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Adventures
of Eovaaomittedi
,
Princess of Ijaveo.

A
Pre-Adamitical History.

Interspersed with a great Number of
remarkable Occurrences, which
happened, and may again happen, to
several Empires, Kingdoms, Republicks,
and particular Great Men.

With some Account of the Religion,
Laws, Customs,
and Policies of
those Times.

Written originally in the Language of Nature,
(of later Years but little understood.)

First translated into Chinese, at the command of the
Emperor, by a Cabal of Seventy Philosophers;
and now retranslated into English, by the
Son of a Mandarin, residing in London.

London:
Printed for S. Baker, at the Angel and Crown
in Russel-Street, Covent-Garden 1736M.dcc.xxxvi.

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To Her Grace,
The Dutchess Dowager of
Marlborough.

Madam,

I Presume to present Your
Grace with a small Sketch
of the World before Adam;
and indeed, to whom could
I so properly inscribe such a History,
since how Romantick soever any Adventures
of those Days may appear to
the present Age, they cannot be more
incredible than some Transactions of
our own Times will seem to Posterity:A2 rity: A2v iv
Our Eyes have seen a Marlborough!
―― We feel the Benefits
of his Valour and his Counsels; but
hereafter, when, perhaps, some ambitious,
or avaritious Favourite, void
of Abilities as of Morals, shall have
spread a general Corruption thro’ the
Land, and destroy’d all the Blessings
that Godlike Man bestow’d; when the
Love of Liberty, Glory, Virtue, shall
no more be the distinguish’d Passion
of the British Genius; how difficult
will it be for that degenerate Race,
to believe what they find themselves so
little able to imitate. Then will the
Records of Blenheim, Ramillies, &c. be
read but as those of the Trojan Wars are
now; and your Grace’s shining Character,
even by your own Sex, whose
Honour is so deeply interested in supporting
the Reality, be look’d upon as
that of an imaginary Heroine. This,
I confess, must be said in their Vindication,
that it requires something
more than bare Tradition, to convince
them there cou’d be so much Perfection
on this side the Grave.

O A3r v

O Highly-favour’d! O most Illustrious
Wife, and Parent of the
Greatest, Best and Loveliest! it was
not sufficient for you to adorn Prosperity
with the Amiableness of every
Virtue; the Divine Wisdom thought
fit to shew, he had also form’d you
able to undergo, with the same Sweetness,
the severest Trials: ―― Trials!
to which no other Woman was ever
liable, because no other Woman ever
possess’d, and lost such Treasures. ――
Those who know there was a Marlborough!
―― Two Blandfords!
a Sunderland! a Bedford! know
too with what Patience, what Fortitude
you stood, calm and resign’d, amidst
a weeping, an almost distracted
World, and beheld Heaven resume
what it had given; but who, unseeing,
can conceive the Greatness of
that Courage and Magnanimity which
cou’d sustain so many and such dreadful
Separations?

But this is a Theme I should not
dare to touch upon, had not the AlmightyA3 mighty A3v vi
left you still some Branches,
truly worthy of the glorious Stock
from whence they sprung; and from
whom, ’tis to be hoped, new Generations
of Heroes and Heroines will arise,
to propagate the Name and Virtues
of their great Progenitors, till
Time shall be no more.

That your Grace may live
to see, like Job, all you have been depriv’d
of doubly restored to you, is
the sincere Wish of every honest Heart;
and, in particular, of one, who, tho’
entirely unknown to your Grace,
has the Honour to be, with the most
profound Duty and Submission,


May it please your Grace,
Your Grace’s
most Humble, most Obedient,
and most zealously
Devoted Servant,

The Translator.

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Preface,
by the
Translator.

Tho, since my Residence in
England, I have made it
my Observation, that Addresses
of this nature are
generally look’d upon as design’d
only to encrease the Bulk of the
Work; yet, when any thing out of the
common road is exhibited, I cannot help
thinking it necessary to stop the mouth
of Censure, by answering before-hand,
all the Cavils that, with any shew of
Reason, can be made against it.

A4 I A4v viii

I know the Chinese Account,
concerning the Æra of this Earth’s Formation,
is so much exploded all over
Europe, that any Relation of Facts,
before the Reign of Adam, will appear
fabulous; the Reader therefore, who
wou’d be either instructed or diverted
by this Book, must divest himself of the
Prejudice of Education, and consider it
as no Impossibility, that our Calculation
should be more just than that he has
been instructed in; or, if he cannot persuade
himself to this, (as nothing is
more difficult) to take at least a Trip to
Nanquin, where, in the famous Library
of Lamazahuma, he will find such
authentic Testimonials, as cannot fail
of convincing him, if he understands the
Characters, that the World bears date
higher, by many thousand Years, than
the narrow Chronology of other Nations
extends. We do not say it was in the
same Model as when governed by Adam;
the Maps and Geographical Tables of it
in the first Ages, compared with those
of his, plainly demonstrate the contrary:
But as all the Learned allow, that after- A5r ix
afterward, in the Time of Noah, it
underwent a prodigious Alteration, by
being overwhelmed by Water, and will,
hereafter, go through a much greater
one, by Fire; why may we not as well
suppose, it formerly experienced some
such Revolution by Air, an Element of
no less force than either of the other?
Might not that powerful Body
diffuse it self, by imperceptible degrees,
into the Bowels of the Earth, where
gathering greater Strength, by being
confined, and receiving Permission from
the Author of Nature, it at last burst
open its Prison-Doors, and, by a general
Earthquake, overturned all that
opposed its Passage? ―― Or, might not
some neighbouring Planet, for example,
the Moon, as being nearest to us, by a
Motion seemingly irregular, but directed
by the Supreme Hand, press so
hard upon our Atmosphere, that the
condens’d Vapours, struggling for room,
might crush the Globe, and destroy, by
Suffocation, every thing that had life?
Then, retreating all at once, and the
pure Æther succeeding, occasion that sweet A5v x
sweet Serenity which rendred it Paradisiacal,
and a fit Reception for that Favourite
of Heaven, who, by being the
first who enjoyed it, is stiled, The Father
of Mankind
. But as these things
are only conjectural, and not intended
for the Foundation of any new Hypothesis,
I shall leave every one to judge
of them as he thinks fit. Not so little
tenacious am I in maintaining, that
the Antiquity of the History I have taken
upon me to put into English, ought
to be no Objection to the Veracity of it;
because there are Records yet extant,
in the above-mentioned Library, which
prove the World existed upwards of
5000 Years before the Birth of Eovaai;
and, what is infinitely more strange,
that, in the Infancy of Time, all the
Parts of this great Universe had a free
Intercourse with each other, and the
different Inhabitants past from World
to World, with the same Facility we
now do from Kingdom to Kingdom. We
have, in the Possession of the Holy Chiaca,
a Crystal Tablet, containing a
Letter from a great Lady to her Husband,band, A6r xi
then gone on some Business into
that Planet, which, in later Ages, is
distinguish’d by the Name of Mercury;
but at that time was call’d Oye, as
appears by the Direction. In what
manner indeed those surprizing Voyages
were made, is not transmitted to Posterity;
I suppose, because the Discovery
would be wholly useless to us in our present
Situation: we must, alas! content
ourselves with such things as are permitted
us in this narrow Boundary between
Sky and Sky, and wait till Death
shall set open the Adamantine Gates,
and give the enfranchis’d Soul her Liberty
to range on more glorious Disquisitions,
in the Bosom of Infinity. In
the mean time, some Reflections on the
extensive Faculties of the former Possessors
of this Earth, methinks, wou’d
not be amiss, to humble the Pride of our
modern Travellers, who look down with
a kind of scorn, on their less curious, or
less happy Fellow-Creatures; and think
themselves vastly accomplish’d, if, after
a great Expence of Time and Money,
they attain to the Knowledge of four or five A6v xii
five Languages, and have visited as
many Courts: but as this might seem
too presuming, among a People who, if
I judge rightly, are not fond of Remonstrances;
and besides, is not at all
material to testify the Truth of the succeeding
Narrative, where no Description
is attempted of any other World
than the sublunary one; I shall only desire,
that as I shall relate many things
out of what is called the ordinary Course
of Nature, every Reader will so far
mortify his own Vanity, as to believe
them not less real, because he is unable
to comprehend them.

But as the Language spoken in
those remote Ages, is now quite out of
use, a second Objection, of equal weight
with the former, may arise, concerning
the true reading of the above-mentioned
Records; and consequently, the Truth
of all extracted from them, be liable to
Suspicion; I think myself obliged to give
an exact Account of the Means by which
we arriv’d at the understanding those
valuable Remains.

In A7r xiii

In the Year 13799, from the Creation
of the World, sccording to our
Chronology, and 4237, by that of the
European, we had an Emperor in
whom every Virtue worthy of a Throne
was center’d; this illustrious Monarch,
instead of attempting to enlarge his
Prerogative, or fill his Coffers by unnecessary
or unjust Taxes, as too many of
his Successors have since done, placed his
whole Pride and Pleasure in the Opulence
and Welfare of his Subjects: His
Glory was to be at the head of a brave,
a wise, and a free People; and was far
from envying those of his Contemporaries,
however large their Dominions, who,
with a Rod of Iron, ruled over a servile
and enervate Race: He chose rather
to be loved for the Benefits he dispensed,
than feared for the Punishments
it was in his power to inflict; and that
he might have as little occasion as possible
of exercising the latter, he endeavoured,
by Example and Precept, to
encourage Virtue, and a Desire of
Knowledge: His Court seemed a School
of Science; and the only way to be admittedmitted A7v xiv
to any extraordinary Favour,
was to be eminent both for Learning
and Purity of Manners.

The Language of Nature being,
even in his days, grown obsolete, those
Annals of the first Ages, which (to the
Glory of the Chinese) had been carefully
preserved, were, by length of time,
and the Remissness of former Emperors,
rendred unintelligible. This excellent
Prince, therefore, proposed great Rewards
to any who should be able to draw
them out of that Obscurity in which
they had too long remained: His Liberality
and Justice were so well known,
that, in a short time, Pekin was crouded
with the most Eminent Philosophers
of all Nations; 70 of whom were selected
for this Work, and the others
sent back, but in such a manner as left
them no room to regret the Preference
given to their Companions.

Full Ninety and seven Moons did
the Cabal (for so was this learned Body
entitled) employ themselves in the arduousduous A8r xv
Task; but the good Emperor
then dying, and his Successor taking little
pleasure in Discoveries of this nature,
their Labours ceased, and they
dispersed themselves each to his Native
Country; having, in all that time,
been able to translate no more than
three, out of twenty one Histories committed
to their Inspection.

As I brought with me a very correct
Copy of that which is esteem’d the
best, I thought I cou’d do no less, in gratitude
for the many Favours I have
received from the English, since my
sojourning among them, than to give
them, in their own Language, so curious
a Piece of Antiquity. If this Acknowledgment
is taken as it is meant,
I shall think my Time well laid out;
and perhaps, hereafter, make them
another Present equally worthy their
Attention.

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Adventures
of
Eovaai
,
Princess of Ijaveo.

The Kingdom of This Kingdom, according to a Map annexed
to the History, was situated near the South Pole:
if so, it must be, within a few Degrees, the Antipodes
to England, and Part of that huge Continent,
now call’d Terra Australis, or the unknown
Land. The Cabal were of Opinion, that by the
Name of Ijaveo is meant, Opulent and Magnanimous.
Ijaveo was
once among the Number of
the most rich and powerful of
any that compose the sublunary
Globe; almost impregnable
by its Situation, and more so by the
Bravery and Industry of the People. The B Earth B1v 2
Earth produced all kinds of Fruits and
Flowers: the Rivers abounded with the
most delicious Fish: the Air afforded a vast
Variety of the feather’d Race, no less beautiful
to the Eye, than exquisite to the
Taste; and to crown all, the Climate was
so perfectly wholesome, that the Inhabitants
lived to an extreme old Age, without
being afflicted with any Pain or Disease.

This happy Spot of Earth was govern’d
by a King call’d Father of the People. Eojaeu, in whose
Family the Scepter had remain’d for upwards
of 1500 Years, in all which Time no
Wars with foreign Foes, nor home-bred
Factions had disturb’d the Land. So long
a Series of Tranquillity produced Blessings
too valuable for a good Prince not to wish
earnestly for the Continuance of them; and
it was with an infinite Concern, the illustrious
Eojaeu knew, by a Magick, of which the learned Commentator
on the Chinese Translation observes, there were two
kinds practised by the People of those Days;
the one had for its Patrons the Genii, or Good
Powers; the other was Diabolical. The Conduct
of Eojaeu proves the first of these to have been
his Study.
Science in which
he was a perfect Master, that with his Life
would end the Felicity of his Subjects, or
at least suffer a long and terrible Interruption.tion. B2r 3
As he had no Son, and was to be
succeeded by an only Daughter, he took
care to educate her in such a manner as he
thought might most contribute to alleviate
the Calamities, which he foresaw the Fates
had decreed for her, and the Nation she was
born to rule. He employed no Masters expert
in the Arts of Singing, Dancing, Playing
on the Musick, or any other the like
Modes of accomplishing young Ladies;
nor, indeed, was there the least Necessity
for it, even had the Business of her Life
been no more than to please; for she had
a Mistress capable of instructing, or rather
of inspiring every thing becoming of her
Sex and Rank: Nature had given so graceful,
so enchanting an Air to all her Motions,
and taught her Voice to issue in such
harmonious and persuasive Accents, that
any studied Forms must have diminished instead
of adding to her Perfections; but
there was nothing of which he so much endeavour’d
to keep her in Ignorance as her
own Charms. To this end, he suffer’d her to
converse but little with her own Sex, and
strictly forbad those of the other, to mention
Beauty, or any Endowment of the
Body, as things deserving Praise; the Virtues
of the Mind were what he labour’d to
inculcate, and therefore took all possible
care to render amiable to her. Pride and
Avarice he taught her to detest from her B2 most B2v 4
most early Years, as Vices the most shameful
in a crown’d Head; and as her Understanding
ripened, laid down to her those
Precepts of Government, which no Prince,
who does not punctually observe, can make
his Subjects happy, or be long safe himself,
from their just Resentment. He represented
to her, that the This implies, that the Ijaveans were a free
People, tho’ under Monarchical Government.
greatest Glory of a Monarch
was the Liberty of the People, his
most valuable Treasures in their crowded
Coffers, and his securest Guard in their sincere
Affection
. “Take care, therefore,” said
he, “that you never suffer yourself to be ensnared
by the false Lustre of Arbitrary
Power
; which, like those wandering Fires,
which mislead benighted Travellers to their
Perdition, will, before you are aware, hurry you
to Acts unworthy of your Place, and ruinous
to yourself. ―― Remember, you are no less
bound by Laws, than the meanest of your
Subjects; and that even they have a Right
to call you to account for any Violation of
them: — You must not imagine, that it is
meerly for your own Ease you are seated on
a Throne; no, it is for the Good of the
Multitudes beneath you; and when you
cease to study that, you cease to have any
Claim to their Obedience. ―― Let then
your Ear be ever open to Complaints; your Mind B3r 5
Mind inquisitive into the Ground of them
and your Eye swift in seeing their Redress.
But this will be impossible, if you suffer
yourself to be engrossed by any one Man,
or Set of Men; above all things, therefore,
beware of Favourites, for Favour naturally
implies Partiality, and Partiality is but another
Name for Injustice. All Passions deceive
us, but none more than the Goodwill
we bear to such whose Sentiments seem
to fall in with our own: we know not our
selves the wrong we do to others, by
loving these too well, nor can ever be sufficiently
assured, they really merit to be
thus particularized. — ’Tis a Fault to rely
wholly on the most virtuous and approv’d
Minister, because the best may err; but
that Prince is unpardonable, who suffers
himself to be guided in Matters of Government
by one who has incurr’d the general
Hatred. ―― The common and universal
Voice of the People is seldom mistaken,
and in all Affairs relating to the Publick,
the publick Opinion ought to have some
Weight.”
He illustrated this Truth by many
Arguments, as well as by a great Number
of Examples from the History of past Times,
and his own Observation of the present; and
that what he said to her might be the more
deeply imprinted on her Mind, he obliged
her every day to repeat to him the Subject
of their Conversation the preceding one, B3 with B3v 6
with what Remarks she had been able to
make upon it.

This excellent Father having thus done
everything in his power to form her Mind for
governing in such a manner as shou’d render
her Reign glorious for herself, and fortunate
for her Subjects, his next Care was to instruct
her in the Mysteries of Religion and
Philosophy, that, whatever should befall, she
might have so just an Indifference for all
terrestrial Things, and so entire a Dependance
on her future Inheritance in that World
above the Stars, This denotes the Ijaveans to have a Notion
of Futurity, not much differing from what most
Nations now agree in.
as neither to be too much
elevated or dejected at any Accident below.

Eovaai By Interpretation, The Delight of Eyes. (for so was this young
Princess named) profited so well by these
Lessons, that, in a short time, she was look’d
upon as a Prodigy of Wit and Learning;
and her Beauty, tho’ far superior to that of any
Woman of her Time, was scarce ever mention’d,
so greatly was the World taken up
with admiring the more truly valuable Accomplishments
of her Mind. But alas! the
Precepts she received were yet green, there
wanted Age to confirm and spread their
Roots, so as to enable her to bring forth the Fruit B4r 7
Fruit expected from her; she was but in her
fifteenth Year, when Eojaeu found himself
summon’d, by a Power whose Calls no Mortal
can resist, and the only Excuse can be
made for her Conduct after his Decease, is,
that she became Mistress of herself too soon.

When this truly good and great King
perceived his last Moment was approaching,
he commanded her to kneel by him; and,
having tenderly embraced her, “I need not
tell you,”
said he, “how dear you are to me;
my Behaviour to you, and the Care I have
taken to instruct you in such Things as alone
can make you happy, by enabling you
to discharge the Duties of your Place with
Dignity and Honour, has abundantly convinced
you of my Paternal Affection: but,
because no human Guards are sufficient to
ward against the Blows of Fate, receive from
me a Jewel of more Worth than ten thousand
Empires. ―― A Jewel made by
the Hands of the divine The Cabal differ’d very much concerning
the Signification of this Name, and at length left
the Matter undetermined.
Aiou, the Patron
of our Family, and most powerful and
beneficent of all the Genii. This, if you
preserve entire, and in its present Purity
and Brightness, will avert the most malevolentB4 lent B4v 8
Aspect of the By this Passage it is evident, the Ijaveans had
Skill in Astronomy, and depended on future Events
from the Influence of the Stars; but the System
by which they studied is now utterly lost.
Stars, and even the inveterate
and incessant Attempts of the fiery
Ypres By what is said of them here, as well as in
many other Places of this History, the Ypres are
no other than infernal Spirits, who are sometimes
permitted to torment the People of the Earth,
and are always at enmity with them.
themselves; and defend you, and the
Nations under you, in all the Dangers with
which you are threatned.”
In speaking these
Words, he took off a Carcanet, which he
had constantly worn upon his Breast, and
put it upon her’s. “Let neither Force nor
Fraud,”
resumed he, “deprive you of this
sacred Treasure: Remember that what
ought to be infinitely dearer to you than
your Life, your eternal Fame, and the
Happiness of all the Millions you are born
to rule, depend on the Conservation of it.”

He cou’d no more; and perceiving his
last Breath issuing from his Lips, he laid his
Hands upon her Head, by way of enforcing
the Command he had just given her, and
graciously bowing his Body to the Nobility,
who were weeping round his Couch, expired
without any of those Agonies which make
Death terrible.

Eovaai now assumed the Throne
of her Ancestors, amidst the Acclamations of B5r 9
of a shouting and almost adoring People:
Novelty has in itself so many Charms for
the Populace, that nothing is more common
than to see all the Benefits of a deceased
Prince, buried in the Hopes of greater from
his Successor; and the unequalled Beauty,
and rare Qualifications of this young Queen,
prepossessing even the most wise and penetrating
in her favour, it’s not to be wonder’d
at, that Eojaeu was soon forgot. It
was, however, by regulating her Conduct
after the Model of that illustrious Instructor,
that she a while so fully answer’d all the
great Expectations conceiv’d of her, that
the Ijaveons had reason to think, no Addition
cou’d be made to their Felicity, except
that of seeing their excellent Sovereign married
to a Prince worthy of her, and by
whom she might have Children to inherit
her Dignity and Virtues.

This was a Happiness to which several
potent Princes, and other great Men aspired;
but whether it were, that she found
no Inclinations in herself to Marriage, or
that she thought none of the Alliances yet
offer’d were for the Interest of her Kingdom,
she gave no ear to any Proposal of
that kind: And so great was the Reverence
paid her, that not even those of her own
Sex, who most shared her Confidence, nor
those of the other, whose Birth and EmploymentsB5 ploy- B5v 10
placed them nearest to the
Throne, durst presume to urge what they
so earnestly desired.

Thus loved, thus obeyed, did she
live and reign, till the Satellite of Earth
had seven times lost and renewed its silver
Crescent; so truly happy in herself, so good
to all beneath her, that to wish beyond
what they enjoy’d, was a thing unknown
either to Queen or People. O, to what a
Height of Glory might such a Kingdom
have arrived! What Examples to Posterity
might the Annals of that Reign have afforded,
if, by a fatal Inadvertency, every
present Enjoyment, and future Hope, had not
been subverted, and all Degrees of People,
from the Cottage to the Throne, involved
in one common Calamity?

As she was one day sitting alone in her
Garden, ruminating on the last Words of
her Father, and the strict Injunction laid on
her concerning the Carcanet, Emotions, to
which hitherto she had been a Stranger, began
to diffuse themselves throughout her
Mind; she took it from her Breast; she examin’d
it over and over, and the more she
did so, the more her Curiosity encreased:
She saw the Stone contain’d in it was of an
uncommon Lustre, but cou’d not conceive
how it shou’d be of so much consequence to B6r 11
to her Happiness as she had been told; and
perceiving some mystic Characters engraven
on the Inside, which yet were seen through
the Clearness of the Stone, she resolv’d to
consult all the learned Men of her Kingdom,
for the Interpretation. So presuming is human
Nature, that we cannot thankfully and
contentedly enjoy the Good allotted us, without
prying into the Causes by which it comes
about: The wherefore, and the why, employ
the Speculations of us all; and Life
glides unenjoyed away in fruitless Inquisitions.

She continued still pondring on the
mysterious Words, The Commentator will needs have it, that
these Words imply a Vanity, or kind of Self-sufficiency
in Eovaai; and infers from thence, that
it’s an Error to trust Women with too much Learning;
as the Brain in that Sex being of a very delicate
Texture, renders them, for the most part,
incapable of making solid Reflections, or comparing
the little they can possibly arrive at the knowledge
of, with the Infinity of what is beyond their
reach. But as old a Man, and as rigid a Philosopher
as he was, I am apt to think, he wou’d have
spared this Part of his Animadversions, had he
been honour’d with the Acquaintance of some
European Ladies.
flatter’d perhaps with
the Imagination, that her own Ingenuity
would enable her to unfold the Meaning,
when, to her inexpressible Amazement, the
Jewel drop’d from the cemented Gold, and only B6v 12 only the exterior Ornament, which had encompass’d
it, remain’d between her Fingers:
She stoop’d hastily to take it up, hoping to
replace it; but, in that instant, a little Bird
that, unregarded by her, had been all this
while hopping about her Feet, snatch’d it
in his Beak, and taking wing, immediately
bore out of sight the sacred Prize. In vain
her Eyes pursued the Track in Air, as far as
she was able! in vain her Arms were stretch’d
to Heaven for Aid! in vain her Tongue, in
screaming Accents, invoked the Powers
that ruled her Birth. All seem’d deaf to
her Entreaties, and her Misfortune certain
and irremedible. Horror and wild Astonishment
now seiz’d every Faculty; she
stood motionless, and even bereft of Thought
for some Moments; but cruel Recollection
soon bringing to her mind the Value of
what she had been deprived of, the Manner
of her Loss, and the Mischiefs which were
to ensue, an adequate Despair succeeded:
Philosophy was incapable of affording her
any Relief, and all her Reason served only
to paint the Unhappiness of her Condition
in the stronger Colours. With her Lamentations
she could not restrain herself from
mingling Repinings: “Since so much depended
on the keeping that fatal Jewel,”
said she,
“why was it intrusted to one of my weak
Sex? Why was it not rather enclos’d in a
brazen Tower, guarded by fiery Dragons, and B7r 13
and inaccessible to all the Efforts of Man,
or Beast, or Fiend? ―― Why did not the
divine Aiou protect his Workmanship? —
Why suffer so This shews, that the greatest Mischiefs frequently
owe their birth to what seems to us the
most minute Causes.
silly, so inconsiderable an
Animal, to prophane the hallowed Relique?
―― Or why,”
continued she, in the bitterest
Anguish of Soul, “did he at all make what
he foresaw the Fates were resolute to destroy?
— And why, O why, was it ordain’d, that
the Blessings of fifteen hundred Years must
end in me? —— Why am I alone, of my
whole Race, born to feel and give Calamity,
who am the least able to sustain it in my
self, or afford Relief to others?” These Expostulations, says a learned and religious
Author, perhaps added to the Miseries destin’d
for her.

As the Extremity of her Grief forced
from her these and the like Exclamations,
the Firmament grew dark, and was at length
quite covered with a thick and sulphurous
Cloud. So strange a Phænomenon, in a
Country where the Sun was used to shine
with uninterrupted Splendor, struck Terror
to her Soul; but, how greatly was that
Terror encreas’d, when, from the dreadful
Gloom, she beheld unnumber’d Fires burst
forth in forked Darts, crossing each other with B7v 14
with such Rapidity, and accompanied with
so horrible a Noise, as tho’ the whole Frame
of Nature were unhing’d, and every Crack
snap’d in sunder the Axis of the World:
This was the first Thunder and Lightning
that had ever been known in Ijaveo, or perhaps in
the World; for all the Pre-Adamitical Writers agree,
that, in the first Ages, none of the Elements
transgressed the Bounds set to them at the Creation.
She thought no less than that the Ypres
had got the better of the Genii of Mankind,
that the eternal Barriers between them were
thrown down, and each contending Element
was broken loose, and had free Liberty, by
turns, to o’erwhelm each other, for a final
Dissolution of all things. ―― Nay, her Imagination
carried her so far, as to make her
think, that she verily heard Rocks banging
against Rocks, and saw them whirling about
in wild Confusion through the Air.

As Solitude naturally enhances every
Danger, the Horrors of this Tempest had
double Force on poor Eovaai, by having
none near to comfort her, or bear a part in
this Affright: She call’d to her Attendants,
who were in another Alley in the Garden;
but they, no less terrified than herself, either
not heard, or not regarded her Voice;
and she was expos’d alone, and without any
other Defence than the Boughs of a spreadinging B8r 15
Oak, to Shocks she had never felt, nor
cou’d have any Notion of before this Hour.

At length the Elements, as having
spent their Fury, sunk into a Calm; the
Vapours dispers’d; the blue Screne again
appear’d; and the bright Planet of the
Universe returned to gild the Hills: Nature
seem’d now recover’d, and smil’d in all her
Works. All but the Princess, who being
still disconsolate for the loss of her precious
Stone, hasted to the Palace; and having
summon’d a Council of all the great Men of
her Kingdom, acquainted them, with Tears,
of the Accident had befallen her; and entreated
their Advice how to behave, that the
Woes denounced against her by the last
Words of Eojaeu, might be averted.

But how great a Change did the Recital
of this Adventure occasion in them?
She immediately perceived the Influence she
had been made to fear, already had begun to
operate; and found her first of Sorrows in
the loss of that Respect had hitherto been
paid her: Instead of humble Attentiveness,
a confused Murmur ran thro’ the whole Assembly,
all the time she was speaking; and
as soon as she had given over, every one rose
sullenly from his Seat, and left the Chamber
without making any Answer to what she
had said.

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The Event being made known, the
Body of the People were not less dissatisfied;
a general Discontent diffused itself throughout
the Country, the City, and the Palace;
all the Love and Reverence with which she
had been treated, was now no more; and
wheresoever she turn’d her Eyes, she met with
nothing but upbraiding Looks, or cold and
inforced Civilities. The Consequence of this
sad Alternative were secret Plots, or open
Rebellions against her Government: Ijaveo
became the Scene of Civil War, Father against
Son, and Brother against Brother,
now hurl’d the fatal Dart; the crystal Rivers
received another Colour tinctur’d with
human Gore: The Streets were so encumber’d
with the Dead, the Living had no room to
pass, but over the Bodies of their slaughter’d
Friends; and even the Temples of the
Gods had no longer Power to protect the
Wretches who flew to them for Refuge.

Amidst this general Uproar, Eovaai
was safe only from the Contention between
the Heads of her rebellious Subjects,
who, each ambitious of the sovereign Sway,
prolong’d her Life but to intimidate his
Competitor; she being held in the most
strict Captivity, with no other Variation in
her Fortune, than that she was sometimes
in the power of one Faction, and sometimes
of another, all equally her Foes.

In B9r 17

In such a Circumstance, what had Life
of value? A thousand times she wish’d to
throw the Burthen off, and had doubtless
eased herself of it, by means no way agreeable
to the divine Will, if the natural Timidity
of her Sex had not restrain’d her; but
her Melancholy, by degrees, grew into a
Despair, which wou’d have been no less effectual
for that purpose, had not a sudden
Change happen’d in her Affairs, which gave
her another, and very different Turn of
Mind.

Among all the Princes who had sollicited
her Affection, while in her prosperous
State, not one had offer’d his Assistance
in her Misfortunes; and she imagin’d her
self entirely forgotten by them: But, in this,
her Conjectures deceiv’d her. One there
was, over whose Heart her Beauty still retain’d
its Empire; he was call’d Ochihatou,
and had, for many Years, ruled every thing
in According to antient Geography, upwards of
an hundred Leagues southward of Ijaveo.
Hypotofa, tho’ Oeros, the King thereof,
was living; but, as he had so great a Share
in the Adventures of Eovaai, it’s proper to
give a more particular Account of him.

The B9v
18

The History of Ochihatou, Prime
Minister of Hypotofa.

This great Man was born of a mean
Extraction, and so deformed in his
own Person, that not even his own Parents
cou’d look on him with Satisfaction: To attone,
however, as much as was in their
power for the Imperfections of his Body,
they endeavoured to cultivate his Mind with
all possible Improvements. And, to that
end, put him under the Tuition of a virtuous
and learned Master; but he proved
of too arrogant and impatient a Spirit to
endure Controul, or go through the tedious
and gradual Forms by which Youth ordinarily
arrive at Knowledge: He therefore set
himself to the Study of the worst Sort of
Magic, renounced the Powers of Goodness,
and devoted all his Faculties to the service
of the Ypres; by whose assistance, he became,
in a short time, so expert in the pernicious
Science, that he was capable of putting
in practice the most difficult Enchantments.
As he was extremely amorous, and
had so little in him to inspire the tender Passion,
the first Proof he gave of his Art, was to B10r 19
to transform himself into the reverse of what
he was: Not that he had Power to change
the Work of Nature, or make any real Alteration
in his Face or Shape, but to cast
such a Delusion before the Eyes of all who
saw him, that he appeared to them such as
he wished to be, a most comely and graceful
Man.

