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might be properly attended, till he plexities, arising from the refleétion fhould hear further. Then mount- of having left the jewel of his heart ing Bronzomarte, he set out with a with such precipitation. guide for the place he had left, not without a thousand fears and per

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HISTORY of the Vizier MOU A F FAC. An Eastern Tale.

O VER the kingdom of Casmire eyes of Alla, and of his holy pro

reigned formerly a prince phet Mahomet. You have made named Solyman, who, in courage many wise institutions, and your and abilities, furpassed all the mo- subjects pray daily, that your reign narchs of his age. His chief care may be prolonged: but there is one was to chuse wife and able ministers, crime that you have neglected to and he long fought, but sought in make proper igquiry into. Murders vain, for a vizier capable of affisting have, with impunity, been commithim in the weighty affairs of go- ted in your dominions: thirty leagues vernment. An adventurer, named from your capital lie interred the Mouaffac, appearing at his court, bones of the rich Rusvanzchad, who foon attracted his attention: the was treacherously stabbed by his lustre of his eyes denoted a superior guest.” genius; and the king, upon con- This vision made such an imprerversing with hiin, discovered fuchsion upon the mind of Sol man, fagacity in his answers, that he pro- that he went the next day, with his moted him to the place of vizier, vizier Mouaffac, in order to discoand found him capable of managing ver the place. When they had proaffairs of the higheit importance. ceeded about thirty miles from the

The administration of Mouaffac was capital, the king, perceiving a caunexceptionable ; and he soon be- vern, immediately resolved to enter came so popular, that the people, it, in a persuasion that the murin their addresses to the holy pro- dered person was interred therein.

phet, joined to their prayers for Having descended, he, by the *** the fulran Solyman, prayers for light of torches, discovered the bones

the good vizier Mouaffac. But vil- of a man; and turning to Mouaffac,

lains, when pofiefed of shining ta. faid, “ May Allah and our holy :lenirs, can easily affuire the mask of prophet, who have directed me to

virtue. In the space of a few véars the bones, point out the villain who the virtuous Solyman found that he comınitted so enormous a crime. had received into his palace, and Mouaffac, who, through policy, adloaded with favours, a nan guilty of hered to virtue, but was intirely the blackeft of all crimes.

void of piety, thinking himself seOne night the ütigel Gabriel ap- cure, answered, with the utmost unpeared to lim in a dream, and concern, “ My lord, perhaps he fpoke to him as follows:

tands before you.” Hereupon a “ Sulymari, your gued intentions voice was heard from the ground, have procured you tavour in the which uttered words that fliuck all

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