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She held up her snowy hands and clasped them, a countenance full of anxiety, came to me; and, while tears of gratitude fell on her cheeks, now as taking both of my hands within his, sat down by me colorless as a mound of snow.

as he said It was just at this time that we heard advancing “What will the beloved of my soul have ?" rapidly towards us heavy tramping, interspersed I answeredwith eager and rough voices. I called to my mo. “Oh, my father, may Allah give thee life forever! ther to give me the flag, and saw her look about Do you know that Phirouz, the renegade, betrayed her, rise hurriedly, and sink as rapidly, as she said, Antioch into the hands of the Christians ?" in an agonizing voice

I saw a tear, for the first time in my life, swell, “Oh Allah, it is lost! It is gone !"

sparkle, and fall from his eyes, as he turned off and “Up, Una,” said I—"up, Una, and assist me to remarked to the imaumfind it. It has a red cross. See beneath those “Hasan raves yet, Oh, that the hand of Allah cushions, while I look here."

would cease to touch so heavily my Hásan, my only I was hurrying out, but it was too late; for the child !door was forced open, and crowds of armed men “Brother," said the imaum, Al Alpso, “there is rushed in.

hope for thee, even from the leech who awaits thy “Where is Prince Bohemond?” said the foremost } return at Memphis. He is greater in his skill than man, while high in the air he held a human head. the Chaldean, even from the Euphrates to Irak

I looked as he spoke, and recognized the Emir Araby." Baghi Seyan. His magnificent turban was still I called my father again. looped with the rarest jewel of the Indian realms, “Father, I am not raving; and you shall see that which flashed and gleamed above the straining, un I am not by what I shall say and do. But the expressive eyes, and features all stiffened and pur renegado, Phirouz, did betray Antioch." ple in the writhing distortions of a sudden and vio He tore his beard, and covered his face with his lent death. The long, white beard flowed so as to

robe. hide entirely the hand which grasped it, and was “ See,” said I, again, “my father, that I am radyed and streaming with blood. I turned in horror tional; for I recollect the instructions of our imaum, as the soldier repeated

and I know, from what he has taught me, that these “Where is Prince Bohemond? By the snaky pyramids must be the three near Memphis; this, head of Medusa, I will have my reward! Here is

beneath which we are seated, is the largest, and is the head of the Governor of Antioch!"

called “Cheops. We are on the western side of “I am for plunder!” said fifty voices at once.

the Nile, which, in Sanscrit, the base of so many I saw my mother and Una surrounded; I heard languages, signifies blue. The inhabitants of this the rattle of scabbards, as swords were unsheathed.

country are supposed to be the descendants of Ham, All recollection faded before me, and I fell prostrato

a son of Noah; and the worship of the Egyptians, on the floor.

the ship of Isis and Osiris, are symbolical of the I must have had a long and protracted fit of ill deluge.' ness, accompanied with mental alienation, the result

My father and the imaum turned towards Mecca, of overwrought feeling; for, when my consciousness

and fell upon their faces; after which they came returned, I found myself with my parents, Una, and

towards me, and, each lifting me, placed me in a tbe imaum, seated beneath the long shadow of one

species of palanquin borne on the back of a camel. of the pyramids of Memphis, on the Lybian side of

My mother and the little girl were next assisted to the Nile.

their seats, and I heard my father say to my moI can hardly describe my sensations as I woke to

therlife again. My faculties, bewildered and struggling {

“As soon as we can do so, we must make a pilwith the dreadful malady which had chained and grimage to Mecca, and repeat the cow;'* for Hásan imprisoned them, recalled to my memory the flicker is recovering. He is demented now only on one ing of an exhausted lamp, and the new scenes by subject.Oh, Allah, make us grateful, for Hásan which I was surrounded, known alone to my mind's

lives again !" eye, had been buried in darkness as the vivid paint. } We journeyed on, followed by the imaum and my ings discoverable only by torchlight on the subter

father; and, as we crossed several canals which raneous chambers of this ancient country. So slept separated Memphis from the pyramids, my dear old my memory, until the light of reason suddenly re preceptor whipped up his mule, and drawing him flected its bright torch upon the imaged chambers

up by our side, inquired how I now was. I thanked of my mind.

him, and answered that I felt much improved. He I called my father for the last scenes of con- { raised his turban, as he said sciousness crowded before me, and I wished to ap “Then thanks and praises be forever to Allah ! prise him of what I believed him ignorant, and Child of my soul, instruction is never so profitable what I knew he would regard as a circumstance of the greatest importance. He rose hastily, and, with }

* From the Koran.

