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him every blessing. Their prayers and benedictions were mutual; for Ibraim regretted the separation from such a friend, whose disinterested goodness had set him at liberty, and with tears and prayers bade him a long farewell.
8. About six months after this circumstance took place, on the morning of one of their Saint's days, as the family of the Venetian merchant was in profound sleep, his house was discovered to be on fire, and had nearly involved the whole in flames. Scarcely had the merchant been apprized of his danger in time to escape the awful conflagration ; and no sooner had he escaped with his servants who awoke him, than he inquired for his son. What a tumult of agony and despair rent his breast, when informed, that in the general consternation, he had been forgotten, and was now alone in an upper apartment of the house! He would have rushed headlong into the flames in a fruitless Search for his son, had not his servants restrained him. fered half his estate to the intrepid man who would save his son.
9. Tempted by the greatness of the reward, ladders were immediately raised, and several daring attempts were made by different persons, but were forced back by the violence of the dames. Upon the roof of the house the little boy now appear ed with extended arms, imploring aid, and seemed devoted to inevitable destruction. The father, beholding the imploring son, and the certain fate that awaited him, sunk under the weight of the dreadful prospect, and became totally insensible. moment of horrid suspense, a man rushing through the crowd, with a countenance indicating the most determined resolution, ascended a ladder, and was soon enveloped in a cloud of smoke. Lost to all appearance, the gazing multitude below supposed he must perish in the flames.
10. What, then, must have been their astonishment, when they beheld him issuing forth with the little boy in his arms,
and descend the ladder, to revive the heart of an almost expiring parent! Or what must have been his feelings, when he recovered his senses, at beholding in his own arms the darling of his heart, whom he had given up for lost! Tenderly embracing him, he earnestly inquired for the man who had risked his own life to save bis son. They showed him a man of noble stature, but meanly clad, covered with smoke, and scorched with heat, all at once declared he was the intrepid adventurer who had saved his son.
11. Mazzarino presenting him a purse of gold, requested his acceptance of that, till he could make good his promise, which should be done the next day. No,' replied the stranger,
do not sell my blood. The pleasure of saving your son, is a reward greater than all your riches could give. • Generous man!' cried the merchant, thy voice, sure, is not strange to me! Is it Ibraim ?' Yes,' exclaimed his son, throwing himself into the arms of his deliverer, it is my
Ibraim ! 12. Nothing could exceed the astonishment and gratitude of Mazzarino, to behold the deliverer of his son in the person of Ibraim. Taking his benefactor with him to a house of his, in another part of the city, he inquired how he came into slavery a second time, and why he had not made him acquainted with his condition. That captivity which has given me an opportunity of showing that I was not altogether undeserving your kindness, and of preserving that dear youth, I shall ever reckon amongst the happiest events of my life,' replied the generous Turk. But,' replied he, 'I will relate to you the whole affair.
13. • I believe you never were made acquainted with the circumstance of my aged father being a sharer with me in my captivity. Taken together by your gallies, we were sold to different masters. Those tears of sorrow, which so attracted the notice of your generous little son, were shed on account of the hard fate of my aged sire; and no sooner was I set free by your unesampled bounty, than I went in search of the Chris. tian who had made him a slave. Having found him, I offered myself in his stead, that he might go back, and let his declining sun set calm and serene in his own country, and amidst the tender care of surrounding friends.
14. At length I prevailed on the Christian, by adding the purse of gold your bounty had supplied me with, to permit my father to båck in the vessel which was intended for me, with out acquainting him with the means of his freedom. Since that time I have continued here a willing slave, to pay the debt of nature and of gratitude.'
15. Ibraim ceased. The Venetian expressed great astonishment at such elevation of mind ; and pressed him to accept the offer of half his estate, and to spend the remainder of his days in Venice. Ibraim assured his friend, that what he had done was nothing more than the obligations of gratitude and friendship required; and therefore he must decline accepting any fur. ther recompense than that of reflecting, that he was not ungrateful.
16. The merchant, solicitous to make some returns worthy of so much greatness of soul, once more purchased his freedom, and freighted a ship on purpose to send him back to his owa country. Most affectionately did he and his son embrace their
deliverer, and accompanying him to the ship, they once more bade a last adieu, remaining on shore until the ship lost itself under the horizon, and sending forward their ardent prayers for a safe and prosperous voyage.
17. Many years having now elapsed, during which time no intelligence had been received of Ibraim, the young Mazzarino had grown up, and become the most accomplished and amiable youth of his age and rank. Having some business in a maritime town at some distance, which required dispatch in getting thither, he embarked, with his father, on board a Venetian vessel going to that place. The winds favoured their views; they had gained more than half their voyage, with a fine prospect of securing their whole passage, when a Turkish corsair was suddenly discovered bearing down upon them; from which they soon found it would be impossible to escape.