With this Advantage, join’d to the
most soothing and insinuating Behaviour,
he came to Court, and, by his Artifices,
so wound himself into the Favour of some
great Officers, that he was not long without
being put into a considerable Post. This
he discharged so well, that he was soon promoted
to a better, and at length to those of
the highest Trust and Honour in the Kingdom.
But that which was most remarkable
in him, and very much contributed to endear
him to all Sorts of People, was that
his Elevation did not seem to have made
the least Change in his Sentiments. His
natural Pride, his Lust, his exorbitant Ambition
were disguised under the Appearance
of Sweetness of Disposition, Chastity, and
even more Condescension, than was consistent
with the Rank he then possest. By this
Behaviour, he render’d himself so far from
exciting Envy, that those, by whose Recommendation
he had obtained what he enjoy’d,
and with some of whom he was now on B10v 20
on more than an Equality, wish’d rather to
see an Augmentation, than Diminution of
a Power he so well knew to use; and so
successful was his Hypocrisy, that the most
Discerning saw not into his Designs, till he
found means to accomplish them, to the almost
total Ruin of both King and People.

The Places he held, giving him frequent
Access to the King, it was easy for a
Penetration, such as his, to discover what
Failings had harbour in the Royal Breast;
and finding a little Vanity in Dress was most
predominant, was continually inventing new
Fashions and communicating them to him
for his Approbation. Among other gay
Ornaments, Oeros was particularly fond of
Feathers; several of which he always wore
either on his Breast, or Shoulders, or about
the Hilt of his Dagger; nay, he would
sometimes have them fastned to his Scepter.
Ochihatou seeing this, by his Spirits, under his Subjection, of much the
same Nature with the Ypres, and frequently employed
for the same Purposes.
Æriel Agents,
procured one pluck’d from the Phoenix
Wing, and having dipt it in a pernicious Liquor,
which his execrable Art had taught
him to compose, presented it to the King,
who, charmed with the Rarity and Beauty
of it, immediately stuck it in his Crown,
while the cursed Magician uttered some mystickstick B11r 21
Words to himself, and so firmly bound
the Charm, that Oeros had no sooner put
the infected Wreath of Royalty on his Head,
than a sudden Infatuation seized his sacred
Mind: all his nobler Faculties were perverted,
his Reason was lull’d into a Lethargy;
nor had he Eyes or Ears for any thing
that was not presented to him by the Enchanter;
so that he became, in effect, no
more than the Executioner of his Will.

Having thus attain’d an absolute
Power of disposing every thing in Hypotofa,
he oblig’d Adelhu, the only Son of Oeros,
a young Prince of great Expectations, and
who already began to testify his Dislike of
his Proceedings, to remove from Court,
and afterward sent him, under the pretence
of improving him in his Exercises, into the
Kingdom of The Land of Regret. Huaca, under the Care of a
Person in whom he could confide, and who
had Orders to make him privately away, as
soon as the Murder could be perpetrated
without Suspicion. Every thing seem’d to
agree in flattering the Wishes of this artful
Minister: He received News that his Commands
were obeyed in a much shorter time
than he could have imagined, and he now
experienced in the fullest manner the Force
of his Spell; for the King instead of making any B11v 22
any Enquiry concerning the untimely Fate
of an only and most deserving Son, appeared
wholly unconcerned when it was related to
him.

Ochihatou being now freed of
this Impediment to his ambitious Views,
got himself created a Prince, and, by a
publick Edict, Vicegerent of the Kingdom.
After which, all who were eminent for
their Birth, Virtues, or Abilities, were turn’d
out of their Employments, whether Civil or
Military, discharged from their Attendance
at Court, and their Places filled up with
Wretches, whom natural Baseness, or occasional
Indigence, had rendered subservient
to his Interest. He next proceeded to seize
the publick Treasure into his own Hands,
which he converted not to Works of Justice
or Charity, or any Uses for the Honour
of the Kingdom , The judicious Hahehihotu, in Volume the
first, pag. 32d of his Remarks on this History,
takes notice that our Author might have saved
himself the Trouble of particularizing in what
manner Ochihatou apply’d the Nation’s Money;
since he had said enough in saying, he was a Prime
Minister
, to make the Reader acquainted with his
Conduct in that Point.
but in building stately
Palaces for himself, his Wives, and Concubines,
and enriching his mean Family, and
others who adhered to him, and assisted in his B12r 23
his Enterprizes. All, however, being too
little for his exorbitant Expences, he laid
most grievous Imposts on the People, who
taxed beyond their Ability, at length began
to murmur loudly against the Government;
but he had the Address, by a Shew of Pity
for their Calamities, and shrugging up his
Shoulders, as tho’ he wish’d, but had not
the Power to ease them, to throw the Odium
of all on the This indeed seems to be an Artifice of a more
modern Date, and therefore might well be looked
upon as somewhat wonderful in those early Times.
Royal Authority; and pretending
he was no more than an unwilling
Instrument of the King’s Pleasure, preserv’d
the good Will of some, even among those
whom most he had impoverished and abused.

Thus was the sacred Name of Majesty
prostituted to screen the most enormous
Crimes; and a Prince whose Heart abounded
with Justice, Clemency, Magnanimity, and
every Kingly Virtue, made to appear with
all the Vices of a Tyrant and most cruel
Oppressor. The poor Hypotofans, tho’ naturally
the most loyal and obedient People
in the World, had at length their Patience
quite exhausted: they grew ripe for Rebellion,
and wish’d a Change of Affairs on
any Terms, since no Slavery could be worse
than what they now endured. Oeros had cer- B12v 24
certainly been deposed, if Ochihatou, who
knew his own Safety depended on that Prince’s
Reign, had not found out the only Expedient
which could have prevented it amidst
that general Disaffection. He kept in continual
Pay a great Number of This shews that a Standing Army was the Refuge
of evil Ministers some thousands of Years before
Adam.
armed Men,
some Foreigners, some Natives, but all under
the Command of Chiefs, who were entirely
his Creatures, and were dispersed through
every part of the Kingdom, in order to awe
the People into Submission. Besides these,
he had a kind of Civil Army, composed
of the lowest and most profligate of Mankind;
they were call’d Many things in the Original being express’d by
Character, the Chinese Language could not always
afford Words to translate them; and this, among
others, was so abstruse, that the Cabal thought
proper not to attempt an Explanation; which after
all their Care, they might possibly have been
deceived in.
and employ’d in
gathering a certain Tax, which gave them
a full Power to enter the House of any Citizen,
inspect into the Secrets of his Trade,
and know to a A Coin worth about the 10th Part of an
English Farthing.
single Todo how much he
was worth; so were in the Quality of Spies
on every Family, as well as Soldiers in case
any Insurrection should require them to join the C1r 25
the military Forces, to whom they were
little inferiour in Number. But this execrable
Statesman, thinking himself not sufficiently
secured by impoverishing and enslaving
a People, who, till this dreadful
Æra, had boasted of more Wealth and Liberty
than any Nation in the World, took
Measures also to corrupt their Morals, and
to render all kinds of Vice so universal,
that his own might pass unremark’d. To
this end, he chose the Hiahs, or Chief
Priests, out of different Sectaries, of which
at that time there were many in Hypotofa.
These held publick Disputations concerning
some nice Points in Divinity; and each exclaiming
virulently against the Tenets of
the other, so puzzled the Understanding of
the weaker sort, that many of them began
to think, there was no Necessity of observing
any Rules of Devotion, and that all
Religion was an Artifice, invented only by
a Set of Men, to hold an Authority over
the Soul. This brought every thing sacred
into Contempt; Men openly despis’d the
Gods, laugh’d at the Influence of the Genii,
and no longer invok’d the Protection of the
Celestial World. Ochihatou found his Designs
perfectly compleated by this Stratagem;
for the great Barrier against human Propensity
to do Evil being removed, the Hypotofans
were easily led to the Commission
C of C1v 26
of any Crimes, which gratify’d their Passions,
so became fit Instruments of so wicked
a Minister, and worthy of the Miseries inflicted
on them.

Things were in this Position, when
the Fame of Eovaai’s Beauty and Accomplishments
fired Ochihatou with a Desire of
enjoying a Princess of such uncommon Perfections;
and former Successes encouraging
him to look on every thing he wished as
easy to be accomplished, he committed the
Care of the Kingdom to Zunzo, a Wretch,
whose Nearness of Blood and Conformity
of Principles made entirely his own, and
took a Journey to Ijaveo, where he immediately
listed himself among the Adorers of
the Princess; but that Kingdom being then
under the Protection of the divine Aiou, all
his Enchantments were of no Efficacy, to
delude the Eyes, or ensnare the Reason of
any there. So that appearing in his real Deformity
of Body, his Talents of Wit and
Eloquence did him no further Service, than
just to preserve him from Contempt; and
he returned to Hypotofa, cursing Nature,
himself, and his Masters the Ypres, for this
Disappointment. But his Rage was converted
into Rapture, when he was informed by
his Art, that Eovaii had lost that Jewel,
by the sovereign Virtue of which she had hitherto C2r 27
hitherto been protected from all the Attempts
of Men, or Ypres. He now resolved,
nor Heaven nor Earth should bar
her from his Embraces; and having devoted
This Division of Time was not therefore an
Art invented by the modern World, but only revived
after it had seem’d lost for some thousand
Years.
seven times seven Hours, seven
Minutes, and as many Seconds, to the Mysteries
of Darkness, he at length obtained a
Spirit, who brought her to Hypotofa in the
following manner:

Amidst the Calamities, in which
we left the Princess of Ijaveo involved, it
had often been Matter of very melancholy
Reflection to her, that, since the Death of
Eojaeu, she had never been blest with the
sight of his illustrious Shade , The Ijaveons looked on the Spirits of their
deceased Friends as a kind of Guardian Angels to
them; and therefore thought, when they did not
appear, no good Fortune was to be expected.
either in
Dream or Vision, and she now languished
under the Apprehensions of being eternally
abandon’d by him; when, one Night, contrary
to her Hopes, he appeared to her,
with a Visage wholly free from Severity,
and looking stedfastly on her, spoke these
Words: “Eovaai, be patient — be watchful C2 ―― be C2v 28
— be resolute — be constant — doubt of all
you see — hope in what you see not ―― you
must be more unhappy to be happy.”
He
said no more, but at that Instant vanished
in a Stream of Light. She quitted her Bed
immediately, and having returned Thanks
to Aiou, by whose It was a Part of their Religion to believe the
Supream Powers conferred no Favours on Mortals,
but by the Intercession of Beings, of a middle
State, whom they called Genii; and to whom they
supposed the Government of the Stars was committed.
Intercession this Favour
was permitted her, sat down to contemplate
on what he had uttered. She knew very
well she had sufficient Occasion to practise
the Lessons he had given her, while he remained
on Earth, and which his immortal
Part had now reminded her of; but could
not conceive, that there was a Possibility of
being more unhappy than she already was.
Deposed, a Prisoner, subjected to the Will
of those she was born to rule, not only herself,
but her whole Kingdom, plunged in
present Confusion and lasting Infamy, meerly
by her own Fault: “What Woes,” cry’d she,
“yet ever equal’d mine? What more can
the utmost Rigour of the Fates inflict? If
to be happy, I must be more unhappy
, never,
never must I hope Relief! ’Tis not in
Heaven, or Earth, to add to what I suffer; and C3r 29
and ’tis but to make my present Miseries
seem lighter, that my Father would have
me think there can be greater.”
She was
thus going on to set Bounds to Infinity,
and measuring the Power of the immortal
Beings, by her own shallow Comprehension
of them, ’till Day appeared, when casting
her Eyes on the unclouded Sky, she beheld
at a great distance a small black Spot, which
coming nearer by degrees, and extending
itself as it approached, at length took the
Form of a Body, part Fowl, part Fish.
From the enormous Sides were stretched out
Wings of a prodigious Size, underneath
which, instead of Feet, grew Fins, reaching
to a Tail, in Shape and Breadth like
that of the Leviathan. Head it had none,
at least that was discernable; for just above
the Neck was placed a Globe of bluish
Fire, which, to the astonish’d Eovaai, seem’d
one huge tremendous Eye. But small was
the Time allowed her for Examination, had
the Terror she was in permitted her to make
any: The dreadful Apparition came just
over her, and she could only know thus
much, that she perceived a thick Vapour
enter the Room, which immediately invelloping
her, she felt herself taken from the
Place, and presently after heard the Wings
of her ærial Carriage sing with the Rapidity
of its Flight; then the Fins and Tail C3 lash C3v 30
lash among Waves, as forcing a Passage
through mighty Waters; but the swift
Transition gave her no room for Thought,
till on a sudden every thing was hush, she
found her Feet on Earth, and her Eyes had
liberty to look abroad. She turned herself
about in search of the Machine, in which
she had been conveyed; but the hideous
Phantom vanished in the Instant she was
set down, nor could she perceive the least
Traces of her Journey, any more than form
any Conjecture into what Part of the World
she had been thus miraculously transported.

She looks round, and finds every thing
delightful as the Dwellings of the Blessed,
when, after a Life of Care, they receive
their Virtue’s Recompence in the World of
Eos: Or Jupiter, in which Planet, they supposed,
were those pleasant Fields, by modern Poets, call’d
Elysium.
The Verdure of the Plains, enamell’d
with the most beautiful Flowers, charm her
on the one side, and magnificent Buildings
on the other: As she advances toward the
latter, she is more and more struck with the
Grandeur and Elegance of every thing
she sees, and is so taken up with Admiration,
that she forgets she is a Stranger, destitute
of Servants, Friends, or even the Means C4r 31
Means of supporting herself. Nor had the
Thoughts, in what manner she shou’d live,
once enter’d her Head, when she beheld,
at a distance, a Chariot coming towards
her, richly adorned, and drawn by twelve
Antelopes, white and shining as the Morning-Dew,
and attended by a great Number
of Lacqueys, in very splendid Liveries.
The Equipage stop’d within three or four
Yards of the Place in which she stood, and
a Person, whose Aspect inspired an equal
Share of Respect and Reverence, alighted
from the Chariot, and falling on his Knees
before her, accosted her in these Terms:
“Permit me, Divinest Princess,” said he, “to be
the first to welcome you to a Land, which
cannot but be bless’d while you continue on
it, and to conduct you to a Palace less unworthy
of you than that you lately left.”

Not all the Changes Eovaai had experienced
since the Death of Eojaeu, had
fill’d her with greater Consternation than
she now felt, at hearing the Voice of him
that spoke: She knew the Accents to be
the same she had often heard from the Mouth
of Ochihatou, when he had sollicited her for
Marriage in Ijaveo, and who, at that time,
had so disagreeable a Form, as to render all
the fine things he said to her scarce to be endured.
She now beheld the most mishapen C4 of C4v 32
of Mankind, converted into one of the most
lovely; and the Uncertainty, whether she
shou’d give credit to her Eyes, against the
Testimony of her Ears, rendered her unable
to make any Answer to the obliging Salutation
he had given her. But he, who was
no Stranger to her Suspense, nor wanted
Artifice to solve any Difficulty, endeavoured
to ease her of it in this manner: “Charming
Princess
,”
resumed he, “I perceive, that
different Sentiments make a kind of Conflict
in your Bosom; that a thorough Contempt
for a Person can hardly be worn off, and
that the Remembrance of what I once appeared,
occasions in you a Regret to do Justice
to what I really am: It might therefore
be my Interest to deny I am the Man,
who had the Boldness to address you under
that forbidding Form; nor cou’d you disprove
such an Assertion, since there is nothing
impossible in two People’s having the
Organs of Speech formed so exactly alike,
as to make not the least Difference between
their Voices; but I will not go about to deceive
you in any thing: I am Ochihatou,
and no less your Adorer, now restored
to the Shape that Nature gave me, than
when a cruel Enchantment made me seem an
Object more proper to excite your Loathing
than your Love. How fortunate shou’d
I be,”
(continued this Deceiver, looking on her C5r 33
her with Eyes all languishing) “if this Change
in my Person cou’d make any Alteration in
your Sentiments!”

Here he left off speaking; and Eovaai
blushing, between Modesty and Pleasure,
replied in Words to this effect: “So many
and such surprising Accidents have of late
befallen me,”
said she, “that it is not to be
wondered at, that I want Words to express
myself as I ought. All I can do, is to assure
you, I rejoice in any thing that may
contribute to the Happiness of a Prince
whom I always esteemed for his good Qualities,
and was never unjust enough to hate,
for what was not in his power to avoid.”

Ochihatou, charmed with an
Answer that seemed so favourable to his
Wishes, took the liberty of kissing that
Hand she had stretched out to raise him;
and then, “I flatter myself, most lovely Eovaai,”
resumed he, “that the Proofs I shall
hereafter give you of a Passion without
Bounds, will, in due time, convince you,
I merit somewhat more than you vouchsafed
to grant at our last Meeting. In the mean
time, refuse me not the Blessing of attending
you to that Repose your late Fatigues
require.”
With these Words he made a Motion
to lead her to the Chariot, which she C5 not C5v 34
not opposing, he seated himself by her; and
having commanded the Servants to proceed
in their Journey, renewed the Conversation,
by telling her, that knowing, by his Skill
in Magic, that she was threatned with greater
Woes than any she had yet endured, if
she remained in Ijaveo, he had compelled a
Spirit of the Air to remove her from so ungrateful
a Country; and concluded with a
thousand Protestations of his eternal Services.
He then pointed out to her several stately Edifices,
as they pass’d along to the Palace;
but when they arrived at that Rival of the
celestial Orbs, all he had remarked to her
on the Road, or all she had seen in Ijaveo,
seemed Cottages. The lofty Battlements,
the gilded Spires, the Alabaster Columns
supporting the capacious Structure, filled
her at once with Wonder and Delight. Soon
as they approach’d, the brazen Gate open’d
with an hundred Folds, to give them entrance;
as many Slaves, habited in flowing
Robes of Green and Gold, strewed various
Perfumes beneath their Feet; while, ushering
them into a magnificent Gallery, at the
End of which was an Apartment ornamented
with all the Rarities of Art and Nature:
Whatever either in Air, or Sea, or Earth,
is to be found of rich and curious, might
here be seen; and the unsated Eye for ever
gaze, yet still be ignorant of half the gorgeousgeous C6r 35
Magazine. Eovaai wou’d fain have
past some time in examining what she beheld;
but Ochihatou thinking Rest would
be more proper, would not permit her:
And calling for Women Attendants, forced
her, in an obliging and most tender manner,
to suffer them to conduct her to an inner
Chamber, where they put her into Bed.

All the time she was undressing, these
Creatures entertain’d her with the Merits of
Ochihatou; one extoll’d his Wit, another
his Generosity, a third his Gallantry and agreeable
Person, and a fourth, more bold
than her Companions, after having equall’d
him almost to the celestial Beings, cried out
in a sort of Rapture, “Happy, beyond Expression,
will be that Lady who has the Secret
to gain and keep his Heart! Bless’d
will be her Days, and doubly bless’d her
Nights. — Such a Transcendency of Good-
Fortune can neither be merited nor possess’d
by any but so charming a Princess as Eovaai.”

The fair Stranger was a little surpriz’d to
find her Name and Rank already so well
known; but she soon perceived, that every
Circumstance of her Life had been the common
Topick of Discourse in Hypotofa, long
before her Arrival; and that these Women
had been instructed to receive and obey her
as their Mistress. From the Praises of Ochihatou,chihatou, C6v 36
they proceeded to the most gross
Flattery of her Beauty; and laying her on
the Bed, the Canopy of which was lined
with Looking-Glass: We find by this, that Court-Bauds were the
same before the Days of Adam as since.
“Cast up your Eyes,
most lovely Princess,”
said one of them, “and
behold a Sight more worthy the Admiration,
even of yourself, than any thing this
sumptuous Palace, or the whole World can
shew. — Your own heavenly Person. — Ah,
what a ravishing Proportion! — What fine-
turned Limbs! — How formed for Love is
every Part! — What Legs! — What Arms!
— What Breasts! ―― What ――”
She was
going on, as one may imagine, to particularize
every Charm, but Eovaai, whose Modesty
would not allow her to seem pleased
with Discourses of this nature, desir’d to be
covered, and left to her Repose. Her Commands
were immediately obey’d, and the
moment the Women were withdrawn, a
Concert of the softest Musick she had ever
heard, struck up in an adjacent Room; and
while it charm’d her Senses, lull’d them into
that Supineness she before but counterfeited.

On C7r 37

On her awaking, she found the same
Women obsequiously waiting to clothe her
in Apparel, to which that she wore on the
Solemnity of her Coronation, or any she
had ever beheld in Ijaveo, was mean and
contemptible. She now, for the first time,
considered the Perfections of her Person:
She view’d herself with pleasure: She no
longer doubted if the repeated Panegyricks
of her insinuating Attendants were just; This Passage gives the Commentator an Opportunity
of exerting his usual Severity: He makes
a long Dissertation, to prove Vanity is so much a
Part of Woman, that tho’ Precepts of Education
may prevent its Appearance for a time, it will
sooner or later burst into a Blaze; and often, on
the most trifling Encouragement.

and, from this moment, assumed an innate
Vanity, and outward Haughtiness, to which
hitherto she had been a perfect Stranger.

Dazling as those superior Beings
which rule the Stars, and tread the lofty
Mansions of the Skies, did Ochihatou find
her at his Morning’s Visit; and his Passion
growing more furious, by this Addition to
her Charms, he omitted nothing that
might serve to convince her of the Greatness
of it; and having said and protested
all that the extremest Love, and most persuasivesuasive C7v 38
Wit could dictate, took the boldness
at length to press an immediate Gratification
of his Desires. But that Pride, This Supposition so much justifies the foregoing
Reflection on the Fair Sex, that I wou’d fain
have omitted it, cou’d I have done so without incurring
the Censure of an unfair Translator.
which the
sudden Consciousness of her own Beauty had
inspired, was now, perhaps, of more service
to her than all the grave Lessons of Virtue
and Philosophy she had been so long instructed
in; she was pleased with the Person and
Address of her Lover; her Heart confessed
the Impression he had made on it; the tender
Impulse thrill’d in every Part; she languish’d;
she almost died away between his
Arms: Nature and Inclination pleaded
strongly in his behalf; yet, when she remembred
what she had been told she was, the
most lovely and accomplish’d Woman upon
Earth, the Boast of the Creation, and formed
to be adored by the whole World, she
thought the Man who should be happy enough
to possess her, ought to purchase the
Blessing by a long Series of Hopes, Fears,
Perplexities, and, at last, Despair. This
Consideration made her vigorously repel his
Efforts, and tell him, in a majestic Tone of
Voice, that she too well knew the Value
of the Favour he required, to grant it on such C8r 39
such easy Terms; that the Service of a thousand
Years, if the Fates allow’d so long a
Term of Life, wou’d, in the Scale of Justice,
be found too light in Merit; and
that it was sufficient that she listned to his
Suit.

Ochihatou soon perceived his
Error, in having done any thing to excite
in her this high Idea of herself; but
as he was well acquainted with all the Passions,
he soon bethought him how to retrieve
it, and render even his present Hindrance
the Means of his future obtaining. But not
to appear too precipitate, he feign’d a Repentance
of his late Presumption; and having,
with some affected Difficulty on her
side, received his Pardon, led her to the
Royal Apartments, entertaining her as they
pass’d along the Court, only with such Discourses
as gratify’d her new Passions of
Pride and Vanity.

It being then the Hour, when those
who were permitted to do so by Ochihatou,
came to pay their Compliments to the King,
or rather to himself; for the other was
merely for the sake of Form; she found
the Antichambers crouded with a gay Multitude,
attired in various-fashion’d Habits,
but all so rich in Gold and Jewels, that she took C8v 40
each of them for no less than a sovereign
Prince, till the Homage they paid to Ochihatou,
convinced her of the Error she had
been in; and, at the same time, involved
her in a good deal of Surprize, which desirous
to be eased of, she asked him, of what
Rank and Country those Persons were? He
told her with a smile, that they were all
Hypotofans, and Creatures entirely devoted
to his Will: “Some,” said he, “are of the Nature
of Dogs, and when I cry, Halloo, will
fly at any thing; nay, tear one another in
pieces: Others are a kind of two-legg’d Asses,
and, for a golden Trapping, yield to
any Burden I think fit to lay upon them.”

Eovaai could not help laughing at these
Words, and looked on the Wretches with
the Contempt they merited; but still testifying
some Suspense concerning the Difference
of their Habits, “We have here,” said he,
“no established Fashion in Garb or in Religion:
Every body wears what he thinks
will best become him, and professes that
Worship which is either most agreeable to
his own Opinion, or most consistent with
his Interest: All that is required from the
People, is to be satisfied with whatever is
done by the Government, to pay an implicite
Obedience to all Edicts from the
Throne, and never to enquire into the Actions C9r 41
Actions of the Ministers: In all things else,
the Hypotofans enjoy a profound Liberty.”

That Ypre, which inspires the Lust
of arbitrary Sway, now twisted its envenom’d
Tail round the Heart of Eovaai; and, in
an instant, erased all the Maxims the wise
Eojaeu had endeavoured to establissh there:
so easy is it for the best Natures to be perverted,
when Example rouses up the Sparks
of some darling Inclination. She despised
the Lessons of her Youth; looked on it as
a Meanness of Spirit, to study for the
Good of Inferiors; and considering Subjects
as Slaves, thought it the just Prerogative
of the Monarch, to dispose at pleasure
all their Lives and Properties. As she was
in this little Resvery, the Doors flew open,
and the King appeared, seated on a Throne,
blazing with Jewels brought from all Parts of
the habitable Earth; the servile Throng immediately
fell prostrate, crying with one
Voice, “Long live Oeros, and his great Minister
Ochihatou.”
This Salutation his Majesty
returned with a little declining of his
Head, in token of Approbation; for since
his receiving the enchanted Feather from Ochihatou,
he had not opened his Lips to any
Subject but himself. Then the Courtiers
retired, and the Lover of Eovaai presented
her to the King in a manner, which securedcured C9v 42
her a Reception every way flattering
to her now high-rais’d Ambition.

A magnificent Collation was served in
by Waiters, habited like Children of the
Sun; and Eovaai being placed on the right
hand of the Throne, and Ochihatou on the
left, they fell into those entertaining Conversations,
which revive decaying Appetite,
and give Luxury a second Course, after the
Calls of Nature have been satiated with the
first. Ochihatou told so many pleasant Stories,
that the King laugh’d excessively, and
the fair Guest was transported with the Wit
and Humour of her Lover.

The Repast over, all the great Courtiers
of both Sexes were admitted, and
having placed themselves, according to their
Ranks, on Seats erected on each side the
Room; the middle was immediately filled
up with a great number of Men, Women,
and Children, who, some by singing, some
by dancing, and others by a Variety of humorous
Postures and lascivious Jests, which
they before had studied, but seemed to speak
Extempore, gave great Diversion to this illustrious
Company. This Entertainment
ended, and the Performers withdrawn,
the Noblemen, who had all this time been
toying with the Ladies, rose up, and every one C10r 43
one singling out his favourite Fair, formed
a kind of antick Dance. Ochihatou taking
Eovaai by the Hand, would needs have her
mingle with them: She at first excused herself
as being no Proficient in the Art; but
he would not be denied: and as she could
do nothing which had not in it a peculiar
Grace, the Sweetness of her Motions, join’d
to the Liberties the Example of others seem’d
to authorize him to take with her, added
new Fires to his already too much enflam’d
Bosom. Over these Revels the Ypre of
loose Desires presided: All Sense of Shame,
all Modesty was banished thence; not a
Man but discovered himself ready to ravish
what his kind Partner shewed an equal Propensity
to grant; they ran, they flew into
each other’s Arms, and exchanged such
Kisses, as the chaste Reader can have no
Idea of. And the Princess of Ijaveo having
now lost all that could be a Curb to Nature,
scrupled not to do as she beheld others
of her Sex; and great Part of the
Assembly going out in Pairs, suffered herself
to be drawn by the impatient Ochihatou
into a Garden behind the Palace; where,
as they walked, he entertained her with the
most passionate Discourses, interspersed with
others, which served as Baits for her Ambition.
“Oeros,” said he, “is old; he is without
Children, or any immediate Successor. Whenever C10v 44
Whenever he dies, the Measures I have taken,
will infallibly make the Crown devolve
on me; it will then be in my power
to reduce your rebellious Subjects, and Hypotofa
and Ijaveo united, will form one of
the greatest Empires in the World. What
Wives I have, though the Custom of this
Country allows as many as we please, I
will be divorced from, and the Divine Eovaai
shall reign sole and absolute Queen of
my Soul, and all its Faculties, as well as
of the adoring Nations.”
The former Part
of these Insinuations seemed so probable to
the deluded Princess, and her Vanity so
ensnared her into a Belief of the latter, that
she listned to all he said with a kind of Rapture;
and so much had his Artifices debilitated
her Reason, and lull’d asleep all Principles
of Virtue in her Mind, that she neither
felt, nor affected any Reluctance to
be led by him into a Place, the Gloom and
Privacy of which might have been sufficient
to let her know for what Ends it was designed.

It was a thick Grove, where all the
different Fragrancies of Nature seemed assembled:
The Trees which composed it
being Cinnamon, intermixed with Roses,
Honey-suckles, Oranges, and the finest
Limes in the World. Camomile, Balm, and C11r 45
and Tansy, spread themselves beneath their
Feet, becoming still more sweet by pressing.
A Bank covered with Violets, Pinks, Daisies,
and every Flower which crowns the
Spring, assisted the Invitation Ochihatou
made the Princess to recline herself a while
on this delectable Seat. “’Tis in Shades like
these,”
said he, “that true Felicity is only to
be found. The Pomp of Grandeur, when
seated on a glittering Car, the Rival of the
Sun in Brightness, and at once the Envy and
Adoration of the inferior World, tho’ it
exalts the Mind, and makes us think ourselves
of a different Species from the gazing
Crowd, is far from affording those sweet
Transports which Love and soft Recess
bestow. An elevated Station is therefore
chiefly to be desired, as it is a Sanction to
all our Actions, indulges the Gratification
of each luxurious Wish, and gives a Privilege,
not only of doing, but also of glorying
in those things which are criminal and
shameful in the Vulgar: ―― Bound by no
Laws, subjected by no Fears, we give a
Loose to all the gay Delights of Sense;
and, if like the wandering Stars, our Motions
seem a little irregular to those beneath,
the Wonder we occasion but serves to add
to our Contentment.”

With such-like Discourses, he brought
her to believe, that every thing was Virtue in C11v 46
in the Great, and Vice confined to those in
low Life. As there is no Sentiment more
flattering to human Nature, than that of
being above Controul; there requires but
few Arguments to convince us of what we
wish. Eovaai, in an Instant, became so
wholly abandon’d to this pernicious Docctrine,
that she thought all the Time lost,
which she had spent in endeavouring to
subdue her Passions, and the Pains she had
been at for that purpose, an Injustice to
herself. ―― Not all the Principles of Religion
and Morality, given her by Eojaeu,
not a long Habitude of Virtue, nor the natural
Modesty of her Sex, had power to
stem the Torrent of Libertinism, that now
o’er-whelm’d her Soul. “To live without
Restraint, is to live indeed,”
cry’d she, “and
I no longer wonder, that the free Mind
finds it so difficult to yield to those Fetters,
Priests and Philosophers would bind it in,
and which were never forged by, nor are
consistent with Reason. ―― Reason bids us
aim at Happiness, and can it be Happiness
to waste our Days in denying ourselves the
Blessings we were formed to enjoy, to support
a continual Conflict in our Bosoms, between
our Desires of Pleasure and the Mortification
of them. No, from henceforth
I renounce all Rules but those prescribed by 2 C12r 47
by my own Will ―― all Law, but Inclination.”

There needed no more to make Ochihatou
assure himself of obtaining, one day,
all he could desire; but the Policy of his
Love, as well as the Impatience, forbid
him to let slip a Moment so favourable as
the present: Time and Consideration might
possibly return her to her first Principles;
nothing was to be risqu’d in such a Circumstance;
and a Lover, infinitely less violent,
wou’d scarce have refrained the Gratification
of his Passion, even tho’ she had put on a
more resisting Air than she was now capable
of. His Vanity, however, suggesting to
him the Hopes of a full Consent, he repeated
those Efforts on her Chastity, which, in
the morning, she had, with such seeming
Severity, reprimanded; but the Case was
now entirely altered: Nor will it be thought
strange it shou’d be so, by any who gives
himself the trouble of reflecting on the Situation
of this unhappy and perverted Princess.