as when given upon the spot where the event tran sealed jars, another god, the Ibis, or Egyptian spired. Here are the identical canals, drawing stork! What a satire in granite on man!" their waters from the Nile, which furnished the * We had now passed a large portion of the ruins Greeks with the idea of Coccytus, Acheron, and of old Misr, or Memphis, for they covered three Lethe. You observe, they were designed to sepa square leagues, and, in all, probably extended even rate the cemeteries from the mighty city of Mem to a greater distance. My mind was deeply imphis; and you will remember, my son, that those pressed with the melancholy grandeur with which pyramids, whose summits reach even to the first Time slowly but inevitably touched with decay the heaven, serve but as a beacon to warn us of our masterworks of man, and I was relieved when we mortality and insignificance. The kings who built reached a caravansary, surrounded by every Egyptthese stupendous monuments were hated for their ian feature, and yet inhabited by Mohammedans, cruelty and heavy exactions; and, when they died, and kept in the Saracen style. their bodies were hidden and buried in obscurity, I recovered rapidly while residing in Memphis, to prevent the indignities which they would have } and was strictly enjoined never to mention the renesuffered from a roused and revengeful populace. gade even remotely. I pursued my studies as usual, Their labor and designs are left to conjecture, and and every evening, while with my mother, I taught the real kings who projected them are to this day Una such lessons as she had leisure to study. The

igned to the mazes of doubt. In this great ļ ruins were almost uninhabited, and the caravansary work, one hundred thousand men were laboriously appeared, from several circumstances, to be only a employed, to be relieved every three months by the temporary shelter for itinerants. It was very rare same number. Ten years were spent in hewing the that any one called or passed, and we lived in quiet stones, and twenty in building. As an evidence of seclusion, associating but little with the two Sarathe amount necessary for the support of the works į cens who were the proprietors of the establishment. men, there is now hieroglypbicized on one of the My father appeared to be well acquainted with pyramids, the sum of one thousand six hundred them; but he never permitted me to inquire as to talents in silver,* for leeks, onions, and garlic :} who or what they were. from this single example, we may form a correct One day, I was standing before one of those enoridea of the extent of oppression and taxation at mous statues of red granite, glaired with varnish of that period. Age after age has left records of the same color, deeply absorbed in thought, and this wonder of centuries, and speculations as to wondering at its proportions, as it stood forty-five the purposes for which they were reared invited feet above its pedestal, with a breadth, from shoulthe attention of the learned and wise. The opinion der to shoulder, of fifteen feet, when I heard, from of some has been that they were intended for scien its opposite side, the following discourse :tific purposes, such as establishing the proper length “I tell thee, Phirouz Beni Zerri, that sum will of the cubit, of which they contain, in breadth and not answer. I have a liking myself for the Fawn; height, a certain number of multiples, and that they she is, indeed, a houri. I know your infamous plan gave evidence of a considerable progress in astro of taking her off, and selling her for a heavy purse; nomy, from their sides being adapted to the four and look, you offer me a paltry sum to betray one cardinal points, and the leading passages in these who has eaten salt with me, to surrender an orpban pyramids preserving the same inclination of 26° to into your pitiless hand, the child of Zenghi's soul,* the horizon, being always directed to the polar star; one I have heard him say he loved tenderly, and their obliquity also is so adjusted as to make the for whom he felt a father's affection, as she had now north side coincide with the obliquity of the sun's no living relation or friend but himself, and that he rays at the summer solstice.

was training her for his son, Hásan, who he intend. “ Again, son of my soul, the learned say that the ed should marry her in two or three years. No, ancient Egyptians connected astronomy with their man, I will not agree to your terms. No price funeral and religious ceremonies, and that zodiacs should induce such an act in me." are found even in their tombs. The pyramids, they “Well," answered the renegade, “I always argue, must have then been originally designed as thought thee, Marari, only fit to sing songs and tell mausoleums, on a scale of magnificence, grandeur, stories. Thou hast none of the man about thee; and durability far beyond any other that ever was thou art cowardly, and a fool!" or could be invented. Think, Hásan, that a stone Marari, with perfect self-command, replied by a sarcophagus, in a spacious chamber of these noble contemptuous laugh, as he said monuments, was opened, and behold the moulder “Call me what thou choosest; thy abuse is good ing bones of the god Apis, or the ox, and beneath fame to any man; and I retort only on my equals, him human skeletons; then grope your way through surely never on such as thou.” passages and chambers of different dimensions, and I saw the tall form of the poet glide off, and I lo! embalmed with skilful care, in innumerable

* Adopted children are called by this appellation in the • £25,000 sterling.

