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White Circle, and placed it over the door for they cannot sleep sound or easy under while the women were weeping over the an old title while a new or higher one is bones."--Ibid.
due. On that long wished for day they all
appear on the field of parade, as fine and Interment of their Kindred's Bones. cheerful as the birds in spring. Their " When any of them die at a distance, martial drums beat, their bloody colours if the company be not driven and pursued are displayed, and most of the young peoby the enemy, they place the corpse on a ple are dancing, and rejoicing for the prescaffold, covered with notched logs to se sent success of their nation, and the safe cure it from being torn by wild beasts or return and preferment of their friends and birds of prey. When they imagine the relations. Every expectant warrior on flesh is consumed, and the bones are tho- that joyful day wears deer-skin maccaroughly dried, they return to the place, seenes painted red, his body is anointed bring them home, and inter them in a very with bear's oil, a young softened otter-skin solemn manner."-Ibid.
is tied on each leg, a long collar of fine swan
feathers hangs round his neck, and his face [North American Indians' Funeral.]
is painted with the various streaks of the
rainbow. Thus they appear, when two of “ Tuey laid the corpse in his tomb in a the old magi come forth, holding as many sitting posture, with his feet towards the white wands and crowns as there are wareast, his head anointed with bear's oil, and riors to be graduated : and in a standing his face painted red, but not streaked with black, because that is a constant emblem oration with great vehemence of expression,
posture, they alternately deliver a long of war and death. He was drest in his finest apparel, having his gun, and pouch, of the law of purity, while they accompa
chiefly commending their strict observance and trusty hiccory bow, with a young pan- nied the beloved ark of war, which induced ther's skin full of arrows, along side of him, the supreme chieftain to give them the and every other useful thing he had been victory; and they encourage the rest to possessed of, that when he rises again they continue to thirst after glory in imitation may serve him in that track of land which of their brave ancestors, who died nobly pleased him best before he went to take in defence of their country. At the conhis long sleep. His tomb was firm and clusion of their orations, one of the Magi clean inside ; they covered it with thick calls three times with a loud voice one of logs, so as to bear several tiers of cypress; the warriors by his new name, or war-title, bark, and such a quantity of clay as would and holds up the white crown and the confine the putrid smell, and be on a level with the rest of the floor. They often sleep and runs whooping to and around them
sceptre or wand. He then gladly answers over those tombs, which with the loud wail
three times. One of the old beloved men ing of the women at the dusk of the even
puts the crown on his head and the wand ing and dawn of the day, on benches close into his hand, then he returns to his former by the tombs, must awake the memory of place, whooping with joy. In like manner their relations very often. And if they were killed by an enemy, it helps to irritate and they proceed with the rest of the graduate set on such revengeful tempers to retaliate warriors, concluding with this strong cau
tion, — Remember what you are'—such a blood for blood.”—A.
title—according to the old beloved speech.
The crown is wrought round with the long [The Warrior's Rejoicing Day.] feathers of a swan at the lower end, where “ In the time of their rejoicings they fix it surrounds his temples, and it is curiously a certain day for the warriors to be crowned, weaved with a quantity of white down, to make it sit easy, and appear more beauti- | their clothes, which they wash when dirty. ful; to this part that wreathes his brows, Those who keep negro slaves, call them, the skilful artist warps close together a
and rub their hands in their hair ; or if a ringlet of the longest feathers of the swan, Jew happens to be present, they make a and turning them carefully upward in an napkin of his garments.”—CHENIER. uniform position, he ties them together with deers' sinews, so as the bandage will not appear to the sharpest eyes without [The Seven Songs of Hasan Casa.] handling it. It is a little open at the top,
Round the gallery of the tomb of Abas and about fifteen inches high. The crowns
II. at Com, runs a frize, divided equally they use in constituting war-leaders are al
into cartridges of azure, wherein are writways worked with feathers of the tail of the
ten, in large characters of gold, seven songs cherubic eagle, three or four inches higher in distichs, made by the learned Hasan Caza, than the other."—Ibid.
the first in honour of Mahommed, the others of Ali.-From CHARDIN.
