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-<h2 id="id00010" style="margin-top: 4em">         THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND ONE NIGHT:</h2>+<id="id00077" style="margin-top: 7em">                        THE BOOK OF THE<br/>
  
-<p id="id00011">             Now First Completely Done Into English<br/>+                  THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT<br/>
  
-           Prose and Verse, From The Original Arabic,<br/>+                A Plain and Literal Translation<br/> 
 + 
 +              of the Arabian Nights Entertainments<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00012">                         By John Payne<br/>+<p id="id00078">                  Translated and Annotated by<br/>
  
-(Author of "The Masque of Shadows," "Intaglios: Sonnets," "Songs<br/>+                       Richard F. Burton<br/
 +</p>
  
-                      of Life and Death,"<br/>+<h5 id="id00079">                           VOLUME TWO 
 +              Privately Printed By The Burton Club</h5>
  
- "Lautrec," "The Poems of Master Francis Villon of Paris," "New<br/>+<p id="id00080style="margin-top: 3em">                      To John PayneEsq.</p>
  
-                      Poems," EtcEtc.).<br/>+<p id="id00081">My Dear Sir,</p> 
 + 
 +<p id="id00082">     Allow me thus publicly to express my admiration of your 
 +magnum opus"The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night;" and 
 +to offer you my cordial thanks for honouring me with the 
 +dedication of that scholar-like and admirable version.</p> 
 + 
 +<p id="id00083">                    Ever yours sincerely,</p> 
 + 
 +<p id="id00084">                         Richard F. Burton.</p> 
 + 
 +<p id="id00085">Queen's College, Oxford,<br/> 
 + 
 +     August 1, 1885.<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00013">                        In Nine Volumes:</p>+<p id="id00086style="margin-top2em">                 Contents of the Second Volume</p>
  
-<h3 id="id00014" style="margin-top: 3em">                       VOLUME THE SECOND.</h3>+<id="id00087" style="margin-top: 2em">7  Nur Al-Din Ali and the Damsel Anis Al-Jalis<br/>
  
-<p id="id00015" style="margin-top: 3em">                              1901</p>+8.   Tale of Ghanim Bin Ayyub, The Distraught, The Thrall O' Love<br/>
  
-<p id="id00016">                         Delhi Edition</p>+     a.   Tale of the First Eunuch, Bukhayt<br/>
  
-<p id="id00017" style="margin-top: 2em">                 Contents of The Second Volume.</p>+     b.   Tale of the Second Eunuch, Kafur<br/>
  
-<p id="id00018">9.   The History of King Omar Ben Ennuman and His Sons Sherkan<br/>+9.   Tale of King Omar Bin Al-Nu'uman and His Sons Sharrkan and<br/>
  
-     and Zoulmekan<br/>+     Zau Al-Makan<br/>
  
-     a.   Story of Taj El Mulouk and the Princess Dunya<br/>+     a.   Tale of Taj Al-Muluk and the Princess Dunya<br/>
  
-          aa.  Story of Aziz and Azizeh<br/>+          aa.  Tale of Aziz and Azizah<br/
 +</p>
  
-     b.   Bakoun's Story of the Hashish-Eater<br/>+<p id="id00088" style="margin-top: 3em">                        The Book Of The<br/>
  
-     c.   Hemmand the Bedouin's Story<br/>+                  THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<h1 id="id00019" style="margin-top: 5em">                THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS +<id="id00089" style="margin-top: 3em">          Nur Al-Din Ali and the Damsel Anis Al-Jalis</p>
-                         AND ONE NIGHT</h1>+
  
-<h3 id="id00020" style="margin-top: 3em">            THE HISTORY OF KING OMAR BEN ENNUMAN AND +<id="id00090">Quoth Shahrazad [FN#1]:—It hath reached me, O auspicious King of 
-                HIS SONS SHERKAN AND ZOULMEKAN.</h3>+intelligence penetrating, that there was, amongst the Kings of 
 +Bassorah[FN#2], a King who loved the poor and needy and cherished 
 +his lieges, and gave of his wealth to all who believed in 
 +Mohammed (whom Allah bless and assain!), and he was even as one 
 +of the poets described him,</p>
  