She was young, and full of all those
tender Languishments, which, to keep
within due Bounds, stand in need of the
utmost Exertion of those Principles she had
now thrown off: To heighten this Propensitysity C12v 48
of Nature every thing had conspired:
Rich Viands, delicious Wines, Musick,
Dancing, Dalliance, and, above all, the
ardent Pressures of a Man, whom if she
cou’d not be said to love, she infinitely
liked. After such Excitements, the Sweetness
and Privacy of the Recess they were in,
could not fail of inspiring her with that
dissolving Softness which Ochihatou wished
to find in her; he saw the melting Passion
display itself a thousand different ways; her
shining Eyes swam in a Sea of Languor: her
rosy Cheeks received a livelier and more fresh
Vermillion: Dimples before unseen, wantoned
about her Lips: her Bosom heav’d
more quick: a sweet Confusion reigned in
every Part: the transported Lover snatch’d
her to his Breast, printed unnumbered Kisses
on her Lips, then held her off to feast his
Eyes upon her yielding Charms: Beauties
which till then he knew but in Idea, her
treacherous Robes too loosly girt revealed:
his eager Hands were Seconds to his Sight,
and travell’d over all; while she, in gentle
Sighs and faultering Accents, confessed she
received a Pleasure not inferior to that she
gave. There wanted so little of her Ruin,
that one can only say, it was not quite
compleated; but the Prevention of it being
brought about by other Events, no less
worthy of Remark, we must quit her and Hypo- D1r 49
Hypotofa for a while, and see what Mischiefs
were occasioned in Countries far
distant from it, by the Wickedness of
ambitious and unsatiable Man.

The History of Yximilla; and the
Motives which drew on the long War
in Ginksy, that by degrees spread it
self over great Part of the World.

Yximilla ascended the Throne
of Ginksy, after the Death of her
Father Proōtoobi: She was a Lady of uncommon
Perfections, and from her Youth
had loved and been beloved by Yamatalallabec,
a Native of that Country, and a
Prince whom all the manly Graces seem’d
to vye with each other, in rendring the
most accomplish’d of his Time. The
Conformity of their Tempers first created
a mutual Respect, which, by swift degrees,
increas’d, till it grew into a more
tender Passion; but the Laws of Ginksy
not permitting the Heir of the Crown,
much less the Person in actual Possession
of it, to marry without the Consent of D the D1v50
the People, cast an Impediment in their
way to Happiness, which not all the Valour
of the one, nor the Constancy of the
other, was able to surmount.

Not that the Ginksyans had any Reasons
to alledge against the Choice their
Queen openly made of him: On the contrary,
his Virtues had rendered him no
less reverenced by the whole Nation, than
endear’d to her: He was perhaps the only
Person in the World, of whom no body
spoke ill; and even those who were
prevailed upon by Avarice and Ambition,
to oppose his Interest, cou’d not in their
hearts approve of what they did; and afterwards
had, without all question, come
over to his side, if other Difficulties, then
unforeseen, had not arose, to render a Declaration
in his favour destructive to themselves,
and not in the least serviceable to
him.

Broscomin, the Sovereign of
a petty Principality, had long aimed at
being the Husband of Yximilla, or rather
the King of Ginksy; for his whole Conduct
testified it was not the Woman, but
the Crown she wore, with which he was
enamoured: To back his Pretensions, he
had the Interest of Oudescar, King of Habul,bul,D2r51
whose Tributary and Creature he
was: This powerful Monarch it was,
who partly by Promises, partly by Threats,
had influenced some few of the Ginksyan
Lords to protest against the Marriage of
Yamatalallabec with Yximilla, in order to
impede the Completion of it, and give
him time to raise an Army, which shou’d
enforce that Princess to receive Broscomin.
In this unjust Enterprize joined Tygrinonniple,
Queen of the Icinda’s, a Woman
every way qualified to govern a great
People, and might have made as amiable
as conspicuous a Figure in History, had
she been less implacable in her Hate, or
fierce in her Resentments. In a word,
had she been more, or less a Woman; but
she had all the Malice of her Sex, without
any of the Softness: Compassion was a
Stranger to her Nature, unless instigated
by Favour; no Misfortunes, no Calamities
of a Foe cou’d excite it in her: She
took the same Pleasure in revenging the
slightest Injuries, as in retaliating the greatest
Benefits; both equally gratified her
darling Passion of making known her
Power. ――But her Behaviour in relation
to the Affairs of Ginksy, will better delineate
her Character, than any Description
can be given of it.

D2 An D2v 52

An old Spleen she had a long time
bore to Yamatalallabec, on account of his
Friendship with a Person at enmity with
her, tho’ he had never assisted him in any
Designs against her, made her gladly enter
into the Measures Oudescar had taken
for the Establishment of his Favourite;
and before Yximilla had any warning of
her Danger, the Forces of these two potent
Princes poured down upon her Kingdom.
Yamatalallabec was not idle in the
defence of his Country and his own Pretensions;
he gathered together, he disciplined,
he harangued the Ginksyan
Troops, and knowing how vastly unequal
they were to the Enemy in Number,
implored the Assistance of Osiphronoropho
King of Fayoul, with whom he had long
lived in the strictest Amity, and who at
that time was one of the most powerful
Princes in the World.

This Monarch, who took more
pride in succouring the Distress’d, than
in the vast Extent of his Dominions,
cou’d not refuse what was desired of him,
on such reasonable Motives as that of relieving
a Kingdom from its most cruel
Foes, and giving to a Woman and a
Queen that Liberty of chusing a Husband
for herself, which the meanest of her SubjectsjectsD3r53
enjoyed. He enter’d with vigour into
the War, and caused also several other
Princes his Allies to do the same; but
Ginksy being at too great a distance to
send the whole Body of the Army thither,
they marched into Habul, part of which
lay not many Leagues from Fayoul, in
order to oblige Oudescar to recall his Forces
for the defence of his own Territories.
This Design had the wish’d Effect; but
brought not the least Advantage to the
People for whose sake it had been form’d;
the dreadful Banners of Tygrinonniple being
still displayed upon their Borders, and
her Army reinforced by Numbers not at
all inferior to those that were withdrawn.

These were the Methods taken by
Broscomin, for the Attainment of his
Ends; and as they were so contrary to
those of the Passion he profess’d, must naturally
turn the Dislike Yximilla before had
for him, into the most fixed Aversion,
and excite an Abhorrence in all those
Princes who were not moved by Principles
of Self-Interest, or partial Favour, to espouse
his Cause. Those of the Ginksyan
Lords, who by his Artifices, and the
Promises of Oudescar, had been wrought
upon to oppose Yamatalallabec, now saw
their Error, but too late repented of it; D3 and D3v54
and finding no Means of Safety even for
themselves and Families, but by publickly
joining with those whose Designs they
before had secretly carried on, went over
to the strongest Party: The same Timidity
made others less criminal follow their
Example; and Yximilla, being deserted
by some even of those whom she most confided
in, beheld her fruitful Plains laid
waste by their own Lords, her Cities depopulated,
her Fortresses, her Palaces,
her stately Temples levell’d with the
Earth, by those whose Hands had help’d
to rear them. Yet did not all this Misery,
this direful Scene of Ruin, once shake
her Resolution: She remain’d constant
to her first Vows, and was determined to
perish with her Kingdom, rather than
yield herself to the injurious Broscomin.

Seven hundred and seventy seven
times had the great Eye of the Universe
waked and reposed on the Slaughter of
the loyal Ginksyans, before the sad Decision
was made in favour of Cruelty and
Ambition; but at last the Lot was cast,
the Arms of Tygrinonniple gain’d an entire
Victory, Yximilla was taken Prisoner,
and the brave unfortunate Yamatalallabec,
oppress’d by Numbers, was compell’d to
fly, for the Preservation of a Life, which wasD4r55
was no longer dear to him, but in the
hope it might one day, in spite of the
present Misfortunes, be of service to his
infinitely dearer Queen and Country.

To attempt any Description of the
Sorrows of Yximilla in this dreadful Situation,
wou’d be too tedious; and besides,
all that cou’d be said wou’d be little
expressive of what she felt: It must
therefore be left to the Reader’s Imagination,
when he shall be made acquainted
with the Manner in which she was treated
in her Captivity.

When first she was presented to
Tygrinonniple, “Well Yximilla,” said that imperious
Princess, “I hope you now repent
of your late Errors, and are ready to
submit to what those, who know your
real Interest much better than yourself,
have decreed for you?”
“If I have been
guilty of any Errors”
, reply’d the Ginksyan
Queen with a becoming Majesty,
“’tis to the World above alone, I ought
to be accountable; and while I remember
what I am, shall never regulate my
Conduct by the Will of any Power on
Earth.”
“You speak as you were still upon
a Throne”
, rejoin’d the other scornfully:
“Enjoy while you may this imaginaryD4 nary D4v56
Dignity of Mind; Time and constrain’d
Obedience will abate this Pride.”

Yximilla was about to make some Answer
to this Insult, but was prevented
by Broscomin, who came that Instant into
the Room, and with an affected Humility
accosted her in these Terms: “Madam,”
said he, since the immortal The Commentator observes, that there is
nothing more common than for People to ascribe
the Success of their Purposes, of whatever
kind, to the Favour of the Gods; tho’,
perhaps, permitted them for very different Ends
than what they imagine themselves, or would
have others.
Gods
have declared, by the Success they have
given my Arms, that it is their Pleasure
I should enjoy the Sovereignty of Ginksy,
and a much greater Happiness in the
lovely Yximilla, I cannot doubt your Readiness
to comply, and shall therefore order
the necessary Preparations for our
Marriage and Coronation.”
―― He would
perhaps have added something farther,
having assumed an Air of Tenderness for
that purpose, if Yximilla, who was deprived
of all her Stock of Patience, at
the sight of him, had not interrupted his
Proceeding. “If any thing”, cry’d she,
with an Air of Indignation, “could heighten
that Aversion your odious Pretensions, andD5r 57
and the Measures by which you have pursued
them, has kindled in my Soul, this
present Impiety would do it. ―― How
dar’st thou”
, continued she, raising her
Voice beyond its accustom’d Pitch, “impute
the Destruction thou hast brought
on an unhappy and defenceless Nation, to
any Merit in thyself or Favour of the
Gods? No, ’tis the Transgressions of
the People have incurr’d their Vengeance,
and thou art the Scourge appointed to
inflict it. — But as for me, believe not I
will be ever wrought upon to countenance
thy Tyranny. ―― Triumph, while ’tis
permitted thee, over ruin’d Ginksy—Reign
King of Misery and Wretchedness――
Yet know the divine Supposed to be that Power in later Times
call’d Astrea.
Kinwallah, from
her celestial Dwelling, sees, and, in due
time, will quell thy Arrogance and Cruelty;
till then, be assured, that Yximilla
regards thee with a Contempt, which
nothing but her Hate can equal.”

Here she concluded, and turned
from him with a Look which shewed she
meant much more than she was able to
express. Broscomin stood motionless, and
had his Eyes fixed on Earth all the time D5she D5v 58
she was speaking, the Force of her just
Reproaches had struck him to the Soul:
’tis possible, that in this moment he felt
something like Remorse, but wanting
Virtue to repent, was soon emboldned by
the Fierceness of Tygrinonniple. “You use
with too much Gentleness”
, said she, “the
Wretch by Heaven and Earth given to
you for a Slave; but I have that will
bend her stubborn Heart.”
In speaking
these last Words, she made a Sign to the
Guards, who, having received Orders before
in what manner they should behave,
immediately seized on the unhappy Princess,
and carried her to a Dungeon, which
had no other Light than just enough to
shew the Horror of it. There was she
stript of all her Regal Ornaments, and
in their stead her delicate Limbs loaded
with massy and corrosive Fetters. What
Sustenance she received was Scraps from
the Table of her cruel Persecutors, brought
to her by the Hands of Men, whose
very Aspect was sufficient to strike Terror
in any Heart less resolute than her’s;
but she appeared so far from being daunted,
that even in this deplorable Situation
the Majesty of her Deportment inspired
those, who had the Care of her, with a
Reverence, which rendered them scarce
capable of executing the Commands of theirD6r 59
their unrelenting Mistress. The truth
is, Yamatalallabec so took up all her
Thoughts, that she had no leisure to
reflect on any Calamities which related
immediately to herself: for him alone she
trembled; for him alone she offer’d up
her Vows; and the Dangers to which
she knew he must necessarily be exposed,
were all the Ideas of her waking or her sleeping
Hours. It is a Tradition credited by
many, that the Constancy and Patience
with which she supported this miserable
Bondage, gave more pain to Tygrinonniple
and Broscomin, than their most studied
Malice could inflict on her. However
that be, perceiving all their Severities
were unavailing, they had recourse
to other Means. They removed her from
that loathsome Prison to a handsome Apartment
in the Palace, they placed Women
about her for Attendants; the
Guards waited at an humble Distance,
nothing but Liberty was denied her.
Tygrinonniple sent Compliments to her befitting
one Princess to another; and Broscomin
visited her with all the Obsequiousness
of the most respectful Lover. But
her Soul, which had so magnanimously
stood the Shocks of Cruelty, was also
too well guarded against the Insinuations
of Flattery, for this sudden Change in D6their D6v 60
their Behaviour, to work any Alteration
in her Sentiments. She looked on their
Insults and Civilities with a like Indifference,
and scorning to imitate them in
Dissimulation, declared by all her Words
and Actions, that she was still the same,
and ever would be so.

The natural Haughtiness of Tygrinonniple,
and the Impatience of Broscomin,
to see himself confirmed on the Throne
of Ginksy, would suffer neither of them
to remain long in this Uncertainty; and
the Messages of the one, nor the personal
Addresses of the other, having been able
to draw no Answer from the Mouth of
Yximilla suitable to their purpose, they
resolved to put an end to the Affair by
other means.

They gave Orders that the chief
Temple should be illuminated, the sacred
The Branch of a certain Tree, feigned to
be the first Thing created, and was always held
over the Kings of Ginksy during the Ceremony
of their Marriage. Some believe it to have
been Myrtle; others Palm, as the one is the
Emblem of Love, the other of Peace; but
Hahehihotu imagines it rather a Plant, unknown
in the present State of Nature.
Bough brought forth, the SacrificeficeD7r 61
prepared, and the Priests ready at the
Altar; then went together to the Apartment
of Yximilla, who having no Warning
of their Approach, was a little surprized
at sight of them; but suspecting,
that there was some fatal Meaning in this
joint Visit, summoned all her Courage
for the Event. “Princess”, said Tygrinonniple,
“the little Gratitude you have shewn
for the Lenity with which you have been
lately treated, makes us know, you have
a Soul as incapable of Tenderness, as it
is of Discernment; but you have been
strangely deceived in your Conjectures,
if you imagine our Determinations are
to be altered or prevented by so perverse
and senseless an Obstinacy.――No,
we are weary of entreating, where we may
command, and come now not to ask but
to compel. ――You must this Instant give
yourself to the King.”
No Words can
give any just Idea of that Scorn with
which Yximilla turned her Eyes on Broscomin
at these Words; and then, “He may
indeed”
, reply’d she, “assume the Pageantry
of that Title, but never can possess
the real Dignity, since that must be conferred
by me alone: which when I do,
may Heaven, and all good Things, forsake
me, and I have as little hope in the
eternal Eos, as the Injustice of Mankind hasD7v 62
has left me here on Earth.”
“Words are
but vain”
, rejoin’d Tygrinonniple, and made
a Signal to her Guards to seize on her;
but Broscomin somewhat more mild, or
affecting to be so, interposed, and taking
her gently in his Arms, “Madam”,
said he, “you ought not to condemn what
is the Effects of the most ardent Passion.
――Too well I love to support a longer
Delay; therefore, I beseech you, to resign
willingly that Hand you see I have
the power to force.”
“Nor Force, nor
Fraud”
, cry’d Yximilla, struggling, “has
power to move a Mind disdainful of your
pretended Passion, as of your experienc’d
Barbarity.”
“Then, Madam”, reply’d Broscomin,
sullenly, “I shall waste no farther
Time in attacking so impregnable a Fortress:
this unconquerable Mind shall be
left to its own liberty; and I must content
myself with the means which more
indulgent Heaven has given me of becoming
Master of your more defenceless
Part.”
He said no more, but permitting
the Guards to lay hold on her, she was
forcibly carried to a Chariot, in which
being placed between Tygrinonniple and
Broscomin, and surrounded by a great
number of armed Men, and preceded by
loud Musick of various kinds, neither her
Shrieks, nor any other Token of the DistractionD8r 63
Distraction she was in, was regarded as
they passed along.

Being arrived at the Temple of
the All those Books which contained the Articles
of the Ginksyan Faith being lost in the
Conversion of Earth into Paradise, for the Reception
of Adam, the Cabal found themselves
unable to determine what Gods they worship’d;
but look’d on this Misfortune as a Proof of the
Fallacy of their Religion, since had they entertained
any Notions of a true Divinity, some of
those Volumes by one Miracle or other had
doubtless been preserved.
Seven Great Gods
, she was rather
dragg’d than led up to the Altar, where
stood the Chief Priest ready to receive her
at the Head of his venerable Band. At
sight of him a Dawn of Hope began to
beam once more upon her: That holy
Man had been Witness of her Contract
with Yamatalallabec, had always encouraged
her to keep it unviolated, and had testified
himself a thousand ways one of the
greatest Admirers of that Prince’s Virtues.
As she had a long Experience of
his Principles, and knew he had an entire
Command over the Inferior Officiates at
the Altar, she imagined he neither would
perform the dreadful Ceremony of giving
her to Broscomin, himself, nor suffer them
to do it; and as soon as she came near enoughD8v 64
enough to be heard by him; “Father”,
said she, “you behold here your wretched
Queen, dragg’d by inhumane Violence
to be dispos’d of, contrary to her Inclinations,
and to the Vows you have heard
her make. Espouse her Cause, I conjure
you, by your sacred Order, by all those
Gods whose Representative on Earth you
are, and by that Genius under whose Protection
this Kingdom heretofore has flourish’d.
―― Confirm not the Title of Tyranny
and Usurpation, nor pour the hallowed
Unction on the Head of the Oppressor,
the Undoer of your Country;
but rather denounce the Woes his wild
Ambition merits, and make him tremble
at ensuing Fate.”

Thus with streaming Eyes, and
Accents which might have melted the
most inexorable Heart, did this unhappy
Princess enforce a Suit, she thought
there was but little cause to urge, to one
so much resolved as he had ever seemed:
But, alas! she too soon found what wicked
Power can do, and saw in him a great
and sad Example of human Frailty. This
saint-like Man, this Herald of the Gods,
this Dictator to the Souls of a whole
People, worn out by a severe Captivity,
and terrified with the Prospect of a still worseD9r 65
worse Treatment, had assured Tygrinonniple
and Broscomin of his Readiness to
perform whatever they enjoin’d; and as
he expected no less from the Courage and
Constancy of Yximilla, than what she now
expressed, was prepared with Arguments
for his Excuse: He told her, that he had
received a Mandate from above;—That
it was the Will of the Celestial World,
Broscomin should be King, and by no other
Method of proceeding Ginksy could
be restored to Peace. He added, no
Man had a more true Regard for the
Person and good Qualities of Yamatalallabec
than himself, but must submit to
the supreme Beings, who had revealed to
him in Visions their Decrees in favour of
the other; and therefore he desired she
would conform her Sentiments accordingly,
and not attempt any Disturbance of the
Sacred Rites. He might have spared this
last Remonstrance; for Yximilla perceiving
herself so cruelly deceived in the only
Refuge she had flatter’d herself with, was
immediately deprived of all her Spirits,
and fell motionless, and in a Swoon, at
the Foot of the Altar.

Broscomin raised her, and
supported her between his Arms, while
the High Priest, taking this Opportunity ofD9v 66
of the Absence of her Senses, pronounc’d
the mystic Words which indissolubly united
her to the Man she most abhor’d.
Their Heads were shadowed with the sacred
Bough; the Supposed to be the Gum of the Tree beforementioned,
and used in Marriages as a Type
of that close Union, which ought to be between
the Hearts of the Persons, by this Cement
of their Hands.
consecrated Balsam rubbed
upon their Hands, and all the Solemnities
of Marriage nigh perform’d before
this unhappy Queen return’d to a Condition
of knowing what had happened;
and when she did, in vain were all Protests,
her Cries, or Imprecations. She
was born back to the Palace in the same
manner she had been brought thence,
and put into Bed; where, in spite of all
her Opposition, she became the ravished
Bride of the triumphant Broscomin.

The Hardships all this while endured
by the virtuous and most accomplish’d
Yamatalallabec, were little inferior
to those of his dear Mistress, and
such as to support with Patience and Fortitude
proved him more the Hero than all
the Battles he had fought. To escape
the close Pursuit made after him in his
Flight, he was constrain’d to experience VarietyD10r 67
Variety of Climates and of Dangers.
Sometimes, thro’ trackless Desarts, he
made his painful Marches; sometimes, in
strange Disguises, thro’ the Camps of his
most inveterate Enemies; now climbing
Hills of Ice, then panting, and almost
breathless, on Sands; scorched with eternal
Heat; one while conceal’d in Fens,
another plung’d in mighty This wou’d entirely overthrow all that
some late Writers have endeavoured to prove,
that there was no Sea before the Flood which
happened in the Days of Noah, if the Cabal,
in their Annotations, had not made it appear,
that the Earth received as great a Change before
Adam, as it can have done since; but of
that I have sufficiently made mention, in the
Introduction to this Book.
Waters,
whence his own nervous Arms alone bore
him to a less inhospitable Shore; did Heaven,
long unrelenting, behold this great,
this excellent Prince; till, having made
sufficient Trial of his Courage and Resignation,
it at length directed him to take
shelter in Bazzuli. The King thereof was
brave, warlike, generous and just; and
tho’ (as Monarchs are not always permitted
to act according to their Inclinations)
the Interest of his People had obliged him
to remain neuter in this War, he truly lamentedmentedD10v 68
the Miseries of Ginksy, detested
the Injustice of Tygrinonniple, and the Ambition
of Broscomin, and had the highest
Esteem for Yamatalallabec: which growing
still greater by the Knowledge of his
Misfortunes, and the Manner he had supported
himself under them, he received him
as a Brother and a King, established a
Court for him, and omitted nothing which
he thought might be any kind of Consolation.

There was he, from day to day,
informed by Couriers dispatched for that
purpose, of all the Particulars of Yximilla’s
Captivity, and at length her forced
Marriage: All which he bore with the
Anguish of a Lover, but with the Resignation
also of a Philosopher, and a Man
wholly devoted to the Will of the Gods.
But it was remarkable, that what not all
the Woes of his Queen and Country had
been able to draw from him, the The Priesthood of those Days so well maintain’d
the Dignity of their Character, by a
Sanctity of Manners, and Contempt of all temporary
Things, that it was looked upon as a
Prodigy, when any of them had been prevail’d
upon, either by Promises or Threats, to act against
the Dictates of his Conscience.
InfidelitytyD11r 69
of the High Priest extorted. “O ye immortal
Beings!”
cried he with a deep Sigh,
and smiting his Breast when the Tidings
were reported to him, “who shall believe
your Truth, when the great Oracle of
your Dispensations makes it a Merit in us
to be false!”

While these illustrious Lovers, in
Climates far remote, were thus regretting,
more than their own, the Misfortunes of
each other, Oudescar was not without his
share of the ill Consequences of a War
he had so unjustly commenced, the Arms
of Osiphronoropho pierced even to the
Heart of Habul. Several fine Provinces
were taken, and divided among those
Powers who had assisted the Fayoulian
Monarch in his Conquests; his antient Allies
made Excuses for refusing him the Succours
he desired of them; and some, even
of his own Tributaries, such as the Princes
of Laglah, Mizba, and Zalma, but
trifled with his Distress. Tygrinonniple, extending
her Hate to all who took the part
of Yamatalallabec, indeed remain’d firm
to the Engagements she had made with
him; but as her Dominions were at a great
distance, the Forces she sent arrived not
till too late, to prevent his being wellnigh
over-run by the numerous and impetuous
Foe.

In 2 D11v 70

In such a Situation, who can believe
he wou’d not readily have listned to Proposals
of Peace, and chose rather to have
seen Yamatalallabec possess’d of Yximilla,
and the Ginksyan Crown, than himself deprived
of that of Habul, had any Motion
to that purpose been made? But Osiphronoropho
and his Allies, flush’d with repeated
Victories, seem’d now to have forgot
the first Occasion of the War, or the
Motives which induced them to take Arms.
Ambition, and that Thirst of Power which
is the Itch comes nearer to the Original; but the
Word was rejected, on account of its being too
gross.
Plague of Sovereignty, turn’d all
their Thoughts on enlarging their own
Territories; nor cou’d the Tears of Yximilla,
or the pressing Instances of Yamatalallabec,
obtain more than a verbal Assurance,
that when Habul was entirely
reduced, their Wishes should be accomplish’d.

Nothing could be more plain,
than that Osiphonoropho, and The most powerful of all the Princes in
league with Osiphronoropho.
Fanharridin
King of Narzada, had laid a
Scheme for engrossing universal MonarchychyD12r 71
between them; and this made the
Politick of all Nations begin to look about
them, and think it was time to put
a stop to the Progress of Arms, which one
day might be turned against themselves.

None had greater reason for Apprehensions
of this kind than the Hypotofans;
those two powerful Princes having
each of them, in their turns, given frequent
Proofs, that they wanted but an
Opportunity of invading that Kingdom:
But Ochihatou, knowing the universal Hatred
his Measures had incurred, wou’d
not suffer the Army he so long had kept
in Pay to depart; and thought it a less
Evil to expose his King and Country to
the Violence of a rapacious Conqueror
and antient Enemy, than himself to the
just Resentment of a People he had injured.
However, to prevent Oudescar
from resenting this Treatment, he pretended,
that the Succours he required shou’d
be sent; but desired leave first to try, if
there was a Possibility of adjusting the
present Differences in an amicable Manner;
and to that end, tho’ he very well knew
nothing cou’d be more impracticable, enter’d
into various Negotiations with the
contending Powers: His Creatures were
continually posting from Court to Court, asD12v 72
as if some great Affair were carrying on;
and one was no sooner discovered to be
fruitless, than he had another ready on
the Carpet.

This Stratagem, for a while served
to amuse the King of Habul, but cou’d
not be of any long continuance; and finding
himself in the extremest Necessity both
of Men and Money, and the Rapidity
with which his Foes pursued their Conquests,
not in the least abated by all that
had been done; he sent Orders to his Residentiary
at the Court of Hypotofa, to
demand the Assistance they had made him
hope, in Terms which shou’d oblige Ochihatou
to give a direct Answer: but that
Minister was too artful for the Habulian,
and still found Evasions to put him off, till
Oudescar, thinking himself trifled with,
remanded him home in a manner as wou’d
admit of no delay. This Order, and his
Preparations for quitting Hypotofa, happened
in that very Point of time when
Ochihatou had just brought the Princess of
Ijaveo to grant all that luxuriant Love
could ask: Zunzo knew where and to
what end he had retired with her; but his
Unwillingness to disturb him in his Pleasures,
was obliged to give place to the
Necessity which required it: He foresaw theE1r 73
the Departure of the Ambassador must
unavoidably occasion a Breach between
the Kings of Habul and Hypotofa, and
consequently, draw the Resentment of
both Nations on Ochihatou; he therefore
hasted to the Grot, and found the Lovers
in such a Posture, as assured him nothing
cou’d be more unwelcome than this Intrusion.
Ochihatou was at first all Fury;
but the other no sooner made him acquainted
with the Cause, than his Reproaches
were turn’d into Praises; he immediately
quitted Eovaai, who chose to
remain in that agreeable Solitude, rather
than be conducted to the Palace, and flew
to the Habullian Statesman, in order to
put a stop, if possible, to his going.

The Princess of Ijaveo, now at liberty
to give scope to Meditation, all the
Particulars of her strange Adventure were
again acted over in Imagination; but
when the Words spoke to her by the Spirit
of Eojaeu, just before her being brought
to Hypotofa, came into her mind: “To
what purpose”
, cried she, “did the Vision
enjoin Patience, Watchfulness, Resolution?
I see no occasion for the Exercise of
those Virtues. Why was that Menace of
ensuing Woes? What Unhappiness have I
endured in attaining the highest Happiness Ea E1v 74
a Mortal can possess?――Am I not in
Hypotofa, the Seat of Bliss!—Is not
Ochihatou all that can be wish’d in Man!
and is he not mine, for ever mine! and
gives he not with himself all other Pleasures
that can charm the Sense, Power
uncontroul’d, Wealth, Homage, Adoration.
――O, if I stand in need of any
of those Lessons taught me in Ijaveo, it’s
Temperance to bear so vast a Surcharge
of Delight, without such Extasies as might
distract my Reason, and render me incapable
of enjoying the glorious State allotted
me by the Stars.”

