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not the misery of others--extend to ded from that moment, and late on those who need it the mercy thou thy- the ensuing day the Khan awoke self hast tasted. Remember thy af- from a long sleep, perfectly collectflicted countrymen when thy voice ed, and free from all disease, alhas power, and fail not to let it rise though still weak and exhausted. in their behalf. And now, delay not Many were the 'Shukhur Khofarther-rise, and begone. The won- dahs !' and 'Alhumdulillahs !'* that dering and still bewildered youth he were poured out upon this occasion sitated no longer; hastily partaking by the attendants and all the houseof the food which the recluse placed hold—but the first demand made by before him, he received back his the Khan was for the Armenian youth arms, which, with his sandals, were whom he had ordered into confinelaid by his bedside, and quitting the ment at the commencement of his ill cavern, clambered up the side of the ness. His servants, alarmed, and unrocky ravine, and was soon on his willing to tell the truth, looked at way to the camp of Doozd Maho- each other in silence. It was the med.
Khanum alone who dared to inform " And what, agas, think you, had him that the youth was no longer in been going on there since the time of camp. • Not in camp! echoed the the young man's departure? The Khan ; ' and what, then, has become Khan's distemper had risen to its of him ? By your own soul, Khanum, height just about that time. He ra and by the holy Caaba! tell me where ved frantically-abused every one he is!' around him-roared incessantly for “ The attendants, still imagining water! water!-and for cold! cold! that the Khan's only reason for the -and besought his attendants to cut enquiry was to order his immediate open his breast, and take out his execution, and fearful of incurring heart, which had become, he said, a blame for his unauthorized dismissal burning coal. The physicians or from the camp, could get no farther dered a last application of ice, gave than to mutter some unintelligible their last dose of iced vinegar and
Even the Khanum was water, and then left him to his fate. alarmed at the em tion of Lord, This frenzied state was too violent who still continued conjuring them to continue very long; it gradually in God's name to tell him the truth. subsided into a less furious, though At last, dreading the consequences of scarcely a more tranquil condition. his impatience even more than his Cries and shrieks gave place to low anticipated wrath— By the Khan's moanings, and his terrible convul own head, then,' said she, sions to a less uncontrollable restless- youth is gone to Agri-Daugh for an ness.
ice-worm to cure your fever, my “Towards midnight, the sick man's Lord !' mutterings became more distinct. He “• I know that,' said the Khan imtalked as if he had been addressing patiently — I know it as well as you some person present, and in less dis- --but where is he now ? for he has tracted phrases. At length his at returned from Agri-Daugh.'— Retendants could distinguish some of turned?—who?~Gregoor the Armehis expressions. Allah! have mer nian ? no, Khan-not a bit of him cy! – Oh, holy Mahomed !-By nor ever will doubtless—who ever. the holy Koran !-by the Sacred returns from the top of Agri-Daugh ? Caaba! yes ! yes! I promise, I swear! -and who cares about a scurvy Inshallah! Inshallah !'—and each Armenian, since your Lordship has ejaculation was accompanied by a got rid of your fever? Let the
poor corresponding movement of head and wretch go about his business.'hands, as if confirming what he said. “Who cares?' echoed the Khan. This seemed to be the crisis of his By the head of my father, there is disorder; for after it he grew still and cause to care !—for it is just this--' tranquil, and, to the astonishment of his life and mine-if he goes, so do those who looked every moment for 1; we are bound up together in a his death, the heat and fever subsi- strange fashion-so where is the lad ?
* Thank God!--Persian.
Ye surely have not slain him?' added the old white-bearded Ket Khodah he, suddenly fixing his frowning eye of the last Armenian village we plunupon them. God forbid !--no, by dered, throwing himself before my the head of the Prophet !-no, by the horse's feet, and beseeching me to Khan's salt !' burst forth the whole spare his grey hairs; and there was attendants in reply, greatly relieved something in the old man's look that as to the object of their Lord's ur troubled me-my liver melted withgency, and now, on their own ac in me like water, and strongly checkcounts, wishing for the youth's re- ing my horse, he bounded to one turn. Then let every one of my side, and the old man was saved. people set off this moment in search Suddenly his form altered in my of him,' said the Khan; ' nor let sight, he wore long floating garments, them return till they bring him.' and his countenance assumed a grave And accordingly the tent was soon and noble, yet not unpleasing aspect. cleared, and every one sallied forth "The Khan has done well,' said he, to hunt for poor Gregoor.
