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Nor the warm Zephyr touch'd and tainted it.
The dates of the

grove

before their guest
They laid, and the luscious fig,

And water from the well.
The Damsel from the Tamarind tree

Had pluck'd its acid fruit,

And steep'd it in water long;
And whoso drank of the cooling draught,

He would not wish for wine.
This to the guest the Damsel brought,

And a modest pleasure kindled her cheek,
When raising from the cup his moisten'd lips,
The Stranger smil'd, and prais'd, and drank again.

Whither is gone the Boy?
He had pierced the Melon's pulp,

And clos'd with wax the wound,
And he had duly gone at morn

And watch'd its ripening rind,
And now all joyfully he brings

The treasure now matur'd.
His dark eyes sparkle with a boy's delight,
As out he pours its liquid lusciousness,

And proffers to the guest.

Abdaldar ate, and he was satisfied :

And now his tongue discours'd

Of regions far remote,
As one whose busy feet had travellid long.

The father of the family,
With a calın

eye and quiet smile,
Sate pleas'd to hearken him.
The Damsel who remov'd the meal,

She loitered on the way,
And listen'd with full hands
A moment motionless.
All eagerly the Boy
Watches the Traveller's lips;

And still the wily man
With seemly kindness, to the eager Boy

Directs his winning tale.
Ah, cursed one! if this be he,
If thou hast found the object of thy search,

Thy hate, thy bloody aim,.. Into what deep damnation wilt thou plunge

Thy miserable soul!...

Look! how his eye delighted watches thine !..

Look! how his open lips
Gasp at the winning talel..

And nearer now he comes,
To lose no word of that delightful talk.

Then, as in familiar mood,
Upon the stripling's arm

The Sorcerer laid his hand,
And the fire of the Crystal fled.

While the sudden shoot of joy
Made pale Abdaldar's cheek,
The Master's voice was heard :

" It is the hour of prayer, . . “ My children, let us purify ourselves,

And praise the Lord our God !”

The Boy the water brought; After the law they purified themselves, And bent their faces to the earth in

prayer.

All, save Abdaldar; over Thalaba
He stands, and lifts the dagger to destroy.

Before his lifted arm receiv'd

Its impulse to descend,

The Blast of the Desert came. Prostrate in prayer, the pious family

Felt not the Simoom pass. They rose, and lo! the Sorcerer lying dead, Holding the dagger in his blasted hand.

NOTES ON BOOK SECOND.

A Teraph stood against the cavern side.-P. 62. The manner how the Teraphim were made is fondly conceited thus among the Rabbies. They killed a man that was a first-born son, and wrung off his head, and seasoned it with salt and spices, and wrote, upon a plate of gold, the name of an unclean spirit, and put it under the head upon a wall, and lighted candles before it, and worshipped it.-Godwyn's Moses and Aaron.

By Rabbi Eleazar, it is said to be the head of a child.

to pay

nage

But Eblis, &c.-P. 67. The Devil, whom Mahommed names Eblis, from his despair, was once one of those angels who are nearest to God's presence, called Azazil; and fell (according to the doctrine of the Koran), for refusi to Adam at the command of God.- Koran, ch. 2. 7. 15.

God created the body of Adam of Salzal, that is, of dry. but upbaked clay; and left it forty nights, or, according to others, forty years, lying without a soul ; and the De-, vil came to it, and kicked it, and it sounded. And God, breathed into it a soul with his breath, sending it in at his eyes; and he himself saw his nose still dead clay, and

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