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others by boundless and unsatisfied desires ; some by hope, some by fear, and some merely by a surfeit of what the world calls pleasure. Good God! (says he) is there no such thing then as a tolerable condition?-but stay, where. fore do I complain ? at last I think I shall be fitted; here's one that feels much lighter than the rest.' - And it would be still more so (says Jupiter), but he that now possesses it knows not his own happiness, and that ignorance occasions all its weight.?»O stupidity! (cries the man); pray grant it me, and I shall not be 80 foolish.'-Take and enjoy it (replies the god), for it is indeed thine own; and learn from hence, never to find fault again with Provi. dence.”
UNIVERSAL SPECTATOR, vol. ii. p. 246.
There's joy, when to wild will you laws prescribe;
THERE was a young man of extraordinary beauty, whose name was Florio; who was as remark, able for his virtue and ingenuity, as his elder brother Braminto was noted for deformity, and a brutal, wicked disposition. The mother, who doated upon her second son, looked on the other with horror. The eldest, stung with jealousy and envy, devised a monstrous calumny to ruin his brother. He made his father be. lieve, that Florio went by stealth to a neighbour's, who was his avowed enemy; that he informed him of all the family concerns, and had entered into measures with him to poison his father. Hereupon the father, in his fury, beat his innocent son most cruelly, imprisoned him in a damp dungeon three days, and then banished him from his house, with menaces to, kill him if ever he returned. The afflicted mother was terrified; though she did not dare to vent her anguish, but in secret sighs. The unhappy youth went from his father's house, not knowing which way to direct his wandering steps. He journeyed onward as the country lay before him, and towards evening he passed through a dark forest. The night overtook him as he came under shelter of a great rock; there he laid himself down at the entrance of a cave, on a bed of moss, near which ran a rill of pure water; and soon fell into a sleep, through the lassitude of his spirits, notwithstanding his
When he waked to the early music of the birds, he saw a beautiful woman mounted on a milk-white steed with trappings of gold, who seemed to follow the chace.
“ Have you not seen (said she) a stag pass
way, pursued by hounds ? "_" Neither stag nor hounds have I seen,” replied the youth. “You seem (said the lady then) to be greatly afflicted: what is your distress ? Be comforted, young man, and take this ring, which will make you the most happy and the most powerful mortal, provided you never abuse my gift. When you turn the diamond inward, you will become invisible; when you shall put the ring upon your little finger, you will be taken for the son of the king, and be attended by a magnificent train of courtiers; and if
you shift it to your fourth
finger, you will
natural figure.” She said no more, but in an instant plunged out of sight into the wood: when the
young man soon apprehended that the lady who spoke thus to him was a fairy.
Transported with his good fortune, Florio resolved to return to his father's house, impatient to make trial of his ring. He saw and he heard every thing he desired, without being discovered ; and had it in his power to avenge himself of his brother, without being exposed to any danger. Nevertheless he could not refrain from disclosing himself to his disconsolate mother; whom he entrusted with his strange adventure. This done, he removed his enchanted ring to his little finger, and at once appeared entering the house like the prince, the son of the king, attended by a number of officers, richly clothed, with an hundred ledhorses in his train.
His father was astonished to see the king's son in his little house; and was at a loss to know how he might behave himself towards him with proper respect. Florio demanded of him, how many sons he had. To which he answered, two. “ I desire to see them; bring them instantly before me; I have a mind to carry them both to court, and make their for
tunes," continued he. The father, hesitating through his guilt, said ; “ This is my eldest, whom I now present to you."-"Where then is the youngest? I must see him likewise," replied Florio. “He is not at home (said the father); "I chastised him for a fault, and he is run away. -“But (answered Florio) you should have endeavoured to amend him by your instructions, and not have driven him from your house. Nevertheless, give me the eldest, and let him follow me. And do you (speaking to his father) go along with two of my guards, who will conduct you to the place I shall appoint.” Immediately two of the guards took the father under their care. And now the fairy, already mentioned, coming up to him in a forest, smote him on the shoulder with a golden wand, and compelled him to go down into a deep dark cavern, where he remained under the enchantment. “ Abide there (said she) till your son comes to deliver you.”
In the mean time Florio went to the king's court, when the young prince was embarked with troops, to carry on a war in a distant island. He had been driven by the winds on a strange coast, where, suffering shipwreck, he was detained captive amongst a barbarous