-<p id="id00021style="margin-top: 3em">There reigned once in the City of Peace, (Baghdad), before the +<p id="id00091">"A King who when hosts of the foe invade* Receives them with<br/>
-Khalifate of Abdulmelik ben Merwan,[FN#1] a king called Omar ben +
-Ennuman, who was of the mighty giants and had subdued the kings +
-of Persia and the Emperors of the East, for none could warm +
-himself at his fire[FN#2] nor cope with him in battle, and when +
-he was angry, there came sparks out of his nostrils. He had +
-gotten him the dominion over all countriesand God had subjected +
-unto him all creatures; his commands were obeyed in all the great +
-cities and his armies penetrated the most distant lands: the East +
-and West came under his rule, with the regions between them, Hind +
-and Sind and China and Hejaz and Yemen and the islands of India +
-and China, Syria and Mesopotamia and the land of the blacks and +
-the islands of the ocean and all the famous rivers of the earth, +
-Jaxartes and Bactrus, Nile and Euphrates. He sent his ambassadors +
-to the farthest parts of the earth, to fetch him true report, and +
-they returned with tidings of justice and peace, bringing him +
-assurance of loyalty and obedience and invocations of blessings +
-on his head; for he was a right noble king and there came to him +
-gifts and tribute from all parts of the world. He had a son +
-called Sherkan, who was one of the prodigies of the age and the +
-likest of all men to his father, who loved him with an exceeding +
-love and had appointed him to be king after him. The prince grew +
-up till he reached man's estate and was twenty years old, and God +
-subjected all men to him, for he was gifted with great might and +
-prowess in battle, humbling the champions and destroying all who +
-made head against him. So, before long, this Sherkan became +
-famous in all quarters of the world and his father rejoiced in +
-him: and his might waxed, till he passed all bounds and magnified +
-himself, taking by storm the citadels and strong places.</p>+
  
-<p id="id00022">Now King Omar had four lawful wives, but God had vouchsafed him +     lance-lunge and sabre-sway;<br/>
-no son by them, except Sherkan, whom he had gotten of one of +
-them, and the rest were barren. Moreover he had three hundred and +
-threescore concubines, after the number of the days of the Coptic +
-year, who were of all nations, and he had lodged them all within +
-his palace. For he had built twelve pavilions, after the number +
-of the months of the year, in each thirty chambers, and appointed +
-to each of his concubines a night, which he lay with her and came +
-not to her again for a full year. As providence would have it, +
-one of them conceived and her pregnancy was made known, whereupon +
-the King rejoiced with an exceeding joy, saying, "Mayhap it will +
-be a son, in which case all my offspring will be males." Then he +
-recorded the date of her conception and made much of her. But +
-when the news came to Sherkan, he was troubled and it was +
-grievous to him, for he said, "Verily, there cometh one who shall +
-dispute the kingdom with me." So he said to himself, "If this +
-damsel bear a male child, I will kill it." But he kept this his +
-intent secret in his heart. Now the damsel in question was a +
-Greek girl, by name Sufiyeh,[FN#3] whom the King of Roum,[FN#4] +
-lord of Caesarea, had sent to King Omar as a present, together +
-with great store of rarities. She was the fairest of face and +
-most graceful of all his women and the most careful of his honour +
-and was gifted with abounding wit and surpassing loveliness. She +
-had served the King on the night of his lying with her, saying to +
-him, "O King, I desire of the God of the heavens that He grant +
-thee of me a male child, so I may rear him well and do my utmost +
-endeavour to educate him and preserve him from harm." And her +
-words pleased the King. She passed the time of her pregnancy in +
-devout exercises, praying fervently to God to grant her a goodly +
-male child and make his birth easy to her, till her months were +
-accomplished and she sat down on the stool of delivery. Now the +
-King had given an eunuch charge to let him know if the child she +
-should bring forth were male or female; and in like manner his +
-son Sherkan had sent one to bring him news of this. In due time, +
-Sufiyeh was delivered of a child, which the midwives took and +
-found to be a girl with a face more radiant than the moon. So +
-they announced this to the bystanders, whereupon the eunuch +
-carried the news to the King and Sherkan's messenger did the like +
-with his master, who rejoiced with exceeding joy; but after these +
-two had departed, Sufiyeh said to the midwives, "Wait with me +
-awhile, for I feel there is yet somewhat in my entrails." Then +
-she moaned and the pains of labour took her again but God made it +
-easy to her and she gave birth to a second child. The midwives +
-looked at it and found it a boy like the full moon, with +
-flower-white forehead and rose-red cheekswhereupon the damsel +
-and her eunuchs and attendants rejoiced and she was delivered of +
-the afterbirth, whilst all who were in the palace set up cries of +
-joy. The other damsels heard of this and envied her; and the news +
-came to Omar, who was glad and rejoiced. Then he rose and went to +
-her and kissed her head, after which he looked at the boy and +
-bending down to it, kissed it, whilst the damsels smote the +
-tabrets and played on instruments of music; and he commanded that +
-the boy should be named Zoulmekan and the girl Nuzbet ez Zeman, +
-which was done accordingly. Then he appointed nurses, wet and +
-dry, and eunuchs and attendants to serve them and assigned them +
-rations of sugar and liquors and oil and other necessaries, such +
-as the tongue fails to set out. Moreover the people of Baghdad +
-heard of the children that God had vouchsafed to the King; so +
-they decorated the city and made proclamation of the good news. +
-Then came the amirs and viziers and grandees and wished the King +
-joy of his son and daughter, wherefore he thanked them and +
-bestowed dresses of honour and favours and largesse on them and +
-on all who were present, gentle and simple. Then he bade carry +
-great store of jewellery and apparel and money to Sufiyeh and +
-charged her to rear the children carefully and educate them well. +
-After this wise, four years passed by, during which time the King +
-sent every few days to seek news of Sufiyeh and her children; but +
-all this while, his son Sherkan knew not that a male child had +
-been born to his father, having news only of the birth of his +
-daughter Nuzhet ez Zeman, and they hid the thing from him, until +
-years and days had passed by, whilst he was busied in contending +
-with the men of war and tilting against the cavaliers.</p>+
  
