labour as she had borne that of her former slavery, rather
than owe a crust to alms, a coin to the gaze of a crowd
But by day she searched the city ceaselessly and alone
wandering, wandering, wandering, always on a quest that
was never ended.
For amidst the millions of faces that met her gaze
Arslan's was not; and she Avas too solitary, too ignorant,
and locked her secret too tenaciously in her heart, to be
able to learn tidings of his name.
So the months of the spring and the summer time weni
by: it was very strange and wondrous to her.
The human world seemed suddenly all about her; the
quiet earth, on which the cattle grazed, and the Avomen
tlireshed and ploughed, and the sheep browsed the thyme,
and the mists swept from stream to sea, this was all gone;
and in its stead there was a world of tumult, colour, noise,
change, riot, roofs piled on roofs, clouds of dust yellow in
the sun, walls peopled Avith countless heads of flowers and
of women ; throngs, various of hue as garden-beds of bloAvn
anemones; endless harmonies and discords always rung to¬
gether from silver bells, and brazen trumpets, and the clash
of .arms, and the spray of waters, and the screams of anguish,
and the laughs of mirth, and the shrill pipes of an endless
revelry, and the holloAv sighs of a woe that had no rest.
For the Avorld of a great city, of " the AA'orld as it is
man's," was all about her; and she loathed it, and sickened
in it, and hid her face from it whenever she could, and
dreamed, as poets dream in fever of pathless seas and tawny
fields of weeds, and dim woods filled Avith the song of birds
and cool skies brooding oA'cr a purple moor, and all the
silence and the loveliness and the freedom of "the world as
it is God's,"
"You are not happy?" one man said to her.
She said no more; but he thought, just so had he seen a
rosc-erested golden-eyed bird of the great 'savannahs
look, shut in a cage in a shoAvman's caravan, and dying
sloAvly, with dulled plumage and drooped head, while the
street mob of a toAvn thrust their fingers through the bars
and mocked it, and called to it to chatter and be gay.
" Show your beauty once—just once amidst us on the
Btage, and on the morrow you can choose your riches and