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Paper IV.


The same. Paper III.


The same.


Allegory on Pastoral Poetry. Paper V.


Comparison between the Pastorals of Pope and

Philips. Paper VI.


Instance of Pedantry


On Laughter


Don Alonzo, a Story


On Natural Pleasures. Paper I.


The same. Paper II....


On Lumanity to Animals





ANTEDILUVIAN STORY, PAPER I. No. 584. HILPA was one of the hundred and fifty daughters of Zilpah, of the race of Cohu, by whom some of the learned think is meant Cain. She was exceedingły beautiful, and when she was but a girl of threescore and ten years of age received the addresses of several who made love to her. Among these were two brothers, Harpath and Shalum. Harpath, being the first-born, was master of that fruitful region which lies at the foot of mount Tirzah, in the sonthern parts of China. Shalum (which is to say the planter, in the Chinese language) possessed all the neighbouring hills, and that great range of mountains which goes under the name of Tirzah. Harpath was of a haughty, contemptuous spirit; Shalum was of a gentle

; disposition, beloved both by God and man.

It is said that among the antediluvian women, the daughters of Cohu had their minds wholly set upon riches; for which reason the beautiful Hilpa preferred Harpath to Shalum, because of his numerous flocks and herds, that covered all the low country which : VOL III,

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runs along the foot of:moxint Tirzah, and is watered by several fountains and streams breaking out of the sides of that mountain:

Harpath made so.quick a dispatch of his courtship, that he marfied. Hįlpa in the hundredth year: of her age, and, being of an insolent temper, laughed to scorn his brother Shrałum-for having pretended to the beautiful Hilpa, wheir..he was master of nothing but a long chain of rocks and mountains. This so much provoked Shaluin, chat he is said to have cursed his brother in the bitterness of his hoaft, and to have prayed that one of his mountains might fall upon his head if ever he came within the shadow of it. é From this time forward Harpath would never venture out of the valleys, but came to an untimely end in the two hundred and Sftieth year of his age, being drowned in a river as he attempted to cross it. This · river is called to this day, from his name who perished in it, the river Harpath, and, what is very remarkable, issues out of one of those mountains which Shalum wished might fall upon his brother, when he cursed him in the bitterness of his heart.

Ililpa was in the hundred and sixtieth year of her age at the death of her husband, having brought him but fifty children before he was snatched away, as has been already related. Many of the antcdiluvians made love to the young widow, though no one was thought so likely to succeed in her affections as her tirst lover Shalum, who renewed his court to her about ten ycars after the death of Harpath; for it was not thought decent in those days that a widow should be seen by a man within ten years after the decease of her husband.



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