the mercy he has shewn he shall “By this time the physicians, hear- find ;' and I found my heart soften in ing of the great man’s unexpected that moment, and the pangs that had recovery, had all come back to offer so long gnawed my vitals experientheir congratulations on this fortu- ced a momentary relief. But the nate event, hinting at the same time whole scene had passed away, and I at their own great merit, and the was lying in this very tent with all handsome reward they expected for my attendants sleeping around my it... May your fathers all be well couch; and I tried to awaken them, roasted, ye cousins of an ass !' cried but they would not hear me, when the Khan, whose strength and ener the same venerable person entered, gy appeared hourly to revive. This accompanied by the Armenian youth is no dish of your cooking-—I'll eat Gregoor, who held in his hand a small all you have in this matter any day basket of twigs. • Chief, said the of the Ramazaun, and never break former, addressing me, while every my fast. Away with your long beards, one around still slept profoundly,big bellies, and empty heads !—your "behold, thy heart has been touched; long yellow faces make me sick -unworthy though thou art, thou hast Pack-go!
Hearken,' continued tasted the mercy of the Omnipotent, he to a few of his favourites, when the who sends by the hands of his serapartment had been cleared of intru vant the remedy which will heal thy ders- I will tell you how it all came bodily ailments—take heed that thy about. Those wise heads thought that mind partake the cure-beware that allwas overwith me-and bad enough thou turn not good to evil-a blesstruly matters were. I heard what they ing to a curse. Abandon thy, evil said about the ice-worm, while they ways --- devote the life which has believed me to be insensible, although been granted thee, to repairing the well did I know that mortal hands evil thou hast already committed, would never bring it from the old rather than to increasing it-perseDaugh, yonder. Soon after, my head cute no more my people the Armebegun to spin round and simmer nians-set free the captives thou like a boiling pot—and wild fancies hast taken-rebuild the villages thou passed through my seething brain. hast burned, and, to the youth who Sometimes I was among ice and freely risked his life to preserve snow, sometimes in flames and fire. thine, restore what thou hast taken Then again I was upon my old war dismiss him and his wife with horse, careering forward at a fearful blessings and with benefits for rate, along with a whole troop of know that to his zeal thou owest thy fiendish-looking riders, trampling life.-Dost thou promise all this ?" and cutting down thousands of these I need scarcely say, friends, that I miserable Armenians, while our very gave the promise in ready and in foot-tramps set their villages on fire. earnest terms. There was a terrible hurly-burly “« The old man then turning to the and my whirling head was like to young man, took from his basket a burst with pain from the heat of the wonderful creature-how shall I deburning houses; at last, out rushed scribe it ?-it resembled a serpent of
pure ice, its very look was chilling; got his promise to the old saint. Not and as it moved to and fro with a only did he restore to the youth his quick wavering motion, I felt its wife, and loaded them with
presents, power in every vein. He stooped but he set all his Armenian captives over my bed, and taking the crea at liberty, restored the plunder tature, which lay passive in his grasp, ken, rebuilt the burnt villages, and wound it like a fillet round my head. made good their losses to the inhaThe touch was magical-in a mo- bitants; in fine, until the day of his ment all the burning heat and rest- death, Doozd Mahomed Khan beless confusion were gone, and gave came the patron and protector of the place to a thrill of delicious calm, very district and people, whom bethe more enchanting from my long fore this singular event he had bitprevious sufferings. Thou art heal- terly persecuted. ed, and at peace,' said the aged man, “Thus, agas, you see that there • and the continuance of that peace is truth in what has always been told rests with thyself—the deliciouscools of the terrors of old Agri-Daugh, and ness which the touch of this pure the impossibility of reaching his sumcreature sheds over a repentant mit, when even the good Gregoor heart, will turn to fiercer tortures failed, after encountering such territhan yet thou hast experienced, if ble danger. You smile, as if you thy vows are ever broken-be vir- had still doubts ?-Ah, well, agas, tuous and be happy.'. With these you are not the first Frank sahebs,* words my aged physician and his who have expressed this strange incompanion vanished from my sight, credulity after they had heard this and a deep sleep came over my very story. I even remember onesenses, until I awoke just now, re may God forgive him! who ventustored, as you all see, to health. And red to hint a doubt of the Armenian now, my friends, you will compre- youth having ever gone further than hend the cause of my solicitude for the cave of the recluse; that all the the young man's safety-God grant rest was merely a dream proceeding that no evil may have befallen him !? from an over-excited imagination,
“ Agas, the Khan's fears were soon and that the Khan's recovery from dissipated; for while he was yet his fever was more attributable to speaking, a bustle at the tent-door the cold applications of the despised announced an arrival, and the attend- physicians, than to this wonderful ants entered, bringing in Gregoor, ice-worm — La-illah-il-allah! Some who had been met on his return close people can never be convinced ! But to the camp by those who were sent come-we are late ; and behold, yonto seek him. I scarce need assure der are the walls of the castle shiyou, that the Khan, taught by his ning in the moonlight-Let us push sufferings and his dream, never for forward."
