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No. LXXIII. Tuesday, July 17, 1753.

Numinibus vota exaudita malignis.

Jov.

Prayers made and granted in a luckless hour.

DRYDEN

WHILE Nouraddin was thus abandoned to defpair, Nardic's description of Amana had rouzed Osmin from his apathy. He commanded that she should be prepared to receive him, and soon after went alone into her apartment. Familiar as he was with beauty, and fa. tiated with enjoyment, he could not behold Amana without emotion : he perceived, indeed, that the was in tears, and that his prefence covered her with confufion; yet he believed that her terrors would be casily removed, that by kindness she might be foothed to fa. miliarity, and by careffes excited to dalliance; but the moment, he approached her, she threw herself at his. feet, and entreated to be heard, with an importunity: which he chose rather to indulge than resist: he therefore, raised her from the ground, and supporting her in his arms, encouraged her to proceed. “Let my Lord," faid she, “ dismiss a wretch who is not worthy of his.

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“ herd, betrothed to the merchant Nouraddin, from “ whom my body has been forced by the perfidy of a 4 slave, and to whom my soul is united by indiffoluble e bonds. O! let not the terrors of thy frown be

upon me! Shall the sovereign of Egypt stoop to a rep" tile of the dust? shall the judge of nations retain the " worthlefs theft of treachery and revenge? or shall he, " for whom ten thousand languish with desire, rejoice 6 in the sufferance of one alienated mind ?"" Ofmin, whose breast had by turns been inflamed with desire and indignation, while he gazed upon the beauties of Amana, and listened to her voice, now suddenly threw. her from him, and departed without reply.

When he was alone, he remained a few moments in fufpence : but the pasions which eloquence had repreled, soon became again predominant ; and he commanded Amana to be told, that if within three hours Ae did not come prepared to gratify his wishes, he would cast the head of the slaye, for whom he was rejected at her feet.

The eunuch by whom this message was delivered, and the woman who had returned to Amana when the Caliph retired, were touched with pity at her distress, and trembling at ber danger: the evils which they could scarce hope to prevent, they were yet folicitous to delay; and, therefore, advised her to request three days of preparation, that she might sufficiently recover the tranquillity of her mind, to make a just estimate of her own happiness; and with this request to send, as a pledge of her obedience, a bowl of sherbet, in which a pearl had been diffolved, and of which the bad first drank herself.

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To this advice, after some throbs of desperation, she at length consented, and prepared to put it in execution.

At the time when this resolution was taken, Nouraddin suddenly started from a reftlefs slumber; he was again ftung by an instantaneous reflection upon his own misery, and indulged the discontent of his mind in this exclamation : “ If wisdom and goodness do indeed “ preside over the works of omnipotence, whence is “ oppreffion, injustice, and cruelty? As Nouraddin a. " lone has a right to Amana, why is Amana in the

power of Osmin? O that now the juslice of Heaven " would appear in my behalf! O that from this hour I

was Osmin, and Osmin Nouraddin!” The moment he had uttered this wish, his chamber was darkened as with a thick cloud, which was at length dissipated by a burst of thunder; and a being, whose appearance was more than human, stood before him. « Nouraddin," said the vilion, “ I am of the region abaye thee; but

business is with the children of the earth. Thou. “ hast wished to be Osmin, and as far as this wilh is

poffible it shall be accomplished; thou shalt be en" abled to assume his appearance, and to exercise his

power. I know not yet whether I am permitted to

conceal Osmin under the appearance of Nouraddin, " but till to-morrow he shall not interrupt thee.”

Nouraddin, who had been held motionless by astonishment and terror, now recovered his fortitude as in the presence of a friend, and was about to express his gratitude and joy, when the genius bound a talisman on his left arm, and acquainted him with its power: “ As “ often as this bracelet," said he, “ shall be applied to “ the region of thy heart, thou shalt be alternately

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ed' to receive it; and having gazed a moment at the fuperscription, pressed it upon his forehead in an agony. of fufpence and terror. The wretch who had betrayed him enjoyed the anguish which he suffered ; and perceiving that he was fainting, and had not fortitude to read the paper, acquainted him with the contents : at the name of Amana he started, as if he had felt the fting of a scorpion, and immediately fell to the ground:

Caled proceeded to execute his commission without remorse ; he was not to be moved by swooning. expoftulation, entreaty, or tears; but having conducted A mana to the seraglio, presented her to Nardic, with esultation and hope. Nardic, whose wish was flattered by her ftature and her shape, lifted up her veil with impatience, timidity, and solicitude: but the moment he beheld her face, his doubts were at an end : he pros: trated himself before her, as a person on whose pleasure his life would from that moment depend. She was conducted to the chamber of the women, and Caled was the same hour invested with his new dignity; an apartment was assigned him in the palace, and he was made captain of the guard that kept the gates.

Nouraddin when he recovered his sensibility, and found that Amana had been conducted to the seraglio, was seized by turns with distraction and stupidity: ho passed the night in agitations, by which the powers of nature were exhausted, and in the morning he locked himself into the chamber of Amana, and threw himself on a sofa, determined to admit no comforter, and to: receive no sustenance.

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No. LXXIII. Tuesday, July 17, 1753

-Numinibus vota exaudita malignis.

Jov.

Prayers made and granted in a luckless hour.

DRYDEN.,

While Nouraddin was thus abandoned to defpair, Nardic's description of Amana had rouzed Osmin from his apathy. He commanded that she should be prepared to receive him, and soon after went alone into her apartment. Familiar as he was with beauty, and fatiated with enjoyment, he could not behold Amana without emotion : he perceived, indeed, that the was in tears, and that his prefence covered her with confufion; yet he believed that her terrors. would be easily removed, that by kindness-lhe might be foothed to familiarity, and by.caresses excited to dalliance; but the moment, he approached her, she threw herself at his. feet, and entreated to be heard, with an importunity: which he chofe rather to indulge than refift: he there. fore, raised her from the ground, and supporting her in his arms, encouraged her to proceed. “Let my Lord,”? said she, “ dismiss a wretch who is not worthy of his

presence, and compassionate the distress which is not * fusceptible of delight. I am the daughter of a shep:

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