18. Fear and consternation seized the greater part of the crew, and they soon gave all over for lost. But the young Mazzarino, drawing his sword, reproached them for their cowardice ; and, by his manly courage and speeches, roused them to defend their liberties by one great effort. The corsair approached in awful silence, till within reach of the Venetian ship, when, on a sudden, the very heavens were rent by the noise of the artillery, and the whole atmosphere wrapt in smoke. Thrice did the Turks attempt to board the Venetian ship : as often were they repulsed by the well-timed firmness of young Mazzarino, and the crew, inspired by his courage.-Having lost many of their men, and seeing no prospect of carrying their point, the Turks began to draw off, and would have left the Venetians to pursue their voyage, had not two other ships of their own nation that instant made their appearance, bearing down towards them with great swiftness.
19. Upon their dear approach, the Venetians, seeing no possibility of escape, and that resistance would be useless, gave the sign for surrendering the ship, and soon saw themselves deprived of liberty, and loaded with irons. In this situation were they carried to Tunis, where they were brought forth and exposed in the public market for slaves. One after another of their companions were chosen out, according to their strength and vigour, and sold to different masters. A Turk of uncom. mon dignity in his figure and manners, at length came towards the captives, surveying them with compassion and tenderness, applied to the captain for young Mazzarino, and inquired the price of him.
20. The captain set a much higher price upon him, than he
had done upon any of the others. The gentleman, a little surprised at the exorbitant sum, asked the reason of this great distinction. The captain ieplied, that he had animated the Christians to the desperate resistance they had made, and had been the occasion of most of the damage they had sustained, and he was now determined to make him repay some of it, or he would gratify his revenge, by seeing him drudge for life in his victorious galley. All this time had the young Mazzarino fixed his eyes in a dumb silence on the ground; and now lifting them up, beheld, in the person who was talking with the captain, the manly and open countenance of Ibraim.
21. Mazzarino cried, O! my friend Ibraim.' No less astonished was the Turk, to find in the person of the captive his former companion and friend. He embraced him with the transports of a parent who unexpectedly recovers a long lost child. But when Ibraim found that his Venetian benefactor and deliverer was among the captives, he could no longer restrain the violence of his feelings ; he burst into a flood of tears and sorrow for the misfortune of his friend: but recovering himself, exclaimed, with uplifted hands, Blessed be that Providence which has made me the instrument of safety to my former benefactor.'
22. Being informed where he should find him, he instantly repaired to the part of the market where old Mazzarino stood waiting his fate in manly but silent despair. They were immediately known to each other. Their first interview was obstructed by the fulness of their joy. As soon as he was able, the Turk hailed him, friend, benefactor, and every endearing name which friendship and gratitude could inspire; ordered his chains instantly to be taken off, and conducted both the father and son to his own magnificent house in the city.
23. After some preliminary conversation upon their mutual fortunes, by which they were again brought to see each other in their present condition, Ibraim informed him, that soon after their goodness had restored him to his own country, he accepted a command in the Turkish armies, and having the good for. tune to distinguish bimself upon several occasions, he had gradually been promoted, through various offices, to the dignity of Bashaw of Tunis. . • Since I have enjoyed this post,' added he,
there is nothing which I find in it so agreeable as the power it gives me of alleviating the misfortunes of those unhappy Chris. tians who are taken prisoners by our corsairs.
24. Whenever a ship arrives, which brings with it any of those sufferers, I constantly wait the markets, and redeem a certain number of captives, whom I restore to liberty; and gracious Allah has shown, that he approves of these faint endeavours to discharge the sacred duties of gratitude for my own redemption, by putting it in my power to serve the best and dearest of men.
25. After having passed about ten days in the house of Ibraim, in the most agreeable manner, Mazzarino and his son were em barked on board of a ship bound to Venice. Ibraim dismissed them with great reluctance, but with many embraces ; and or dered a chosen party of his own guards to conduct them on board their vessel. Their joy was greatly increased, when, on their arrival at the ship, they found that the generosity of Ibraim had not been confined to themselves, but that the ship which had been taken, with all the crew, were redeemed, and restored to freedom. Mazzarino and his son embarked, and after a prosperous voyage, arrived safely in their country, where they lived many years, respected and esteemed, continually mindful of the vicissitudes of life, and attentive to discharge their duties to their fellow-creatures.
A Generous Mind.
Eacb gives each a double charm. 1. Alexis was repeating these lines to Euphronius, who was reclining upon a seat in one of his fields, enjoying the real beauties of nature which the poet describes. The evening was serene, and the landscape appeared in all the gay attire of light and shade. A man of lively imagination,' said Euphronius, " has a property in every thing which he sees : and you may now conceive yourself to be the proprietor of the vast expanse around us; and exult in the happiness of myriads of living creatures, who inhabit the woods, the lawns, and the mountains, which present themselves to our view.'
2. The house, garden, and pleasure grounds of Eugenio formed a part of the prospect : and Alexis expressed a jocular wish, that he had more than an imaginary property in those possessions. • Banish the ungenerous desire, said Euphronius;