-<p id="id00023">One day, as the King was sitting on his throne, there came in to +Writes his name on bosoms in thin red lines* And scatters the<br/>
-him his chamberlains, who kissed the earth before him and said, +
-"O King, there be come ambassadors from the King of the Greeks, +
-lord of Constantinople the mighty, and they desire to be admitted +
-to pay their respects to thee: so if the King give them leave to +
-enter, we will admit them, and if not, there is no appeal from +
-his decree." He bade admit them, and when they entered, he turned +
-to them and asked them how they did and the reason of their +
-coming. They kissed the earth before him and replied, "O +
-illustrious King and lord of the long arm,[FN#5] know that King +
-Afridoun, lord of the lands of the Greeks and of the Nazarene +
-armies, holding the empire of Constantinople, hath sent us to +
-make known to thee that he is now waging grievous war with a +
-fierce rebel, the lord of Caesarea; and the cause of this war is +
-as follows. One of the kings of the Arabs, awhile since, chanced, +
-in one of his conquests, upon a treasure of the time of +
-Alexander, from which he carried away countless riches and +
-amongst other things, three round jewels, of the bigness of an +
-ostrich's egg, from a mine of pure white jewels, never was seen +
-the like. Upon each of these jewels were graven talismans in the +
-Greek character, and they had many properties and virtues, +
-amongst the rest that if one of them were hung round the neck of +
-a new-born child, no ailment would hurt him nor would he moan or +
-be fevered, so long as it was about his neck. When they came to +
-the hands of the Arabian King and he knew their virtues, he sent +
-the three jewels, together with other presents and rarities, as a +
-gift to King Afridoun, and to that end fitted out two ships, one +
-bearing the treasure and presents and the other men to guard them +
-against whoso should offer them hindrance on the sea, being +
-nevertheless assured that none would dare waylay them, for that +
-he was King of the Arabs, more by token that their way lay +
-through the sea in the dominions of the King of Constantinople +
-and they were bound to himnor were there on the shores of that +
-sea any but subjects of the most mighty King Afridoun. The ships +
-set out and sailed till they drew near our city, when there +
-sallied out on them certain corsairs of the country and amongst +
-them troops of the King of Caesarea, who took all the treasures +
-and rarities in the ships, together with the three jewels, and +
-slew the men. When the news came to our King, he sent an army +
-against them, but they defeated it; then he sent another army, +
-stronger than the first, but they put this also to the rout; +
-whereupon the King was wroth and swore that he would go out +
-against them in person at the head of his whole army and not turn +
-back from them, till he had left Caesarea in ruins and laid waste +
-all the lands and cities over which its King held sway. So he +
-craves of the lord of the age and the time, the King of Baghdad +
-and Khorassan, that he succour us with an army, to the end that +
-glory may redound to him; and he has sent by us somewhat of +
-various kinds of presents and begs the King to favour him by +
-accepting them and accord us his aid." Then they kissed the earth +
-before King Omar and brought out the presents, which were fifty +
-slave-girls of the choicest of the land of the Greeks, and fifty +
-white male slaves in tunics of brocade, rich girdles of gold and +
-silver and in their ears pendants of gold and fine pearls, worth +
-a thousand dinars each. The damsels were adorned after the same +
-fashion and clad in stuffs worth much money. When the King saw +
-them, he rejoiced in them and accepted them. Then he commanded +
-that the ambassadors should be honourably entreated and summoning +
-his viziers, took counsel with them of what he should do. +
-Accordingly, one of them, an old man named Dendan, arose and +
-kissing the earth before King Omar, said, "O King, thou wouldst +
-do well to equip numerous army and set over it thy son Sherkan, +
-with us as his lieutenants; and to my mind it behoves thee to do +
-thus, for two reasons: first, that the King of the Greeks hath +
-appealed to thee for aid and hath sent thee presents, and thou +
-hast accepted them; and secondly, that no enemy dares attack our +
-country, and that if thy host succour the King of the Greeks and +
-his foe be put to the rout, the glory will fall to thee and the +
-news of it will be noised abroad in all cities and countries; and +
-especially, when the tidings reach the islands of the ocean and +
-the people of Western Africa, they will send thee presents and +
-tribute." When the King heard the Vizier's speech, it pleased him +
-and he approved his counsel: so he bestowed on him dress of +
