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herezade, who. by that talent of telling endless feats of fairies and magieians antl king's and queens, was more dear and wonderful to a eirele of children than any orator in England or America. is now? The more indolent and imaginative complexion of the Tlastern iiations makes them nmeh more im- pressible by these appeals to the fancy.

These legends are only exa rgerations of real oe-


Cl1l‘1‘(‘11(‘(‘t1, and every literature contains these high eompliments to the art of the orator and the bard, fmm the llebrew and the Greek down to the Scot- tish (ilenkindie, who harlvit :1 fish ont o“ sant-wxater, ()r water ont of a stone,

(h- milk ont of a 111aiden’s breast

‘Vho bairn had never none."

Homer specially delighted in (lrawring the same figure. For what is the Qdyssey but a history of the orator. in the largest style. earried through a series of adventures furnishing brilliant oppor- tunities to his talent I’ See with what care and pleasure the poet brings him on the stage. Helen is pointing‘ out to Priam, from a tower, the (liiierent (jireeian chiefs. The 01d man asked : Tell me, dear child, who is that man, shorter by a head than Agamelnnon, yet he looks broader in his shoulders and breast. His arms lie on the ground, but» he, like leader, walks about the bands of the men.