'It is his reign (that of Abou InauFaris) which has cured Religion of hersickness, which has caused the sword ofInjustice to return into the scabbardwhence it had been drawn, which hascorrected fortune, when it had been corrupted,and which has procured customfor the markets of Science, formerlygiven up to stagnation. He has renderedmanifest the rules of piety when theywould have been obliterated; he hascalmed the regions of the earth whenthey were agitated; he has caused thetradition of acts of generosity to reviveafter his death; he has occasioned thedeath of tyrannic customs; he has abatedthe flame of discord at the momentwhen it was most enkindled; he has destroyedthe commands of tyranny, whenthey exercised an absolute power; hehas elevated the edifices of equity on thepillars of the fear of God, and has assuredhimself, by the strongest evidences, thathe possesses confidence in the Eternal.His reign possesses a glory, the crownwhereof is placed on the forehead ofOrion, and an illumination which coversthe Milky Way with the skirts of hisrobe; a beneficence which has given anew youth to the age; a justice whichincloses the righteous within its vasttent; a liberality similar to a cloud whichwaters at once the leaves that have fallenfrom the trees and the trees themselves;a courage which, even when theclouds shed torrents of rain, causes a torrentof blood to flow; a patience whichnever tires of hoping; a prudence whichprevents his enemies from approachinghis pastures; a resolution which putstheir troops to flight before the actioncommences; a mildness which delights topluck pardon from the tree of crime; agoodness which gains him all hearts; ascience, the lustre whereof enlightensthe darkest difficulties; a conduct conformableto his sincerity, and acts conformableto his designs!'
To return to the case in hand (and a casein hand is worth two in the bush): I was deludedinto purchasing a season ticket in thegymnasium, and one afternoon I sought thelocality. A number were exercising in variousways, and I laid off my coat preparatoryto 'going in.' As I bent down to adjusta pair of slippers, I heard some rapidsteps behind me, and the next instant a pair,of hands and a man's head fell squarely onmy back, a pair of heels smote together inthe air, and with a somersault the gymnastregained the ground several feet in advanceof me. I assumed an indignant perpendicular,when the fellow turned with well-feignedamazement and stammered forth an apology.Bent over as I was, he had mistaken me fora heavily padded 'wooden horse,' whichformed a portion of the apparatus. 781b155fdc