[Saying of Muley Ishmael.]
The first Song. " Muley Ishmael, who in the beginning the Sun is but the shadow! Master-piece
“I salute the glorious Creature of whom of this century reigned or tyrannized at Morocco, used to remark that
of the Lord of human creatures! great Star
of Justice and Religion ! number of rats put into a basket, they would certainly eat their way out unless
" Infallible expounder of the four books,
Conductor of the eight 3 Mobiles, Governor the basket were continually shaken.'
of the seven * Parts, Chief of the Faithful! CHENIER.
“ Doctor of that knowledge which is” in
fused into the Prophets ! royal Hero cele[Arab Cure for Gun-shot Wounds.] brated by twelve successors ! Though the “ The Arabs attempt to heal all simple Veil should be taken away, yet would not and gun-shot wounds, by pouring fresh my belief be encreased. Light of God ! butter, almost boyling hot," into the part Illuminating Soul of Prophecy! Guide of affected. And I have been credibly in- true believers ! formed that numbers of persons have been “ The first object of God, when he becured by this method."— Shaw.
thought himself of sending his orders to
2 « The Pentateuch, the Psalter, the Gospel,
and the Alcoran, the Mahometans believing that [Moorish Customs after Meat.]
these books ever were, and always shall be, the * The Moors know not the use of table
rule of their faith."
3 “ The heavens of the planets of the Primum cloths, forks, or spoons; their meal ended,
Mobile." they lick their fingers, and wipe them on * “ The seven climates which was the ancient
division of the earth,” I “ The treating wounds with oil, and that 6 “ It is in the original, Doctor in the knowpoured in hot, in consequence of which the ma. ledge of the prophets who knew not their ABC;? jority of those wounded by gun-shots died; for the Mahometans affirm that Mahomet was prevailed universally in the European armies, so ignorant in human learning, that he could till superseded by Ambrose Parée, that distin- not read : to the end they might the better from guished French surgeon to the French kings, thence conclude that his knowledge was superwho, being a Protestant, would have perished natural.” in St. Bartholomew's massacre, had he not been 6 “ The twelve heirs and successors of Maho. saved from it by the contrivance of Charles IX. met, the last of which was carried to heaven, himself.”— Note to MACBRIDE's Diatessaron, p. and shall return to confound the reign of the un. 462. Third Edit.-J. W. W.
earth, and Embassador, Centre of divine se- alted being, there could not be found a more crets concerning what is past and to come, perfect exemplar than Mahomet." who has caused the acknowledgment of God
The Second Song. to shine forth out of the darkness of errors,
“O unexpressible man, who hast no equal as the Morning goes before the Sun, before he mounts the horizon, thwart a dark night. assigned upon thy love the dowry of the
but Mahomet, the elect Prophet, God has “ Principal Type of things created! In
ladies of Paradise. strument of the creation of the world, the
“ The Primum Mobile would never dart highest of the race of Adam! Soul of the
the ball of the Sun through the trunk of great Apostles and Messengers !
Heaven, were it not to serve the morning “ Thou art that Lord, through whom one
out of the extreme love she has for thee. verse in the Alcoran promises the fulfilling of our desires. Thou art that Sun through tiny in comparison of thine ? and what is
“What is the power of the Stars and Deswhom another verse tells the sovereign the light of the Sun compared with that of beauty shall be seen. Light of eyes! Crown thy understanding ? Destiny does but exeof prophecy! Idol of the Angel Gabriel !
cute thy commands. The Sun is enlightened “ Thou art in the world a world of virtue
by the beams of thy knowledge. and dignity. Thou art upon the earth a
“ When the numerous train of thy Masun of majesty and grandeur. “ The Sea is not rich and liberal, but by bound to the hand of the Captain that guides
jesty goes in its pomp, we see the sphere? the gifts of thy munificent hands. The An- it, like a little bell at the neck of a mule. gel Treasurer of Heaven reaps his harvest
Let not Hercules vaunt any more the in the fertile gardens of the purity of thy force of his courage; for who would endure Moses, who divided the sea, is the por- Phenix of the East ?
