of which he himself derives the greatest pleasure."
Here is a short address, but replete with sophistry, art, and conspiracy. But let us see how the monarch receives it. His reply:
" The king of Persia has not sent you with these presents, from any desire of obtaining my alliance ; neither do you speak the truth, who, to facilitate the unjust de-signs of your master, are come to examine the state of my dominions ; if he were influenced by principles of integrity, he would be satisfied with his own, and not covet the possessions of another ; nor would he at-tempt to reduce those to servitude from whom he has received no injury. Give him, therefore, this bow, and in my name speak thus to him : The king of Ethiopia sends this counsel to the king of Persia—when his subjects shall be able to bend this bow with the same ease that I do, then, with a superiority of numbers he may venture to attack the Macrobian Ethiopians.