With them cometh my sister,*
She will make fun of the physicians ;
She knoweth mine illness.
The Lucky Doorkeeper.
The villa of my sister!—
Her gates (are) in the midst of the domain.
(So oft as) its portals open,
(So oft as) the bolt is withdrawn,
Then is my sister angry.
0 were I but set as the gatekeeper !
1 should cause her to chide me ;
(Then) I should hear her voice in anger,
A child in fear before her!
The Unsuccessful Bird-Catcher.
The voice of the wild goose crieth,
(For) she hath taken her bait;
(But) thy love restraineth me,
I cannot free her (from the snare);
(So) I must take (home) my net.
What (shall I say) to my mother,
To whom (I am wont) to come daily
Laden with wild fowl ?
I lay not my snare to-day,
(For) thy love hath taken hold upon me.
Spiegelbekg publishes a well-written essay, " Die Novelle iin alten
iEgypten," on the Tales of Ancient Egypt down to the end of the New
Kingdom. Eeviewed by Max Muller, Or. Litt. Zeit. ii. 13.
In Bev. Egypt, viii. 69, Eevillout prints an article on " La Morale
Natural History and Science.
Fauna.—Dr. John Anderson, who as collector and writer is doing so
much for the knowledge of the modern fauna of Egypt, has published the
first volume of The Zoology of Egypt, containing the Eeptiles and
Batrachia, richly illustrated from authentic specimens found in the
country. Dr. Anderson has also proposed a most carefully thought-out
scheme, which the Egyptian Government has accepted, for a complete
survey of the fishes of the Nile similar to that which has been in progress
for the Congo. A good deal of pioneer work has already been done in the
* In Egyptian pcetry the beloved one is usually called " sister."