a fly to brave it upon the wings of the great ter of the throne of thy justice. Jesus, the Monarch of the fourth Heaven, keeps guard in one action, assuredly the Bird of his Soul
“Had Hercules seen the valour of thy arm before the veil of the throne of thy glory.
would have broken the cage of his body, and " That incomprehensible Painter, who
fled for fear. drew the Mole at one stroke of his pencil
“ The immense sea of thy merit tosses up koun-fikoun, never made so fair a por
surges above the heavens, and upon this sea traiture as the globe of thy visage,
of virtue the tempests of adversity cause no “From thy descent into the cradle to the
more disorder than rushes in the water. last day of thy life, the Angels who register
“ If thy glory be weighed in the balance words never heard thee speak a word which
of exalted sense, the highest mountains did not ravish God himself with joy, “No man, in whatsoever condition he is, than the seed of lentils.
weighed against it would appear no more can resemble God so much as thou dost. But if there could be an image to represent the transports of those who run the race
“In the great career of happiness, (wbere God as he is, it could be no other than thyself, that Embassador whom out of his ex- ? “ The Persians affirm that Aly was the traordinary clemency he sent to the Earth. handsomest person that ever was, and that his
“Happy and holy is the man who believes beauty was unconceivable; for which reason the all that God has spoken in the Alcoran, ac
painters usually cover his face with a veil, and
will not let it be seen. But what the poet here cording to the sense which his Prophet has speaks of Haly signifies that the blessed in hea. observed in the Book of his sentences. If ven account it their chiefest felicity to be beloved he should be compared with any other ex
3“ Or fortune. The sense is, thou knowest
how to turn the world at thy pleasure, as a mule ! “Let it be so, and it was so." Gen. 1. turns the little bell that hangs at his neck.”
make them like horses that get the bit in “ Whoever has sealed his heart with thy their teeth, and throw their riders,
love, has found that his heart is become a “And causes them with the force of their mine of precious stones. spurs to prick an artery, at what time the “ The most powerful Creator of all things Angel of Death comes like a fatal physician admired upon the sixth day of the creation to take them by the arm of the soul.) that superiority of excellency which thou
“Thou shalt escape this rude career as the hast above all his other creatures. Sun passes on from the east. They shall “Upon the memorable day of thy victory, carry before thee the honourable standard the sweat of thy hands was to thy enemies of the supreme majesty, and behind thee the a profound deluge that swallowed 'em up spoils as marks of the victory.
like the sea. “And in this race, were all the inhabi- “ Thou, Vulture of the heavenly consteltants of the world as brave as Hercules, the lation, didst fly upon the blood as a dog upon most undaunted of them would not have the the water. courage to stand a moment before thee. “Insipid Poet, who comparest to the Sea
“God shall create a Body' of Air that the sweat of the hand of thy Hero! Thou shall cry with a loud voice on his behalf, art estonished at the thought that comes into Victory! victory! there is none so stout as thy head, that the sea which resembles that Aly! there is no sword like to Sulfagar, sweat is the blue Sea (Heaven). that Hero's sword with two points."
“Whoever has lifted up the hand of NeThe Third Song.
cessity toward the Portal of thy beneficence,
he has it always returned back full of what “ Thou from whose purity the Heaven of he desired. Unsinfulness draws its lustre, the Sun is
“ () divine and sacred Host, who givest made a crown of Glory of the shadow of thy the Saints to drink out of the bason of PaUmbrello.
radise, to speak something in thy praise, we “ Jesus, the great Chymist, made use of must needs say that Nature is only adorned the earth of the portal of thy prudence, for and enriched by thee. red sulphur, of which he composed the Tak- “ A thousand and a thousand years togesir and the stone' Phale, by means whereof ther the Heavens, considering the high price he understood all things, and healed all men.
of thy pure essence, beheld the water of the “ Thc eternal Painter painted a great fountain of Paradise muddy in comparison many images, and brought to light a great of that. many ideas, with a design to form thy lovely " As well God as Mahomet has always countenance, but he found none that came
found thy opinion the most just: the one near thy beauty.
gave thee a sword with two points, the other “ The Faulcon of thy Umbrello having a most incomparable virgin. extended his wings, has found the birds of
“Had not thy perfect being been in the the seventh Heaven nestling under the large idea of the Creator, Eve had been eternally feather of thy left wing.
a virgin, and Adam a batchelor." Renown or fame.