A Thousand rapturous Ideas did her
perverted Fancy, and the imaginary Felicity
of her present Condition, excite in
her; and ’tis uncertain to what Extravagancies
they might not have transported
her, had she been permitted much longer
to indulge them: but short are the Joys
which have not Virtue for their Guide,
and lasting the Anxieties, when we too
late are sensible of our Misconduct. Those
warm Inclinations which the Behaviour of
Ochihatou had raised, demanded Gratification;
she languished for his return, and
was beginning to feel The Cabal were at a loss for the Authors
Meaning in this Expression; and having consultedsulted
the Ladies about it, were assured by them
that the Sex is wholly free from any Inquietudes
of that nature. As it would be unmannerly to
doubt their Veracity in this Point, we must
either believe it Malice in the Historian, or that
the Women of those times were of Constitutions
very different from the present.
such Emotions, as mightE2r 75
might very well deserve the Name of
painful, when a sudden Gloom obscur’d
those Beams of the Sun, which before
were here and there suffer’d to peep thro’
the Trees, and illuminate the Grot; and
with this Darkness came a hollow rustling
Wind, spreading a solemn Horror over
all the Place. Eovaai was seized with an
unusual Chillness; she trembled, tho’ ignorant
why she did so: but the Darkness
lasting but a few Moments, a Stream of
Light succeeded, not less glorious, but
more moderate than the great Orb of
Day, and presented to her amazed Eyes,
a Form altogether new, yet such as excited
more of Admiration than Affright. It
seemed a Woman, but of a Stature far
exceeding every thing in human Nature:
She was neither so naked as to offend Decency,
nor so habited as to conceal the
fine Proportion of her Legs, her Arms,
or Breast; a flowing Robe, which seemed
borrowed from the Firmament, when no E2ascendingE2v 76
ascending Vapours sully the azure Tincture,
being all that mantled any Part:
Hair, more shining than the purest Gold,
fell in careless Ringlets o’er her Brow,
and gave a necessary Shade to Eyes whose
Lustre wou’d else have been too divinely
bright for Eovaai to have safely seen.
Millions of glittering Atoms, such as
appear, when the in vain excluded Sun,
thro’ some round Crevice, darts his Radiance,
form’d a kind of Wreath, on
which the heavenly Vision seemed to
stand, about some five Foot elevated from
Earth. The astonished Princess fell upon
her Knees, but had not power to speak,
nor lift her Eyes, till a Voice, infinitely
more harmonious than the softest Musick,
somewhat re-assured her in these Words:

“Rise, Eovaai, unhappy happy Maid!”
said the celestial Being, “whom in spite of
thy Inadvertency, and late Neglect of
every sacred Principle instilled into thy
Youth, art yet too dear to the supream
Powers, to be permitted to fall into that
Destruction thou hast seemed to covet.—
Know, I am the Genii By this Name is signified Truth, according
to the Cabal; but both the Commentator, and
Hahehihotu are of opinion, that Mercy is more
agreeable to the Original.
Halafamai, Sister ofE3r 77
of Aiou, the Protector of your Race, and
sent by him to save you from yourself,
and those detestable Ypres who have ensnared
your Virtue. Therefore ascend with
me”
, continued she, stooping to take her in
her Arms, “and see to whom, and what you
were going to be abandon’d.”
While she
spoke, a Chariot drawn by Doves appeared
above their Heads, into which the Genii
lightly springing with Eovaai, they
shot quick as Thought over a Summer-
House, where Ochihatou was in conference
with the Ambassador of Oudescar. There
hanging suspended between Æther and
the grosser Air, “Take this”, said Halafamai,
presenting a small Perspective to the
Princess, “and behold your Lover as he
really is: All Delusions of the Ypres vanish
before this sacred Telescope, nor can even
they themselves, invisible as they are to
human Sight, escape detection by the Eye
that looks through this: Nay, it has
moreover this wondrous and peculiar Property,
that, tho’ envelop’d with the
Shades of Night, the visual Ray becomes so
strengthned by it, that you see all as clearly
as at Noon-day.”
Eovaai, who had
not yet assum’d Courage enough to open
her Lips, obeyed in silence; but that reverential
Awe, which had hitherto obstructed
the Passage of her Words, now E3subsidedE3v 78
subsided at the more poignant and instantaneous
Emotions of Horror and Surprize.
She not only saw Ochihatou as she had seen
him in Ijaveo, crooked, deformed, distorted
in every Limb and Feature, but also
encompassed with a thousand hideous
Forms, which sat upon his Shoulders,
clung round his Hands, his Legs, and
seem’d to dictate all his Words and Gestures.
“Oh, all ye Rulers of Earth, Sea
and Air”
, cried she, “what dreadful Vision
is this?”
“’Tis not a Vision”, answer’d Halafamai,
“but the real Person of Ochihatou,
and those the Ypres to whom he is devoted,
and at whose Instigation Rapes, Murders,
Massacres, Treasons, all Acts which
tend to universal Ruin, are committed by
him.”
“Can it be possible!” resumed the
Princess, turning her Eyes from so offensive
an Object, and at the same time gave
a great Sigh, either to ease her Heart from
the Pain it received from her late Fright,
or that the Pleasure she had experienced
in loving, and being beloved by the
seemingly agreeable Ochihatou, made her
endure this forced Conviction of her Error
with Reluctance. She wou’d have return’d
the Glass, but the Genii bid her
keep it. “Things in this World are so
little what they appear”
, said she, “that you
will have sufficient Occasion to make use ofE4r 79
of it, with People of all Professions and
Degrees: By this alone you can be able to
distinguish the Hypocrite from the Saint,
the Betrayer of his Country from the Patriot,
the Fool from the Politician, the
Libertine from the Priest, the Coward
from the Brave, or the Foe from the pretended
Friend: By this alone you can be
perserv’d from falling the Victim of Deceit,
which waits in every Shape, and every
State, to lure the Unwary to Perdition.
But it’s time”
, continued she, “we leave
this Place, lest the Magician should practise
Arts for the detaining you, too strong
for all the friendly Genii to oppose.”
She
had no sooner spoke these Words, than
the wing’d Charioteers took their flight;
and immediately brought them to a huge
uncultivated Plain, where neither Tree
nor Shrub was to be seen: No Cattle
browz’d, nor cheerful Bird sought Food
on the inhospitable Wild; but, far as the
Eye cou’d reach, rough craggy Stones,
and parch’d up Sands, confess’d a barren
Soil, and an inclement Clime. “Alas!”
cried Eovaai, “what dismal Country are
we now upon?”
“That which you lately
term’d the Seat of Bliss”
, replied Halafamai,
“you still are in Hypotofa; nor ought
you to think it strange, that the private
Luxury you have been witness of, shou’d E4occasionE4v 80
occasion publick Misery. These now unfruitful
Lands, not many ages since, produced
every Necessary for the support of
Man; but Pride and Idleness having
spread a general Corruption thro’ the
Owners Hearts, each grew above his honest
Labour, forsook his home, to wait at
the This was certainly a Term unknown to
the Antients; but, at present, there is no Word
which so well expresses a Place of Attendance
and Dependance.
Levees of the Great, and preferr’d
Slavery, accompanied with Splendor, to
the plain and simple Freedom of his Ancestor.
Thus was all Husbandry, all
Trade, all honest Occupations lost, and,
in their room, a shining Beggary, a
painted Wretchedness established.――
Wou’d the Fates permit, I wou’d entirely
remove you from so ruinous a Place; but
here my Commission ends.—Here must
I leave you to yourself.—Nor can my
Power do more than warn you of the
Dangers are to come, by the remembrance
of what are past.”
As she left off speaking, Eovaai felt herself, by an invisible hand,
set down on the Earth, and in that moment
both Chariot and Genii vanish’d
from her sight.

What E5r 81

What more dreadful than this
Solitude can Imagination figure out! No
Mark of any Footstep, no Path to direct
the forlorn Princess in her uncertain Pilgrimage,
no grassy Bank on which she
might repose, nor Tree to shelter her
from the rude Winds, or more injurious
Sun, but all around a Scene of Desolation.
She expected no less than to perish,
nor indeed was there the least Appearance
she should do otherwise; yet did she wander
on for several Hours, tho’ altogether
unsustain’d by Hope; sometimes falling
thro’ Faintness, and at every Step her
tender and delicate Feet smearing with
Blood the sharp and flinty Way. At
last overcome by Hunger, and Thirst,
Pain, and Weariness, Nature could no
more; and the Soul of this fair and
bewildered Traveller was just about to
yield up all its Faculties, when casting
her almost dying Eyes a little towards
the Right, she imagined somewhat like
a Building presented itself to view, but
at so great a distance, that she could not
be assured it was so. The bare Possibility
however so much renewed her Strength,
that she was enabled to advance that
Way; and soon found by the Aid of the
valuable Present made her by Halafamai,
that she had not been flatter’d with a E5vain E5v 82
vain Conjecture. She saw a spacious
Castle, ancient, but not ruinated, built
all of Stone, and seemed no less durable
than the Rock on which it was situated.
No Painting, Gilding, or carv’d Work,
adorn’d this Structure, erected for Use
not Ostentation; yet had in this plain
Magnificence something which shamed
the pompous Geugaws invented by Luxury
and Pride. Eovaai found so much difficulty
in climbing the steep Ascent, that
she began to fear she should be obliged
to pass the Night, which now drew on,
only with the Consolation of knowing
herself near to a Place of Rest, without
being able to partake any of the Benefits
of it. But Time and Patience assisting
her Endeavours, at length she gain’d
the Summit, from whose commanding
Height, she had a full Prospect of the
direful Vale beneath; and having in a
short Ejaculation acknowledg’d her Deliverance
from all the Dangers of it,
turned her Sight on a more pleasing View.
On a huge Oak, which grew just before
the Castle Gate, she saw a Silver Trumpet
hang, and beneath it a Tablet of the
same Metal, on which was engraved in
large Capitals these Words: WhoE6r 83
Who would fly corruption,
and is an enemy to vice,
May sound the trumpet, and
have free admittance.

Here the Remembrance of those abominable
Principles she had so readily imbibed
from the Mouth of Ochihatou, and
from the Practice of which, she had rather
been terrified than persuaded, drew
Tears from her Eyes. She thought the
Task imposed on Human Kind, by the
Supreme Powers, was too severe: “O why”,
cry’d she, “can nothing but our Torments
be acceptable to Heaven? Why must
our Pains alone be Virtue, and all our
Pleasures Vice?”
But these prophane Expostulations
lasted not long; they were
but the Dictates of perverted Nature,
and Reason assisting the Lessons of her
Youth, enabled her to look up to Joys
more noble and refined, than can be
found in the utmost Gratification of the
Senses. Being now resolved to fly Corruption,
and have an Abhorrence for
Vice, she took Courage to sound the
Trumpet; on which the Gate was immediately
opened, and she received into
a spacious Hall, adorn’d with Statues and
Busto’s of those illustrious Persons, who,
in Times of Tyranny and Oppression, E6hadE6v 84
had happily been the Deliverers of their
Country, or bravely perished in the great
Attempt, immortal Men, true Sons of
Fame, and worthy of the Name of
Heroes! Each aweful Head was graced
with a Wreath of Laurel, but none encircled
with a Diadem; on which Eovaai
testifying some Surprize, a Servant who
had been explaining to her the different
Hieroglyphicks engraven on the Pedestals,
told her with a Smile, that it was
the Business of True Patriots to humble
the Pride of Crowns, not wear them.
These Words to one who was a Queen
herself, were not altogether so grateful
as the Person who spoke them intended,
and with a grave Air, “I always thought”,
said she, “that a good Prince was the first
of Patriots; the Happiness of the People
over whom he has Dominion, being of
infinitely more Consequence to him, than
it can be to any Subject how great soever.”
“Nothing can be more true than
what you say”
, reply’d he; “and when a
Monarch thinks as you do, he merits
living, not only more Adoration than
he is willing to receive, but also when he
dies, to have his Image placed in A Temple dedicated to the whole Hierarchyrarchy of Celestial Beings, and never entered
but on solemn Days, or to give thanks for some
National Blessing.
the
Theatre of the Gods. With some such weE7r 85
we have been blest; nor is the Owner of
this Castle unjust to their Memory, as
you shall be convinced.”
In speaking this
he threw open an Ivory Door, and conducted
her into a Room, or rather Chapel,
which seemed cut out of one entire Marble,
with such admirable Skill were the
Quarries joined, the extraordinary Neatness
of the Workmanship had doubtless
engag’d her Attention, if something more
interesting had not immediately drawn
it off.

Two majestick Figures representing a
King and Queen, filled an Arch just opposite
to the Entrance; beneath the Feet
of each a Monarch lay in Chains, yet
seemed not to regret his Captivity, while
his generous Conqueror, with stretch’d
out hands, restored that Crown he had
lost. The Gratitude, the Reverence,
which appeared in the Faces of the Suppliants,
and the blended Dignity and
Sweetness in those of the Bestowers, demonstrated
the great Skill of the Sculptor.
Eovaai was charmed with the Beauty
of the Piece; but much more so, when sheE7v 86
she was acquainted with the History of
it. “Glaza and Ibla”, said her obliging Informer,
“whose Statues you see there enthroned,
were King and Queen of Hypotofa,
when it was invaded on the North and
South sides, at the same time, by the
Kings of Tolzag and Bitza. The dreadful
News no sooner arrived, than Glaza,
without losing time in consulting Ways
and Means to raise Money from his Subjects,
made use of his own Revenue for the
enlisting a great Number of Men, with
part of whom he marched against those of
Tolzag; while Ibla, throwing off all the
Delicacies of her Sex and Rank, went at
the head of the other, to encounter the
Bitzians. The Courage of this Royal Pair
was rewarded with the Success it merited:
Glaza not only rid his Dominions of so formidable
an Enemy, but carried the War
into Tolzag, subdued many fine Provinces,
and took the King Prisoner. Ibla gained
an entire Victory over the Bitzians, and
brought also that Monarch in triumph to
Hypotofa. The Royal Captives, sensible
of the Injustice of their Cause, expected
no less than the most severe Treatment;
but our generous Princes made them see,
that Hospitality, and a Readiness in forgiving
Offences, were Virtues in which,
as well as Bravery, the Hypotofans excell’d allE8r 87
all other Nations in the World; exacting
no other Ransom for their Liberty and forfeited
Crowns, than an Assurance, from
the one, never more to disturb the Peace
of this Kingdom; and, from the other, a
formal Resignation of some of those Cities
taken in the War, which were of service
to our Commerce. Thus were all
the Acquisitions of these Conquests turned
to the advantage of the Subjects, while
our glorious Sovereigns contented themselves
only with that Love and Reverence,
which the Power and Will of doing good
can never fail to excite.”

The Character given to the Princess
of Ijaveo, of this excellent King and
Queen, was so conformable to what Eojaeu
had always told her a Monarch ought
to be, that it drew Tears from her Eyes;
but the Gentleman repelled those regretful
Meditations she was about to fall into,
by obliging her to turn her eyes on another
scepter’d Hero, not far distant from
the former. He seem’d in that Bloom of
Life, which, one may say, is but just arrived
at Maturity; yet, with the Fire of
Youth, was mingled all the Wisdom of
Old-Age; fierce, but yet sweet: So admirably
were the commanding and beseeching
Air united in every graceful Feature,1ture, E8v 88
as render’d him awefully lovely,
and delightfully austere. As scorning Ease
he stood, not sat upon a Throne: In one
extended Hand he held a Sword of more
than common Size; in the other, a Scepter
ornamented with Doves, the Emblems
of soft Peace. On either side was erected
an Adamantine Pillar reaching to the Ceiling,
on which were engraven the History
of his Battles, and his Sieges, the many
Dangers he had escaped, and the Victories
he had gained. But because it wou’d have
taken up too much time for Eovaai, to
have examined every Particular of these
curious Hieroglyphicks, the Gentleman
continued to satisfy her Curiosity in as brief
a manner as he could. “This”, said he, “is
Amezulto, a Monarch who excelled not
only all the Princes of his own time, but
also all that had gone before him, in every
Virtue both of War and Peace, and
left a Pattern for Posterity, more easily
admired than imitated. The whole Business
of his glorious but short Life, was
to render his People happy at home, and
reverenced abroad: With a Handful of
Men, in comparison of the Number of
his Enemies, he over-run one of the most
potent Empires of the Earth, annex’d the
Crown thereof to that of Hypotofa; and,
in the space of 50 Moons, perform’d the WorkE9r 89
Work of as many Ages.”
“Oh! how
transporting an Idea do you give me of
this young Conqueror”
, cried Eovaai; “but
how came you to lose the Advantages procured
by his Valour? How comes it that
your Kings, in later days, enjoy only the
Shadow of that Grandeur he acquired,
and left to his Posterity?”
“The Gold and
Luxury of the conquer’d Nation”
, answer’d
he, with a Sigh, “undid their Conqueror,
corrupted the lower Class of People, and
Envy and Ambition divided the Great: A
different Branch of the Royal Family pretended
a Right to the Crown; the reigning
Prince was weak, wholly ruled by his Queen
and Minister, who regarded more their private
Interest than the Publick-Good, and
were suspected to live in a more than becoming
Intimacy: By this means the royal Authority
fell into contempt; the Noblemen
set themselves up for Heads of different
Factions, the Populace listed under their
several Banners; and, while domestick
Jarrs took up the Minds of all, foreign
Acquisitions were no longer supported,
and consequently reverted to their former
Owners.”

Eovaai was about to testify her
Surprize at so fatal a Negligence in a
whole People, but was prevented from it,E9v 90
it, as well as from examining some other
Images of Monarchs who had reigned in
Hypotofa, before and after Glaza and Amezulto.
Word was brought, that the
Lord of the Castle attended, to give welcome
to his fair Guest; on which she immediately
presented her Hand, in order
to be conducted where he was.

A Complication of all Virtues, and particularly
of Patriotism
Alhahuza, for that was the Name
of this truly great Man, accosted her with
Civilities which had nothing in them of
Reserve or Affectation; and, after she
had imparted to him the whole History
of her Misfortunes, from her being brought
to Ijaveo till that moment; “It wou’d be
my Happiness, as well as Glory, Madam”
,
said he, “cou’d I assure you of an Asylum
here; but alas! so great is the Power of
Ochihatou, throughout all Hypotofa, that
I dare not flatter myself even this Castle
can sufficiently secure you.”
He then proceeded
to inform her of all the Particulars
of that Traitor’s Life, and by what execrable
Arts he had rais’d himself to a Condition
not only to give Laws to the whole
Kingdom, but also to the King himself. TheE10r 91
The Princess listned to his Discourse with
the utmost Attention; and perceiving by
it, that he had constantly opposed all the
Measures of that perfidious Statesman,
cou’d not conceive how he had been able
to preserve himself from the Malice of so
artful and so powerful an Enemy. And
having given some Hints of her Sentiments
on this head; “It would have been impossible
for me”
, replied he, “by any human Wisdom,
to have escaped the many Snares laid
for my Life and Reputation, by that wicked
Politician; but, from my youth, I have
bent my whole Application to the Study
of that kind of Magick which is This proves what the Commentator asserts
concerning two very different kinds of Magick.
acceptable
to the celestial Beings: My early
Proficiency in that Science, made me see
the black Designs of Ochihatou, long before
he had an opportunity of putting them
in execution; and tho’ I could not prevent
what the Fates, for the punishment of a
wicked and corrupt Generation, had resolved
to permit, I procured for myself
and a few Friends, who, to avoid the Vices
and Follies of the Times, have accompanied
me in this Retirement, some SprigsE10v 92
Sprigs of a certain Herb that grows in
the Gardens of the Genii Some interpret this Prudence, others Veracity:
Hahehihotu thinks the latter, as does also
a more modern Author.
Hemha, of
sovereign Virtue against all Efforts of the
Ypres, or those devoted to them. I wish”
,
continued he, seeing a kind of Entreaty
in her Looks, “the sacred Plant cou’d be
of the same defence if worn by you; but
that is impossible, you have renounced
the Protection of a far greater Power, the
ever-blessed The Commentator imagines they looked
on Aiou as the Prince or General of the whole
Species of Genii; and that he was Ruler of that
Galaxy of Stars, now call’d Ariadne’s Crown.
Aiou, by suffering that
Jewel, which was the Pledge of Safety to
your Race, to depart from your Breast;
and till it be restored, no inferior Being,
however benevolent by Nature, dares interpose
in your behalf.”
The beautiful
Eyes of Eovaai were overwhelm’d in Tears
at these Words; and, after a short Pause,
she burst into this Exclamation: “Then am
I doom’d to everlasting Misery,”
cried she,
“for never, never must I hope to see again
the hallow’d Gift!”
“Be not too rash in pronouncing
Judgment on yourself”
, replied
Alhahuza, “it is not given us Mortals to
fathom the deep Mysteries of Futurity, orE11r 93
or scan the Fates immeasurable Decrees:
By means entirely unforeseen, and least
expected, the greatest Events are usually
brought about; and what seems most remote,
is frequently the nearest to us.
Your wonderful Deliverance from Ochihatou,
convinces me, that you are not
wholly abandon’d by the great Patron of
Ijaveo; nor ought you to offend, by despair,
a Power whose Goodness you have
so lately experienc’d.”

To these he added many other consolatory
Expressions; and a handsome
Repast being served in, entertain’d her all
the time with such Discourses as entirely
brought her back to those Principles from
which the Delusions of Ochihatou had made
her swerve; and, at the same time, establish’d
so perfect a Harmony in her mind,
that she scarce felt any Remains of the
Fatigues she had undergone. So great is
the Power of Wisdom over a Soul capable
of tasting its Joys, that while she heard
him speak, she forgot all Causes of Inquietude,
and cou’d have listned to him,
with an Infinity of Pleasure, a much
longer time, if he had not reminded her,
that it was proper for her to allow Nature
some Repose. She was then attended by
Women to an Apartment, neat, but not curious,E11v 94
curious, and there left to herself, to ruminate
on the Wonders of the Day.

The Adventures which had befallen
her, and the Uncertainty of her present
State, gave her sufficient Matter for Reflection;
yet did not all the Misfortunes
she had sustain’d, nor those she had reason
to apprehend, give her half that Anxiety,
as the Shame of having abandon’d her
self, tho’ but for a few moments, to Pleasures
so contrary to the Modesty of her
Sex, and so much beneath the Dignity
both of her Birth and Understanding:
but as she cou’d not think how near she
was to being lost, without remembring
she was not wholly so, the Disquiets occasion’d
by the one, were easily dispersed
by the sweet Contentment which the other
afforded; and she sunk, by degrees, into
that calm Repose, which a Mind, devoted
to the pursuit of guilty Joys, strives but
in vain to find.

Soon as the Goddess of the Morn
displayed her blushing Cheeks, Eovaai
rose, no less refresh’d and cheerful than
herself; and finding the same Women
who had waited on her the Night before,
were now ready to receive her Commands,
by their assistance, was more than half- dress’d,E12r 95
dress’d, when a confus’d Noise, and the
murmuring of many Voices, made her
almost relapse into her former Terrors:
but one of the Women perceiving an Alteration
in her Countenance, put an immediate
stop to the progress of her Apprehensions
by these Words: “I hope, Madam,”
said she, respectfully, “you will never
have more real Cause for fear than at
this moment; be assured, your Pity is all
can be interested in this Affair. The
Sounds you hear, proceed from the distress’d
and discontented Citizens of Hypotofa,
who, on some appointed Days,
come in Crowds to this Castle, expecting,
from the Wisdom and Virtue of Alhahuza,
a Mitigation of their Woes. They are
now in the The same in which Eovaai was first received.
Hall of Patriots, where he
will presently descend, and make an Harangue
to them.”
On this, Eovaai resumed
her Serenity of Mind and Air; and being
desirous of hearing what Alhahuza
should deliver, made the utmost expedition
in getting herself ready. Soon as she
was so, and her Request made known to
him, he gave orders she should be seated
in a Gallery which overlooked the Place, andE12v 96
and from which she could easily see and
hear all that pass’d. The Cries of these
poor People, and the Hardships they
complain’d of, drew bitter Sighs from
the Heart of the Princess of Ijaveo; she
griev’d for them, but much more for
what she imagin’d might be the Sufferings
of her own Subjects, whom she had
left in the most distracted and divided
State; and had perhaps fallen into a
Melancholy, from which it wou’d have
been difficult to rouze her, had not the
Contemplations that occasion’d it been
timely interrupted by the Presence of Alhahuza,
who that instant appear’d, and
having taken his place on an Eminence,
in the middle of the Hall, for the Convenience
of being heard by all, began to
speak to them in this manner:

The F1r 97

The Harangue of Alhahuza to the
Populace of Hypotofa.

Friends and Countrymen,

Igrieve to see so many of you
repair daily to me for Advice in
the present Calamities, yet so few among
you arm’d with that Resolution, and
true Spirit of Patriotism, which alone
can redress the Grievances you complain
of.――Examine yourselves.—Look back
on your past Conduct, and attone for it
by the future.—Your Oppressors laugh at
your Misery, and when you ask redress,
are not ashamed to tell you, that The Commentator observes from this,
that the Hypotofans must have been naturally
a mean-spirited People, to brook so bare-faced
and impudent an Insult, as this mention’d by
the Patriot.
if
you are undone, it is by your own Act and
Deed
;—they tell ye Truth, Oh Hypotofans!
for which of you has not, for a
shew of private Advantage, consented to Fgive F1v 98
give up Publick Good?—Which of you
has not been a Factor for his own Slavery,
and that of his Posterity?—Which of you
has not, at some time or other, been corrupted
by the Gold of Ochihatou?—
The Gold of Ochihatou, did I say? No,
’twas your own Gold, the Remains of
what your careful Ancestry had left you,
drawn from you under various Pretences,
and then returned in shameful Bribes, to
make you accessory to your own Perdition.
What Taxes has he not invented
out of that detestable Maxim, “That the
way to keep you obedient is to make
you poor?”
—All the Necessities of Nature,
all the Indulgencies of Luxury, are
but so many Hands to feed his Avarice or
Ambition.— ――Can you eat or drink,
or sleep, or work, or play, in safety,
beneath those Roofs rear’d with the
Sweat of your industrious Predecessors,
unlicens’d by this sole Director of all
things.――Does not the very Of what nature this Tax was, is hard to
guess; nor have we the least Light to guide us:
but Aristotle, a Greek Philosopher, in his Politics,
tells us, that one Cypselus, a Governor of Corinth,
invented an Impost to be laid upon the
People, which, in less than ten Years, brought
all the Money of that State into his Coffers;
and mentions the Tameness of those Citizens
with admiration. That Ochihatou then cou’d
contrive so many, and of so severe a kind as the
History implies, with impunity, will scarce gain
credit in these times of Liberty.
Air you breathe,F2r 99
breathe, encrease his Treasures?—Are
you not excluded from the Light of the
Sun, without paying Tribute to his Coffers?
—What all the brute Creation freely
enjoy and batten in, O miserable Citizens,
is denied to you!—These are the
Means by which those Sums were raised,
which, parcell’d since among some leading
Men, have prevailed on you to resign
your dearest Privileges, and become
Slaves by Law.

But you will answer, That you
were unwarily drawn in, to do you knew
not what.—Most certainly very many of
you were so, I hope the greater Number;
but now your Eyes are open’d by the
dreadful Consequences, how poor is the
Excuse you make, for not being as vigorous
in your Endeavours to remove the
Burthen, as you were tame in suffering it
to be laid?—What if some few of the F2† mer-F2v 100
The Cabal were of opinion, these were of
the Nobility of Hypotofa; but Hahehihotu thinks
otherwise, because they are immediately after
stiled, “Tools of Power”.
mercenary Great-ones purchase a share
in the Plunder of the Nation, with the
dear Price of their own Honour, and
subvert, by their Vices, that Liberty their
glorious Progenitors reared and settled by
their Virtues; are you to see the Morsel
taken from your Childrens Mouths, because
those Tools of Power, prophanely
blending the Cause of sacred Majesty,
with that of him who usurps the Authority
of it, tell you it’s Treason to oppose?
Are any of you so unletter’d in the
Laws, as to believe it criminal to defend
your natural Property from the Hands of
Robbers? Or, can you think these Men
less Robbers, because dignified with certain
Characters?—They shew you indeed
a Schedule signed with the Royal Signet:
But who is the Keeper of that Signet? Is
it not Ochihatou?――Oeros is generous,
benevolent, compassionate, and full of all
those Virtues that render Kings a kind of
Gods on Earth: His Royal Heart wou’d
weep Tears of Blood, to know one half
of your Sufferings; but, alas! he is entirely
ignorant of what is acted in his Name.F3r 101
Name. You are represented to him as a
People factious, and repining without a
Cause, depreciating his Authority, and
forming Plots against his Government;
and tho’ he decrees not the Punishments
inflicted on you, believes you justly merit
them.――Who then but Ochihatou is
the Source of all your Evils!――By
whom but Ochihatou are you impoverish’d,
beggar’d and abus’d! By whom
but Ochihatou are you deluded to relinquish
the Rights to which you were born!
by whom but Ochihatou are you banish’d
the Royal Ear and Favour! Whom but
Ochihatou is at once your Undoer, your
Betrayer, and your Scourge! and on
whom but Ochihatou ought you to seek
Revenge? Rouze then, for shame, encounter
the Oppressor, while there is yet
any thing to save! Remove the Enchanter
from before the Throne,—drive him
from those Pleasure-Houses, those Palaces,
erected on A Manuscript almost as antient as the History
itself, and which serves as an Explanation
of it in many places, acquaints us, that Ochihatou
compell’d the People to sell their Lands to
him at very low Rates, and built several magnificent
Palaces on them.
the Ruin of your Fellow-
Citizens, those Gardens There is also an Account, that the Money appropriated
appropriated by the Publick, to pay such Arrears
as should be owing to Persons that died in
the service of their Country, to their Widows
and Orphans, was seized by Ochihatou, and
laid out on Ornaments for his Gardens.
water’d with F3the F3v 102
the Widow and the Orphans Tears, and,
with his Blood, wash away the Barriers
which divide you from your King! Think
not, by Prayers or lazy Wishes, to retrieve
what you have lost, or avert the
Mischiefs yet impending.—You still have
Hands; and, O Hypotofans, you once
had Hearts to undertake the most daring
Enterprizes. What is become of all that
Spirit, that noble Thirst of Fame, which
rendered your Forefathers so glorious?—
Did you inherit nothing from them but
those Lands, which you have either meanly
yielded to the great Devourer, or riotously
wasted in the Luxury he has introduced
among you?――What will Posterity
say, when they read over the Annals
of these Times? Will they not blush
to compare the soft and silken Days of
their immediate Predecessors, with the
brave Roughness of more distant Ages?
Will they not tear out the shameful Page,
erase from their Escutcheons all the Blazonry
derived from you, and leave a Gap
in History?

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It therefore lies upon you, if you
have yet remaining any Sense of the Honour
of your Country, your Religion,
your Laws, your Liberties, your own
Welfare, and of those to whom you
have, or shall hereafter give Being, to
throw off the Yoke, which wants but a
very little of being fastned beyond all possibility
of removing;――to exert your
selves once more;――to be unanimous
in your Resolves, and vigorous in
the execution.――Remember, it is
the Cause of Heaven, of Loyalty, of
Glory, and of Freedom, which urges you
to Arms, and will be rewarded with their
united Blessings: But if you continue
much longer in this Inactivity, this
Coward Passiveness, Chains, Slavery and
Wretchedness will be entail’d upon you
from Generation to Generation: Woes,
of which yet no Description can be given,
will be your Portion while alive,
and everlasting Infamy attend your Names
when dead.

Here Alhahuza ended, and the Applauses
given to what he said, were such
as might have made any one believe, his
Advice was about being put into immediate
execution. When the Crowd was
dispersed, Eovaai came down, and congratulatedF4 gratulatedF4v 104
him on the Success of his Declamation.
“Ah! Princess”, answered he,
with a Sigh, “you judge too favourably of
this degenerate Race; their very Souls
are debilitated with their Bodies; all Ardor
for Glory, all generous Emulation,
all Love of Liberty, every noble Passion
is extinguish’d with their Industry. They
imitate the Lion in his Roar, are Heroes
in Words, but when call’d forth to Deeds,
start like the timorous Hare, sculk into
Corners, hide themselves in Caverns, and
have nor Hands nor Hearts to combat
with Oppression; so fatal a Damp has
Luxury, and its Attendant Sloth, cast on
their wonted Fire, that, without the Interposition
of some supernatural Power,
Hypotofa must fall, to rise no more.”

He then led her into another Room,
where having taken part of a small Collation,
he informed her, that having consulted
the It is supposed by several, and with good
reason, that Astronomy was a Branch of this
Science.
celestial Science on her account,
he found that Ochihatou, enrag’d
beyond measure at her departure, was
exerting the whole Force of his Art to
bring her back; and consequently, there cou’dF5r 105
cou’d be no Safety for her in the Confines
of Hypotofa. “I wou’d, therefore, advise
you”
, continued he, “to take sanctuary in
The Interpretation of this Name engag’d
the Cabal in a Dispute, which took up five
Moons. Some wou’d have it Wisdom, but the
Majority were of opinion, that Impartiality
came nearer the Meaning.
Oozoff; that Republick is under the
Protection of a Genius, at whose powerful
Name the Ypres and their Adherents
tremble. No wicked Magick was ever
of any force against it; and I flatter my
self, you may remain there in an undisturbed
Security, till Heaven relenting, shall
vouchsafe to restore you to Ijaveo.”
The
Terrors which the Beginning of this Discourse
had excited in Eovaai, being dispersed
by the latter Part, she readily prepared
for her departure, without any other
Anxiety than what was occasioned,
by finding herself oblig’d to quit the Conversation
of so wise and good a Man.