“ We return_We return we return no more ľ”
So breathe sad voices our spirits o'er,
No! it is not the rose that returns no more;
We return-we return-we return no more !"
* “ Ha til ha til ha til mi tulidle"---We return-We return-we return no more, the burden of the Highland song of emigration.
STORY OF ADAM SCOTT.
BY THE ETTRICK SHEPHERD.
Ox a fine summer evening, about with the other; but his neighbour the beginning of July, on a year was sullen and retired, seldom speakwhich must have been about the lat ing, and as seldom looking one in the ter end of the reign of Queen Anne, face. Scott had at first a confused or some years subsequent to that, recollection of having seen him, but as Adam Scott, farmer of Kildouglas, in what circumstances he could not was sitting in a small public-house remember, and he soon gave up the on North Tyne, refreshing himself idea as a false one. on brown bread and English beer, They mounted at length, and there and his hungry horse tearing up the being no path up the North Tyne grass about the kail-yard dike, he then, nor till very lately, their way was accosted by a tall ungainly fel- lay over ridges and moors, and low, who entered the hut, and in the sometimes by the margin of the wild broadest Northumberland tongue,
river. The tall man had been very enquired if he was bound for Scot communicative, and : frankly told land.“ What gars ye speer that, an Scott that they were going into Scotit be your will ?” said Scott, with the land to try to purchase sheep and characteristic caution of his country- cattle, where they expected to get men.
them for next to nothing, and that “ Because a neighbour and I are they had brought gold with them for agoing that way to-night,” said the that purpose. This led on Scott to stranger," and we knaw neything tell him of his own adventures in at all about the rwoad; and mwore that line. He had come to Stagshaw. than that, we carry soomthing rey- bank fair, the only market then for ther ower valuable to risk the lo Scots sheep and cattle in the north sing of; and as we saw your horse of England, with a great number of rooging and reyving with the saddle sheep for sale, but finding no demand, on him, I made bould to call, think- he bought up all the sheep from his ing you might direct us on this countrymen for which he could get coorsed rwoad.”
credit, and drove on to the York“ An' what will you gie me if I shire markets, where he hawked guide you safely into Scotland, an' them off in the best manner he could, set ye aince mair upon a hee road ?” and was now in fact returning to said Scott.
Scotland literally laden with money “ Woy, man, we'll give thee as to pay his obligations. mooch bread as thou canst eat, and After this communication, the tall as mooch beer as thou canst drink man always rode before Adam Scott, and mwore we cannot have in this and the short thick-set sullen felmoorland,” said the man.
low behind him, a position which, " It is a fair offer,” said Adam the moment it was altered, was reScott; “ but I'll no pit ye to that ex sumed, and at which Scott began to pense, as I am gaun o'er the fells the be a little uneasy. It was still light, night at ony rate; sae, if ye'll wait though wearing late, for there is little my bijune, for my horse is plaguit night at that season, when the travelweary, and amaist jaded to death, lers came to a wild glen called Bell's then we shall ride thegither, and I Burn, a considerable way on the ken the country weel; but road ye English side of the Border. The tall will find nane.'
man was still riding before, and conThe two men then fastened their siderably a-head, and as he was horses, and came in and joined Scott; mounting the ridge on the north side so they called for ale, drank one an of Bell's Burn, Adam Scott turned other's healths at every pull, and off all at once to the right. The hinseemed quite delighted that they dermost man drew bridle on seeing were to travel in company. The tail this, and asked Scott, “Where now? man, who came in first, was loqua “ This way, lads. This way,” was cious and outspoken, though one the reply. part of his story often did not tally The tall man then fell a swearine