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watched him, as he stepped over broken columns “Do this then, Una, for miserable Hásan : beand chiselled fragments, until overshadowed by the ware at all times of being alone. Take this”—I statue of Sesostris, and next by the ragged and handed her a small whistle made of a conch--“blow falling walls of the Temple of Vulcan.

it never but when you need assistance." The renegade must have been occupied in the Time passed on from days to months, and from same manner as myself, for he remained immovable months to years, without my ever seeing or hearing until the shadow even of Marari's figure entirely of the renegade. During this time, I had ample faded from the portal of the temple. He now stepped room to become acquainted with Una, and her piety forward, and, as he suddenly encountered me, he and noble nature so won and captivated my heart, appeared convulsed by the effects of surprise and that I thought a life of seclusion with her, my paanger. He ran his hand hurriedly in his bosom, as rents, and the now infirm imaum, the happiest this he said

world afforded. “By all the fiends, thou shalt tell no more tales ! During my illness and convalescence, Jerusalem But for thy brain fever, my life would have been had been taken by the Crusaders, and Godfrey of taken long since."

Bouillon crowned king; and, since our residence at He rushed at me, and I shouted

Memphis, I heard of his death, and of the establish“ Murder ! help! Marari !"

ment of his brother, Baldwin of Edessa, on the The renegade stood calmly by my side, and when throne. But what proved of great importance to us the poet came, breathless from the rapidity of the was a discovery I accidentally made, in the fact of bounds he made to reach the spot, Phirouz smiling the proprietors of the caravansary being Assassins. ly remarked

I was prudently silent on this point, and they were “ Take him to the caravanşary to Zenghi, for he { profoundly ignorant of my knowledge of their is raving again. He says I am going to murder tenets and political associations. Their residence him. Come, I will go along with you."

in Egypt was for political purposes, and they were Marari looked alternately at each of us, and shook deeply concerned in the existing measures of the his head. I could not say one word, so astonished divan and country for subduing the disaffected and way I at the ready villany of the man.

placing the young sultan on the throne of his father. We returned to the caravansary, and the rene- } Mostali Billah, the Egyptian Caliph, had recently gade immediately sought my father, and, in my died, and his son, Amer Bihcamillah, who was but presence, informed him of my having accused him } five years of age, succeeded him. Afdal, who had of designing to murder me, adding expressions of been vizier in the last reign, was continued in office, sorrow for the obstinate continuance of my brain and ruled the country in the minority of the young fever, descanting on its horrible effects upon my sultan ; soon, however, civil dissensions commenced, imagination.

for Borar, the uncle of Amer, attempted to dethrone “Brother," answered my father, “I have, in Cai- { him, and seize the government in his own bands. ro, pressing business, and so hast thou. Suppose While this was going forward, there was carried on we hasten to my boat on the Nile ? And, as Há- { every species of intrigue, and the Assassins were san's malady is always aggravated by thy presence, { not only concerned in the political compacts of we had better be off as soon as possible.”

Egypt, but of Syria, Arabia, and Persia. They were Phirouz readily assented, protesting "that he employed by crowned heads, statesmen, and, indeed, avoided appearing at the house on my account, and by factious artisans. that, had he supposed I would have been abroad, } he would have kept a watch for me until his busi- } ness was transacted in Memphis, being only desirous to see a certain statue in the ruins which he bad

CHAPTER VII. never seen ; and, designing a journey to Persia, he wished to look at it previous to leaving the country.” My father saved but little from sword and fire in

I went immediately to my mother, and stated to Syria. And here it may be appropriate to remark her my discovery of another act of villany on the that he never allowed any of the family to revert to part of the renegade. How shall I describe my the siege of Antioch, and to this day I am ignorant feelings, when I saw that the only impression the of their manner of rescue from the palace of Baghi relation of this circumstance made on her was but Seyan. I have always believed it to have proceeda renewal of her fears for my sanity!

ed from the same dear friend who bound, with the “Una, sweet fawn," said I, in the multitude of magnetic chains of gratitude, this stricken heart. my fears and distresses, " thou wilt not think Hásan Yes, so long as its feeblest pulsations remain, Valwild ?"

frino will be found mosaicked there with love, gratiThe tears of grief and perplexity swelled and tude, confidence, and admiration. trembled in her full, dark eyes, and she turned and By industry and economy, while living at Memlooked at me so submissively and sorrowfully that { phis, my father added sufficient to his capital to I could only add

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on these occasions, he established my mother and Una comfortably and securely at Cairo, taking mo sometimes with him, and returning, on his arrival, to our home the caravansary. My life there was innocent and happy; and, by close study, I now completed my edueation, and my parents were preparing presents for my marriage day. During this period, I had gone one day, accompanied by the imaum and the two Saracens, to examine the Pyra. mids, and the whole day was spent by us in excavating and wandering over their subterraneous chambers, passages, and wells ; my father had been a week absent on the borders of the Delta, seeking a lucrative situation for us after our nuptials, and there was no one at the caravansary but my mother, Una, and a domestic my father had purchased as an attendant for them. We returned by the red light of the setting sun, covered with dust and much fatigued, and I quickly sought my mother's apartment, with the pleasing idea of rest on her comfortable mats and cushions.