-honour and said to him, "It is with such as thee that kings take +
-counsel and it befits that thou command the van of the army and +
-my son Sherkan the main battle." Then he sent for Sherkan and +
-expounded the matter to him, telling him what the ambassadors and +
-the Vizier had said, and enjoined him to take arms and prepare to +
-set out, charging him not to cross the Vizier Dendan in aught +
-that he should do. Then he bade him choose from among his troops +
-ten thousand horsemen armed cap-a-pie and inured to war and +
-hardship. Accordingly, Sherkan rose at once and chose out ten +
-thousand horsemen, in obedience to his father's commandment, +
-after which he entered his palace and mustered his troops and +
-distributed money to them, saying, "Ye have three days to make +
-ready." They kissed the earth before him and proceeded at once to +
-make their preparations for the campaign; whilst Sherkan repaired +
-to the armouries and provided himself with all the arms and +
-armour that he needed, and thence to the stables, whence he took +
-horses of choice breeds and others. When the three days were +
-ended, the troops marched out of Baghdad, and King Omar came +
-forth to take leave of his son, who kissed the earth before him, +
-and he gave him seven thousand purses.[FN#6] Then he turned to +
-the Vizier Dendan and commended to his care his son Sherkan'+
-army and charged the latter to consult the Vizier in all things, +
-to which they both promised obedience. After this, the King +
-returned to Baghdad and Sherkan commanded the officers to draw +
-out the troops in battle array. So they mustered them and the +
-number of the army was ten thousand horsemen, besides footmen and +
-followers. Then they loaded the beasts and beat the drums and +
-blew the clarions and unfurled the banners and the standards, +
-whilst Sherkan mounted, with the Vizier Dendan by his side and +
-the standards waving over them, and the army set out and fared +
-on, with the ambassadors in the van, till the day departed and +
-the night came, when they halted and encamped for the night. On +
-the morrow, as soon as God brought in the day, they took horse +
-and continued their march, nor did they cease to press onward, +
-guided by the ambassadors, for the space of twenty days. On the +
-twenty-first day, at nightfall, they came to a wide and fertile +
-valley, whose sides were thickly wooded and covered with grass, +
-and there Sherkan called a three days' halt. So they dismounted +
-and pitched their tents, dispersing right and left in the valley, +
-whilst the Vizier Dendan and the ambassadors alighted in the +
-midst. As for Sherkan, when he had seen the tents pitched and the +
-troops dispersed on either side and had commanded his officers +
-and attendants to camp beside the Vizier Dendan, he gave reins to +
-his horse, being minded to explore the valley and himself mount +
-guard over the army, having regard to his father's injunctions +
-and to the fact that they had reached the frontier of the land of +
-Roum and were now in the enemy's country. So he rode on alone +
-along the valley, till a fourth part of the night was passed, +
-when he grew weary and sleep overcame him, so that he could no +
-longer spur his horse. Now he was used to sleep on horseback; so +
-when drowsiness got the better of him, he fell asleep and the +
-horse paced on with him half the night and entered a forest; but +
-Sherkan awoke not, till the steed smote the earth with his hoof. +
-Then he started from sleep and found himself among trees; and the +
-moon arose and lighted up the two horizons. He was troubled at +
-finding himself alone in this place and spoke the words, which +
-whoso says shall never be confounded, that is to say, "There is +
-no power and no virtue but in God the Most High, the Supreme!" +
-But as he rode on, in fear of the wild beasts, behold, the trees +
-thinned and the moon shone out upon a meadow as it were one of +
-the meads of Paradise and he heard therein a noise of talk and +
-pleasant laughter such as ravishes the wit of men. So King +
-Sherkan dismounted and tying his horse to a tree, fared on a +
-little way, till he espied a stream of running water and heard a +
-woman talking and saying in Arabic, "By the virtue of the +
-Messiah, this is not handsome of you! But whoso speaks a word, I +
-will throw her down and bind her with her girdle." He followed in +
-the direction of the voice and saw gazelles frisking and wild +
-cattle pasturing and birds in their various voices expressing joy +
-and gladness: and the earth was embroidered with all manner of +
-flowers and green herbs, even as says of it the poet in the +
-following verses:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00024">Earth has no fairer sight to show than this its blossom-time,<br/>+     horsemen in wild dismay."[FN#3]<br/
 +</p>
  
