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A dervise was journeying along in a desert, when two merchants suddenly met him; “You have lost a camel," said he to the merchants.
" Iudeed we have,” they replied, “ Was he not blind in his right eye, and lame in his left leg ?” said the dervise. was,” replied the merchants. “ Had he not lost a front tooth ?" said the dervise. “He had,” rejoined the merchants. “And was he not loaded with honey on one side, and wheat on the other ?”
“ Most certainly he was,” they replied ; “and as you have seen him so lately, and marked him so particularly, you can, in all probability, conduct us to him,” “My friends," said the dervise, “I have never seen your camel, nor ever heard of him, but from you."
“A pretty story, truly,” said the merchants; "but where are the jewels which formed a part of his cargo ?”
” 'I have neither seen your camel, nor your jewels,” repeated the dervise. On this they seized his person, and forthwith hurried him before the judge, where, on the strictest search, nothing could be found upon. him, nor could any evidence whatever be adduced to convict him, either of falsehood or of theft. They were then about to proceed against him as a sorcerer, when the dervise, with great calmness, thus addressed the court:-“ I have been much amused with your surprise, and own there has been some ground for your suspicions ; but I have lived long, and alone; and I can find ample scope for observation, even in a desert. I knew that I had crossed the track of a
camel that had strayed from its owner,
because I saw no mark of any human footstep on the same route; I knew the animal was blind in one eye, because it had cropped the herbage only on one side of its path ; and I perceived that it was lame in one leg, from the faint impression which that particular foot had pro
the sand; I concluded that the animal had lost one tooth, because, wherever it had grazed, a small tuft of herbage had been left uninjured in the centre of its bite. As to that which formed the burthen of the beast, the busy ants informed me that it was corn on the one side, and the clustering flies that it was honey on the other.”—COLTON.
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'Twas in the prime of summer time,
An evening calm and cool,
Came bounding out of school:
Like troutlets in a pool.
And souls untouched by sin;
They drove the wickets in.
Over the town of Lynn.
And shouted as they ran-
As only boyhood can:
A melancholy man!
To catch heaven's blessed breeze;
And his bosom ill at ease:
The book between his knees. Leaf after leaf he turned it o'er,
Nor ever glanced aside;
For the peace of his soul be read that book
In the golden eventide.
And pale, and leaden-eyed.
With a fast and fervent grasp
And fixed the brazen hasp:
And clasp it with a clasp !" Then, leaping on his feet upright,
Some moody turns he took; Now
the mead, then down the mead, And past a shady nook : And lo! he saw a little boy
That pored upon a book. "My gentle lad what is't you read
Romance or fairy fable? Or is it some historic page
Of kings and crowns unstable ?." The young boy gave an upward glance
“It is the death of Abel.”
As smit with sudden pain-
Then slowly back again;
And talked with him of Cain.
Beneath the curse of Cain-
And flames about their brain:
For blood has left upon their souls
Its everlasting stain ! “And well,” quoth he, “I know for truth Their
pangs must be extremeWoe, woe, unutterable woe
Who spill life's sacred stream ! For why? methought last night I wrought
A murder in a dream!”
A feeble man, and old;
The moon shone clear and cold;
And I will have his gold !'
And one with a heavy stone,
And then the deed was done:
But lifeless flesh and bone !
That could not do me ill;
For lying there so still:
That murder could not kill ! “And lo! the universal air
Seemed lit with ghastly flame-
Were looking down in blame:
And called upon his name.