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sitions. The specimens which we are about to present to our readers exhibit, we are assured, the exact sense of the original; but it would have been extreme affectation not to have given, in some instances at least, a modern turn to the true manner of expression. Lord BOLINGBROKE has translated from Boileau the best rule upon this subject, in his Letters on History. "A good writer will rather imitate than translate, and rather emulate than imitate; he will endeavour to write as the ancient author would have written, had he wrote in the same language." The gigantick critick, JOHNSON, has remarked, that when one would tell that which the world knew not before, his language should be peculiarly simple and perspicuous: The authors of these fragments, though they wrote not for the world, wrote in anticipation of the spirit of that remark, and it has been closely kept in view throughout the translation. Our readers will exercise their own judgment as to the intrinsick evidence which the following fragments display of their own authenticity. We can do no more than pledge the sacred honour of a translator, that they are the genuine classical remains of antediluvian antiquity.]
From the city of Enoch, in the land of Nod, on the ninth day of the tenth New Moon, in the year of the Creation of Adam and Eve, One Thousand and Four.
MAHALAH, the son of Zabach, of the generation of Enoch, the son of Cain, sendeth to the friend and brother of his heart, Zarbanad, the son of Arphazah, of the generation of Abel at the city of Evanam, in the great plain of Zebomar, Health and Peace.
It came to pass that we were first known to each other when we were lads of forty-nine years old, at the time when our great father and mother, Adam and Eve, were yet alive, and went down into the low country toward the rising of the Sun, to pay their offerings to the LORD God on the altar of Irad. My heart was drawn to thine, and thy heart was drawn to mine, by the strong branches of the tree of love, which the wind of ages can bend, but cannot break. Although I was of the generation of Cain, and thou of the generation of Abel, we became friends and brothers, Thou knowest that some of the children of Cain were the servants of God. We were hunters together in the plain of Mozam, and
the beasts of the wood fled from the flame of our spears. We kept our flocks on the hills and in the vales, and when the wild lions came to our borders, we dashed their heads upon the sharp points of the rocks. When the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve met together to pay their vows to God, we also came to the altar with our white and tender lambs, and our hearts were glad. We travelled with one another to the east of the garden of Eden, and when we saw the cherubim, and the flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life, we mourned and wept. Oh, thou friend of my life, said Mahalah unto Zarbanad, how great were the sins of the father and mother of all living! If they had obeyed the voice of the LORD God, we all should have lived happy in Eden, or all the world would have been one great Eden. The LORD God made them free to do well or to do ill, but the serpent beguiled the woman, and the woman beguiled the man, and they both sinned and death entered into the world. Dost not thou remember when we first saw Adam and Eve, at the feast given at the tent of Arzaph, bowed down with the heavy burden of eight hundred years, and covered with white hair which was blown about by the wind, as the feathers of the dove that is wounded by the arrows of Tubal, or as the down of the thistle in the time of the year when the leaves of the trees do fade? Every one of
the great multitude of their sons and daughters looked upon their faces with pity, and hearkened to the words of their lips with reverence. They told us the tales of the old time. And they said unto us, with tears in their aged eyes, Our children, we transgressed in Eden, and brought death and wo upon you, and upon your sons and daughters, unto the thousands of thousands of generations that are to come into the world. But our Father in Heaven has not forsaken us, and he will not forsake you. When we were in Eden, the beautiful garden of God, the angels came down upon the bright beams of the Greater Light to talk with us every morning and evening. But in these dark days we are blessed with few of the visions of Heaven. Once in a number of years we meet in the solitary places an angel of God, who bringeth us tidings of comfort and hope from above. We should have been without hope in the world, if the LORD God had not cursed the serpent, saying, I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed, it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. This saying has been interpreted unto us by the angel of the LORD. After a long course of the Ages of Men, one of our own seed shall be adopted as the Son of God. He shall not be like unto those who are now called the Sons of God, and who go in unto the daughters of men, to raise up men of re
nown, who increase the wickedness of the world, but he shall be made like unto his Father in Heaven. As all have died in us, so in him shall all be made alive. After many thousands of years the great day of the LORD God will come, when every creature, that has lived in all the ages, shall arise and sing one song of praise, like the morning stars in the day of Creation. If we had not this promise, we should be more wretched than our children. But we are comforted, and we rejoice that many of our sons and daughters are willing to hear the words of the Lord and do them. We are grieved when we look upon the wickedness of many others, and it is revealed unto us that the earth will one day be filled with violence. Some great and awful change will come upon the world in a few ages after we shall give up the ghost and go to our place, but we know not of what nature the change will be, whether it will come by water, or by fire, or by thunder, or by the sword of God. Thou rememberest the words of Adam, Zarbanad, I know that thou rememberest them. When we heard them, we went alone and wept. Oh, thou friend of my life, shall we live to see that great and terrible change of which Adam spake? When I think that it may come before a thousand years are past, my heart is almost dead within me. His words were sharper than the arrows of brass which Tubal-cain made for us when we hunted the