The Castle of Alhahuza being on
the very Borders of Hypotofa, and separated,
on the western Side from Oozoff
but by a small River, he caused a Bridge,
he had made in case of any Extremity,
to be let down; over which the Princess F5easilyF5v 106
easily passed; and, in a few minutes,
reach’d a Place, in all things so vastly different
from that she had lately left, that
it seem’d to her almost another World;
and indeed nothing cou’d be more amazing,
than that People, such near Neighbours,
born under almost the same Climate,
professing the same Religion, and
living together in the strictest Amity,
shou’d be the direct Opposites to each other
in their Manners. In Hypotofa, nothing
was to be seen but excessive Grandeur
or extreme Wretchedness; for a
fruitless Attempt to arrive at the one, naturally
produced the other: In Oozoff, a
happy Sufficiency appear’d throughout,
and Luxury and Poverty were things
equally unknown. All Pride, all Vanity,
all Ostentation, were banish’d hence:
’Tis true, the Desire of Riches seem’d the
ruling and universal Passion among them;
but then, they sought not the Gratification
by mean Arts, or Projects destructive
to their Fellow-Citizens, or shameful
to their Country, but by honest Care, and
painful Labour; by adhering strictly to
their Promises; by being just in all their
Dealings abroad, and frugal at home; by
never delaying till to-morrow, what was
in their power to accomplish to-day; and
by suffering no Drones to eat up what the othersF6r 107
others laboured for. Thus every Individual,
like the industrious Bee, while he
acted for his own Interest, acted also for
that of the Publick; and all no less unanimous
than vigorous in the common
Cause, they so well knew how to profit
by the Sloth or Timidity of other Nations,
that they became almost the sole
trading People, extended their Commerce
even to the farthest Parts of the habitable
Globe; and, from a small beginning, arrived
to such a height, as, at the time of
Eovaai’s sojourning among them, to be
look’d upon as one of the most formidable
Commonwealths beneath the Influence of
By the Cabal supposed the Sun; but Hahehihotu
and several other Authors believe it has
a further Meaning. Perhaps Liberty, all Republicks
enjoying that Blessing in its full Extent;
but as I am a Stranger, and in a Place where
Monarchical Government is established, I shall
forbear inserting what they have said on this
head.
Akibar. Nor indeed is it at all to be
wonder’d at, that they were so; they had
always maintain’d an inviolable Freedom,
whenever any Man, how much endeared
soever to them, by his Name or Services,
discover’d an Inclination to deprive them
of that sacred Right, all he was, and all
he had done, were no more remembred, F6and F6v 108
and he was certain to meet that Fate his
unjust Encroachment merited; and I
think it may be established as a certain
Maxim, that the Love of Glory is more
or less prevalent, according to the Liberty
of the People; for true Bravery can
never be the Companion of Servitude.
But to return:

As Eovaai found herself treated with
an extreme Civility, without the least Appearance
of any Inquisitiveness into her
Affairs, she forbore discovering either her
Name or Rank. The many Advantages,
however, she possest, above all those Persons
who had ever taken shelter in that
Republick, entitled her to the highest
Respect among a People who regarded
only Merit, and contemned those pompous
Titles which are falsly call’d Honourable,
when worn by Persons of mean
and corrupt Principles. She received frequent
Visits from the Heads of the Common-wealth,
and found them Men of
such profound Wisdom, Virtue, and Probity,
as made it not seem strange to her,
that the State under their Direction shou’d
acquire so high a Reputation; but in spite
of the great Qualities she observed in
those who had the care of publick Business,
the prodigious Respect paid to them byF7r 109
by the Ambassadors of the greatest Kings,
the Weight their Voices had in foreign
Councils, and the Advantages they made
from every little Incident that happened
in the World, for the aggrandizing their
own Country, the Prejudice of Education
which most People imbibe for that kind
of Government under which they are born,
made her think there wanted something
to compleat the Grandeur of this Nation,
and that it was pity some one of
those noble Personages, so august in every
Action, shou’d not be dignified with
the Name of The Commentator, who I shrewdly suspect
to have been a Republican in his Principles,
lays hold on this Passage, to lash, with
a good deal of Severity, that Veneration which
weak Minds, as he calls them, pay to Kings
merely as Kings. The Crown, the Sceptre,
the Robes, and other Formalities of Regal State
being, he says, no more than Pageantry, a kind
of gaudy Shew, to attract and amuse the Vulgar;
and the Person thus dress’d up no more, perhaps
less, brave and honest than the meanest Gazer.
I must confess, since my abode in England, I
have seen some Mock-Monarchs on the Stage,
so much resembling those who wear that Title to
their Life’s End, that I am apt to think, had the
Commentator been present, he wou’d have look’d on
on both alike with his Philosophic Spectacles;
and cried out, Where is the essential Difference?
Both are Men, made of the same Clay, incident
to the same Passions, same Diseases, same Infirmities
of Mind and Body: Both equally make
it their chief Business to get Money: Both enjoy
their Dignity but for a time; and if the one
continues longer than the other, yet both alike
will have an end, and, after Death, be converted
into the same undistinguishable Dust. But this
is only my own Imagination; it’s possible the
Courts of Europe might have reformed his Sentiments,
and render’d him as very a Worshipper
of Royalty as a Frenchman.
King.

As F7v 110

As she made no scruple of declaring
her Sentiments on this head, an antient
Man, but infinitely less venerable for his
length of Days, than Extent of Knowledge,
took upon him to rectify the mistaken
Ideas she seem’d to him to have
conceived concerning Government.

“I know not”, said he, “but some
Nations, and on some particular Occasions,
may have found their advantage in
a Monarchical Government; but am very
certain, that few Instances can be produced
of Kings who have really acted according
to the Ends for which they were originally
made so. Yet there are People so
bigotted to the Name, that they imagine,
whoever is invested with the Robes of Majesty,F8r 111
Majesty, becomes immediately divine in
his own Person, and has also the Power
of conveying the sacred Influence to his
Posterity from Generation to Generation,
how unworthy soever to succeed him:
Hence follow those wild Notions of hereditary,
indefeasible and unalienable
Right, which for many Ages have set the
World in Confusion.――But to trace this
Matter to its Source.――

When the Almighty Powers peopled
this terrestrial Globe, to Man they
gave the Sovereignty over all other living
Creatures; and to that end, endued him
with a superior Reason, and Dignity of
Soul worthy to command, and proper to
enforce Obedience: but have we from History
or Tradition any Proof, or even
Hint, that they said to This is an Argument that they believed,
as we in China do to this day, that a great Number
of Men were created at the same time; and
I have had the pleasure to find several learned Europeans
of the same opinion.
one particular
Man, ‘Be thou above the rest:—The whole
Species shall adore thy Smiles, and tremble
at thy Frowns: —From thee all Honours,
all Promotions, all Happiness shall flow as
from their Source:—In thee shall center all Rewards F8v 112
Rewards and Punishments, and thou shalt
be a God on Earth?’
—No, on the contrary,
they reserved this State of Dependance,
as a proper Token of Subordination
to themselves alone; and Mankind
confess’d himself sufficiently favoured in
the Rule assign’d him over inferior Beings,
without once thinking of exalting
himself above those of his own kind.
Whatever is against Nature, is against
Reason; and that this is so, I think is obvious
to the meanest Capacity, however
prejudiced by Education, or more powerful
Interest.――But I will not go about to impose
my own Opinion, but endeavour to
convince your’s. In the Infancy of Creation,
as I have already said, and consequently
the time of the most perfect Innocence and
Integrity, there was no Precedency, no
Subordination; but when the Ypres broke
loose, and got the better of the Genii appointed
for the Guardians of the World,
Self-love, Discord, Avarice, the Lust of
Power, and every kind of Vice, corrupted
the native Simplicity of our Manners:
We no longer regarded the Welfare of
our Neighbours: We quarrell’d on the
most trifling Occasions: We coveted what
we wanted not; grew arrogant and assuming,
and at length rapacious; seizing
by force what Fraud cou’d not obtain. Then,F9r 113
Then, dividing ourselves into Parties,
Wars ensued; various Instruments were
every day invented, to destroy the Workmanship
of Heaven; and Death triumph’d
in those Plains where Love, and Peace,
and sweet Society before had reign’d. In
these Skirmishes, he who had shewed himself
the boldest, or most cunning in the
fatal Science, was look’d upon with the
greatest Respect; Here began Distinction;
and such a Man, in a future Engagement,
was put at the head of the others, by their
joint Assent, and, as they then believ’d,
for their Common-Good: This Chief, this
Captain, this General, or by what Name
soever you call him, happens to be successful,
and having tasted the Sweets of
Command, is loth to relinquish it. By
Bribes, and Promises of sharing with him
in his Power, he secures a Majority to his
Interest; the Continuance of his Authority
is decreed, which he afterwards maintains
by the same Artifices; the People
thus unwarily brought under Subjection,
make a Virtue of Necessity, and seem
pleas’d with what they cannot remedy;
they extol their new Mode of Living; the
neighbouring Nations, deceived by appearances,
follow their Example; choose
a Chief to whose Authority they vow Obedience;
and thus came Kingship into fashion:F9v 114
fashion: Thus was Usurpation converted
into Law, and thus was Slavery establish’d,
and the Body of Mankind render’d a Prey
to the insatiable Pride and Avarice of a
few. A dreadful Æra, and which shou’d,
methinks, inspire us with Horror, rather
than Veneration.”

“Yet”, cried Eovaai, interrupting him
with some warmth, “as you confess the supreme
Authority was at first lodg’d in
one Person, for the Good of the Community
over whom he was placed; and that
many Benefits accrued from such a Delegation:
I cannot but think it highly unjust,
that Authority shou’d afterward be
depreciated, because some Kings may not
have discharg’d the Duties of their Place,
so well as might be expected.”

“Madam”, replied he, “I have not
admitted that the Superiority of any one
Man above the rest could be of general
Service but on extraordinary Exigencies;
and never can admit that it ought to be
continued, when those Exigencies are
past. Humane Nature is not to be trusted
with itself: all Men have in them the
Seeds of Tyranny, which want but the
warm Sun of Power to be enabled to
shoot forth in proud and undisguis’d Oppression.pressionF10r 115
It is therefore the Business of a
wise People to endeavour, as much as
possible, to keep every one on the same
Level with each other, in which they
were born; and on which, ’tis evident,
Heaven, by setting no Mark of Distinction
between them, intended they should
remain.――Nor do I give it as a Reason,
that because Hahehihotu says, the Cabal have grosly
misinterpreted this Passage, which he brings a
great Number of Arguments to prove is, all
Kings
, instead of many Kings.
many Kings have been bad,
the Regal Authority ought to be abolish’d;
but because such an Authority seems
to me to be established on Principles
both absurd and prophane: Contrary to
Nature, Common Sense, Religion, and
Universal Liberty.――Can any thing be
more ridiculous, than to see Millions of
free-born Souls prostrating themselves
beneath the Feet, and submitting their
Lives and Fortunes to the As the Cabal undertook the Translation of
this History at the Request of our Emperor,
and expected from him alone the Reward due
to the Pains and Time bestowed on it; ’tis
thought, by the last mentioned Author, the
Commentator, and several others, that the
Words Arbitrary Will were added to the Original
in Compliment to our Form of Government,
which at that time was far from being despotick,
despotick, and our Emperors however pompous
in their Titles, enjoyed little more real
Power than the most petty Magistrates now
assume.
arbitrary WillF10v 116
Will of one of their own Species, and
whose Intellects are perchance weaker than
any of the servile Throng?――Or can
any thing be more injurious to the immortal
Gods, than to give to a created Being
those Marks of Adoration, which are due
only to themselves? who, if they pleased,
could strike dead in a moment this Ape
of their Divinity, or render him a more
piteous, and at the same time a Later Times have presented us with an Instance
of this kind in Nebuchadnezar King of
Assyria, who, for his Arrogance, was converted
into an Ox. ’Tis probable, some such
Transformation had happened before, that gave
rise to this Expression; which, in my mind,
seems to imply something of a Remembrance
of what had been, as well as a Conjecture of
what might be.
more
dreadful Example of the Folly of Human
Grandeur: Nor does it at all answer the
Objections made against monarchical Government,
that there have been This I think destroys the Assertion of Hahehihotu
concerning the false Interpretation of
many Kings for all Kings, unless you will understand
by this Passage (which I must confess
is a little Equivocal) that excellent Princes make
bad Kings.
many veryF11r 117
very excellent Princes, true Fathers of their
People, and strict Observers of the Laws;
our Quarrel is not to the Person, Quinpindol, an eminent Writer of our Nation,
and Cotemporary with Japhet, the Son of Noah,
from whom, after his settling in Cilicia, he received
a great Insight into the original Language
transmitted carefully by Adam to his Posterity,
has left behind him a large Treatise of the Policy
and Customs of Oozoff; in which he tells
us, it had at first been subject to the Kings of
Narzada; but being used by them in a most
cruel and tyrannick manner, had at length
thrown off the Yoke, and converted itself into
a Common-wealth. If so, as there is no Reason
to doubt the Sincerity of this Author, we cannot
wonder at the Bitterness with which the old
Republican inveighs against Kingly Government.
but the
Function of a King: for suppose we could
find a Hero, in whom all the Virtues met,
and little inferior to the Celestial Genii,
he certainly would both merit and possess
a Throne in every honest Heart: He
would be loved and respected; which is
as much as any Man can deserve, or ought
to desire from his Fellow-Creature; but
we should be well satisfied he was something
more than Man, before we paid him
divine Honours, made him a Sacrifice of
those dear Rights given us by Heaven and
Nature, and levied Contributions from the BowelBowelsF11v 118
Bowels of our Posterity, to dress him up
a gaudy Shew, and maintain a vast number
of People in Idleness, who might,
by their Industry, be useful to their Country,
meerly to fill the pageant Pomp of
Royalty. His Courage, his Prudence,
his every good Quality would be at least
of the same Service without all this Expence;
and, as I before observ’d, there
are too many Temptations in the Power
of doing whatever we will, for the best
to confine himself always to the doing
what he ought.”

“Where Kings are invested with
so absolute and uncontroulable a Sway as
to have the Power of acting in all things
according as Ambition prompts”
, said
Eovaai, “I wonder not the Nations under
them have good Reason to regret the
cruel Necessity of submitting to it. But
in those Monarchies, where Power is limited
by Laws, where the Tenure, by
which the Prince holds his Crown, is the
Observance of those Laws, where he can
raise no Armies without the Consent of
his People, enter into no Leagues, transact
no Treaties, either of War or Peace,
without laying the Motives of his having
done so before them, where he is obliged
to give an Account of the publick TreasuresureF12r 119
to them, and where even his private
Expences are bounded by their Regulations;
such a King surely cannot be said
to act by the Instigations of his own Will
(unless he happens to have no Will, but
for the Service and the Interest of those
beneath him.) He is indeed the Head of
a large Family; for whose Happiness he
is perpetually contriving, who watches for
their Repose, labours for their Ease, exposes
himself
for their Safety, and has no other
Recompence for all his Cares than that
Homage, that Grandeur, which he ought
not to be envied; and, which, in my Opinion,
is of no less Benefit to the State
in general, than to himself, by adding
Weight to its Counsels abroad, and supporting
that Order at home, which is the
Beauty of Government.”

“Hold, Madam”, cry’d the Republican,
with a Half-Smile, “you are advancing
Positions which, I am very certain,
to maintain, will put all the fine Wit you
are Mistress of to a Task too difficult.
As to the first it is meerly visionary;
for tho’ I grant there are many Kingdoms,
where the People boast of perfect
Liberty, where the Power of the Prince
is said to be bounded with certain Conditions,
which if he attempts to violate, heF12v 120
he is no more a King, and all Obedience
is void by Law; yet I deny there is any
such thing in Fact, or that the People
there in reality enjoy a jot more Liberty,
than those in Monarchies, which are term’d
Absolute. The Name, indeed, the Shadow
of it they possess; but are as very
Slaves, as those they affect to pity. What
if their Kings do not directly say I will,
because I will
, and think their Pleasure a
sufficient Sanction for the most unjust
Decrees; Is their Power of acting in
every thing according to their Will less
great, for their not openly avowing it?
No, I can easily prove the contrary. Is
not the Power of conferring all Titles,
Honours, and Badges of Distinction, entirely
lodged in every one of these limitted
Monarchs, as you call them? And
are there not always to be found Men of
corrupt and mercenary Principles, who will
consent for a present Advantage to themselves
to any Scheme, tho’ never so detrimental
to their Country? Are not
all Employments of any Note, whether
civil or military, in the Disposal of this
bounded Prince, and cannot he, when
he finds Persons Casserero laments the ill Consequence of
this Power in the Prince; it seems it had been fatal
fatal to Liberty, even in his Time, which is no
more than seventeen Centuries ago. These are
his Words: “What dreadful things may we not
expect, when we see the Favour of the Prince
the only Standard of Merit; when all things
are governed by Caprice, and Flattery is the
chief Plea for Promotion! when the brave
and experienced Officer remains without any
Mark of Honour, but the Wounds he has received
in fighting for his Country; while the
beardless Boy, who never drew his Sabre, but
to smell of the Perfume, is advanced to the
highest Dignities in the Army; when Buffoons
are made Counsellors, and wise Men are oblig’d
to keep Silence?”
refractory to his Designs,signsG1r 121
discharge them, and fill up the
vacant Offices with others more conformable?
――What avails it, that he is tied
by Oath to do nothing against the Consent
of the People, when those who represent
the People are his own Creatures,
and entirely devoted to his Interest,
or perhaps, that of a first Minister, which
is still worse; for I verily believe, the
Ambition of Princes was never so fatal
to Liberty, as the Avarice of Ministers:
But that is another Argument, tho’ none
of the weakest, might be alledg’d against
monarchical Government; because where
there is not a King, there cannot be a
Minister; at least one vested with an Authority
capable of being prejudicial to
the Publick.

G But G1v 122

But supposing any Instance cou’d
be brought of a Kingdom, where Integrity
and Love of Country was so universal,
that As ideal as this Supposition seems, Tatragraoutho
the Rabbin, in his History of Revolutions,
gives us an Account of a certain Country,
but in what Part of the World situate I remember
not, where the Prince aiming at despotick
Power, was continually changing all his
great Officers, in the hope of getting a Set subservient
to his purpose; but all alike maintaining
their Probity, and communicating to the
People the Temptations had been laid in their
way: The King was dethroned, Monarchy abolish’d,
and the Nation, from that time, governed
by a Council of 50, who were annually
nominated by the Publick.
no Man in it cou’d be found
so much infatuated with the Charms of
Grandeur, as to serve the unlawful Interests
of either King or Minister, such a
People wou’d certainly be very jealous of
their Liberties: This wou’d occasion perpetual
Struggles between them and the
Prince: The Balance of Power cou’d never
be so equally pois’d, but that one Side
or other wou’d have some little reason for
Complaint; and the strict Guard both
ought to keep against Encroachments,
wou’d unavoidably make them frequently
too quick-sighted, and cry out on Insults whichG2r 123
which had no existence but in their own
Apprehensions: Misinterpretations wou’d
be put on every thing: Heart-burnings
wou’d rise to Animosities, and these break
forth at length into open Ruptures, which
might probably know no end, but with
the Ruin of one of the contending Parties;
and which-ever got the better, the
Commonwealth must be a Loser. So that,
put a Monarchical Government on the
best foot you can, the Dangers attending
it will be still demonstrable.

Then, as to the other Part of your
Assertion, concerning the Name of King,
adding weight to the Councils of a Nation
abroad, or supporting Order at home;
you need but look round the World, to
be convinced of that Mistake. Do we
not see some Kings sending Ambassadors,
whose Behaviour in foreign Parts, has
made the Manners of their own the common
Topick of Ridicule? Have they not
been publickly, to their very Faces,
laugh’d at, nay hiss’d? Have not their
Credentials been contemn’d, spurn’d at?
Whereas those of several Republicks are
received with the greatest Veneration;
and, tho’ dignified with no vain-sounding
Titles, the Pageantry of Words, been
consulted in the Cabinet, while those glaringG2ring G2v 124
Nothings were left to toy with the
Women, or play with the Pages in the
Antichamber. And as to Order at home,
I hope the Place you now are in, discovers
no want of any Regulation, which
should render a first Magistrate necessary
to our Peace. What Disorders, what
Indecencies have you observed among us?
Have we not Laws sufficient for preserving
a due Decorum? And are not those Laws
strictly observ’d? Or, when violated,
the Offender, without Partiality, made
to suffer the Punishment of his Crime?
Do our Magistrates, who are truly and
indeed appointed by the People, meet
with less Respect from the Commonalty,
because, like them, they live in a plain
simple manner, and are void of all Ostentation?
Does any one here endeavour to encroach
on the Rights, or any way exalt
himself above his Fellow-Citizen, and not
meet with the Humiliation he justly deserves?
Not but we have Honours here
paid to particular Persons; but then they
are such who have either very remarkably
distinguish’d themselves in the Service of
the Republick, by their Wisdom or
Bravery; or who, having enrich’d themselves
by an honest and indefatigable Industry,
make a proper Use of the Treasures
they have acquired. In fine, those who knowG3r 125
know how to command their Passions,
who make the Happiness of Mankind
their Care, who labour without ceasing
for the Common-Good, are with us the
Great Men: On them we confer all the
Badges of Honour in our power to give,
without injustice to others of equal Merit;
but then this Distinction The Commentator, Hahehihotu, and almost
every Author who takes any notice of this
History, of whom there are a great Number,
launch into vast Encomiums on the Justice of
this Law. Quinpindol, in whose time it began
to be exploded, earnestly wishes the revival of
it, as the most effectual Method to encourage
Virtue, and put Vice to shame, that can possibly
be taken.
descends
not to their Posterity, unless they tread
in the same Steps: ’Tis not enough to
have been begot by such a Man, or born
of such a Woman, without following
their Example. Nay, we expect more
from a Person of an eminently virtuous
Extraction, he must improve on the illustrious
Model, or we look on him as a
kind of bastard Offspring, and unworthy
of his Parent’s Name or Respect.”

A Long Pause here gave Eovaai
an opportunity of replying; but she G3found G3v 126
found By this we may imagine, that the Historian
himself was a Favourer of the Republican
System of Government; and from thence infer,
that in those times it seem’d best calculated
for the Happiness of Mankind.
so much Justice in the latter Part
of his Discourse, that she was at a loss in
what manner she shou’d do so; and was
almost ready to give up the Dispute:
Which the other perceiving, wou’d not
pursue the Argument, thinking he had
done enough in convincing her Mind,
without obliging her to confess she had
been in the wrong; and contented himself
with concluding in these Terms:

“Much more, Madam”, continued
he, “might be added, to prove that a Republick
has in it all the Advantages of a
Monarchy, without any of the Inconveniencies;
but as Observation and Experience
are the best Instructors, I dare believe,
that on comparing the one Form of
Government with the other, nothing will
be wanting to make you judge as I do.”

After this, the Conversation turned
on different Subjects; and the Princess
of Ijaveo, from this time forward, forboreG4r 127
forbore to say any thing which might
give rise to Arguments she found herself
so little able to confute. The truth is,
that if she were not a Convert to all the
Republican Principles, she at least thought
some of them so highly reasonable, that
she resolved, if she was ever happy enough
to regain her Crown, she wou’d
make them Part of the Constitution;
and to live in such a manner herself, as
should render the Expences of Regal State
no way oppressive to the People. How
fluctuating is Human Nature! how variable
in its Inclinations! How little able to
withstand the Force of Persuasion and
Example! She who, by the Insinuations
of Ochihatou, had imagin’d Princes might
exalt themselves to Gods, and had a right
to tread on the Necks of Millions, ruin’d
to support that Arrogance; was now, by
this Republican, brought into as great
an Extreme of Humiliation, and ready
to resign even that decent Homage and
respectful Awe which were the Requisites
of her Place. But as it is impossible for
the most discreet and scrutinous Examiner
into himself, when out of Power, to know
what he will do when in, the present
Notions of Eovaai cou’d have given but
slender Assurances to her Subjects of her
future Conduct; and had she been immediatelyG4diatelyG4v 128
restor’d, wanting that The Jewel left her by Eojaeu; and, by
what has been said before concerning the Virtues
of it, and now enforced by this Passage,
it certainly must have contain’d some Mysteries
which we, in these latter Ages of the World,
how wise soever we think ourselves, can have
no Idea of.
sacred Director
of her Will, and of that of all her Family,
the Gift of the divine Aiou, it is probable
her Head, grown Methinks, this Supposition is a little unjust
to one who was born to a Throne, and had
really been in possession of it; since it is the
sudden and unexpected Transition from Meanness
to Grandeur, which, according to the received
Opinion, intoxicates the Brain, and renders
the Person so raised insolent, cruel, avaritious,
and full of all the Dispositions of a Tyrant.
giddy with the Elevation,
might have lost all Memory of
what she had determined in her low Estate.
But not to anticipate the Reader’s
Curiosity:

While she was thus forming Projects
for the Happiness of a People, over
whom, tho’ by means she cou’d not foresee,
she hoped once more to be established,
Designs were laid to render her entirely
and eternally incapable of any thing but
the lowest, most abject, and withal, the mostG5r 129
most unpitied Wretchedness. Ochihatou
was not of a Disposition to give up any
Point he had once fix’d his Heart upon,
and that of enjoying Eovaai, was of so
much Consequence to his Peace, that he
cou’d not abandon it, without trying all
the Stratagems that his own fertile Invention,
or wicked Art, could suggest. He
had, by his usual Artifices, prevail’d on
the Ambassador of Habul, to retard his
intended Departure for a few days, within
which time he doubted not but to find
some The before-mentioned Manuscript informs
us, that this Minister was excellent at temporary
Expedients.
Expedient to set all right again
with that Monarch. And having thus
got off, at least postpon’d an Affair which
threatned him with so much Mischief, returned
hastily to the Grove where he had
left the Princess: His Rage, at finding
she had quitted not only that Place, but
the whole Kingdom of Hypotofa, cou’d
be exceeded by nothing but that which
seized him, when, on consulting the Ypres
concerning her retreat, he was informed
she was in Oozoff, a Country which, as
Alhahuza had truly told her, was wholly
out of the reach of wicked Magick. NeitherG5ther G5v 130
aerial, terrestrial, nor infernal Spirits,
cou’d, in this juncture, be of service to
him: He rav’d, he curs’d the Insufficiency
of his Science; and, for some
Moments, behaved little like that artful
Politician, whose Subtilty had enslaved
the bravest Nation in the World, and seduced
the wisest. But this Gust of stormy
Passion blowing over, he endeavoured
to banish all Thoughts on what was impossible
to be done, to make way for
those on what was not so; and after comparing,
examining, and condemning an
infinite Number of Projects, which, by
turns, presented themselves for Approbation,
he at length made choice of the following
one.

He caused twenty of his Dependants,
He who has the Treasures of a plundered Nation
in his hands, can never be without such Instruments;
whom our Author very justly terms
Wretches.
Wretches capable of undertaking
any thing for Hire, to attire themselves
in mean Habits, and repair to Oozoff,
pretending they took shelter in that Republick
from the Calamities brought on
Hypotofa, by the Avarice and Cruelty of
himself; which he knew would readily enough1G6r 131
enough gain Credit with a People, who,
tho’ they carried fair to him, as indeed
they did with all the World for their own
Interest, he was sensible, knew very well
the little Trust was to be reposed in him
either at home or abroad. These Men
he ordered to take up some Occupation,
as Persons that intended to settle there,
and had no means of living but an honest
Labour; and to take up their abode as
near as possible to the Residence of Eovaai,
to the end they might observe all
her Motions, and be ready to bear her
off when they saw a fit Opportunity:
the means by which they should do so,
he left to them as most proper Judges,
being on the Spot, of what was likely
to succeed, and what was not.

As he was equally liberal, even to
Profuseness, to the Agents of his Will,
and implacably and cruelly revengeful to
those who failed in the Execution of it;
it is not to be doubted, but that the
Persons employed in this Enterprize, were
indefatigable in every thing that seemed
to promise the Accomplishment of it.
They were incessant Spies on all the Actions
of this unfortunate Princess, and having
discovered that, imagining herself
in a Place of perfect Security, she frequently G6walkedG6v 132
walked alone, indulging Meditation in
an adjacent Wood, they thought a more
fair Occasion could not present itself for
the Execution of their Design; and therefore
resolved not to let it slip. They
provided a A sort of Carriage on which dead Persons
were ordinarily laid; but whether any thing like
those now in use, it is impossible to be ascertain’d.
Scahi, and seven or eight of
them concealing it with themselves behind
the Trees till her Approach, rush’d forth
at once, seized and bound her upon it
with Cords, stop’d the Cries she was about
to make, with an Instrument they
thrust into her Mouth, and covered her
over with Moss and Branches of Yew and
Willow; then carried her forth, uttering
the most bitter Lamentations all the way,
as if for the Loss of one of their Countrymen,
who they said was dead, and they
were going to interr without the City-
Walls. This Pretence had the wish’d
Effect; none had the least Suspicion of
the Deceit, and they passed the Gates
without Molestation or any further Enquiry.
Being arrived into an open Plain
beyond the Jurisdiction of the Republick
of Oozoff, they were met by their
Companions, according to Appointment, withG7r 133
with a Chariot, into which having relieved
her of her Bonds, and given her
Tongue that Liberty, which they now no
longer feared, they compelled her to enter,
and in this manner equally regardless
of her Supplications or Exclaimings,
brought her to the Palace of Ochihatou.

’Twould be more the Business
of a Paraphrase than a History, to go about
to relate the various Emotions which
rose in the Mind of Eovaai at this sudden
Turn of Fate; nor is it at all necessary
for the better understanding her Adventures,
since any one who remembers
she was now happily restored to Virtue,
will naturally infer, they must be all
made up of Shame, Fear, Detestation,
and the most shocking Apprehensions.
She was conducted into an Apartment,
where she past the little time of her being
left alone in imploring the Protection of
the Celestial Genii, and in particular that of
Aiou and Halafamai. On the first Appearance
of Ochihatou, she found indeed
that she had sufficient Occasion for so
doing. His very Looks at his Entrance
made her tremble for the Actions she expected
would ensue. “You see, my fair
Fugitive”
, said he, with a Countenance
in which triumphant Villany was painted toG7v 134
to the Life, “with how much Ease I surmount
whatever Difficulties are thrown
in the way of my Desires.――Your pretended
Tenderness, ’tis true, deceived me
for a time, and I was willing to owe my
Happiness rather to your Inclination than
my own Power; but since you have forfeited
all Claim to my Complaisance, by
an ill-judg’d Flight from Hypotofa, you
must now resolve to aid my Pleasures in
the way others have done before you.
――I shall no more entreat where I have
so full a Command; and if you hope
to regain any part of that Respect I before
treated you with, you must employ
the Hour I give you in contriving some
new Method of heighthing the Raptures
of Enjoyment, out-do all I have ever
found in the warmest and most artful of
your Sex, be more than ever Woman
was, and force me in unexperienced Extacies
to pardon what is past, and own
you merit future Favour.”
He waited
not her Reply, but with these Words,
accompanied with an insolent Toss of his
Head, flung out of the Room, leaving
the Princess in a Condition which it would
be impossible to express. The shameful
Remembrance of those indecent and vicious
Liberties she had indulged him in,
becoming more poignant at his Presence; theG8r 135
the Horror of those she now was threatned
with, and the little possibility there
seemed of avoiding being subjected to his
Will, almost stupified her Spirits, and
by despairing of Relief, she became incapable
of imploring it.