-     With all the gently running streams that wander o'er its<br/>+<p id="id00092">His name was King Mohammed bin Sulayman al-Zayni, and he had two 
 +Wazirs, one called Al-Mu'ín, son of Sáwí and the other Al-Fazl 
 +son of Khákán. Now Al-Fazl was the most generous of the people of 
 +his age, upright of life, so that all hearts united in loving him 
 +and the wise flocked to him for counsel; whilst the subjects used 
 +to pray for his long life, because he was a compendium of the 
 +best qualities, encouraging the good and lief, and preventing 
 +evil and mischief.  But the Wazir Mu'ín bin Sáwí on the contrary 
 +hated folk [FN#4] and loved not the good and was a mere compound 
 +of ill; even as was said of him,</p>
  
-     face.<br/>+<p id="id00093">"Hold to nobles, sons of nobles! 'tis ever Nature's test  * That<br/>
  
-It is indeed the handiwork of God Omnipotent, The Lord of every<br/>+     nobles born of nobles shall excel in noble deed:<br/>
  
-     noble gift and Giver of all grace!<br/>+And shun the mean of soul, meanly bred, for 'tis the law, *  Mean<br/> 
 + 
 +     deeds come of men who are mean of blood and breed."<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00025">Midmost the meadow stood a monastery, and within the enclosure +<p id="id00094">And as much as the people loved and fondly loved Al-Fazl bin 
-was a citadel that rose high into the air in the light of the +Khákánso they hated and thoroughly hated the mean and miserly 
-moonThe stream passed through the midst of the monastery and +Mu'ín bin Sáwí. It befel one day by the decree of the Decreer, 
-therenigh sat ten damsels like moons, high-bosomed maidsclad in +that King Mohammed bin Sulayman al-Zayni, being seated on his 
-dresses and ornaments that dazzled the eyesas says of them the +throne with his officers of state about him, summoned his Wazir 
-poet:</p>+Al-Fazl and said to him, "I wish to have a slave-girl of passing 
 +beauty, perfect in loveliness, exquisite in symmetry and endowed 
 +with all praiseworthy gifts. Said the courtiers, "Such a girl 
 +is not to be bought for less than ten thousand gold pieces:" 
 +whereupon the Sultan called out to his treasurer and said, "Carry 
 +ten thousand dinars to the house of Al-Fazl bin Khákán." The 
 +treasurer did the King's bidding; and the Minister went away
 +after receiving the royal charge to repair to the slave-bazar 
 +every day, and entrust to brokers the matter aforesaid.  Moreover 
 +the King issued orders that girls worth above a thousand gold 
 +pieces should not be bought or sold without being first displayed 
 +to the Wazir.  Accordingly no broker purchased a slave-girl ere 
 +she had been paraded before the minister; but none pleased him, 
 +till one day a dealer came to the house and found him taking 
 +horse and intending for the palace.  So he caught hold of his 
 +stirrup saying,</p>
  
