accept one part of Divine revelation, and
and with a shrill and sweet voice, singing the reject another; if, at pleasure, they might praises of his
gods to his
harp, suppressed the add to, or diminish from, the attributes of
their danger. This, he adds, is very grave and Almighty God, as set forth in the pages of excellent. The first means to shun inordinate Holy Writ, then soon would there be gods pleasures, is to withstand and resist them in many, lords many, among Christian profes
their beginnings, and seriously to avoid all oc
casions that are offered to entice the mind. sors; but we have not this liberty: with holy
But a remedy, when these assail us, is found reverence we are bound to believe, to love, under the conduct of Orpheus; for they that to honour, and to obey our Leader and Lord, chant and resound heavenly praises, confound as he has made himself known in his word.
and destroy the voices and incantations of the
Sirens. And Divine meditations do not only in When the true God is not worshipped, it power subdue all sensual pleasures, but also far matters not what idol we set up in his exceed them in sweetness and delight.
that he could come no further. Ben Achmet directed him to drop the last stone; and no sooner
had he done this, than he mounted with ease, and It was on the confines of the desert, amid
soon stood with the conductor on the summit of sterile and almost inaccessible rocks, that Ben
the clift. Achmet, the Dervise, led a life of austerity and
“Son,” said Ben Acbmet, “thou hast three burdevotion. A cave in the rocks was his dwelļing.
dens which hinder thee in thy way to a better Roots and fruits, the scanty product of the unhos
world. Disband the lawless plunderers; set thy pitable region he inhabited, satisfied his hunger,
captive slaves at liberty, and restore thy ill-begotand the fountain that bubbled up from the lower
ten wealth to its owners; it is easier for Akaba to part of a neighbouring cliff slacked his thirst.
ascend this cliff with the stones that lie at its foot He had formerly been a priest in a magnificent
than for him to journey opward to a better world, mosque, and scrupulously conducted the ceremonies of the Mohammedan faith but, disgusted with
with power, pleasure, and riches, in his possesion."
If the words of a Dervise, a blind believer in an the hypocrisy and injustice of those around him,
erring faith can command our admiration, bow he abandoned the mosque, and his authority as a priest, betaking himself to the desert to spend his
much more ought we to estimate and obey the
words of Christ. Let us lay aside every weight, days as an anchorite, in scanty, self-denial, and
and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let devotion.
us run with patience the race that is set before us, Years rolled over the head of Ben Achmet, and the fame of his sanctity spread abroad. In seasons
looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
faith.” Heb. xii. 1, 2. Whether our possessions of drought he supplied the traveller of the desert with water, from his little well. In times of pes
consist of power, pleasure, or riches, they must
be sacrificed rather than be allowed to hinder us tilence he left his solitary abude to attend the sick, and comfort the dying in the villages that
in our heavenly course, remembering that “ It is were scattered around, and often did he stanch the
easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." blood of the wounded Arab, and heal him of his wounds. His fame was spread abroad. His name inspired veneration, and the plundering Bedouin gave up his booty at the command of Ben Achmet,
HUMAN FRAILTY.-I have seen a rose newly the Dervise.
springing from the clefts of its hood, and at first Akaba was an Arabian Robber; he had a band
it was fair, as the morning, and full with the dew of lawless men under his command ready to do his
of heaven as a lamb's fleece; but when a ruder bidding; large numbers of slaves, and a treasure breath had forced open its virgin modesty, and house well stored with ill-gotten wealth. The
dismantled its too youthful and unripe retirement, sanctity of Ben Achmet arrested his attention ; his
it began to put on darkness, and to decline to conscience smote him on account of his guilt, and
softness, and the symptoms of a sickly age; it he longed to be as famed for his devotion as he had
bowed the head, and broke its stalk; and at night been for his crimes. He sought the abode of the
having lost some of its leaves, and all its beauty, Dervise, and told him his desires. “Ben Achmet,"
it fell into the portion of weeds and worn-out said he, “ I have five hundred cimeters ready to
faces. The same is the portion of every man obey me; numbers of slaves at my command ;
and every woman: and a goodly treasure-houses, filled with riches;
the heritage of worms and tell me how to add to these the hope of a happy beauty so changed, that our acquaintance knows
serpents, rottenness, and cold dishonour; and our immortality ?” Ben Achmet led him to a neighbouring cliff that
us not; and that change mingled with so much
horror, or else meets so with our fears and weak Was steep, rugged, and high; and pointing to three
discoursings, that they who six hours ago tendep large stones that lay near together, be told him to
upon us, either with chartible or ambitious serlift them from the ground, and to follow him up
vices, cannot, without some regret, stay in the the cliff. Akaba laden with the stones, could scarcely move ; to ascend the cliff with them was
room alone, where the bodies lie stripped of theirt
life and honou rs.-- Bishop Taylor. impossible. “I cannot follow thee, Ben Achmet.” said he “ with these burdens.” “ Then cast down one of them," replied the Dervise, “and basten after me.” Akaba dropped a stone, but still
Seek true peace, not upon earth, but in heafound himself too heavily encumbered to proceed.