As she was in this sad Situation, a
Monkey which was fastned by a Chain
to one Corner of the Room, and was before
unnoticed by her, leap’d suddenly
against the Wall, and having pulled down
a The Manuscript giving an Account of the
various Enchantments practised by Ochihatou,
tells us the Spells given him for that purpose
by the Ypres, or infernal Spirits, were engraved
on Tablets of the Boles of Yew, and petrified
into Stone, by lying a certain Time in a particular
River, dedicated to the Powers of Darkness.
Tablet, came and presented it to her
between its Paws. The Oddness of this
Action made her a little recover the
Power of Reflection, and perceiving the
Creature pointed to some Words engraven
on it, and at the same time put itself
into a Posture more expressively beseeching,
than could be accounted for, in an
Animal void of Reason; she could not
help believing there was some extraordinary
Mystery couch’d under this seeming
Accident; and examining the Characters, andG8v 136
and endeavouring, if possible, to comprehend
their Meaning, she repeated them
three times over; which she had no sooner
done, than, to her inexpressible Amazement,
she saw before her, instead of the
Monkey, a Woman, of a very graceful
Appearance, tho’ pretty far advanced in
Years. This sudden and strange Transformation
deprived her for a Moment
of the use of more than half her Faculties;
she was all Eyes, and those were
fixed rather in a stupid than enquiring
State; which the other perceiving, “Let
not your Surprize”
, said she, “render you
incapable of the only means the Immortal
Gods allow for your defence against
the Power of Ochihatou.――If you are
indeed desirous of avoiding his Embraces,
rouze from this Lethargy of Mind, and
prepare yourself to do as I shall direct.”

“What are you?” cry’d the Princess, not
yet recovered. “A Woman, as you are”,
reply’d the late-seeming Monkey, “a Virgin
too; but by the Cruelty and Revenge
of the implacable Ochihatou, compell’d
to languish out my Days under that ridiculous
and detested Form you just now
saw me in; and to which I must again
return. It is however in my power, and
in mine alone, to preserve you from the
Effects of that wild Passion your Beauty hasG9r 137
has inspired him with.――Listen therefore,
with Patience and Attention, to my
Story; and whatever may be your Opinion
of my Conduct, forbear to blame
those Errors which are fatal only to myself,
and extremely fortunate for you.”

Eovaai having testify’d her Readiness
to comply with all her Injunctions,
the other resumed her Discourse in these
Terms.

The History of Atamadoul, Maid
of Honour, and afterwards first Woman
of the Bedchamber to Syllalippe,
Princess of Assadid.

“My Name”, said she, “is Atamadoul:
I am descended by my Father’s
Side from a Family almost as ancient as
the World itself, and by my Mother’s, from
a Branch of the Blood Royal of Assadid.
It was in that Court where I first saw
Light, where I was bred in all the gay
Delights of Life; and where I might still
have dwelt in Pomp and Honour, had I eitherG9v 138
either sooner, or not at all, experienced
a Passion, which has no Medium in its
Consequences, and never fails to render
the Person possest of it extremely happy
or extremely miserable. As I never could
boast an extraordinary Beauty, so I wanted
not enough of the Agreeable to make me
very much admired. My Youth, besides
that Chearfulness which is almost inseparable
from it, was accompanied with a
certain Air; which I have been told,
even by those least concern’d to please me,
had something in it more attractive than
the most dazling Whiteness of Skin, or
Regularity of Features. However it
was, no Lady about Court was treated
with more Respect and Obsequiousness
by her Lovers, or had a more numerous
Train of them. Had they been fewer,
and their Devoirs less flattering, perhaps
I had not been the Wretch I am, but my
Vanity was swell’d till it overwhelm’d
my Reason: I began to fancy myself
born only to be adored, and that I merited
more than all Mankind could pay.
I could not think of parting with my
Power over so many Slaves for any Consideration;
wholly untouch’d by any soft
Emotion, in the pain I gave them consisted
my chief Pleasure; and never reflecting
that every Day stole from me somethingG10r 139
something of my Charms, that a terrible
Decay would soon ensue, and all my
Triumphs wither with my Bloom; I
looked on all the Overtures of Marriage
made me by my Friends, as so many Indignities
to my Beauty’s Prerogative; and
declared myself so great an Enemy to that
State, that in time they forbore pressing
me. I was two and twenty when I entered
myself among the Number of those
Virgins who attended the Princess Syllalippe,
then an Infant of five Years old;
and tho’ I had frequent Hints from my
Companions of the Disparity of my Age
with theirs, none of them exceeding sixteen
or seventeen, I The Commentator will have it, that in
the Character of Atamadoul, that of her whole
Sex is decypher’d. The Author of the Remarks
also adds, that a Woman is the first in
believing herself handsome, and the last in finding
she grows old. But as we see no antiquated
Coquets in our Days, we must suppose these
Reflections are only just on the Ladies of former
Ages.
took all they said
as the Effects of Envy for my superior
Perfections; and tho’ I hated them for
it, was far from being mortified myself.
Thus did I suffer Years after Years to roll
away without one serious Thought, nor
would be prevailed upon to quit my Post ofG10v 140
of Maid of Honour, till by remaining
in it I became the Derision of the whole
Court; and the Queen herself, in pity of
my Weakness, obliged me to exchange
it for first Woman of the Bedchamber,
the Princess being now arrived at an Age
to have her Houshold settled, in a manner
befitting the Heiress of Empire, she
being the only Child; and indeed it was
done with a Splendour not at all inferiour
to that of her Royal Parents. To
express the Charms of that young Beauty
would be impossible; so I shall only say,
none but those you are Mistress of could
come in any Competition with them;
nor were those of her Mind less to be
admired. She had all the Softness of our
Sex, without any of the Affectation;
Wit, unaccompanied by Vanity; and
Virtue, without Pride. She beheld half
the Princes of the Earth dying at her Feet,
with a Pity excited by the Generosity of
her Nature, but entirely free from that
Sensibility of their Passion, which each
endeavour’d to inspire. As she had no
Aversion to Marriage, so she yet discovered
not the least Inclination to it; and
the King and Queen, who loved her with
the Tenderness so many amiable Qualities
merited from them, would not urge
her overmuch upon a Theme they found notG11r 141
not pleasing to her. But at length the
fatal Moment arrived, which was to convince
both her and the unfortunate Atamadoul,
that Love, by being long repulsed,
triumphs but the more. Ochihatou
came to Assadid, and had the Boldness
to declare his Pretensions to my Princess:
the Gracefulness of his Person, the engaging
Manner of his Address, his Wit,
his Gallantry, and perhaps his Science,
had so powerful an Effect, that he no
sooner came, than conquer’d; her Heart
that had withstood the Assaults of so
many Sovereign Princes, yielded to the
first Summons of a Man no way her equal;
and as she was of a Humour averse to all
kinds of Deceit, she endeavoured not to
disguise the Tenderness he had inspired her
with, but gave him all the Proofs of it
that Modesty would permit. Their Majesties,
however, were so highly offended
at his Presumption, that they forbad him
the Court and Kingdom, and strictly enjoin’d
the Princess to hold no farther
Communication with him, either by Letters
or Messages. She was too dutiful
a Daughter to do any thing contrary to
their Will, and resolved a perfect Obedience
to this Command, tho’ much the
severest she had ever received. The Agonies
she endured in the Conflict, between VirtueG11v 142
Virtue and Inclination, were so violent,
that to behold them, would have drawn
Tears from any Eyes, but those of a
Rival; but I must confess my Cruelty in
this Point, I loved Ochihatou, had envied
her the Conquest of his Heart, and felt
the extremest Satisfaction in finding there
was a Bar, which I knew would be indissoluble,
put between the Completion of
their mutual Desires. As the Gratification
this gave my Malice was all I could hope;
so, for some moments, ’twas all I wish’d:
But alas! the burning Passion, for I can
call it no other, with which I was inflamed,
soon reminded me, that Revenge
afforded but an imperfect Bliss. I
found, I could not live without the
Sight of Ochihatou, and as he was obliged
to quit Assadid for ever, the Pain
my beautiful Rival sustained, wou’d
but serve to shew my own Misery in
the stronger Colours, who languished
in the same Calamity, without the Consolation
of being pitied, or even thought
on by the dear Author of our common
Woes. Reflections, such as these, put
me on racking my Invention how to make
the Disappointment of their Loves subservient
to my own Aim; and Syllalippe,
honouring me with a perfect Confidence,
I persuaded her, that neither Duty nor ReasonG12r 143
Reason demanded she shou’d be so far ungrateful
to the Passion of Ochihatou, as
to suffer him to depart, without letting
him know at least, that she bore an equal
Share in his Misfortune. Overcome by
the Arguments industrious Love inspired
me with, she at length consented I shou’d
go to him in her Name, and say every
thing I thought proper for his Consolation.
I cannot say, that I flatter’d my
self with any thing further in this Visit,
than the Pleasure of seeing him again,
and talking to him; my Vanity had received
so many Mortifications of later
Years, that I cou’d not hope he wou’d
turn his Addresses to me, since disappointed
in them to my Princess: yet did I
spare nothing that day, which I thought
might contribute to the rendring me agreeable;
but alas! his Behaviour to me
soon convinced me, the Errand on which
I came, was all that recommended me
to his Civilities. He expressed so much
Despair, at the Thoughts of never seeing
Syllalippe more, that I was ready to burst
with spite; and the violent Emotions of
my Heart making a visible Alteration in
my Countenance, he, little suspicious of
the real Motive, imagined it proceeded
only from my Compassion.”
“Kind Atamadoul!”
said he, “how obliging is the Con-G12v 144
Concern you testify for my Sufferings;
and how infinitely bound shou’d I be for
ever to your Goodness, if you wou’d exert
that Influence I know you have over your
adorable Mistress, to prevail with her to
recede yet a little more from that severe
Duty, which wou’d tear her from me.”

These Words were accompanied with so
tender a Pressure of my Hand, that my
very Heart thrilled, every Pulse was in
confusion; and, without considering what
I spoke, “Wou’d to Heaven”, cried I, “it
were in my power to give your Sorrows
ease.”
“Endeavour it then”, resumed he
impatiently, “if Syllalippe loves as she a
thousand times has made me hope, she
will rather chuse to abandon Assadid for
ever, than resolve to see me fall the Victim
of Despair: Nor need she fear a Diminution
of her State; she shall live adored,
and be more than Queen in Hypotofa,
cou’d my fond Passion but persuade her
to fly with me to a Place where I, in effect,
rule all, and all shou’d be at her
Devotion.”
“I wish”, answered I, “there were
a Probability of her complying; but I
have been told, you are Master of a Science,
which enables you to become, in all
things, the Master of your Aim, without
the slow Result of any Choice but your
own: If so, methinks, it’s easy for you toH1r 145
to bear the Princess hence, yet save her
the Guilt of yielding.”

“You will doubtless be surprized”,
continued Atamadoul, “to be told, I gave
advice so contrary, in appearance, to the
Interest of my Passion; but the Sequel of
my unhappy Story will convince you, I
acted, in this point, a Part, as I imagined,
extemely artful: I knew it was in my
power, by betraying all to the King, to
disappoint whatever Measures shou’d be
taken for the accomplishment of their
Loves, provided I was apprised of them;
which I cou’d no way be, but by winding
myself into his Confidence. I had also a
half-formed Idea of a farther Design,
which alas! I afterward had an opportunity
of compleating, to my own everlasting
Shame and Ruin. But I will hasten
to a Catastrophe, which I see you are impatient
for, and which is indeed too shocking
to me to suffer me to dwell long
upon.”

“My Behaviour working the intended
Effect, of making him believe, I wish’d
nothing more than to see him possest of
the Princess; he open’d his whole Heart
to me without reserve. He told me, he
was indeed so great a Proficient in Magick, Hthat H1v 146
that there were but few things he cou’d not
obtain by it; but that having consulted
his Agents in that Art, he found two
things; first, that Syllalippe was under
the Guardianship of a Genius, from whose
Protection she was not to be wrested
without her own Consent; and secondly,
that shou’d she yield to make an escape
with him, and the Design, by any Accident,
be frustrated, all Attempts afterward
wou’d be in vain:”
“I therefore”, added
he, “must obtain her by her own free
Will, and at once, or never hope to do
it.”
He then proceeded to entreat me to
urge her on this Theme, which I as readily
promised, nay, swore to do; and
took my leave, as going on the Performance:
But, in truth, to put the finishing
Stroke to that Plot, which I told you
on the beginning of my Conversation with
him, had started into my head, and was
of no less consequence than putting myself
in the Princess’s place, and being conveyed
away by him in her stead.

“’Twoul’d be unnecessary to detain
you with Particulars; so I shall only say,
my Stratagem was but too successful:
After having left him only so long a time,
as he might imagine it might take me to
prepare Syllalippe, I returned to him, told himH2r 147
him my Intercession, join’d with her extreme
Tenderness, had got the better of
her Duty and Allegiance; that she consented
to leave Assadid, and wou’d come
into the Palace Garden when it grew
dark; where, if he cou’d provide any
means for her escape, she wou’d put her
self under his direction, for her whole future
Life. The Joy with which he received
these Tidings is not to be express’d;
he called me the Preserver of his Life, the
sole Bestower of all the Happiness he
wish’d on Earth; and tho’ he never wants
Words to declare his Meaning in the most
efficacious Terms, never did I hear his
Tongue flow with such harmonious Eloquence
as on this occasion. As a Testimony
of his Gratitude, he put a Ring upon
my Finger, of sovereign Virtue to
preserve an eternal Gaiety of Desire and
amorous Warmth; ‘This’, said he, ‘whenever
you think fit to make a Man happy
in your Embraces, will bind him to you
in the most lasting Chains; she who
wears this, will never know a Decay of
Inclination; and, by being capable of
receiving, will also give the highest Raptures
Nature can support, or Love afford.’

Small was the need I had of such a Present;
I gladly accepted it however; and
the time for his meeting Syllalippe being H2fixed H2v 148
fixed for thirteen Seconds and a half after
the Noon of Night, I flew as to acquaint
her with it; but, in reality, to
get every thing ready for my own departure.
The wish’d-for Moment being arrived,
I went into the Garden, wrapp’d
up in a Veil he had often seen the Princess
wear, and had taken notice of for the
Curiousness of the Work, it being the
finest blue Net in the World, embroider’d
all over with silver Stars. There was so
little difference between us in Shape and
Stature, that a Person, less prepossess’d
that it cou’d be none but herself who
came to meet him, might have been easily
deceived: He enter’d at the same time
I did; and perceiving me at a distance,
ran to me, catch’d me in his Arms,
press’d me to his Bosom with an Ardor
which shew’d the Vehemence of his Passion;
I trembling, between the Extasy
his Caresses gave me, and the Fears of
being discover’d, had now little the Power
of making use of any Artifice; yet the
Confusion I was in, appeared so like what
might be expected from the Modesty of
the real Syllalippe, that perhaps it was of
greater service in carrying on the Deception.
This, however, not being a Place forH3r149
for Congratulations, he utter’d some mystick
Words, on which a Chariot, which
seem’d made of one entire Emrald,
and drawn by six wing’d Horses, immediately
presented it self before us: We
went into it, and were no sooner seated,
than our aerial Steeds bore us far above
the Tops of the most lofty Turrets. Not
Thought it self was quicker than our
Flight; my Head was giddy with the Rapidity;
but he, more accustomed to such
Ætherial Voyages, shewed not the least
Alteration, but continued kissing and embracing
me, with Transports such as
leaves me no room to doubt, he wou’d
have proceeded, even in that hurrying
moment of our Passage, to the last Gratification
of his furious Desires, had he not
been deterr’d by the knowledge that the
Vehicle which contain’d us, unable to sustain
the Rapture, wou’d have This seems to prove what several Naturalists
of later Ages have endeavour’d to maintain,
that the Emrald is a Stone of such Purity,
as to endure no unchaste Endearments.
burst in
pieces, and thrown us headlong down. ”

Tho’ Assadid is some thousands of
Leagues distant from Hypotofa, we were
here in less than seven Minutes: I need H3not H3v150
not tell you in what manner I was received,
since it was just the same in which
you your self was usher’d in. He led me
immediately into this Chamber; and having
made a sign to his Attendants to retire,
“Now, my dearest Syllalippe, I may
call you mine!”
said he; “now do I triumph
over the Genius that would have withheld
you from me! now is it not in the
Power of Heaven, or even Hahehihotu infers from this, that the Hypotofans
believed the Gods themselves were in
subjection to a superior Power, which they call’d
Fate.
Fate itself,
to hinder me from being the happiest of
Mankind!”
He had scarce made an end of
pronouncing these Words, when seizing
me with an Extasy which no Language
can describe, he threw off my Veil!――
But, Oh Gods! how is it possible for me
to represent, in what manner he looked,
when, instead of the young blooming
Syllalippe, he found the decayed, the wither’d
Atamadoul.――He let me fall from
his Arms; ―― he stood speechless, motionless;
wild Horror wandered over every
Feature, a Paleness, like that of Death,
o’erspread his Lips and Cheeks, and his
Eyes seem’d to start with Fierceness inconceivable.ceivable.H4r 151
Tho’ I had expected little less
from the Shock I believed must attend
the first Discovery of this Disappointment,
yet was I frighted beyond all measure
at it; but still flattering my self,
that when he shou’d consider there was no
remedy, he would forgive and pity a
Fault, occasioned only by my too violent
Love; I fell upon my knees, I kiss’d his
Feet, I set forth the Influence his Perfections
had made in my Heart, in the most
tender and most passionate Terms, and
begged he would rather kill than hate me
for what I had done. The Extremity of
his Rage not permitting him to speak, I
had full Opportunity to say every thing
that I thought might move him to Compassion;
and sure, my Love inspired me,
at that time, with the softest and most
endearing Expressions that Tongue e’er
utter’d. At last, his Mouth open’d, and
the struggling Passion, which I believe
wou’d else have choak’d him, vented it
self in the most unheard of Curses, Imprecations,
and Revilings: “Thou Toad”,
cried he, “thou Serpent, or, if there be
any thing more loathsome, that shall be
thy Name――how darest thou add to
the Mischief thou hast done me, the Persecution
of thy nauseous Love?――the
very Word is odious, coming from Lips H4 like H4v152
like thine.――Coud’st thou imagine thy
stale, thy fulsome Embraces, cou’d compensate
for the Joys thou hast deprived
me of with the incomparable Syllalippe?
Or, that I should ever be prevail’d upon
to take a thing like thee into my Arms?
No, all the Pleasure thou art capable of
affording me, is the Gratification of my
Revenge, which I will exercise in such a
manner, as shall deter all Woman-kind
from aiming at Delights they are past the
power of giving.”
With these Words he
spurn’d me from him, and turned away.
I followed him still on my knees, hung
upon his Robe, and answered these cruel
Reproaches but with Tears, and Beseechings;
but I soon found, that if these Humiliations
had any effect at all on his
Heart, it was but to render it more remorseless;
and, after a long Pause, “Thou
shalt not die”
, said he, “but live a lasting
Monument of thy own Shame. Be”
, continued
he, “in shape of Body, what thou
long hast been in Mind”
: Then spit upon
me, and spoke some The Cabal were very careful to suppress
these Words; fearing that, by design or accident,
they might be repeated, and cause other
Transformations of this kind; but we fear their Caution
Caution has been in vain, and the Secret is by
some means or other discovered; for, tho’ we
have no Magicians in our days, we see a great
many Atamadoul Monkeys.
Words, the MeaningingH5r 153
of which I was utterly unacquainted
with; but they were no sooner out of his
Mouth, than I found my Tongue deprived
of all articular Sounds, my Skin was
covered with Hair, my Limbs contracted,
and, in fine, my whole Person transformed
into a Monkey. “Now”, resumed he,
“for thy greater Curse, be still possest of
those Desires thou ne’er canst gratify.――
Love me with greater Violence than ever;
and, in this Chamber, be witness of
the Extasies I shall indulge with others.”

After this, he call’d a Servant, who
chained me in the manner you saw, and
in which I have ever since remained.

“You will suppose nothing cou’d have
been added to so cruel a Punishment; but
the Magician has Arts of Torture beyond
all Comprehension but of those they are
practised on. ’Twas not enough to turn
me into so obscene a Form;――’Twas
not enough to compel me to hear the
Vows he gives to others in this fatal
Chamber, and the Raptures he shares
with them, when every Kiss, when every H5Sigh H5v 154
Sigh Excess of Pleasure causes in them,
pierces to my Soul! when wild Desires,
Despair, and unavailing Rage, racks every
Fibre in this wretched Frame, and makes
me all o’er Agony! Yet this, all this, he
looks on as insufficient for his Vengeance;
and taking no less a Delight in the gratification
of his Malice, than any other
Lust, diverts himself with my Misery, in
a manner impossible to be guess’d at. He
causes a very ugly and over-grown Baboon
to be brought into the Room to
me, which taking me for one of his own
Species, leaps upon me, caresses me after
the way of those Animals, till my Strength
is wearied out with struggling; and, in
spite of my Horror at suffering so detestable
an Action, the Brute is sometimes
very near taking an entire Possession of
me. The cruel Ochihatou is all this while
laughing, and deriding me with the most
opprobrious Reflections; nor consents to
relieve, but in order to renew my Affliction.
Day after Day is the same shocking
Scene repeated; and, as his Hatred
to me seems rather to augment than abate,
I shudder with the Apprehension, lest it
should at length carry him so far as to permit
the odious Animal to gain an entire
Victory over me.

To H6r 155

To compleat my Misery”, resumed
she, “I still languish in the most consuming
Fires for my inhumane Persecutor; and
it is this Propensity in me, which must
preserve you from becoming an immediate
Victim to his Passion: Counterfeit therefore
a yielding to his Will; if you are not
sufficiently practised in the Arts of Dissimulation,
to act the part of one who is
really in love with him, pretend at least
that your Virtue recedes to Necessity, and
that you think it better to submit patiently
to what you find is unavoidable, than,
by fruitless Resistance, incense a Person
in whose power you are; only make it
your Request, that, for Modesty’s sake,
he will suffer the Lights to be extinguished,
the first time at least that you receive
him to your Embraces. This obtain’d,
the wretched Atamadoul will take your
place. The Ring which keeps alive in
me those vehement Desires, will also render
me capable of gratifying, in the most
extatick manner, those in him; and, in
spite of his Disdain, I shall be once happy.”

Eovaai now perceiving she had
done, and expected, with some Impatience,
her Reply; “I want Words”, said
she, “to express the Astonishment your H6Story H6v 156
Story has given me; nor will I waste the
time, so precious now, for both our Purposes,
in any Testimonies either of my
Disapprobation of your Behaviour, or
Compassion for your present State: I shall
only say, I am ready to come into any
Measures that shall preserve my Virtue,
and make you Mistress of your Wishes.”

“In brief then”, said Atamadoul, shewing
her the Tablet a second time, “behold
these Characters engraven by the Fingers
of the most subtil Ypre all The Cabal had a long Dispute on the
Meaning of this Word; some would have it
Hell; others, the Bowels of the Earth: nor
did they at last agree.
Caibou affords:
These on the Top are to Transform,
those at the Bottom to Reform; there is a
necessity I must return to that Shape his
Cruelty has fixed upon me, that when he
enters the Room he may see me as I was,
and suspect nothing of what has past between
us; you must therefore utter these
Words”
, (in speaking this, she pointed to
her the Lesson) “and I shall be in that instant
a Monkey;―― and afterwards,
when to avoid his Love you wou’d have
me a Woman, pronounce distinctly, but
so as not to be overheard by him, these WordsH7r 157
Words which you have already repeated,
and the Effect of which you have experienced.”

Eovaai examined carefully the
Characters, but to be more perfect in her
Instructions, repeated them various times,
and as often as she did so, converted the
Woman into a Monkey, and the Monkey
into a Woman. Having made sufficient
Tryal of the force of these
Words, Atamadoul resumed her Corner,
and fell to gnawing her Chain, as she
was wont; and the Princess of Ijaveo set
down to consider in what terms she should
deceive Ochihatou into an Opinion, that
she had quitted all Thoughts of opposing
his Desires.

She assum’d, at his Entrance, an
Air, neither gay nor sad, but perfectly
composed; and when he demanded if she
had resolved on Compliance, “where the
means of resisting are denied”
, said she,
“The Question might be spared. I see the
Genii themselves yield to your superiour
Arts: Virtue is found too weak to protect
her Votary; and all I trusted in for
my defence has left me.――But if you
really think my Embraces can afford you
any Pleasures capable of compensating
for the pains you have been at, abuse not, IH7v 158
I conjure you, the Power you have over
me by any Act of Force; but suffer me,
by those Degrees becoming of my Sex
and Birth, to resign to you a Soul as well
as Body; the one without the other would
be unworthy of you, and bestow no more
than an imperfect Bliss and fleeting Rapture.”

“Princess!” answered he, looking
on her with Eyes that seemed to penetrate
her inmost Thoughts, “I am not to be
twice deceived by the same Person.—Who
would have imagined, after what past between
us in the Garden, I should not have
found you at my Return disposed to grant
the only remaining Joy Love had in
store.――Yet did you leave me, fly from
me with the most cruel Enemy of my
Happiness, and betrayed by the Insinuations
of Halafamai, resolve to see me no
more.—How then is it possible I should
now give Credit to your Words?—My
past Behaviour may have sufficiently convinced
you how loth I was to use Compulsion,
and that my Ambition was to
become Master of your Heart; but if
by pretending to yield to me by Degrees,
you mean only to gain Time, expecting
perhaps a second Deliverance, you flatter
yourself with a vain Hope; for by the PowersH8r 159
Powers that rule the Realms of Darkness,
I swear I will this moment enjoy your
Person, dispose your Heart by what Degrees
you please.”

From the very Beginning of this
Discourse Eovaai had reason to fear she
should not be able to put her intended
Stratagem in execution; and wholly dispair’d
of it, when at the Close of it, he
took hold of both her Hands, and endeavour’d
to force her to a Couch, which
was placed at the farther End of the
Room. Her Confusion permitted her to
utter only half form’d Words, nor indeed
was this a time, had she been possest of
Power, to urge her Request; but the
Lady Monkey having greater Presence of
Mind, and perceiving all was now at
stake, leap’d to the String, on which
hung a great Lamp enlightning all the
Chamber, and making use of her utmost
Strength, threw it out of the Pully;
whereby falling to the Ground, the Flame
went out, and left them all in Darkness.
Eovaai, in spite of her Disorder,
comprehended the Meaning of this Action;
and while Ochihatou ran to the
Door to call Servants, that this Accident
might be remedied, and the Light renew’d,
she hastily pronounc’d the Words Ata-H8v 160
Atamadoul had taught her, then followed
him, and catching hold of one his Arms;
“Since Chance”, said she, with a Voice
which had nothing of Severity in it, “has
thus far favour’d my Modesty, all I beg
is, that you will suffer us to remain in
the Obscurity we now are, nor see my
Shame till I have enough overcome it to
endure the Light.”

’Tis not to be suppos’d, that the
Ypres acquainted Ochihatou with every
Transaction that happened, nor that he
gave himself the Trouble of consulting
them on all occasions; especially on this,
where there seem’d so little need of supernatural
Assistance to render him Master
of his Wishes. Far, therefore, from
imagining Eovaai had any other Design
in this Petition than what she appear’d
to have, he made no Scruple of granting
it; and as he turned to take her again
into his Arms, Atamadoul, who having
now regain’d her own Shape, stood close
to Eovaai, had the Dexterity to put herself
between them, and was carried instead
of the other to the Couch. The
Impatience of Ochihatou to reap the Joys
he had so long languish’d for, annd the
Fury of his Extacy in the supposed Attainment
of them, allowing him no Breath forH9r 161
for Words, as well as the Disorder of the
Lady, render’d the profound Silence she
observed, not in the least suspected by
him, and either by virtue of the Ring
he had given her, or that she had in herself
sufficient to gratify the most riotous
Luxury of Love, he found her all that
his warmest Imagination had suggested
to him of the Princess of Ijaveo.

That Princess had all this time a
strange Flutter about her Heart, occasion’d
by vastly different Emotions: Those
of her late Fright; those of her Joy, for
having escaped so imminent a Danger,
were neither of them yet quieted; but
she had others also more difficult to repel.
――The tumultuous Pleasures she
found the amorous Pair were involved in,
the Fierceness of their Bliss alarmed Nature
(for Nature will be Nature still) and
shot unusual Thrillings thro’ every Vein.
Happy was it for her, that she bethought
herself of the Perspective given her by
Halafamai, tho’ perhaps The Commentator employs no less than
three whole Pages in the most bitter Invectives
on this Propensity, which, he will have it, is
only natural to Woman-kind.
Curiosity had
the greatest share in her making use of
it at this Juncture. She no sooner look’d throughH9v 162
through it, than instead of the smiling
Loves she expected to have seen, she beheld
two frightful and mishapen Spectres,
hovering over the Heads of Ochihatou
and Atamadoul, and pouring upon
them Phials of sulphurous Fire; while a
thousand other no less dreadful to sight,
stood round the Couch, and with obscene
and antick Postures animated their polluted
Joys. Sick to the Soul, and quite
confounded with the horrid Prospect, she
put her Glass again into her Pocket, and
bless’d the Darkness which defended her
from so shocking a Scene. She was beginning
to make some Reflections on
the Meanness of suffering Passions of any
kind to get the Mastery of Reason, when
a sudden and tumultuous Noise rouzed
her from this Resvery, and the Lovers
from the Slumber they were just fallen
into. Ochihatou started from the Couch
to enquire into the Cause of this Disturbance,
and that Instant seven or eight
Servants came running hastily into the
Room, crying, “Where is my Lord?” and
as soon as they saw him, added, “Fly,
fly, my Lord, and escape the Mischief
that is intended you.――The City is in
Arms—the Soldiery have join’d them—
Alhahuza your mortal Enemy, with a
chosen Band surrounds your Palace, and hasH10r 163
has already forced the outer Gates.”
While
these were speaking, others followed,
confirming the same thing, and all had
Terror and Confusion in their Faces.
’Tis difficult to say, whether Ochihatou
was more alarm’d at the News they
brought, or amazed to find by the Lights
they had in their Hands, that it was Atamadoul
had fill’d his Arms; for, in this
hurry, Eovaai had forgot to pronounce
the mystic Words, which should have reduced
that Lady to a Monkey. Never
was any Rage equal to what he felt, and
had not the Consideration of his Safety
interveen’d, even the Princess of Ijaveo
herself might possibly have experienced
the Effects of it, for having join’d in the
Deception put upon him. “Go”, said he,
to his Attendants,—“’tis in vain to make
head against them—the inner Door will
presently be burst—my Life, I know,
is what they aim at—therefore let some
of you delude their Search—direct them
to find me in a different Apartment,
while I bestow the Moment is allowed me
in thinking what to do.”
The Servants
went out of the Room, having received
these Orders; and Atamadoul perceiving
by the Countenance of Ochihatou great
part of what pass’d in his Mind, threw
herself trembling and all in Tears at his Feet,H10v 164
Feet, conjuring him, by all the Pleasures
of their late Endearments, to pardon the
Fault of her unbounded Love. Eovaai
also interceeded; but he refused to listen
either to the one or the other, and casting
the most furious Looks at both, “It
would require more time”
, said he, “than
I have now to waste, to inflict the Punishment
your Crimes deserve, and which
neither of you ought to hope to escape. But
as for thee”
, continued he, turning to Atamadoul,
“thou most detested Thing! be
henceforward in the sight of all Eyes the
most hateful of all domestick Vermin.”

