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THE TWO CATS, A PERSIAN TALE.
Translated in the Bahar. Danush, or Garden of Knowledge, by 7. Scott, Efa. N In
gal, was a monarch in the perfection made his heart a sacrifice to every ringof youth and vigour. In him outward let of the infidel fide.locks of that magicbeauty was mingled with internal ac. drawing idol. The artful princess, from complishments, and the eloquence of his exceflive vanity in her beauty, constantoratory gave grace in the brilliancy of ly behaved with coyness, and kept him his wit. From his kindness, affection was bound in obligation for her love-exciting impressed on the hearts of his friends, fmiles. Out of cunning, magnifying and from his wrath, terror on the minds the high importance of her own challiof his enemies. He had taken to the ty, the practised consummare art in the nuptial couch a damfel of fourteen, whose management of her illuftrious husband. aspect, like the moon at a fortnight The prince one day fitting in his old, fone in the sky of beauty; and re- chafte haram, looked over some choice garding her society as the relish of life, pictures, which had received the finish Be Arove 'to observe the rules of true of beauty from mafters of nice touch, love. From the fores of her company and limners poflessing the pencil of Mani. he quaffed the wine of delight, and from This idol, mitress of art, sorcery-skilled,
was also feated by him. It happened it will be highly acceptable ; if you will that the portrait of a handsome young illume the gloomy' chamber of the wishes man appeared among others. The prin. of expectants with your mirth-conjoined cess, the form of whose person had been approach, it will be esteemed of importimpreffed on the journal of existence in aoce. The youth also, in the bond of characters of art and deceit, and whose whose love is the heart of the queen of composition was formed of the mixtures the world, and concerning the taming of of diffimulation and the leaven of hypo. which wild one of the foreft of affection crity, inftantly threw her veil over her and regard, before this, the hint was face. The king, upon this circumstance, given, has to night fallen into the fnare. being filled with surprize, faid, In this The sparkling wine, rosy-coloured, which palace, where no ftranger is present, and gives the crimson tinge to mirth, is čathe admiffion of an unentitled person ger to be poured out. The melodious cannot be supposed, what can be the rea- gurgling, like the nightingale, fits, upon ton for drawing the veil over thy coun- the chryftal branch.' tenance ? The cunning dame replied, The angel-resembling queen placed • beloved of Egypt, my bashfulness the finger of compliance on her eyes, arole from the picture of this stranger, and Thewing much delight and fatisfacwhose glotting eyes you might fancy are tion, exclaimed, Since a night which I
the gaze. Modefly seized the ves- have fought for in a thousand mattin ture of my heart; impulsively I hid my prayers has arrived, the dawn of wakeface, and was not willing that even the ful prosperity has gleamed from the hosemblance of a strange man's eye should. rizon of my defires, and the garden of present itself to minc. The king, on my friend's wishes has received freshness beholding the purity and chastity of his from the wavings of the gale of enjoywife, being pleased beyond meafure, be ment ; nergus-like (a flower) Tould I came entirely confident in her virtue, and hasten on the foot of my eyes, it is alhis reliance on her fidelity and innocence, lowable. Added to this, the attainment from one,grew to a hundred fold. of the auspicious company of the glori
When fome time had passed in this ous youth, who has plundered the wealth manner, the king, one night, as usual, was of my heart, and to whose amber loeks reclining on the pillow of repose, but in my foul is captive, will be a cause of twoa dozing manner, with his eyes half clof. foído happiness. How acceptable will it ed, and the gentie queen fitting on a cor. be for two objects to be attained by one ner of the bed. Suddenly, a tabby cat fmile ! -As, on account of the king's having entered at the door, and made seep my heart is at reft, I will by the alt two or three springs near the bed, rose fiftance of my wakeful fortune, convey up in the form of a beautiful woman. myself in the twinkling of an eye to the The queen, pattern of virtue, having paradifical assembly. Having said thing embraced her with great ardour, ut ine dismissed the mefTenger. tered many compliments, and seated her As the place to which the queen inby her fide. Supposing the king over tended going was diftant fix hundred come with the fumes of sleep, without miles from the king's palace, he became delay opening the lock of speech, the en- involved in the depth of astonishmeni, quired the reason of her coming! The how this demon in angel's form, in one Dame, after the manner of ambassadors, night's journey, could travel such a dif. Tharpening the tongue of message, faid, tance beyond ihe reach of human abili. Thy filter, after expressing the ufual de- ry, and how return. Even allowing that fire and affection, represents, that to. The could mount the charger of the wefnight thy niece, quitting the chamber of tern breeze, ftill it could not be conceivcelibacy, will with good luck and feli- ed accomplishable. At all events, recity be ushered on the bridal throne. figning his foot to the path of discovery Though all the requisites of feftivity have of this mysterious bufinels, and the cebeen prepared, and the assemblage of velopement of fuch a firauge miracle, he good fortune with all auspiciousneis and guarded his limbs from mulion, and like joy, has found a happy connection ; yet, one in found fleep, began to foore, The without thy eftimable presence, they can queen, from whoic hypocrify the devil have no brilliancy, and all the dies be. himself would have run a journey of a ing desirous of thy fortunate interview, hundred years, forth with dreifid herself wait thy honouring arrival. lt, observe in royal robes and princely ornaments, ing your former kindness and usual fa- and fouk uncommon pains in adjusting vour, you will bind them in obligation, them. Theo calling the vizier's wife to her, they both together tumbling a little king, who from fear of the escape be upon the carpet, became transformed into cats, trembled like a mouse, regarding tabby cats, and leaping out of the pa- the wreath of flowers as a coil of bloadlace, haftered from the city. The king devouring (makes, was confounded, and allo at the faine infant, having risen from over whelined in the abyss of astonish. the bed, followed the cars.
