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« Surely," said he to himself, “ this palace is the seat of happiness ; where pleasure succeeds to pleasure, and discontent and sorrow can have no admission. Whatever nature has provided for the delight of sense, is here spread forth to be enjoyed. What can mortals hope or imagine, which the master of this palace has not obtained? The dishes of luxury cover his table ; the voice of harmony lulls him in his bowers ; he breathes the fragrance of the groves of Java, and sleeps upon the down of the cygnets of Ganges. He speaks, and his mandate 18 obeyed; he wishes and his wish is gratified; all whom he sees obey him, and all whom he hears flatter him. How different, o Ortogrul, is thy condition, who art doomed to the perpetual torments of unsatisfied desire ; and who hast no amusement in thy power,that can withhold thee from thy own refleetions! They tell thee that thou art wise ; but what does wisdom avail with poverty? None will latter the poor ; and the wise have
of battering themselves. That man is surely the most wretched of the sons of wretchediness,who lives with his ownfaults and follies always before him ; and who has done to reconcile bim to himself by praise and veneration. I have long sought content,and have not found it, I will from this moment endeavour to be rich."
Full of his new resolution, he shut himself in his chamber, for six months, to deliberate how he should grow rich. He sometimes proposed to offer himself as a counsellor to one of the kings in India ; and sometimes resolved to dig for diamonds in the mines of Golconda. One day, after some hours passed in violent fluctuation of opinion, sleep insensibly seized him in his chair. He dreamed that he was ranging a desert country in search of some one that might teach him to grow rich ; and as he stood on the top of a hill ahad. ed with cypress, in doubt whither to direct his steps, his father appeared on a sudden standing before him. 5* Ortogrul,” said the old man, " I kuow thy perplexity ; listen to thy father ; turn thine eye on the oppo. site mountain." Ortogrul looked, and saw a torrent tumbling down the rocks, roaring with the noise of
thunder, and scattering its foam on the impending woods. Now," said his father, behold the valley that lies between the hills.” Ortogrul looked, and espied a little well, out of which issued a small rivulet.
Tell me now,” said his father, “ dost thou wish for sudden affluence, that may pour upon thee like the mountain torrent, or for a slow and gradual increase, resembling the rill gliding from the well ?"
• Let me be quickly rich," said Ortogrul ; “let the golden stream be quick and violent.” “ Look round thee," said his father, " once again.” Ortogrul looked, and perceived the channel of the torrent dry and dusty ; but following the rivulet from the well, he traced it to a wide lake, which the supp!y,slow and constant, kept always full. He awoke, and determined to grow rich by si. leat profit, and persevering industry.
Having sold his patrimony, he engaged in merchandise ; and in twenty years purchased lands, on which he raised a house,equal in sumptuousness to that of the vizier; to which he invited all the ministers of pleas. ure, expecting to enjoy all the felicity which he had imagined riches able to afford. Leisure soon made him weary of himself, and he longed to be persuaded that he was great and happy. He was courteous and liberal : he gave all that approached him hopes of pleasing him, and all who should please him, hopes of being rewarded. Every art of praise was tried, and every source of adulatory fiction was exhausted. Or. togrul heard his flatterers without delight, because he found himselt unable to believe them. heart toll him its frailties : his own understanding reproached him with his faults. “How long," said he, with a deep sigh, “have I been labouring in vain to amass wealth, which at last is useless! Let no man hereafter wish to be rich, who is already too wise to be flattered,"
The Hill of Science. In that season of the year, when the sereoity of the sky, the various fruits which cover the ground, the
discoloured foliage of the trees, and all the sweet, but fading graces of inspiring-autumn, open the mind to benevolence, and dispose it for contemplation, I was wandering in a beautiful and romantic country,till curi. osity began to give way to weariness; and I sat down on the fragment of a rock overgrown with moss; where the rustling of the falling leaves, the dashing of waters, and the hum of the distant city, soothed my mind into the most perfect tranquillity; and sleep in. sensibly stole upon me, as I was indulging the agreeable reveries, which the objects around nie naturally inspired.
