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7. When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy ?

8. Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb ?

9. When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it,

10. And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,

11. And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further : and here shall thy proud waves be stayed ?

12. Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

13. That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it ?

14. It is turned as clay to the seal ; and they stand as a garment.

15. And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.

16. Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea ? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth ?

17. Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death ?

18. Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth ? declare if thou knowest it all.

19. Where is the way where light dwelleth ? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

20. That thou shouldst take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldst know the paths to the house thereof?

21. Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great ?

22. Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow ? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

23. Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war ?

24. By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth ?

25. Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder ;

26. To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

27. To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

28. Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

29. Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoar frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

30. The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

31. Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion ?

32. Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons ?

33. Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven ? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth ?

34. Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?

35. Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?

36. Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts ? or who hath given understanding to the heart?

37. Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bolts of heaven,

38. When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together ?

39. Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,

40. When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait ?

41. Who provideth for the raven his food ? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.

42. Hast thou given the horse strength ? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder ?

43. Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper ? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.

44. He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength; he goeth on to meet the armed men.

45. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted ; neither turneth he back from the sword.

46. The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.

47. He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage ; neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.

48. He saith among the trumpets, Ha! ha! and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting


1. Emir Hassan, of the prophet's race,

Asked, with folded hands, the Almighty's grace.
Then, within the banquet-hall he sat,
At his meal, upon the embroidered mat.

2. There a slave before him placed the food,

Spilling from the charger, as he stood,
Awkwardly upon the Emir's breast
Drops that foully stained the silken vest.

3. To the floor, in great remorse and dread,

Fell the slave, and thus, beseeching said :
“Master, they who hasten to restrain
Rising wrath, in paradise shall reign."

4. Gentle was the answer Hassan gave :

“ I'm not angry.” “Yet,” pursued the slave,
“ Yet doth higher recompense belong

To the injured who forgives a wrong.”
5. “I forgive,” said Hassan. “Yet we read,"

So the prostrate slave went on to plead,
“That a higher seat in glory still
Waits the man who renders good for ill.”

“Slave, receive thy freedom, and behold
In thy hand I lay a purse of gold.
Let me never fail to heed, in aught,
What the prophet of our God hath taught.”



DANIEL DEFOE. 1. I had goat's flesh to feed on when I pleased, milk, too,-a thing which, indeed, in the beginning, I did not so much as think of, and which, when it came into my thoughts, was really an agreeable surprise ; for now I set up my dairy, and had sometimes a gallon or two of milk in a day. And as nature, who gives supplies of food to every creature, dictates even naturally how to make use of it, so I, that had never milked a cow, much less a goat, or seen butter or cheese made, only when I was a boy, after a great many essays and miscarriages, made me both butter and cheese at last, and also salt (though I found it partly made to my hand by the heat of the sun, upon some of the rocks of the sea), and never wanted it afterwards. How mercifully can our Creator treat his creatures, even in those conditions in which they seem to be overwhelmed in destruction! How can he sweeten the bitterest providences, and give us cause to praise him for dungeons and prisons! What a table was here spread for me in a wilderness, where I saw nothing, at first, but to perish for hunger !

2. It would have made a stoic smile, to see me and my little family sit down to dinner : there was my majesty, the prince and lord of the whole island ; I had the lives of all my subjects at my absolute command ; I could hang, draw, give liberty, and take it away ; and no rebels among all my subjects. Then to see how like a king I dined too, all alone, attended by my servants ! Poll, as if he had been my favorite, was the only person permitted to talk to me. My dog, who was now grown very old and crazy, sat always at my right hand; and two cats, one on one side of the table, and one on the other, expecting now and then a bit from my hand, as a mark of special favor. With this attendance, and in this plentiful manner, I lived ; neither could I be said to want any thing but society ; and of that, some time after this, I was like to have too much.

3. I was something impatient to have the use of my boat, though very loth to run any more hazards; and, therefore, sometimes I sat contriving ways to get her about the island, and at other times I sat myself down contented enough without her. But I had a strange uneasiness in my mind to go down to the point of the island, where, in my last ramble, I went up the hill to see how the shore lay, and how the current set, that I might see what I had to do: this inclination increased upon me every day, and at length I resolved to travel thither by land, following the edge of the shore. I did so ; but had any one in England been to meet such a man as I was, it must either have frightened him, or raised a great deal of laughter ; and as I frequently stood still to look at myself, I could not but smile at the notion of my traveling through Yorkshire, with such an equipage, and in such a dress. Be pleased to take a sketch of my figure, as follows :

4. I had a great, high, shapeless cap, made of a goat's skin, with a flap hanging down behind, as well to keep the sun from me as to shoot the rain off from running into my neck, nothing being so hurtful in these climates as the rain upon the flesh, under the clothes.

5. I had a short jacket of goat's skin, the skirts coming down to about the middle of the thighs, and a pair of openkneed breeches of the same ; the breeches were made of the skin of an old goat, whose hair hung down such a length on either side, that, like pantaloons, it reached to the middle of my legs; stockings and shoes I had none, but had made me a pair of somethings, I scarce know what to call them, like buskins, to flap over my legs, and lace on either side like spatterdashes; but of a most barbarous shape, as indeed were all the rest of my clothes.

6. I had on a broad belt of goat's skin dried, which I drew together with two thongs of the same, instead of buckles; and in a kind of frog on either side of this, instead of a sword and dagger, hung a little saw and a hatchet-one on one side, and one on the other. I had another belt, not so broad, and fastened in the same manner, which hung over my shoulder ; and at the end of it, under my left arm, hung two pouches, both made of goat's skin, too ; in one of which hung my powder, in the other my shot. At my back

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