With these Words, he took a little Wand
out of his Pocket, with which having
struck her on the Head, she immediately
became a huge grey Rat; and as if fearful
of something yet worse than this Transformation,
ran and hid herself behind the
Tapistry. Eovaai was ready to die at
this sight; and without being able to
speak, fell upon her Knees, endeavouring,
by that submissive Posture, to avert
any Design he might have of exercising
his magick Power over her in the same
manner; when Ochihatou, putting up his
Wand a little, reassured her, in these
Words, “No”, said he, “ungrateful as you are,
I shall for some time at least suspend my
Resentment against you.”
Then turning fromH11r 165
from her, he muttered some Words in a
very low Voice, tho’ had he spoke much
higher, they would have been wholly
unintelligible to the Princess; which
ended, he took her in his Arms, and bore
her down a Pair of Stairs which led into
the Garden. A large Machine, in form
like a Lanthorn, and seemed made of
Crystal, stood at the Entrance of one of
the Walks, into which having thrown
her, with the Air rather of a Tyrant
than a Lover, he went in himself, and
the same Instant an invisible Hand lifted
them up in Air, and they went with the
Rapidity of Lightning many thousand
Leagues above all the Globes visible to
mortal Sight. Eovaai had been so terrified
with what she had seen happen to
the unfortunate Atamadoul, that she had
suffered herself to be put into this enchanted
Lanthorn, without making the
least Resistance, and was but now beginning
to reflect on the Miseries that threatned
her, thus entirely subjected to the
Will of the Enchanter, when all at once
they descended, and the Vehicle which
had conveyed them in a moment vanish’d.
Ochihatou all the time of their Passage had
not once opened his Mouth, nor even cast
his Eyes on the Princess of Ijaveo, but
seem’d involv’d in some deep and importantportantH11v 166
Thought. The horrid Gloom,
which still sat on his Brow, encreased the
Apprehensions of his fair Companion;
and tho’ at first she was glad to find herself
once more on Earth, yet when she
look’d round and saw no Prospect of
Relief from the Force he was at liberty
to use her with, she fell into a kind of inward
Agony, which no Words are able
to describe. His Meditations at present
were however employed on very different
Subjects from that her Fears suggested:
his amorous Inclinations receded
to those of his Ambition and Revenge.
――The Recovery of his lost State, and
turning the Mischief intended against him
on the Heads of his Enemies, were the
Designs he was now forming; and when
he had brought them, as he imagined, to
some Maturity, “Princess”, said, he, “I will
not go about to recapitulate the many
Indignities with which you have treated
my Passion, and hope you will equally
forget those Transgressions, which the too
great Violence of it has made me guilty
of to you. ―― Be assured, I will henceforward
endeavour to gain your Affections
only by such means as may become
the most submissive Lover. ―― All I desire
of you, is to mention nothing of what
is past, nor contradict what you shall hearH12r 167
hear me say at the Court where we shall
immediately arrive, and where I do not
doubt, but you will be received in a
fashion worthy your Birth and Virtues.”

Whether Eovaai really gave any Credit
or not to the Promise he made her of regulating
his Conduct, it certainly behoved
her, in the present Situation, to
seem as if she did; and rejoiced to find
that there was a Necessity at least for his
dissembling any ill Designs he might
have on her, answered him in terms which
gave him no reason to apprehend either
his past, or future Projects, would be
betray’d by her. After some little Discourse,
which served to assure both the
one and the other of their mutual Dependance,
he told her the Place they
now were in, was the Kingdom of Huzbib;
that Haminha the Sovereign thereof,
had long maintained the strictest Amity
with Oeros; and that he doubted not,
but thro’ his Interest, to recover his former
Greatness, to the Confusion of those
who had attempted to overthrow it.

With this Discourse they arrived
at the Gates of a magnificent Palace,
where Ochihatou making himself known
to the Officers of the Houshold, the King
was immediately informed, and they wereH12v 168
were conducted to his Presence. He received
them very graciously, but testified
some Surprize to behold so great a Man
as Ochihatou, and a Lady such as Eovaai
appear’d to be, Visitors at his Court,
without Attendants, Equipages, or any
other Mark of Distinction; but the
Statesman soon put an end to it by these
Words:

“It may justly be a Matter of Astonishment
to your Majesty”
, said he, “that
a Man who so lately ruled, under Oeros,
one of the most potent Kingdoms in the
World, should be at once divested of
Power, Friends, and reduced to take
shelter in a foreign Court.――Yet so it is,
――A Set of ambitious Men, who distinguishing
themselves by the Name of
Patriots, (tho’ they are the rankest Traitors
in their Hearts) by private Cabals
and Insinuations, have so poison’d the
Minds of the Hypotofans, that even the
most beneficent Actions of the Administration,
seem to these deluded People as
so many Oppressions; and, enflamed by
their designing Leaders, they are become
weary of The common Artifice of wicked Ministers
in all Ages, to render any Opposition to themselves
an Attempt against Monarchy.
kingly Government,――they envyI1r 169
envy their Neighbours the Oozoffians,—
cry out for Liberty, and resolve to throw
off the Yoke of Sovereignty.—My firm
Attachment to the Crown was too well
known, to give any room for hope, I
cou’d ever be drawn into such detestable
Projects, the Ruin of my sacred Master
was to begin with mine. Accordingly, in
the dead of Night, when I was sleeping in
my Bed, Alhahuza, the Head of the Rebel
Faction, with a tumultuous Mob,
surrounded my Palace, broke down the
Gates, and had certainly made me the first
Martyr to that Loyalty they had so
shamefully thrown off, if my Skill in a
Science, too abstruse for any of my Opposers
to be Masters of, had not furnished
me with the Means of escaping their wild
Fury. Amidst the dreadful Disorder of
that Hour”
, continued he, presenting Eovaii,
“I met this Princess, whose Virtues
shou’d I attempt to describe, must greatly
suffer; so I shall only say, to engage a
Welcome from the gracious Haminha,
that being born Queen of Ijaveo, and driven
thence by her rebellious Subjects, she
took refuge in the Court of Hypotofa, and
alarmed at the Confusion so like to that she
before had been Witness of at home, entreated
I wou’d make her the Companion
of my Flight from that destructive Scene. II I1v 170
I fearing, that neither her Rank nor Virtue
might be a sufficient Defence against
those Desires her Beauty might inspire,
consented to her Request, and doubted
not but she wou’d find a certain Asylum
in the Goodness of your Majesty. All I
entreat for myself is Protection here; but
for the Royal Oeros, my much wronged
Sovereign, I have much more to urge; I
who was his chief Bulwark against the Assaults
of Faction, being beaten down, he
is now defenceless from the Storm; and if
not timely assisted by your Majesty, his
most faithful Friend and Ally, must be
depos’d, become a Slave to Slaves, and
perhaps murder’d, for the better Security
of those Traitors, who, having proceeded
thus far, will be intimidated from nothing.
O Royal Oeros! most dear Master! sacred
Sovereign!”
added he, bursting into
well-dissembled Tears, “what Shocks, what
Insults may’st thou not, even while I am
speaking, undergo! How may the Majesty
of Kings be trampled on, if Rebels,
such as these, are permitted to enjoy the
Benefit of their Crimes!”

Here he ceased, and had the pleasure
to find this artful Tale had all the effect
he cou’d desire; Haminha express’d
the utmost Abhorrence at the Proceedings ofI2r 171
of Alhahuza and his Adherents; and having
given Orders that Eovaai and Ochihatou
shou’d be conducted to Apartments,
and waited on according to their Dnignities,
dispatch’d an Ambassador to Hypotofa,
with a Commission to denounce
War against that Nation, if they did not
immediately return to their Allegiance.

Eovaai was now entirely freed
from the Persecutions of Ochihatou; he
saw her not but in publick; and when, at
any time, he visited her, it was accompanied
by some Lord or other of the Court;
and if, by accident, either walking in the
Gardens, in the Temple, or in any other
Place, he happened to have an opportunity
of speaking to her, unheard by any
but herself, his Discourses were such as
tended only to convince her, that he was
ashamed of his past Conduct, and had
now for her an Affection worthy of her
Virtue. He acted his part with so admirable
a Dexterity, that the Princess of
Ijaveo, tho’ Mistress of a greater Share of
Penetration than was usually found in a
Person of her Sex and Age, had doubtless
been deceived into a belief of his Conversion,
had not the Perspective of Halafamai
informed her of the contrary. Indeed,
never had he practis’d a greater I2Self-I2v 172
Self-denial, than in the Restraint he put on
his Desires for the Enjoyment of this Princess;
but she was now continually surrounded
with the Ladies of the Court,
who were charm’d with her Society, and
in their absence had Attendants which
served as a kind of Guards to her; besides,
he had experienced the little Cause
he had to hope she wou’d consent to gratify
his Passion, and to attempt Force,
wou’d have rendered him odious to Haminha,
and been the total Ruin of his
Designs: he therefore resolved to confine
himself within the Bounds of Decency,
till he had her once more in a Place where
nobody shou’d have the power to call
him to account for any thing he did.
This he was far from despairing to obtain;
for he doubted not but Oeros wou’d
give such an Answer to the Ambassador
of Haminha, as should engage that Monarch
to send a sufficient number of Forces
into Hypotofa, to expel, or put to the
Sword Alhahuza, and all his Party, and
he should then return in Triumph.

But things had taken a Turn in
that Kingdom the Reverse of what he expected;
and even much worse for him
than, in his most timid moments, his
Imagination had ever suggested to him.

When 1 I3r 173

When Alhahuza, and the Patriot
Band had every where searched in vain
for Ochihatou, they flew transported with
an honest Zeal to the Houses of all those
who had assisted his wicked Schemes, and
rioted in the Spoils of a plunder’d and
almost ruin’d Nation. None of the Associates
of that pernicious Statesman was
more trusted by him than Zinky; he therefore
was designed as the first Sacrifice:
but this Wretch, who exceeded Ochihatou
himself in Acts of Cruelty, Rapine,
and Oppression, who knew neither Love
nor Pity, and was so swell’d with Pride,
while Villany was successful, that he disdained
to hold Converse even with his
Fellow-Monsters, if less opulent than
himself, now all at once The learned and judicious Usquimiac sets
it down as an infallable Maxim, that a Mean-
bearing in Adversity
, is the infallible Consequence
of Insolence in Prosperity; and indeed, I never
found any one Example, which contradicted
the Truth of it.
became the
most abject Creature breathing, he prostrated
himself beneath the Feet of Alhahuza,
confess’d his Crimes, and begg’d his
Life with such Submissions, as were below
the Dignity of Man. But not all
the Contempt, which such a Behaviour
must naturally excite, could make the I3virtuousI3v 174
virtuous Patriot think him beneath the
Punishment his enormous Crimes had
merited; he therefore ordered he should
be hang’d in Chains, till he died, from
one of the highest Windows in his own
House. The enrag’d Populace immediately
seized on him, and were hurrying
him away to Execution; when he cried
out, with a loud Voice, “Hear me, hear
me, I have that to discover will well deserve
the Life I beg.—Ochihatou, in me
alone, has reposed the Secret of the Enchantment,
which has so long deprived
you of your King.—In me it lies to restore
him to you such as he was before
the Ambition of the Minister poison’d
his Faculties, and threw Reason into a
Lethargy.—Let me but live, and I will
tell you all.”
Alhahuza was too loyal,
and too truly attach’d to the Interest of
the King, to suffer any Considerations to
outweigh those of serving him: He commanded
the Traitor to be brought back,
and having assured him of a Pardon, at
least so far as concern’d Life, if he could
make good what he had promised, Zinky
related the whole Story of the Magic
Feather; and concluded with saying, that
whoever should have Courage to pluck
it from the Crown, and throw it into the
Fire, would immediately see Oeros such theyI4r 175
they wished him to be. This Task Alhahuza
took upon himself, and having
committed Zinky to the Care of some he
could confide in, till he should experience
the Truth of his Information, went directly
to the King’s Palace, accompanied
with the Chief of his Forces. The Guards
had Orders to oppose their Entrance; but
as they obeyed without Inclination, their
Resistance was too feeble for the others
Courage and Resolution, and the Patriots
penetrated even into the King’s private
Cabinet.――At first he branded them
with the Name of Rebels, audacious Traitors,
and swore he would chastise their
Insolence; but Alhahuza wasted not the
Time in Arguments, which he too well
knew would be in vain, while the Enchantment
remain’d in force; and stepping
boldly up to him, took the Crown from
off his Head, and drew out that pernicious
Feather, which having burnt, as
Zinky had directed, returned the Diadem,
and falling on his Knees, “Resume, O sacred
Sir”
, said he, “this Wreath of Royalty
now worthy of your Head, since freed
from that which robb’d you of yourself,
and all your faithful Subjects Hearts.”

Oeros during this Transaction had
appeared in the utmost Consternation; I4and I4v 176
and when it was concluded, and the Crown
again set upon his Head, started and
look’d wildly round him, like one just
waking from some frightful Dream. Tis
probable, he either not heard, or at least
in his present Confusion, not understood
the Words of Alhahuza, for nothing could
be got from him for some time, but “What
is all this?—Wherefore do I see you here?
—Where is Ochihatou!”
Reason however
at last resumed her full Dominion.――The
execrable Spell was now totally dissolved,
and the recovered Monarch listned attententively
to what Alhahuza and the rest
said to him concerning the Arts had been
practised on him, and the dreadful Effects
they had produced over an almost
ruin’d Nation. The sad Relation drew
from him Tears of mingled Rage and
Grief; nor was it easy even for himself
to determine, whether Indignation for
the Abuse he had sustain’d, or Sorrow
for the Calamity of his People, was the
most predominant. He resolved to do
Justice to both these Passions, which if
he had not felt, would have rendered him
as undeserving the Regal Dignity, as he
was really the contrary. He put all the
Friends and Creatures of Ochihatou to
death, Zinky excepted; who was suffer’d
to live, because of Alhahuza’s Promise, butI5r 177
but was kept a close Prisoner the whole
Remainder of his Days, and his amassed
Treasures, with those of his Confederates,
divided amongst those Families who had
been most oppressed. This done, a Proclamation
was issued out, requiring all
who had any Grievances, to repair to the
Palace; the Gates of which were ordered
to be kept open for the meanest Suppliants
to have Access, and none returned
without full Satisfaction. All heavy
Taxes were taken off; the Army raised
by Ochihatou was disbanded, tho’ not
without Reward for turning against that
perfidious Minister, when convinced he
aim’d at subverting the Liberty of his
Country. In fine, all who had the least
Claim to favour, either by their Services
or Distresses, were certain of obtaining
it.

Never was Joy so universal as
that, which now diffused itself through
all Hypotofa. The Name of Oeros, attended
with millions of Blessings, This is indeed the true Grandeur of a King,
and ought to afford him more Satisfaction than
the vain Pomp of exterior Homage; when conscious
his Actions deserve not it should proceed
from the Heart.
ecchoedI5choed I5v 178
from every Mouth. The ancient
Nobility, who had long shut themselves
up in their Castles, to avoid, as much as
possible, seeing the Vices and Follies of
the Times, now returned to Court, with
Hearts full of loyal Transport. The Artificers,
and those employ’d in cultivating
the Earth, went chearfully to work,
secure of enjoying the Labours of their
Hands. Encouragement of Arts and
Sciences, Hospitality, Benevolence, and
Charity, Virtues for which the Hypotofans
had been famous, but had lain dormant
during the Tyranny of Ochihatou, seem’d
now to The Commentator observes, that there cannot
be a more distinguishing Mark of a Free
Government than Liberality and Charity; because,
where the People are under one or more
Tyrants, they know not how far the Demands
of absolute Power may extend; and fear to part
even with a little, lest they should be reduced
to the want of it themselves.
revive with their Liberty; and
tho’ all People could not be rich, yet
none feared Poverty, secured in any Exigence
of Supply from those enabled to
afford it.

As Alhahuza had been the chief Instrument
in bringing this happy Change
to pass, he was no less careful to make itI6r 179
it perfect , Some Fragments of the Life of Alhahuza
inform us, that this great Patriot never ask’d
any thing for himself; and was so strictly just
to his Country, that he gave up his own Brother,
finding he had been corrupted by Ochihatou.
he prevailed on the King,
who call’d him his Deliverer, and could
deny him nothing, to repeal whatever
Laws could possibly be made use of by
any succeeding Prince, to the Detriment
of the Subject, and got new ones in their
room; restraining the Regal Authority
to such Bounds, as had never before been
set, yet left sufficient to content a virtuous
Prince: and, in every thing he did,
so exactly preserved the Dignity of the
Crown, and the Freedom of the Subject,
that both had reason to be highly satisfied.

Things were in this position in
Hypotofa, when the Ambassador of Haminha
arrived. Oeros was exceedingly rejoiced
to find that Monarch still retain’d
his former Friendship; but much more
so, when he heard that Ochihatou had taken
shelter in his Court; because he
doubted not, but he would readily deliver
him up to those Punishments his Guilt I6deservedI6v 180
deserved. He made a brief Recital of all
had past; and the Huzbibian was amazed
beyond measure, at the Timerity
of that Statesman, who, knowing what
he had done, durst expect his injured Sovereign
should continue of his Party;
but the Consternation he was in ceased,
when he was reminded, that he knew not
the Enchantment was broke: “which had
it continued”
, said the King of Hypotofa,
with a Sigh, “I must most certainly have
answered your Embassy in Terms wholly
in his favour. But as I am restored to
myself”
, pursued he, “Thanks to the Immortal
Powers, I have nothing now to
wish, but that my Royal Brother of
Huzbib will give me this Testimony of
his Friendship, to send that Traitor to me,
in such a manner, as shall render it impossible
for him to escape the just Revenge
of a People, whom his wild Ambition
and insatiable Avarice had well
nigh reduced to the last Extremity of
Wretchedness.”

The Ambassador assured his Majesty
of his Master’s Readiness to oblige him;
and a Courier was that Instant dispatched
with a Catalogue of all the Crimes of
Ochihatou.

In I7r 181

In the mean time, that Minister, tho’
he little suspected the Cowardice of Zinky,
had Curiosity enough to know how
Matters went in Hypotofa; and one Night
when all the Court were drowned in sleep,
he stole out of the Palace, and repair’d
to a wild barren Heath, at a small distance
from the City. There, It is observable, that the Ministers of Darkness
bring no Intelligence to their Votaries,
without being demanded in a peculiar manner.
having utter’d
horrid Incantations, and performed all
the Rites necessary to raise the subterranean
Powers, and enforce them to obey
his Will, he was by them informed of
all had passed between Oeros and the Ambassador
of Haminha. He found he was
undone, and all his high-rais’d Hopes of
returning to Hypotofa, and the Confidence
of his abused Master, were but delusive
Shadows. He raved, cursed Heaven,
Fate, and the better Genius of Mankind,
for putting a stop to his destructive Aims,
added fresh Invocations to the Ypres to
assist him with means to pluck the Sun
forth from its fiery Orb, and set the
World in flames, This Passage seems to be a Proof, that
even in those early Times, they had a Notion
that the World should in succeeding Ages go
thro’ the Revolutions both of Water and Fire.
to dash in pieces the CrystalI7v 182
Crystal Globes which beautify the Sky,
to compel the Ocean to break down all
Fences set by Nature, to anticipate Destruction,
and either drown or burn the
whole Creation; but the dreadful Groans,
and Yellings, he received in answer to
this wild Petition, soon convinced him,
that great as was their Power, there was
The Words a Being implies they believed
in one great Supreme Being, who commanded
the Genii, and kept the Ypres in awe; but by
what Name they distinguish’d him, or what
kind of Worship was paid to him, is no where
specified.
a Being of yet infinitely greater, and
who had prescrib’d Bounds, which it was
impossible for them to pass.

The Magician having vented some part
of his Rage in Exclamations, began to
consider how he should avert the Evil
which seem’d just ready to burst upon
him; he found the Courier of Oeros would
arrive at the Court of Huzbib, within
eight and forty Hours, and that on the
delivery of the Message he brought, he
should be immediately secured and sent
to Hypotofa. Some Asylum must therefore
be thought upon, and what Place
promised so secure a one, as the Kingdom ofI8r 183
of Ijaveo? He knew by his Art, that
the People had sadly experienced the
Effects of Rebellion and Anarchy, and
wished earnestly for the Return of their
lost Princess, whom, since her strange Departure
from among them, had never
been heard of. Could Eovaai be prevailed
on to marry him, he saw no Difficulty
of living and reigning there; so
he set himself to put on all that might
conduce to bring her to this Point; to which
indeed the Modesty of his late Deportment
seem’d not a little to contribute.

Early the next Morning, he sent
a Messenger to entreat a private Audience
in her Apartment. As he had not since
their coming to Huzbib made the like Request,
this a little alarmed her; but as
she had always Attendants within Call,
she yielded to it with the less Scruple, and
he approach’d her with an Air so perfectly
submissive, as entirely banish’d all unquiet
Apprehensions from her Bosom.
“Madam”, said this Master of Dissimulation,
“I come now to give you an uncontestable
Proof of the Purity of my Intentions
towards you.――The Ijaveans
repent their ill Treatment of so exellent
a Queen.――Loyalty is rekindled in
their Hearts.――A vacant Throne attendsI8v 184
attends your Presence, and I should add
to my past Offences a much greater yet,
could I be capable of detaining you one
moment from your impatient People.
No, Madam”
, pursued he, “I swear to you
by the immortal Gods, I will defer my
Longings to return to Hypotofa, and the
Revenge due to my Persecutors, till I have
seen you re-established in all those Dignities
you were born to wear.――Be pleased
then to permit me to exert that Science,
which I shall esteem more than ever, if
serviceable to you, for your Conveyance
hence; and before the Sun has passed
half his Diurnal Progress, you shall behold
yourself in the Confines of Ijaveo.”

It was with an inexpressible Confusion
of Ideas, that Eovaai heard this Discourse:
Wonder and Joy, and Hope and Fear,
joined with a certain Suspence proceeding
from them all, left her not the Power of
making any immediate Answer. Ochihatou
gave her some time to recover herself;
and when he perceived she grew
more composed, “I doubted not, Madam”,
resumed he, “if the Tidings I brought
would fill you with the extremest Surprize;
but then I expected it would be a
Surprize wholly made up of Transport,
nor can see any reason why you should hesitate,I9r 185
hesitate, even for a moment, to accept
the Offer I make of restoring you to your
Kingdom, and by that means attoning
for some part of my past Conduct.”

Before these last Words, the
Princess of Ijaveo had brought herself
to resolve in what manner she should
behave: She knew nothing of what had
happened in Hypotofa since their Departure
from that Court, and could not but
look on his Desires of setting her on her
Throne, before his own Re-establishment,
as the highest Testimony of an unfeign’d
Affection and Respect. She imagined
indeed, that he was not without some
interested Designs, both on her Person
and Kingdom; but then she thought she
should be much more secure from any
thing he should attempt amongst her own
People than she could possibly be in the
Court of Oeros, where every thing had been
so entirely at his Command, and she expected
would be so again at his Return to it.
She thought it therefore much better to
agree to his Proposal, by which she seem’d
to hazard but little, in comparison with
what she might be exposed to, if carried
back to Hypotofa; and perceiving he had
done speaking, and seem’d impatient for
her Reply; “To be told”, said she, “that theI9v 186
the unfortunate Ijaveans are at length sensible
of their Faults, and willing to repair
the Injuries done to me, their lawful
Queen, is a Blessing I so little expected,
or even hoped, that it might well put all
my Faculties to a stand: But since you
have assured me of the Truth, I should be
ungrateful to the relenting Gods, to neglect
any possible means of laying hold on
the Bounty they, thro’ you, present. If
I have therefore hesitated, it is only occasioned
by an Unwillingness to abuse
your Generosity, in suffering you to bestow
any of those Labours for my Establishment,
at a time when your own requires
them all.”

Ochihatou reply’d to this little
Compliment, in Terms full of Respect;
and when he found she was no less impatient
for this Journey than himself, “Madam”,
said he, “as you have potent Enemies among
the Stars, who are continually at
war with those who would pour down
auspicious Influences on your Head, it is
not at all Times, nor by all Methods,
you can possibly attain any good.――This
present Hour is governed by the most benignant
of all the shining Train that fill
the great Expanse above us.――Let us
not lose it.—The next perhaps may renderderI10r 187
all Endeavours fruitless.—We must
depart this moment; and to do it with
safety, we must both of us exchange the
Forms given us by Nature, for those of
a less noble Part of the Creation.—Excuse
me therefore”
, continued he, with a well-
affected Modesty, “and yield to the Necessity
of plucking off your Habit.—We
must be free, entirely divested of all that
Pride, or Luxury, or Convenience invented
for us, before we can assume the
Shape of those less guilty Animals, who
content themselves with appearing such
as they were born.”

Here followed a long Debate:
Eovaai could not think of being naked,
without a Confusion, which made her look
on all the Benefits she might receive as
too little a Recompence for the Shame
she must undergo; but Ochihatou having
utter’d unnumber’d Imprecations,
that while she was undressing, he would
not so much as turn his Eyes that way,
she was at last prevailed on, and screening
herself behind a Curtain, slowly pull’d
one thing off, and then another; Ochihatou
urging her all the time to be more
speedy, by crying out, “Dear Princess,
the happy Moment is almost elaps’d.”
At
last, she was wholly stript of every thing butI10v 188
but the Shell, which had contain’d the
mystic Jewel given her by Eojaeu, and
the Perspective of Halafamai; the last of
which she carefully conceal’d in the Palm of
her Hand, and the former being tied about
her Neck, had never quitted her Breast;
and tho’ she thought it of no Value, the
Stone being lost, was now happily forgotten
by her.

Having thus done what was required
from her, she told him, with a
faint Voice, that she was ready. His
Clothes were immediately torn off; and
when they were, he threw back the Curtain
where Eovaai stood cowring down
half dead with Shame: but he forbore
to add to it, and without seeming to be
at all affected with her naked Charms,
spoke some Words altogether unintelligible
to her, and at the same time struck her
on the Forehead with his magic Wand;
on which, she immediately became the
most beautiful white Pigeon that ever was
seen: That done, he gave a Blow to
himself, and clapping the Wand between
his Teeth, was turned into a huge Vulture;
then seizing the Princess between
his Talons, yet, in such a manner, as not
to hurt her tender Body, took his Flight withI11r 189
with her out of the Window, which he
before had opened for that purpose.

Full many a League thro’ Air the
Vulture, with unwearied Pinions, bore
his lovely Prize, nor perch’d for Rest on
any Pinnacle, or Cloud-topt Rock, till
he had reached Ijaveo; the sight of whose
well-remember’d Towers, gave a strange
Flutter to the Heart of Eovaai.

It was in a lone and unfrequented
Forest Ochihatou chose to alight, and as
soon as he had eased himself of his fair
Burthen, took between his Talons the
Wand, which he had all this while held
carefully in his Beak, and having smote
himself with it, instantly recovered his
former Shape; then doing the same to
Eovaai, she also saw herself as she was before:
but tho’ she was glad to have resumed
Humanity, yet when she considered
she was naked and in the presence
of a Man, who was so too, she was ready
to sink into the Earth. She ran behind a
Tree to avoid looking on Ochihatou, or
being looked upon by him, and cried
out, “Oh, my Lord! what shall we do
for Habits?――Why did you not rather
conduct me, modestly array’d in Feathers,
to some Place where Conveniences might haveI11v 190
have been provided for us, the moment
we returned to ourselves, and so have
spared this most indecent Act?”
“Call it
not so, my Dear Eovaai”
, reply’d he,
laughing, “as I flatter myself you intended,
when you accepted my Service, to reward
it with no less than your Person, I see no
Crime in anticipating my Happiness.”
“Oh,
all ye Stars!”
exclaimed the Princess,
trembling, “What is it you mean, my
Lord?”
“I mean”, said he, “to make myself
Master of a Blessing, I have but too long
waited for.”
With these Words he catch’d
her in his Arms; but perceiving that unable
to sustain the Shock of Shame and
Fear, she was just fainting, he endeavour’d
to extinguish those Passions, so
much Enemies to the Desires he aimed to
inspire, and far from proceeding to any
greater Liberties than a Kiss, “Be not
alarm’d, my dear Princess”
, said he, “I
have brought you to Ijaveo, your native
Climate, brought you to live and reign
over a People, who long for nothing
more than to testify their Submission to
you; but I will now avow the Truth: I
did you not this Service, without hope of
a Recompence; and what other Recompence
would be worthy of me, but to
share your Crown and Bed?――Yes,
Madam”
, continued he, “you must make meI12r 191
me King of Ijaveo, and your Husband.”

“Stay then till I am Queen”, answer’d she,
a little more assured, “does this wild Forest
afford us Regal Ornaments? Where is
my Throne, the State I should be treated
with?”
“Soon shall you find it all”, resumed
he; “but tho’ this Place has none of the
Glare of Greatness, it may however produce
a more delightful Bridal Bed.――
What can be sweeter or more soft than
this enamell’d Verdure beneath our Feet?
What Canopy so magnificent as the high
Arch of Heaven, where the gorgeous
Sun embroiders with his Rays the pure
Serene? What Musick more enchanting
than the Birds, which, from the neighbouring
Thickets, attend to chant our
Nuptials in a thousand different Notes.
Yield then, my Love”
, added he, (now
growing more vehement) “be mine—all
Nature joins with my fierce Desires to
tempt you to be happy, and you muust”
――
Here grasping her more closely to his
Bosom, he was about to render all Denials
fruitless; but Eovaai summoning all
her Strength, both of Resolution and
Limbs, broke from his Arms, and with
a Tone of Voice, which had more in it of
the commanding than beseeching, “Hold,
I conjure you”
, cry’d she; “if, as you would
have me think, your Desires are legal, loseI12v 192
lose not the Merit of them by violating
that Virtue it should be your Interest to
preserve.――Let me be carried to my Palace,
cloathed according to the Modesty
of my Sex, and then when Marriage-
Rites shall have made us one”
――“No,
Princess”
, interrupted Ochihatou, “I have
already too much experienced the little
Consideration you have for me, to flatter
myself with any Gratification, which
must depend upon your Choice; and therefore
resolved to make sure of my Reward
before my Service is compleated.
Hear me then”
, continued he, with a stern
and determined Air; “if you do not resign
yourself willingly to my Embraces, I shalil
forgo all the Respect my foolish Passion
has hitherto made me observe, and seize
my Joy; which done, I shall despise and
hate――give all my Soul up to revenge.――
Yield then, and be a Queen, or by refusing,
cease to be a Woman.――This
Wand, whose Power you know, shall strait
transform you to a Weazel’s loathsome
Form; under which you shall pass the
whole Remainder of your wretched Days.”

This Menace entirely destroyed all
the Courage poor Eovaai had assumed,
but not her Virtue, which never was more
powerful in her than at this dreadful MomentK1r 193
Moment――tho’ nothing could be more
terrible to her than the Thoughts of such
a Transformation; tho’ she doubted not
but he would really inflict it on her,
yet she resolved to hazard every thing,
endure every thing, rather than consent
to sacrifice her Chastity to the Enchanter’s
Will. The Distraction of her Thoughts
keeping her from making any Answer
to his last Words, he inferr’d from her
Silence, that tho’ she could not bring
herself to tell him she would be devoted
to him, she had at least given over all
Resistance; and abating somewhat of his
late Austerity, he again approach’d her,
and taking her tenderly in his Arms, endeavour’d
to dissipate her Tremblings
with repeated Vows of making her Queen
of Ijaveo, as soon as, by having possest
her, he could assure himself she would
suffer him to reign with her. But she
who abhorr’d a Throne with such a Partner,
continued firm in her Resolution,
and as he was about The Commentator observes, that either
Ijaveo must be a very warm Climate, or Ochihatou
of an uncommon Constitution, to retain
the Fury of his amorous Desires, considering
the Position he was in.
to perpetrate the
Ruin he intended, “O divine Aiou”, cry’d
she, “this once afford me Relief!――Let Knot K1v 194
not the Remains of thy Favourite Eojaeu
become the Prey of Lust, nor the Princess
of Ijaveo be polluted in that Land
which gave her The same great Author also takes notice
that since the Loss of her Jewel, this was the
first time Eovaai had ever assumed Courage to
offer up any Prayer to Aiou.
Birth!”
In speaking these
Words, she seemed inspir’d by the Power
to whom they were address’d, she sprung
a second time from the Arms of Ochihatou,
in spite of his superior Strength; and seeing
the dreadful Wand, the Instrument
of his Mischiefs, lying on the Grass, she
ran to it, snatch’d it up, and broke it
in sunder before his Face. The Suddenness
with which she did this Action, left
Ochihatou not the Power of preventing
it; and he saw himself undone, before he
had the least Thought of being so.

