107 is holy to the Jews, and Moses vanquished the magi- cians and enchanters who are subservient to Saturn; Jesus worshipped the sun, on which account Sun- day was sanctified by him, and finally his soul united with the sun; Muhainmed worshipped Venus, where- fore he fixed upon Friday as a sacred day: as he would not reveal this meaning to the common peo- ple, he kept.it secret; but it is evident from the prophet's customs that he held Venus in great vene- ration ; one of these was his passion for perfumes and the like.' We find in the histories of the Per- sians, that Ferhosh was a king in the time of Abad, and had poets without number about Mm; out of them all he chose seven; each of them, on one day of the week, recited his verses to the king. On Sunday, which was consecrated to the great lumi- nary, the monarch used to go to the Kermdbah, and on his return from thence, having approached the august image of the great fire, and there performed his worship, he betook himself to his palace. The chief of the speech-adoring bards, called Shedosh, came then into the royal presence. As the King professed the religion of the Yezdanian, who never hurt an harmless animal, they brought, on this day 1 Muhammed used to say: " I like.of your world but women and per- «* fumes, and God has placed the refreshment of my eyes in prayers." —(Baron Hammer.) 2 This word, not in the Dictionary, means perhaps '• assembly of the '* nobles."