ven: not in men, nor in other things created, “I tell thee it is impossible,” cried the robber but in God alone.- Th. Kempis. chieftain,“ thou thyself couldst not proceed a step with such a load.” “Let go another stone, then," said Ben Achmet.
The malTA PENNY MAGAZINE is published and Akaba readily dropped another stone, and, with sent to Subscribers, in Valetta, every Saturday, great difficulty, clambered the cliff for a while,
Subscriptions at Is. per quarter received at No. 97. till, exhausted with the effort, he aguin cried out Str. Forni.
Saturday, 27th. November 1841.
sed out in their best apparel, and laying
aside all modesty and restraint, go in and We have been favoured with a view of out where they please. The account we the court of the palace of the heir to the have, 2 Kings ix. 30, of Jezebel's painting sovereignty of Tunis, at present Collector her face, and tiring her head, and looking of Revenues for the reigning Bey. The out at a window, upon Jechus's public enfountain, pillars and pavement of this court trance into Jezreel, gives us a lively idea of are of neatly worked marble.
an eastern lady at one of these zeenabs or Most of the houses in the eastern coun
solemnities." tries enclose a similar court, and many have “The streets in the cities, the better to in addition to the fountain, well selected, shade them from the sun, are usually narand well regulated shrubs which throw a row, with sometimes a range of shops on shade and inspire a coolness through the each side. If from these we enter into one pateo. None of these courts are complete of the principal houses, we shall first pass without a divan, which is made the chief through a porch or gate way, with benches place of resort during the day.
on each side, where the master of the family But to convey to our readers a more receives. visits, and dispatches buisness; few general idea of the Eastern houses, and persons, not even the nearest relations, their courts, we subjoin an extract from Dr. having further admission, except upon exT. Shaw's work on Barbary &c.
traordinary occasions. From hence we are “The general method of building, both
received into the court, which lying open in Barbary and the Levant, seems to have to the weather, is, according to the ability continued the same, from the earliest ages of the owner, paved with marble, or such down to this time, without the least altera- materials, as will immediately carry off the tion or improvement. Large doors, spa- water into the common sewers.
There is cious chambers, marble pavements, clois- something very analogous betwixt this open tered courts, with fountains sometimes space in these buildings, and the impluvium playing in the midst, are certainly conve- or cava ædium of the Romans; both of them niences very well adapted to the circum- being alike exposed to the weather, and stances of those hotter climates. The giving light to the house When many perjealousy likewise of these people is less sons are to be admitted, as upon the celebraapt to be alarmed, whilst, if we except a tion of a marriage, the circumcising of a small latticed window or balcony, which
* Si relictum erat in medio domus ut lucem sometimes looks into the street, all the
caperet, deorsum quo implue bat, impluvium dici. other windows open into their respective tur. Varro de Ling. Lat. 1. iv. $ 33. Impluvium courts, or quadrangles. It is during the locus sine tecto in ædibus, quo impluere imber celebration only of some zeenab (as they in domum possit. Ascon. Pedian. not. in Cicer.
Orat. i. in Verrem, c. 56. Sub divo, quod imcall a public festival) that these houses and their latticed windows or balconies are left
pluvium dicitur. Serv. not. in Virg. Æn, xi. 512.
Atria. ædificii genus fuere, continens mediam open. For this being a time of great liberty, aream, in quam ex omni tecto pluvia recipitur, revelling and extravagance, each family is
columnis quadrifariam persingulos angulos dispoambitious of adorning both the inside and
sitis & epistyliis. Alexand. ab Alexandro Genial.
D. 1, ïji. Cap. 6. Præter vestibula fuere cava the outside of their houses with their richest
ædium & peristylia, in quæ quisque suo ure non furniture: whilst crowds of both sexes, dres- vocatus admittebatur. Id. lib. v. cad. 24.