Bernier, François, Travels in the Mogul Empire A.D. 1656-1668

(Westminster, Eng. :  Constable,  1891.)



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468                           APPENDIX I.

Trust on and think to-morrow will repay :
To morrow's falser than the former day ;
Lies worse ; and, while it says, we shall be blest
With some new joys, cuts off what we possest.
Strange couzenage I none would live past years again.
Yet all hope pleasure in what yet remain ;
And, from the dregs of life, think to receive
What the first sprightly running could not give.
I'm tired with waiting for the Chymiek Gold,
Which fools us young, and beggars us when old.

Davies tells us that he had heard Dr. Johnson highly commend the
full and pertinent answer given by Nourmahal:—

Nour. 'Tis not for nothing that we life pursue ;

It pays our hopes with something still that's new :
Each day's a Mistris, unenjoy'd before ;
Like Travellers, we 're pleas'd with seeing more.
Did you but know what joys your way attend.
You would not hurry to your journey's end.

As stated in our Preface, Dryden founded his play on the English
translation, 1671-72, of Bernier's Travels, and even a cursory perusal
of his Tragedy will show many passages which are mere paraphrases,
so to speak, of Bernier's text—a remarkable instance being met with
in Act I. Scene i., where Arimant, Asaph Chawn, Fazel Chawn,
and Solyman Agah are discussing the situation of affairs. In the course
of their councils, they thus give their opinions as to the character of
the Emperor's rebellious sons :—

Asaph. The name of Father hateful to him grows.

Which, for one Son, produces him three foes.
Fazel. Darah, the eldest, bears a generous mind ;

But to implacable revenge inclined.

Too openly does Love and hatred show ;

A bounteous Master, but a deadly foe.
Solyin. From Sujah's valour I should much expect.

But he's a Bigot of the Persian .Sect,

And, by a Foreigri Int'rest seeks to Reign,

Flopeless by Love the Sceptre to obtain.
Asaph. Moral's too insolent, too much a Brave,

His Courage to his Envy is a Slave.

What he attempts, if his endeavours fail

T' effect, he is resolved no other shall.
Arim.  But Aureng-Zebe, by no strong passion sway'd,

Except his Love, more temp'rate is, and weigh'd :
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