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The Royal Convert

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Pages: 84

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Antoine Arnauld

Excerpt from book: near apprbaches to old age had cut off all expectation, when providence to bring about bis glorious designs, impregnated the queen to the no small joy of the court: which produced a mistaken zeal to the gods, for what was only due to divine providence, and tended to the destruction of those idols, to whom the king- offered whole hecatombs of bulls. The queen was now hear her titne, when Isdegerdes summoned a meeting of the Magi, to consult on the important event: and out tot' their number he chose five of the most eminent for their skill and understanding and made to them the following discourse. The cause: gentlemen, of my summoning your whole b,ody together, and the choosing you but of the whole: as those whose art I most cohfide in, is, that you may remain in my court till the delivery of my queen, and take all those necessary observations of the stars, as to know and inform me at the birth of my child, what planets he is born under, thus not only to discover the fortune of the infant, but even his temper and disposition. The Magi returned an obedient answer to the kingi and promised him to employ the ui- most of their skill and art to give him satisfaction in the thing that he desired to know. Many, weeks had not past, before the queen was delivered of a goodly son,.whom his fa- ther'named Varanes. The joy of this birth was too great to be confined to the court, it spread through the whole kingdom, and whilst the chapter{Section 4Icing made a thousand offerings to the gods, and implored their blessing on the new-born prince, to grant him a long and prosperous life, to make hitii gracious in the eye of the people and that after his death he might many years enjoy the throne of his ancestors in peace and glory, all the nations under his dominions joined in this sa...  

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