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king. They mformed'him that Alexander had appointed him to that
office; and required him immediately to exchange his rustic garb,
and utensils of husbandry, for the regal robe and sceptre. At the
same time, they admonished him, when he should be seated on the
throne, and have a nation in his power, not to forget the humble
condition from which he had been raised. 4 All this, at the first,
appeared to Abdolonymus as an illusion of the fancy, or an insult
offered to his poverty. He requested them not to trouble him
farther with their impertinent jests; and to find some other way of
amusing themselves, which might leave him in the peaceable
enjoyment of his obscure habitation.?At length, however, they
convinced him, that they were serious in their proposal; and
prevailed upon him to accept the regal office, and accompany them
to the palace. 5 No sooner was he in possession of the government,
than pride and envy created him enemies; who. whispered their
murmurs in every place, till at last they reached the ear of
Alexander. He commanded the new-elected prince to be cent for; and
inquired of him, with what temper of mind he had borne his poverty.
" Would to Heaven," replied Abdolonymus, "that 1 may be able to
bear my crown with equal moderation: for when I possessed little, I
wanted nothing: These hands supplied me with whatever I desired."
From this answer, Alexander formed so high an idea of his wisdom,
that he confirmed the choice which had been made; and annexed a
neighbouring province to the government of Sidon. Quintcs Curtius.
SECTION XXIV:, The Speech of Fabricius, a Roman. Ambassador, to
king Pyrrhus, who attempted to bribe him to his interests, by the
offer of a great sum of money. WITH regard to my poverty, the king
has, indeed, been justly informed. My wh...
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