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Tho' nations withstanding , thy progress oppose , Thy sword shall devour all the hosts of thy foes : The bones of the miglity thy strong ijien shall break , And thy arrows shall pierce tfaro' the flesh of the weak . As a lion from slaughter lies down in his den
pl tf . The communication thus made was immediately acted upon . Lord Hastings scm the drawing to one of the native princes , an ally of the British , and one who had received considerable favours at their hands , with a request that he would •^ gnify whether such a thing existed , and whether it were possible to obtain a specimen . The answer was satisfactory . It stated , that though the animal had occasionally been taken , yet that it was by no means common ; that it was extremely fleet of foot , ferocious and » shy ; that they were only enabled to obtain them by
penetrating to their haunts , entirely covered with green branches , and shooting them fr' » m the ambush . He promised , withal , to send the first specimen that could be taken to the governor . It is . to be regretted that this never came ; but the fact of their existence cannot now be discredited . That point may fairly be set at rest . "Journal of a Voyage up the Mediterranean , &c , Vol . I . pp . 349—351 . By the Rev . Charles Swan . Ht'jecting from the descriptions of the unicorn , left us by the ancieuts , what is clearl y fabulous , so srioutf a resemblance will be found between them and the above extract as to render it highly probable this animal has a real existence . At all < reuis , enough surely has been advanced to justify my retaining , in the line above , die term unicorn , in preference to the less poetical word rhinoceros- —especially as f ta former may , by a poetic license , be used for the latter , being descriptive of the one horned animal of that name , according to the Linnaean nomenclature the rhino . r * rosunicornus . But it is high time to escape from the horns of this dilemma .
Thou reposest awhile- —who shall rouse thee again ?" Darken ed on Balak ' s brow the cloud , The lightning shot from Balak ' s eye , " Prophet of plagues ! " be cried aloud , And smote his hands in agony ;
" I call'd thee here to curse yon band Whose tents are spread oVr all my land , Yet , heedless of thy king ' s behest , Thy lips have thrice these robbers blessM . Amidst the princes of my state I had design ed to raise thee high , But God has sh € \ v * d me , not too lute ,
'I hou . art the tool of treachery . Hence to the mountains of the east—Thy office only saves thee , priest !" Before the monarch ' s angry mood Intrepid still the prophet stood , And , whilst his rage he calmly eyed , With dignity , unaw'd , replied : " Tho' kings hold forth the threatcn'd rod , The prophet must obey his God . ? Said I not , prince , when first I heard What Moab's elders from me sought ,
* Bear ye this message to your lord — Truth cannot , like a lie , be bought ; If Balak ' s bounty offer'd more Tlian I could count of precious ore , Treasures of silver and of gold Vast as his roval house would
hold—I cannot tio , or good , or ill , From the mere prompting of my will ; But I will truly speak the word That shall be told me by the Lord" ?
Poetry . — The Encampment of the Israelites in the Plains of Moub . 3 Q 5
v i" xxi . 3 b
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1826, page 365, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2549/page/49/