Oh, what awaited me there! The glad and happy countenances, the light of my life, where were they? I looked hurriedly around; the room was in the greatest confusion; furniture in heaps, broken, and turned upside down-and, stretched at full length, with a gagged and bleeding mouth, all covered with a network of cords, lay my mother's servant. This was at once a revelation to me. I had almost forgotten for five years the renegade, and the scene, with the immediate association, had nearly destroyed me. I uttered a piercing shriek, which brought the Saracens and the poor old imaum, rushing one over the other, into my presence. I fell on the floor, and tossed in the agony of my suffering, and now as suddenly bounded up, calling my companions to my assistance. We cut asunder the cords, and withdrew the gag from the poor woman's mouth.

“Oh, speak, Mona, speak!" said I. “Where are they? Where is”—

She replied, as she sobbed violently, “That she could not imagine where they were. A cross-eyed, crippled man led others; they bound her before they left the apartment, and she knew nothing more.”

The imaum was too much affected to be in possession of his judgment, and sat weeping and wringing his withered hands. I grew calm from desperation. “Brothers," said I, “ will you assist me ?" They stood perfectly silent.

“Only say what I can do for you in return ?" I } repeated.

“ By the point of my dagger," the elder man answered, “it would be a difficult step just now for

compact, adding that I had never breathed one word on the subject to a human being.

“Now, brothers, assist me, and unite the strength of some of your tribe with us. And hear me: I will solemnly lend myself to become one of you ; my body and mind shall be yours; it is all I possess in this world, and I freely give it-oh, gladly, to redeem those I hold dearer than liberty or life !"

The Assassins left me for a short time, and returned dressed in travelling robes. They withưrew with me until we were alone. The elder Saracen now glided from his bosom a slender dagger, on which I was solemnly sworn, in the name of the Prophet, to abide by the laws of their compact to the last hours of my life. Having finished this ceremony, he noxt made a slight gash on my arm, in which he stained with blood the dirk, and, holding its bloody point to my breast, pronounced these words

“Thou art now an Assassin. Shouldst thou ever forsake, or betray us, in law, word, or deed, this sinks into thy heart, to be stained, as the point now is, to the hilt with thy life's blood."

He withdrew it, and, holding it over my head with both of his hands, snapped it into fragments.

“Now, brother," continued the elder Saracen, “ thou needest but this”-he placed in my girdle a dagger. “By and by, thou wilt understand the meaning of the inscription on the handle; and, when it is withdrawn from its scabbard, thou wilt find it true steel. It cannot be brokep as yonder fragments; such as those are made only for our ceremonies."

The next gave me a robe, of the same fashion and material as his own, saying

“We must be off as soon as possible. We must endeavor to reach Cairo in as short a time as can be compassed; there we must leave the feeble imaum and thy mother's domestic."

We hurried to our saddles, with a feeling of torpor on my part, interrupted only by the care which oppressed me for the safety of my dear old preceptor. I rode by his side, and led by the bridle the mule on which he was mounted.

All who have ever heard of Egypt have also heard of its pellucid and azure sky. It was now without a cloud, blazing with planets and refulgently set with stars. The moon was full, and sailed in the very zenith of the heavens; while far before us, in perspective, were dotted groves of palms, and, leading from the desert, was stretched the white and granular sparkle of sands, ending at the gates of Cairo.

As we journeyed near enough to see the domes and minarets rise above the walls of the city, my poor old friend, from long habit, burst forth in tremulous intonations

“What, beloved of my soul, is man? An ephemeral, who mingles with the dust ere the works of his hands, and the devices of his mind in stone and

us."