The Fourth Song. 2 “Sulphagar is the name of Haly's sword, which, the Mahomedans say, divides itself at the
“Great Saint, who art the true mansion end with two points.” 3 Stones of divination. The Mahometans say
of God, as the Prophet teaches in the Book that when Jesus Christ was living, physic flouof his sentences, thou art also the Kebleh rished in its highest degree of excellency, and that God gave him so many secrets of that art, 5“ A figure taken from the custom of the Per. that he raised the dead, and penetrated the very sians to seal their mines with the king's seal and thoughts of men.”
of his officers, because all mines belong to the * « That is to say, the greatest Prophet.” king.”
of the world and of religion, the soul of the devoted slave of thy house and of the family world of Mahomet.
of Mahomet. “ Thy mouth is the treasure of sublimest “ My soul desires to fly to thee, pressed sense, thou hast placed thy mouth upon the by the obligations which I have to men ; do fountain of understanding and knowledge, me some favour that may deliver me from which is the mouth' of Mahomet.
my obligations to men, I conjure thee by “Thou art the Pontiff who art only found the soul of Mahomet." worthy to enter into the sanctuary of the “ Turn not away thy compassionate and great Prophet, and only capable to stand favourable looks from my countenance. O upon the foot-pace of Mahomet.
love of my heart, cast a tender glance upon “ The hearts which thy victorious sword me, O heart of the heart of Mahomet. continually leads to the true Religion, are the flowers with which the vapours of the
The fifth Song. ocean of thy puissance cover the garden of “ Minister especial elected of God for the Mahomet.
master of the faithful, thou art the soul of “Since the Sphere of the Law has been the Prophet of God. We ought not to give illuminated by several stars, the Moon never thee any other name, O Master of the appeared so clear and bright, till when thou faithful! tookest upon thee the Empire of the Hea- " Thy always victorious arm has brought ven of Mahomet.
under the yoke the heads of the most “ The Angel Gabriel, messenger of truth, haughty heroes of the age, 0 Master of the every day kisses the groundsil of thy gate, faithful ! as being the only way that leads to the “ The treasures which Nature hides and throne of Mahomet.
those with which it covers the universe, are “ Thy grandeur above all human possibi- without lustre and price, to what thou lity is an impossible comparison; but if any liberally bestowest upon us, O Master of thing may compare with it, it must be the the faithful! power and authority of Mahomet.
“ The sparkling rubies cover themselves “O sovereign King, if in the celebrating with earth in the hollow of the mine, thy praises, I should study upon what once ashamed of their not being bright enough the wise Hassan did in the time of Maho- to be put into thy treasures, O Master of met,
the faithful ! “ I should not dare to presume to praise “ I will not say what was the difference thy majesty, since God himself has spoken between the gentle Zephirus and the breath thy eulogy by the mouth of Mahomet.
of thy mouth, which refreshes the soul and “ The explication of thy being cannot the heart, O Master of the faithful! proceed from the tongue of mortal men, “ All that Jesus did with his breath was unless we except what has been spoken of an emblem, but afterwards this is all. That thee by Mahomet.
was an emblem which signified what mira“ But it is not the same thing with the cles were to be wrought by the words of unfolding ofour own wants, for that is need-thy mouth, O Master of the faithful ! less with thee. Thou knowest what they “ How can an understanding so short and are, and thou knowest also that I am the confused as mine represent the excellency
and price of thy majesty, O Master of the
faithful ! I “An allusion to the kiss which the Mahu.
“ The Universal Spirit, with its sublime metans say that Mahomet gave Haly, when he knowledge, cannot arrive at the portal of and is a prophane imitation of the manner of thy wondrous essence, O Master of the Christ's giving his Holy Spirit to his Apostles.” | faithful !