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SOPHIA AUGUSTA, the second daughter and benevolent qualities of their nature, of our most gracious Sovereign, George and, at the same time, does not confine the Third, and Charlotte, Queen of Great their examples to themselves; they cultiBritain, was born November 8, 1768. vate the virtues, and practise the duties of
Our readers are already aware of the retirement, but, nevertheless, do not withnarrow limits to which our biographical hold their influence from society. sketches are confined; and they become Her Royal Highness Sophia Augusta is yet more restricted when the subject is universally allowed by all who have had placed upon that elevation which pre- the honour to approach her, to be one of cludes a near and familiar survey. The the most accomplished women of the age; privacy of domestic life affords very little her manners are courtly and polished, incident for biography; nor are the mate without affectation and insincerity; and rials much augmented when the men- her deineanour is that of a princess, with tion is even that of a princess. Notwith all the condescension of the most humble standing the amiable and useful virtues are subject; her mind is highly cultivated, always most successfully cultivated at and she is mistress of several languages, home, in that sphere which comprehends, but the art in which she is most accomif not the most splendid, yet certainly the plished is music; her preference of this most beneficial portion of life.
delightful study has been prosecuted to It is the just pride of the female branch that degree of excellence which entitles of the Royal Family of England to court her to rank as a complete mistress of the this privacy and seclusion, which affords science. It is unnecessary to say more. full scope
for the practice of the amiable No. V. Vol. I.
A PERSIAN TALE.
UNDER the reign of one of the Monarchs of dariques. “ This,” said he, “is the treasure Persia, a merchant of Balsora, by some unfor which I have destined for you; I am going to tunare speculations, was nearly ruined. He divide it into four equal paris, and then I will gathered the wreck of his fortune, and retired to tell each of you the road he must pursue to attain the province of Kousistan. There he purchased the summit of happiness. an humble cottage, and a small tract of land, Selim heard nothing; but he observed the gewhich he but ill cultivated, because he still re nius with attention, and thought he discovered gretted the time when all his wishes were amply in his eyes and countenance an expression of gratified, without the aid of labour. Griefcunning and malignity that gave him much sus. shortened the tide of life, he felt the last ebb fast picion. However he received with gratitude his approaching, and calling his four sons around share of the treasure. Abzim, after having thus hiin, he said to them, “My children, I have enriched them, assuming an affectionate air, nothing to bestow on you but this cottage, and said, “My dear children, your happiness or the knowledge of a secret which, till the present misery depend on your meeting, sooner or later, moment, I would not reveal. In the time of my a certain being named Bathmendi, of whom every prosperity the genius Abzirn was my friend; he one speaks, but very few are acquainted with.” gave me his promise that when I was no more All unhappy mortals slowly seek him; I am he would be your protector, and share amongst your sincere friend, and will whisper in the ear you a treasure. This genius inhabits the great of each of you where he will be able to find forest of Kom. Go seek him; remind him of his Bathmendi," At these words Abzim took Bekir, promise, but be far from believing" Death the eldest of the brothers, apart; My son," would not allow him to conclude.
said he, “ nature has endowed yon with coulThe merchant's four sons, after having wept rage, and great warlike talents; the King of and buried their father, journeyed towards the Persia is sending an arıny against the Turks; forest of Kom. When arrived, they enquired for join this army. It is in the Persian camp where Abzim's residence, and were soon directed to it,
you may find Bathmendi." Bekir thanked the as he was generally known; all those that went genius, and was impatient to depart. to him met with a kind reception, he listened to Abziın beckoned the second son to approach; their complaints, consoled them, and lent them
it was Mesrou : “ You have wit,” said he, money when they needed it. But his kindness
“ dexterity, and a great disposition to tell lies; was bestowed only on one condition-what he
take the road to Ispahan, it is at Court you advised must be blindly followed. This was his
should seek Bathmendi." command, and no one was admitted into his He called the third brother, who was named palace before having vowed implicit obedience.
Omir: “ You," said he, “are endowed with This oath did not intimidate the three elder
a teening and lively imagination, you regard brothers; but the fourth, who was named Selim, | objects, not as they really are, but as you wish conceived this ceremony very ridiculous. Sull he
them to be ; you have ofien genius, but seldom must enter to receive the treasure; he swore as common sense; you will become a poet; take his brothers did; but reflecting on the dangerous the road to Agra ; it is among the wits and consequences which might attend this indiscreet
beauties of that town that you may find Bathvow, and remembering that his father, whose mendi." life had been a series of follies, often visited Ab. Selim advanced in his turn, and thanks to the zim's palace, he wished, without violating his wax in his ears, heard not a word of what Abzin oath, to guard against all danger; and to effect said. It has been since known that he advised this, while he was conducted to the genius, he him to become a Dervise. stopped both his ears with odoriferous wax; The four brothers, after thanking the benefiarmed with this precaution he knelt before the cent genius, returned to their habitation. The throne of Alzim.
three eldest dreamed but of Bathmendi; Selim Abzim raiserl the four sons of his late friend, I took the wax from his ears, and heard them arembraced them, spoke to them of their father, || range their departure, and propose selling their and while shedding tears to his memory, ordered little house to the first bidder, that they miglit a large coffer to be brought to him, which, upon share the profil arising from it. Selim asked in being openerd, was discovered to be filled with become the purchaser; this they readily agreed