The Moment Eovaai had broke the
inchanted Wand, a dark’ning Mist fell
from the Regions of the Air, and huge
Claps of Thunder rattled over their
Heads, a thousand frightful Ypres kept
in subjection by Ochihatou’s Power, now
freed, express’d their Joy in antick Skippings
round him, then vanish’d; while he
loud as the Storm, blasphemed the Gods,
and uttered such Impieties, as would be horribleK2r 195
horrible repeated after him. What other wise
indeed could be expected from him? He had
renounced Heaven and all the Powers of
Goodness: his Crimes had render’d him
detestable to Earth; and the Ypres, who
for his Ruin had become his Servants,
now deserted him; the magick Wand
broken, his Spells no longer were of
use; and all his Skill in Necromancy but
made him know how much accursed he
was. He who so lately could command
the Elements, convert the Moon to
Blood, and even annoy the Celestial Genii
in their starry Palaces, had now no
means of procuring for himself or Lodging,
Food, or Rayment, much less of
executing that Revenge his Soul was big
with. Eovaai, of all created Beings,
seemed only in his power, and on her he
resolved to inflict all the Torments he
was able. That poor Princess had hoped
to conceal herself from his Fury in a
little Thicket; but he presently discover’d,
and dragg’d her forth, then tied her up
by her delicate Hair on one of the Boughs
of a spreading Tree, where, as she was
hanging, he got Bundles of stinging Nettles,
and sharp-pointed Thorns, with
which he intended to scourge and tear
her tender Flesh, till Death should ease
her Anguish: but even of this Mischief,
of which he thought himself so sure, K2was K2v 196
was he disappointed. Just as his Arm
was stretch’d for beginning the Execution
of his barbarous Purpose, a young Man,
richly habited, and of a most majestic
Form, rush’d forth from the inner Part
of the Forest, and seizing him by the
Shoulders, “Inhuman Monster!” said he,
“what more than savage Fury has possest
thee, thus to abuse the fairest and most
perfect Part of the Creation?”
Ochihatou
was surprized at the nervous Gripe, but
much more so at the Sight of the Person
from whom he received it; he hung
down his Head, and now for the first
time shewed some Marks of Shame. “Can
it be possible!”
cry’d he, “have I been
then betrayed, has Hoban too deceived
me!”
“Oh Heaven!” said the other at the
same time, “is it then the Villain Ochihatou,
whom indulgent Fate has put into
my power!――O for ever blessed be the
Influence that directed my Steps this
Way, and made me the happy Avenger
of my own and Country’s Wrongs.”
As
he spoke this, he hastily plucked off a
Gold and Crimson Belt, with which he
was girded, and bound the vainly struggling
Wretch fast to the Body of a huge
Oak, near to that on which the Princess
was still hanging.――“There, most accursed
of all that ever bore the Shape ofK3r 197
of Man”
, resumed the brave Stranger, “recollect
the horrid Catalogue of thy enormous
Crimes, and think what Tortures
Justice requires should be inflicted on
thee.”
Then turning to Eovaai, “Pardon,
divinest Creature”
, continued he, “that I
deferr’d releasing you from a Condition
so unworthy of your Sex and Beauty,
till I had secured that Traitor to all
Goodness; for should he have escaped, nor
Heaven, nor Earth, nor you, ought to
have forgiven my Remissness.”
While he
was speaking, he gently untwisted her
Hair from the Bough, and taking from
his Shoulders an azure-colour’d Robe embroider’d
with Silver Stars, in part cover’d
the blushing Charmer. The first Use she
made of Liberty, was to cast herself at
the Feet of her Deliverer; but he obliging
her to rise, received such Testimonies of
her Gratitude, as made him see it was a
Person of no mean Condition, whom he
had the good Fortune to preserve.

Many Compliments had not pass’d between
them, before they were surrounded
with a numerous Band of the Ijaveon
Nobility, who express’d the extremest Joy
at seeing the gallant Stranger safe, having
been separated from him in the late
Storm and Darkness. They accosted him
with such a Respect, as well as Love, K3that K3v 198
that Eovaai, who very well knew them, and
their Quality, was at a loss to guess of
what Rank he must be, to whom they
paid such Homage. Being unwilling to
reveal herself till more ascertained how
Affairs went in Ijaveo, she drew part of
the Robe over her Face, while her Protector
was informing the Company in
what manner he found her. The Relation
of this Adventure made every one
turn with Eyes of Horror on Ochihatou,
whose Character in the World yet they
knew not, nor did the Deliverer of Eovaai
acquaint them; contenting himself
with saying, he would hereafter divulge
a Secret concerning himself, as well as
that Captive Villain, which would amaze
them all. He then gave Orders, that he
should be tied with Cords to a Horse’s
Tail, and in that manner dragg’d to
Prison, till he had consider’d of his Execution.

But the unavailing Rage of Ochihatou
being now converted into the most
horrible Despair, he no sooner found himself
loosed from the Tree, than before the
Ijaveons could fasten the Cords about him,
in order to carry him, as they were
commanded, he broke from the Hands
which held him, and running furiously againstK4r 199
against a knotted Oak, dash’d out his
Brains, and by that means shun’d the
publick Shame design’d for him.

Thus ended the Life of this pernicious
Man, to the great Satisfaction of
Eovaai, who could not think herself safe
while he was yet in Being; but her Defender
could not forbear testifying some
little Uneasiness, that he had thus escaped
the Punishment of his Crimes, for the
least of which he thought Death by far
unequal. He seemed however entirely
submitted to the Will of Heaven, and
having commanded that the Chariots,
which attended them, should be drawn
as near as possible to the Edge of the
Forest, in consideration of Eovaai, he
put the Prinecess into that which belonged
to himself, and being seated in it by her,
“Madam”, said he, “I look on it as an inexpressible
Favour of the Gods, that they
have ordain’d me the happy Instrument
of delivering you from that dead Wretch’s
Cruelty; and the more so, that the Accident
happen’d in a Place where, having
the sole Command, ’tis in my power
to accommodate you in such a fashion, as
your Perfections seem to merit.”

K4 This K4v 200

This Discourse, meant for a Comfort,
was the severest Corrosive to the
Heart of Eovaai; it seem’d to confirm
what she before believed, that he was
King of Ijaveo; but she made no shew
of Discontent, and when they arrived at
her own Palace, where he bid her welcome
with the utmost Gallantry and Politeness,
scarce could she refrain from
bursting into Tears; and finding herself
unable to return his Civilities in the manner
she fancied he would expect, pretended
a sudden Illness came over her Spirits,
and entreated she might be put to
bed.

The late Fatigue and Terror he was
Witness she had endured, made this Request
not seem strange to him. Women-
Attendants were therefore immediately
called, and she was by them ushered into
a very rich Apartment, where she had
enough to exercise her utmost Wit to
keep herself from their Knowledge. She
was obliged to feign a Weakness in her
Eyes, which would not bear the Light,
to make them darken the Rooms so far
as not to render her Features discoverable;
and as they all of them had waited
on her when Queen, and might easily remember
her Voice, she spoke no more thanK5r 201
than she was compell’d to do, and that in
such disguised Accents, that they had
not the least Notion they now served a
former Mistress.

Being left to her Repose, a thousand
sad Ideas ran through her troubled
Mind, which at length burst out in these
Complainings: “Are these”, said she, “my
promised Joys at my Return to Ijaveo,
to find my Throne in the Possession of
another?――And, wou’d cruel Heaven allow
me no means of Preservation, but
from the Usurper of my Dominions?”

To render, as she thought, her Misfortunes
compleat, and capable of no Addition,
the Charms of her Deliverer,
when in that dreadful Moment he rush’d
between her and impending Fate, had
taken such fast hold of her Heart, that
she now in vain struggled to get free;
and indeed never were there such seeming
Causes for Love and Hate blended in one
Object. She could not harbour a revengeful
Thought against the Invader of her Right,
without being guilty of Ingratitude to
the Preserver of her Life. Reason, had
she been more the Mistress of it, than
she was at present, had not the power
of extricating her from this Labyrinth K5of K5v 202
of Perplexity.――She knew not what
she ought to do; but found too well for
her Peace of Mind what she must do:――
She felt she loved, and loved to that degree,
that to live without him would be a
Misery greater than in all her Sufferings
she had ever before had any notion of.
The first moment she beheld him, she
wished he might be of a Rank that might
not disgrace her Choice in making him
King of Ijaveo; but as she now believed
him already so, the Pride of Blood and
conscious Title made her disdain the
Thought of reigning with him, if even,
to sanctify his Claim, he should make
her that Offer, when who she was should
be discovered.

The various Agitations of her
Thoughts were such, as would permit
no Sleep: she long’d for Morning; but
when Morning came, was as dissatisfied,
as disturbed as ever. The Women brought
her Habits, not inferior in Magnificence
to such as would have been presented
had they known her for Eovaai; but
she continuing resolute to conceal herself
for a while, refused to rise, and desired
they would leave the Chamber. When
they were withdrawn, she quitted her
Bed, drest herself, and watch’d at the Window,K6r 203
Window, in hope of seeing a Lady, call’d
Emoe, who had been formerly of her
Bedchamber, and who, of all her Women,
she loved best, and could repose
most Confidence in; to her alone she was
willing to make herself known; and as
she knew her Lodgings faced those she
was in, was not without hope of an Opportunity
of speaking to her. In this,
her Conjectures deceived her not; Emoe
at length appear’d, and she calling her
by her Name, and shewing her Face to
her, the other, full of Amazement, rather
flew than ran cross the Court, and
was in a moment at her Feet, crying,
“Royal Eovaai, my dearest Queen, do I
then live to see you!”
Eovaai interrupted
her Acclamations, by saying, “Ah Emoe!
who is King?”
――“King!” reply’d that
Lady, “what means your Majesty by such
an Interrogation? Heaven forbid the Ijaveons
should have a King ungiven by you.
――We indeed have a Protector, one who
is truly worthy of that Name.—The
Nobility, the Populace strove to outvye
each other in laying waste this unhappy
Land―― all things were in Confusion,
and to make perfect our Undoing,
the offended Gods sent among us a
dreadful Monster, who in a short space
of time devour’d thousands of your K6wretchedK6v 204
wretched Subjects.—No mortal Courage
or Strength, was thought capable of subduing
him, and setting free the Country;
but when our Hopes were at the lowest
Ebb, and Despair began to invade every
Heart, a gallant Stranger arrived, and
with his single Arm laid dead this Terror
of the Earth, as did his Wisdom afterward
reconcile the jarring Factions, and
what before was Discord converted into
Harmony. Such Services well merited
the Distinction paid him: he was unanimously
chose Guardian of the Kingdom,
in which high Station he has behaved with
so much Justice, Prudence, and Humility,
as has endeared him to all Degrees of People
in such a manner, as, I am certain, they
would exchange him only for yourself.”

Thus ended Emoe her little Narrative,
and returned to her former Demonstrations
of Joy, for the sight of her Royal
Mistress; but how impossible is it to describe
the Transport with which her
Words had fill’d the Soul of Eovaai: to
find, in the Preserver of her Life, the
Preserver of her whole People also, to
have such infinite reason to love the Man,
whom she cou’d not have avoided loving,
had it been otherwise, was such a Surcharge
of Felicity, as Sense cou’d hardly
bear. While she was in this Flow of Spirits,rits,K7r 205
a Page enter’d the Chamber, to let
her know the Prince Protector desired
leave to wait upon her: A more welcome
Message cou’d not have been brought.
Impatient now to see him, she immediately
dispatched an Answer of Consent; and
his Entrance on it was so sudden, that she
had only time to command Emoe, as she
withdrew out of respect, to keep the News
of her Arrival entirely secret till farther
Orders.

The Meeting of this illustrious Pair
had something in it very peculiar: They
stood for some moments gazing at each
other at a distance; then bow’d and approach’d,
but without speaking; the extraordinary
Emotions which hurried thro’
their Souls, (as they afterwards confess’d)
kept both in a profound Silence. At
length the Hero recover’d himself; and,
with an Air full of Respect, address’d her
in these terms: “Madam”, said he, “the Service
I had the Honour to render to you
yesterday, would be uncompleat, without
taking care to have you conducted to
some Place where you may promise your
self a safe Retreat: Therefore, as I shall
quit this Kingdom in a few hours, and
cannot answer for any thing after my departure,
entreat you will accept of a GuardK7v 206
Guard before I go, to wait you to whatever
Residence you intend to bless.”

“How, my Lord!” cried Eovaai,
shock’d beyond measure, “are then the
Ijaveons so ungrateful for the Happiness
you have procured them, as to have been
guilty of any thing might justly occasion
them so great a loss?”
“The Ijaveons, Madam,”
answered he, “have too much
acknowledged
the little I have done for them,
not to make me regret leaving so deserving
a People; nor cou’d I be drawn hence, if
summon’d by any Calls less powerful than
those by which I am.”
“A Wife, perhaps,
or Mistress”
, said the Princess, trembling
for the Reply he might make to this Interrogatory?.
“No, Madam”, rejoined he
with a Sigh, “were it permitted me to follow
my Inclinations, all that I know of
Love for your Sex wou’d rather prevent
than hasten my Journey.—But—”
As he
was proceeding, an Attendant came to
inform him, that the Lords of the Council
being met according to his Orders,
waited his Approach. “On which, I go”,
said he, “to fix the Government of this
Kingdom, if possible, in such a manner,
as shall prevent it from falling again into
the Confusions I relieved it from; that
done, will renew my Visit to receive your lastK8r 207
last Commands.”
He went out of the
Room with these Words, leaving Eovaai
in such a Perplexity of Mind, as may
more easily be conceived than represented;
it seem’d extremely strange to her, that
he should abandon a People by whom he
was so much esteem’d, and who had given
into his hands the sole Reins of Power;
especially when she remembred, that the
Day before he seemed to be far from having
any such Design; this sudden Resolution
she therefore thought must proceed
from as sudden an Excitement; ―― she
found he was not married, and the Eyes
with which he had regarded her both at
the time of his delivering her from the
Rage of Ochihatou, and in this Morning’s
Visit, made her think it not impossible
he might have found something in
her worthy of the most violent Passion;
and that imagining she was not of a Birth
which might justify his Choice, he had
no other way of expelling her Idea, but
by Absence. She was the more confirm’d
in this Opinion, when Emoe, who returned
as soon as he was gone, told her he had
never been observed to treat any Lady of
the Court with a particular Distinction,
tho’ he behaved with an Infinity of Respect
to all. She ask’d this Confidante a
thousand Questions, to all which she gave suchK8v 208
such Answers, as served to heighten the
Affection she had for him, and far from
discouraged the Hope of an adequate Return,
when he shou’d come to know who
she was. She was however less delicate in
the Point of Rank, than she supposed him
to be; for tho’ Emoe informed her that
he kept every body in ignorance of his
Descent, and let them know no more,
than that he was of noble Blood, and called
Ihoya; yet she determined to offer him
her Crown and Person, as she said, to recompense
him for what he had done for
herself and People, but in reality to gratify
The Historian, methinks, might have spared
giving his Opinion in this Matter; but, if it
were as he suggests, that Passion cou’d not be
blameable in Eovaai, which had Gratitude for
its Source, and was encouraged by an appearance
of the greatest Virtue and Bravery in the
Object.
the Passion she was enflamed with
for him; and as it never enter’d her Head
that she shou’d be refused by him, or that
all the Motives for his departure wou’d
not recede to being King of Ijaveo, and
her Husband, she had now no other Disquiet
than what arose from her Modesty
in making this Proposal.

Never K9r 209

Never was Impatience greater
than that she felt for his Return from
Council; at last he came. “Well, my
Lord”
, said she, “have you brought the
Ijaveons to consent to your departure?”
“We
all must yield to Fate, Madam”
, answered
he: “But tho’ I am certain, they suffer
much less than I do by it, yet has the
Concern they testify been such, as greatly
adds to mine.”
“They, nor yourself”,
resumed she smiling, “can search into the
Seeds of dark Futurity, and see the Events
of Time.—Who knows but some strange
Revolution may happen in a Moment to
fix you ever here? Come, my Lord”
, pursued
she, perceiving he look’d surprized,
“be seated, and add to the Obligations you
have conferred upon me one more; it is
that of relating to me by what Adventure
you first came into this Kingdom, and on
what Motives you now so rashly quit it.
—Be assured it is not womanish Curiosity,
but the strongest Reasons that prompt me
to desire this Narrative; and that it shall
be recompensed with another from me,
no less deserving your Attention.”
These
Words were delivered with such an Emphasis,
and accompanied with so extraordinary
a Look, that the noble Stranger
had not the power of resisting them. “Madam”, answered he, “tho’ I cannot conceiveceiveK9v 210
how any thing relating to a Person
utterly unknown to you, and who till
this hour has been so to all the World,
can be of any service to you; yet I think
it sufficient to be commanded by you,
and shall content my self with an implicite
Obedience. Prepare then, Madam,
to hear a Story so full of Wonder, as
may justly make you more than once call
my Veracity in question; I shall however
utter nothing but what I can, without Impiety,
call the immortal Gods, and those
The Genii, or guardian Angels, are supposed
to be meant here.
second celestial Beings, to whom I owe
my Preservation, to attest the Truth of.”

He then placed himself on a Couch, opposite
to the Chair the Princess was sitting
on, and began to satisfy the Demand she
had made, in these or the like Words:

The K10r 211

The History of Adelhu, only Son of
Oeros, and Heir apparent to the
Crown of Hypotofa.

“Iwas born a Prince”, said he, “and only
Son of Oeros, King of Hypotofa: In
my younger Years, I looked on myself as
happier in a Father’s Love, than in the
hopes of one day enjoying his vast Dominions;
but when I arrived at the age
of nineteen, the most artful of all that
ever was brought up in the School of Villany,
got possession of the Royal Ear;
but I need not waste time in giving you
his Character, since it was no other than
that Wretch, who I found using you with
a Brutality, which nothing but himself
could have been guilty of: This Ochihatou,
by misrepresenting all my Actions,
robb’d me of Paternal Affection;—and
when I refused to come into some Projects
proposed to me by the Creatures of that
wicked Statesman, which I knew were detrimental
to Liberty, and the Good of theK10v 212
the People; I was sent by his Artifices
from Court, and, in a short time, out of
the Kingdom, under the Care of a pretended
Tutor, but who was indeed design’d
for my Murderer: Huaco was the
Place in which the Scene of my Death
was to be acted, and I had not been there
many Days, before Hoban, for so he was
called, came into my Chamber, with a
Countenance which informed me his Mind
laboured under some great Disturbance;
and, after some previous Discourse, acquainted
me with the whole black Design
in which he had been engaged; but which
Remorse wou’d not suffer him to perpetrate:
He told me also, that Ochihatou
had endeavoured, by his horrid Art, to
transform me into some Part of the inferior
Creation; but that being, from my Birth,
committed to the Care of Fortitude, or true Greatness of Mind. Uieah, the
Ypres were too weak to combat with that
powerful Genius, and Magick cou’d have
no effect on me; and concluded with
assuring me, that there was no Hope of
Safety for me, but in my supposed Death.
It was therefore agreed between us, that I
should depart privately, and he shou’d deceive
that accursed Politician, with a
feign’d Tale of having executed his Commands.mands.K11r213
Late at night, I quitted Huaco
in disguise, and changing my Name, whi ch
is really Adelhu, into that of Ihoya, by
long and painful Journeys I at last arrived
in the Kingdom of Narzada, just at the
time when Hyalard was about to set out
on an Expedition against the Provinces of
Tacty and Benla. The natural Propensity
I ever had to martial Exploits, induced
me to list my self under the Banners of
this young Prince: Our Arms obtain’d a
Conquest, indeed, but too easily; for most
of the Cities and great Towns, having, as
they imagin’d, been severely dealt with
by their former Sovereigns, surrendered
themselves gladly to one who promised
them many Liberties and Immunities they
before had been debarred from: but they
soon found, that where a People consents
to a Change of Government, for the sake
of Freedom, the Person to whom they
submit takes but the more care to rivet
their Chains the faster. Hyalard had been
educated in the Principles of arbitrary
Sway, and no sooner was made a King,
than he began to exercise his Authority
in the same manner his Father did in Narzada.
Nothing now was to be seen but
Pride, Luxury and Oppression among the
Great, and Remorse, Beggary, and
Wretchedness, among the Populace. This madeK11v 214
made me grow weary of that Court.――
I took my leave of the new King, and
travelled into Habull, where I was yet
more mortified; Oudescar, the King
thereof, had been compelled to make
Peace with the Fayolians, very much to
his Prejudice, merely on the account that
Hypotofa, his ancient Ally, had seen his
Provinces laid waste, his Armies routed,
and himself distress’d beyond measure;
yet, sent no Forces to his Aid, nor seem’d
any otherwise concern’d, than to offer
a fruitless Mediation. I every day heard
my Royal Father spoken of, in Terms
which stabb’d me to the Heart.—They
said he was in his Dotage, a second time
a Child, and under the Tutorage of
one of the meanest Wretches in the
Kingdom, meaning Ochihatou; that
there was neither Honour, Wisdom,
Faith nor Courage, left in Hypotofa, and
seemed to hint, that, at a proper time,
the Affront offered to Habull should be
returned with Interest. Unable to support
this Insolence, and far from a Condition
to resent it as I ought, I went to
Fayoul; not doubting but I should there
hear only Praises of the Moderation observed
by Oeros in this nice Conjuncture:
but, on the contrary, they only laugh’d
at his Supineness; and what yet more alarm’dK12r 215
alarm’d me, were entering into Leagues
with his most cruel Enemies to invade
Hypotofa, which by the Degeneracy of
its Morals was now looked on as an easy
Conquest. I wrote several Letters, as
from a Person unknown, of all I had
discovered, to some whom I knew were
still sollicitous for their Country’s Welfare,
but fear they were intercepted by
the Vigilance of Ochihatou, who was more
careful of nothing than to keep the true
Knowledge of Affairs from the People.

From Fayoul I travell’d into Ezba,
where the generous Yamatalallabec perceiving
himself deserted by Osiphronoropho,
Fanharridin, and all those Princes,
he had depended on, and that the Efforts
he could make of himself, for recovering
his betroth’d Mistress Yximilla, would
only serve to render her yet more unhappy,
wrote her a Letter, in the most
moving Terms I ever read, to persuade
her to that due Resignation the Gods
require from all their Creatures. He
made her see that it was in vain to struggle
with superior Powers, and that the
Aid to be expected from Man was altogether
uncertain, and promised but with
a View of Self-Interest; which once ceasing,
those, who pretended the most Zeal toK12v 216
to serve, were often the first that joined
in the Destruction of the Hopes they had
raised. Since, therefore, the Hand of
Fate had torn them from each other, he
advised her to endeavour to love his
happy Rival, and to an entire Forgetfulness
of himself, and all the flattering
Expectations her Affection had inspired
him with.

The Condition of this Prince, abandon’d
by even those who had the most
binding Obligations to him, served to
shew me the Faith not only of Princes,
but of Mankind in general; and I could
not forbear making Reflections on it,
which may hereafter contribute much to
my Security.”

After I had quitted Ezba, I intended
to pursue my Journey to Pentnah,
and take a View of the many Curiosities,
with which that famous City is
said to abound; but being attended only
with one Servant, who happened to know
less of the Road than he pretended, we
lost our Way in the vast Desart of Bamre.
We wandered long till faint with Hunger;
and Darkness coming on, we at
length lay down to take such Repose as
that wild and naked Place would permit. HereL1r 217
Here I had an Opportunity of observing
how little the Toils of the Body are to
be held in competition with those of the
Mind: The poor Fellow having nothing
to disturb his Thinking Faculties, immediately
fell into a profound Sleep;
while I, tho’ much more fatigued, as I
had been less accustom’d to such tiresome
Journeys, could not indulge one Moment’s
Slumber; the Unkindness of a
Father, the exiled and distrest State to
which I was reduced by the Villany of
Ochihatou, the Miseries of a Country I
was born to rule, and the little Probability
there seemed of any Turn of Fortune
in our favour, ran too strongly in my
Head to suffer me to close my Eyes.
But intent and fixed as I was on this melancholly
Entertainment, I was rouzed
from it by an Apparition too tremendous
to be remember’d, without a Horror
scarce to be conceived. Huge whirling
Clouds, black as the direful Shades, It was an established Article of Faith in those
Days, that all who made use of the Power they had
to oppress their Fellow-Creatures, were condemned
after Death to eternal Darkness.

where Tyrants and Oppressors mourn
their past Crimes in everlasting Anguish, LcoveredL1v 218
covered the whole Hemisphere, and
blotted out the Stars: then bursting suddenly,
high in the Air, two Forms of
more than Giant-size by their own Lightnings
showed themselves plain to my
wond’ring Eyes.――Enraged, and fierce,
they seemed in Combat:――the Weapons
with which they fought, were Thunders
and Elemental Fires:――A while the
Victory was doubtful.――Earth shook, as
fearful of the Event.—Noises, of which
no Description can be given, eccho’d from
the Arch of Heaven, and I expected no
less than that the End of all things was
approaching; when, from the Firmament,
a mighty Comet darted from a superior,
but unseen, Hand, fell upon one
of the Contending Powers, and with its
Excess of Blaze, struck me for a moment
blind. My Sight restored, I cast my
Eyes up again, and saw all was serene,
and but one of the majestic Figures remained.
—I fell upon my Knees, and
would have implored the Protection of
the Celestial Conqueror; but Amazement
had locked up Utterance, and internal
Devotions were all I was able to
offer. “Rise, Prince”, said a Voice, which
had in it somewhat that inspired Rapture,
“and take up what you see before you.――
Preserve it with more Care than you wouldL2r 219
would do your Life, till you find a
Virgin who has the Case, which once
contained it.――It is a Jewel of more
Value than all the Empires in the World
can purchase.――But beware how you
cast your Eyes on Beauty, till your propitious
Stars shall bring to you the Owner
of that Gem.—’Tis she alone is destin’d
to make your Happiness, and that of
Thousands yet unborn.—Fame, Honour,
Glory, Peace, and Everlasting Bliss, will
be the Consequences of your Union;
but if you seek to anticipate your Lot,
and give your Heart to any other, Shame,
Disgrace, Discord, and Contempt, must
be your Portion here, and keen Remorse
dwell with you to Eternity.”

“The Vision ceased to speak or to be
seen, and all was as before: I stoop’d and
found this Stone, which glitter’d like a
Star beneath my Feet, and I have ever
since kept it as my Defence from Ill.
With these Words the Prince took a small
Purse out of his Pocket, from which he
drew the precious Relique, and shewed
it to Eovaai; who no sooner cast her Eyes
upon it, than she was assured of what
she before had pleased herself with the
Hopes of, that it was the very Jewel given
her by Eojaeu, and which she had so L2strangelyL2v 220
strangely lost. Scarce could she refrain
bursting into the Transports her Soul
was full of; but a sudden Jealousy that
moment taking possession of her Thoughts,”

“And have you”, cry’d she, (interrupting
the Prince hastily) “have you indeed obey’d
the Dictates of the heavenly Being? Have
you not suffered your Heart to be usurp’d
by the Charms of some Beauty?—Is it
yet entire and pure from any Impression?”

Adelhu seemed a little surpriz’d
at these Interrogatories, and, with some
Confusion, “Madam”, answered he, “till
yesterday I might have boasted an entire
Obedience to the Divine Will; and if I
since have swerved from it, I hope to be
forgiven, since no Eyes less powerful than
yours could have made me guilty; and
as I am resolved, in spite of the Pleasure
I take in gazing on them, to condemn
myself to an eternal Absence, and to do
every thing in my power to obliterate all
Ideas from my Heart, that may render
it an unworthy Offering to the Owner of
this Jewel.”

Eovaai having this Confirmation
of what she wish’d, no longer cou’d restrain
herself: “Behold her then before
you”
, cried she, “I am the true Owner of thatL3r 221
that Jewel; and, as a Part of the Happiness
you were promis’d with me, take
the Kingdom of Ijaveo, of which none
will dispute with me the Title.”
Excess of
Joy wou’d suffer her to utter no more;
and the Prince, quite lost in wonder, was
as little able to reply: but what she cou’d
not do in Words, she supplied with Action;
she untied the Ribband from her
Neck, and putting the Stone into the
Socket from whence it had drop’d, he
saw they not only were exactly fitted to
each other, but also that moment they
were join’d, the Cement closed upon the
Jewel, as it never had been loosened.
What Words, what Ideas can be equal
to the mutual Transports of this happy
Pair! “Eovaai!”――“Adelhu!”“Queen
of Ijaveo!”
“Prince of Hypotofa!”――“Divinest
Woman!”
――“Charming Hero!”
were all was to be heard between them
for some time; but as Adelhu imagined
his dear Princess cou’d not be without a
good deal of Curiosity, to know by what
means they met together in Ijaveo, and he
was not free from some Impatience himself,
he gave a Truce to Extasy, in order
to satisfy her’s, by resuming the History
of his Adventures in this manner:

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“After the Prophecy, already in
part so happily fulfill’d”
, said he, “I waked
my Servant, who had all this time been
in a death-like Sleep, and obliged him to
prosecute our Journey, tho’ I knew not
which way; for as I had no material Business
any where, all Places were alike to
me, and I resolved to give my self entirely
to the Conduct of Fortune.—We travell’d
all the remainder of the Night, and early
in the morning found ourselves on the
Borders of a fine Country, which I was
presently informed was called Ijaveo. I
heard likewise, at the same time, of a
Monster which did much mischief to the
Inhabitants. Charm’d with an Opportunity
of testifying at once both my Courage
and Compassion, I undertook to rid the
Land of such a Grievance, and happily effected
what I promised.”
“I know you did”,
cried Eovaai, “and thank the divine Beings,
who inspired my People with the Gratitude
your Services merited from them.”
She
then told him, she had heard from Emoe,
every thing that had pass’d since his coming
into that Kingdom; and, on his desire,
proceeded to inform him As People (tho’ bound by Honour to tell
nothing but the Truth) seldom think themselves
obliged to tell all the Truth, when it wou’d be a disad-
disadvantage to their Interest or Reputation,
the Commentator imagines Eovaai concealed
that Part of her Behaviour with Ochihatou in
the Gardens of Hypotofa. This he is blamed
for by Hahehihotu; because, says this Philosopher,
had she kept it a Secret, how shou’d the
Historian come to the Knowledge of it? But
I must here be of the Commentator’s side;
there might possibly, in that amorous Season
be others on the same Errand, in some adjacent
Grove or Arbour, who might overhear
what passed between them; or Ochihatou himself,
being naturally vain, might more likely divulge
to some of his Friends, the Condescensions
she made him, than she repeat them to any
one; much less to a Person whose Esteem she
was so desirous of preserving.
of every thingL4r 223
thing had happened to herself, since the
Death of Eojaeu till that moment. After
which, the Nobility of both Sexes
were called into the Room, who, with
Tears of Joy, congratulated the Return
of Eovaai, and the Choice she had made
of a Prince so justly dear to them. They
were married the next Day, with a Magnificence
worthy of their Virtues and
their Births; and all things being in a
profound Tranquillity, the wedded Pair
took a Journey to Hypotofa, the pious
Adelhu being in the utmost Impatience to
see his Royal Father. To describe the
Satisfaction of Oeros, in embracing a Son,
whom he had so long thought dead, or thatL4v 224
that of the People, in seeing their Prince
with his beautiful Consort, would fill a
Volume; so it shall suffice to say, that
never was greater or more universal
Transport.

Soon after their Return, the good
Oeros died, as full of Comforts as of
Years; and the Scepters of Hypotofa and
Ijaveo being united in the Persons of Adelhu
and Eovaai, compos’d the most
powerful, most opulent, and most happy
Monarchies in the World.

Finis