I had no wealth to bestow, and I thought of one alternative. Stepping up to them, I whispered my accidental discovery of their tenots and political

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lime, even in wood and upon tablets, remain un- { –that the renegade committed the act, and that he touched by time. Yonder, quiver in brilliancy the has gone to Pharos." emanations of El Moezz's mind. He was the founder I need not say with what alacrity I hurried on and builder of El Cahi, or Cairo. Where now even my disguise, or bow my spirits and energy rose as can be found the skeleton of that head which de the Assassin divulged this information to me. signed the plan and reared the city? A handful After taking an affectionate leave of the imaum of brown dust is all that exists of it; yet that in and my mother's domestic, we set forth for the Nile, animate matter has braved, uninjured, the vicissi and, in three days, arrived at Alexandria. There tudes of centuries. Man's consequence, his pride, was here enough to interest my poor old friend, had his laborious ambition, is, as the poet sings, ' but a be been with us; and, as I passed the great street, troubled and fleeting dream.'

two thousand feet broad, commanding so extensive “How many empires have been founded and a view of the Mediterranean and Mareotic Lake, I overthrown on the very sands beneath our feet! thought of all he would have to say of the designs There is old Misr, the great Memphis of the Pha of the great conqueror in locating the city where it raohs, now mouldering beneath the oblivious tide of was, and of the foriner antiquity of the spot, as we centuries, and bearing the fractured marks, in its passed the baths of Cleopatra, and other places mutilations, of the devastations of Nebuchadnezzar. which I could not think of, in the anxious and unOnce a capital, to be succeeded by Alexandria of happy state of my mind. the Delta—the commercial key of the Macedonian In a few hours, we were in sight of the tower of madman.' This, too, must have its day of pros Pharos, known in ancient days as the Lantern of perity, and its day of decay; for the Moslems came, Ptolemy. We rode parallel to its basement, and, and Fostat was the capital, and here are we, my son, } from the fire which was kindled on its summit, I now standing at the gate of its successor, Cairo." could plainly read the inscription of the architect :

We paid our way through a lodge on the wall of “Sostratus, the Cnidian, son of Dexiphanes, to the the city, and were led by the elder Assassin to a protecting deities, for the usage of seafaring peobazaar in the centre of Cairo, the property of a Jew. ple.” Lucian says that the architect coated the We found him standing in the door-way when we marble with plaster, on which one of less durability halted, where he remained until we were all dis was placed, to the honor of Ptolemy Philadelphus, mounted. The Assassin stepped from his mule to who directed its erection, and expended on the the spot where he was standing; something imper tower eight hundred talents.* I observed that there ceptible to me passed between them, when the Jew were several residents on, or near the island, and, raised his Tartar cap, opened the door, and invited among others, there was one pointed out to us of a us in. He led us into a large and handsomely fur Copt, of immense wealth and influence ; he was a nished apartment; inquired whether we would par- } Mohammedan in his faith, and had built on his take of some cold pelau, or whether we desired premises a mosque. repose and refreshment afterwards.

We halted at a fisherman's hut, who, supposing us The elder Saracen made all necessary arrange dervises, entertained us with the greatest respect. ments with him, and, turning to me, said

Ali Adam, while refreshing himself with a mess of “Here, Hásan, thou canst leave the imaum and fried fish, informed the fisherman that, on the next domestic in perfect safety."

morning, he would, with his son, perform in the He now addressed the Jew

mosque the celebrated religious dance; he also in“See, Hadad, we may not meet with Zenghi, the quired of him as to the visitors and strangers who Guzel; thou must say to him, so soon as he returns had arrived during the last week or ten days; but, to the city, that his wife and the child of bis soul beyond casting his net, attending the mosque, and have been stolen, and that Ali Adam and his son, rigidly observing the Ramadan, he knew nothing. accompanied by Hásan, are in pursuit of them." We went to the mosque on the third hour of the He turned on his heel, followed by his son, and dis following day; and I shall never forget the sensaappeared.

tions I experienced when, raising my eyes from the As the day dawned, I saw a dervise enter the marble pavement to the pulpit, a single name, inchamber and walk directly to my side, where he scribed on a wall richly incrusted with devices in stood examining me attentively. I felt perplexed, olive-wood, mother-of-pearl, and the finest china, but remained silent, and only placed my hand arrested my attention : it was “Allah”--the “still securely on my dirk, when Ali Adam stopped me by small voice" succeeding storms and whirlwinds. saying

The dress of the dervises is of coarso, white cloth, “ Thou must learn to look carefully ere the steel be leaving the legs and arms bare; they perform their withdrawn from the scabbard. Come, lay aside thy fantastic rites every Tuesday and Friday. We were travelling robe, and, in its stead, dress thyself as a not standing long, before the Imaum of Pharos comdervise ; we go to the Isle of Pharos, near Alexan menced reading from the Koran ; this was succeeded dria. I have seen some of my brethren, and they assure me--for thou wast correct in thy suspicions

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