I immediately found myself in a vast,extended plain, in the middle of which arose a mountain higher chan I had before any conception of. It was covered with a multitude of people, chiefls youth ; many of whom pressed forward with the liveliest expression of ardour in their countenance, though the way was in many placez steep and difficult. I observed that those who bad just begun to climb the hill, thought themselves Dot far from the top: but as they proceeded, new bills were continually rising to their view ; and the suminit of the highest they could before discern seemed but the foot of another, till the mountain at length appear. ed to lose itself in the clouds. As I was gazing on these things with astonishment, a friendly instructer guddenly appeared : “ The mountain before thee,” said he, “is the Hill of Science. On the top is the temple of Truth, whose bead is above the clouds, and a veil of pure light covers her face. Observe the
of her yotaries ; be silent and attentive."
After I had noticed a variety of objects, I turped my eye towards the multitudes who were climbing the steep ascent; and observed among them a youth of a lively look, a piercing eye, and something fiery and irregular in all his motions. His name was Genius. He darted like an eagle up the mountain ; and left his companions gazing after him with envy and admiration : but his progress was unequal, and interrupted by a thousand caprices. When Pleasure warbled in the valley, be mingled in her train. When Pri1..
beckoned towards the precipice, he ventured to the tottering edge. He delighted in devious and untried paths; and made so many excursions from the road, that his feebler companions often outstriped him. I observed that the Muses beheld him with partiality; but Truth often frowned, and turned aside her face. While Gepius was thus wasting his strength in eccentric flights,I saw a person of very different appearance, named Application. He crept along with a slow and ugremitting pace,his'eyes fixed on the top of the moun. tain, patiently removing every stone that obstructed his way, till he saw most of those below him, who had at first derided his slow and toilsome progress. Indeed there were few who ascended the hill with equal and uninterrupted steadiness: for, beside the difficulties of the way, they were continually solicited to turn aside, by a numerous crowd of appetites, passions, and pleasures, whose importunity, when once complied with, they became less and less able to resist; and though they often returned to the path, the asperities of the road were more severely telt; the hill appeared more steep and rugged ; the fruits which were wholesome and refreshing, seemed harsh and illtasted ; their sight grew dim; and their feet tript at every little obstruction.
I saw with some surprise, that the Muses, whose business was to cheer and encourage those who were toiling up the ascent, would often sing in the bowers of Pleasure, and accompany those who were enticed away at the call of the Passions. They accompanied thein, however, but a little way; and always forsook them when they lost sight of the hill. The tyrants then doubled their chains upon the unhappy captives ; and led them away, without resistance, to the cells of Ignorance, or the mansions of Misery. Amonget the innumerable seducers, who were endeavouring to draw away the votaries of Truth from the path of Science, there was one, so little formidable ic her appearanze, and so gentle and languid in her attempts, that I should scarcely have taken notice of her, bnt for the rumbers she had imperceptibly loaded with chains. Indolence,
(for so she was called,) far from proceeding to open hostilities, did not atteinpt to turn their feet out of the path, but contented herself with retarding their progress; and the purpose she could not force them to abandon, she persuaded them to delay. Her touch had a power like that of the torpedo, which withered the strength of those who came within its influence. Her unhappy captives still turned their faces towards the temple, and always hoped to arrive there ; but the ground seemed to slide from beneath their feet,and they found themselves at the bottom, before they suspected they had changed their place. The placid serenity, which at first appeared in their countenance, changed by degrees into a melancholy languor, which was tinged with deeper and deeper glooin, as they glided down the stream of Insignificance ; a dark and sluggish water, which is curled by no breeze, and enlivened by no murmur, till it falls into a dead sea, where startled passengers are awakened by the shock, and the next moment buried in the gulf of Oblivion.
Of all the unhappy deserters from the paths of Science, none seemed less able to return than the followers of Indolence. The captives of Appetite and Passion could often seize the monient when their tyrants were languid or asleep, to escape from their enchantment; but the dominion of Indolence was constant and voremitted; and seldom resisted, till resistance was in vain.
After contemplating these things, I turned my eyes towards the top of the mountain, where the air was al. ways pure.and exhilerating, the path shaded with lau. rels and other ever-greens, and the effulgence which beaded from the face of Science seeined to shed a glory round her votaries. Flappy, said I, are they who are permitted to ascend the mountain ! But while I was pronouncing this exclamation with uncommon ardour, I saw, standing beside me, a form of diviner features, and a more benign radience. Happier,” said she,
are the whom Virtue conducts to the mausions of Content!" What,” said i, does Virtue then reside in the world f” “ I a in found,” said she; "in the