ment. As, however, he had not power In the environs of the city was a tree to refust, he arose and entered the royal of wonderful fize and height, its foliage apartments. thick, and its branches as it were touch- Here he beheld a concourse of Hoories ing the sky, into which the two cats and Peries niet together ; on every side afcended. The king, embracing the heaps on heaps of the flowers and Mrubs trunk, fixed his feet in the upper fibres of beauty blooming, and smiles and glanof the roor. All at once the tree began ces, like the leaves of the rofc in fpring, to shake, and moving from its place, waving over the furface of the ca per. mounted rapidly into the air ; then, in In Thort, they sealed the young king on the twinkling of an eye, becoming fixed the throne of honour ; and, according 19 again, ceased from motion. As the found the custom of the natives of Hindooltan, of trumpets, drums, and flutes, now resembling paradise, tied round his arms reached the ears of the king, he supposed ' a wreath of pearls and jewels, like the that the marriage-feast and assembly of chain of the Pleiades. 'All the Hoori joy was here prepared. Instantly quit- and Peri-like ladies formed a circle acing the trunk of the tree, he retired to round him, as clusters of stars round the a little distance. The two cats, having moon, and performed the cuftomary cedefcended, ran towards a city, and the remonies, according to the rules and u. king followed ; tili at length they reach- fages of their tribes. ed a palace, where all ranks were affem- The king fat in perfect filence. In bled in numerous crowds. The cats this situation, his eye fell on his own went into the haram, and the king fat chalte wife, who in a retired part of the down in the affembly on a corner of the 'room, with the vizier's lady and some carpet, where no one, from his being a other role-checked dames, quaffed gobStranger, took notice of him. His 250 lets of brilliantly (parkling wine, and in tention was wholly bent toward the re- the intoxication of the grape and the turn of the cats left they should escape, rapture of delight, clasped her lover in and he become a wanderer in a foreign embrace. At length arising, the advanccountry, and on account of the want of ed near, and looking at the king earneft. a conveyance or guide, reach not again ly, said to the vizier's lady, 'The eternal his own dominions.
has fo formed alike the countenance of When halt of the night had elapsed, a this young man with that of the king, young man, bearing a wreath of Bowers that you would fancy he was my husin a tray lot with jewels, entered the af- band. However, from the fumes of insembly; for fuch was the ufage in that, toxication, she did not perfeally recog. country, that thev first caft a garland of nize him, and the great distance of her flowers over tbc Moulders of the bride.
own country was also the means of groom), and then taking him into pri.. doubt and cause of disbelief. Satisfiçd vate apartments, performed the mar. with this expression of wonder, me reriage ceremony. it happened that tie tired again toward the youth who was bridegroom was deformed and ugly. The the fovereign of her heart. youth entrufted with the wreath, not The king on hearing ber exc'amations, thinking it fit to introduce such a mile with all his valour and foriitude, from Thapen wretch into an asembly of Hoo.. dread of his wife, had nearly quired ries, and to feat him on the throne with his mortal frame. Being a lán dismilthe angel-formed bride, intended; that fed from the private a pariments, he hala having chosen a handfome youih from tener into the assembly of the inen, and the company, he would throw the wreath employed himself in thanksgivinges to the upon his shoulders, ansi, having intro- divine preserver; refolving, mould he duced him into the angel-like allembiv, arrive safely from this danger in bis own perform the customs and ceremonies. It dominions, that he would without dehappened that the elegant form and lay dispatch his wife to the pit of the beautiful countenance of the king truck lower regions. When the bluth of eashis view ; and without hefitation, caiting lielt dawn had appeared, the two cats the wreath upon him, he took him by having come from within, paffed swiftthe hand, and begged him to arisc. The ly by, and the king haitily followed