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NUMBER VI.

PRICE 18. 6d.

LONDON:

MOFFATT AND PAIGE, 28, WARWICK LANE, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.C.

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EXPLANATORY

READERS.

No. 6.

THE VISION OF MIRZA.

PART I.

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mu-si'-cian leis'-ure-ly WHEN I was at 1 Grand Cairo, I picked up several oriental 3manuscripts, which I still have with me. Among others I met with one entitled The Visions of Mirza, which I have read over with great pleasure. I intend to give it to the public, and shall begin with the first vision, which I have translated word for word as follows:

On the fifth day of the moon, which, according to the custom of my forefathers, I always keep holy, after having washed myself, and offered up my morning devotions, I ascended the high hills of 'Bagdad, in order to pass the rest of the day in meditation and prayer. As I was here airing myself on the top of the mountains, I fell into a profound contemplation on the vanity of human life; and passing from one thought to another, “Surely,” said I,

" is but a shadow, and life a dream.” Whilst I was thus musing, I cast my eyes towards the summit of a rock that was not far from me, where I discovered one in the habit of a shepherd, with a little musical instrument in VI.-Mofatt's E.c. Reailer:

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