-<p id="id00026">The meadow glitters with the troops Of lovely ones that wander<br/>+<p id="id00095">"O thou, who givest to royal state sweet savour, * Thou'rt a<br/>
  
-     there.<br/>+     Wazir shalt never fail of favour!<br/>
  
-Its grace and beauty doubled are By these that are so passing<br/>+Dead Bounty thou hast raised to life for men;  * Ne'er fail of<br/>
  
-     fair.<br/>+     Allah's grace such high endeavour!"<br/
 +</p>
  
-Virgins that, with their swimming gaitThe hearts of all that<br/>+<p id="id00096">Then quoth he, "O my lord, that surpassing object for whom the 
 +gracious mandate was issued is at last found; [FN#5]" and quoth 
 +the Wazir"Here with her to me!"  So he went away and returned 
 +after a littlebringing a damsel in richest raiment robed, a 
 +maid spear-straight of stature and five feet tall; budding of 
 +bosom with eyes large and black as by Kohl traced, and dewy lips 
 +sweeter than syrup or the sherbet one sips, a virginette smooth 
 +cheeked and shapely faced, whose slender waist with massive hips 
 +was engraced; a form more pleasing than branchlet waving upon the 
 +top-most trees, and a voice softer and gentler than the morning 
 +breeze, even as saith one of those who have described her,</p>
  
-     see ensnare;<br/>+<p id="id00097">"Strange is the charm which dights her brows like Luna's disk<br/>
  
-Along whose necks, like trails of grapes, Stream down the tresses<br/>+     that shine; * O sweeter taste than sweetest Robb[FN#6] or<br/>
  
-     of their hair:<br/>+     raisins of the vine.<br/>
  
-Proudly they walk, with eyes that dart The shafts and arrows of<br/>+A throne th'Empyrean keeps for her in high and glorious state, *<br/>
  
-     despair,<br/>+     For wit and wisdomwandlike form and graceful bending line:<br/>
  
-And all the champions of the world Are slain by their seductive<br/>+She in the Heaven of her face[FN#7] the seven-fold stars<br/>
  
-     air.<br/>+     displays, * That guard her cheeks as satellites against<br/> 
 + 
 +     the spy's design:<br/> 
 + 
 +If man should cast a furtive glance or steal far look at her, *<br/> 
 + 
 +     His heart is burnt by devil-bolts shot by those piercing<br/> 
 + 
 +     eyne."<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00027">Sherkan looked at the ten girls and saw in their midst a lady +<p id="id00098">When the Wazir saw her she made him marvel with excess of 
-like the moon at its fullwith ringleted hair and shining +admiration, so he turned, perfectly pleased, to the broker and 
-foreheadgreat black eyes and curling brow-locksperfect in +asked, "What is the price of this girl?"; whereto he answered, 
-person and attributes, as says the poet:</p>+"Her market-value stands at ten thousand dinarsbut her owner 
 +swears that this sum will not cover the cost of the chickens she 
 +hath eaten, the wine she hath drunken and the dresses of honour 
 +bestowed upon her instructor: for she hath learned calligraphy 
 +and syntax and etymology; the commentaries of the Koran; the 
 +principles of law and religion; the canons of medicine, and the 
 +calendar and the art of playing on musical instruments."[FN#8] 
 +Said the Wazir"Bring me her master."  So the broker brought him 
 +at once and, behold, he was a Persian of whom there was left only 
 +what the days had left; for he was as a vulture bald and scald 
 +and a wall trembling to its fall.  Time had buffetted him with 
 +sore smart, yet was he not willing this world to depart; even as 
 +said the poet,</p
 + 
 +<p id="id00099">"Time hath shattered all my frame, *  Oh! how time hath<br/> 
 + 
 +     shattered me.<br/>
  
-<p id="id00028">Her beauty beamed on me with glances wonder-bright: The slender<br/>+Time with lordly might can tame    * Manly strength and vigour<br/>
  
-     Syrian spears are not so straight and slight:<br/>+     free.<br/>
  
-She laid her veil asideand lo, her cheeks rose-red! All manner<br/>+Time was in my youththat none    * Sped their way more fleet<br/>
  
-     lovelyness was in their sweetest sight.<br/>+     and fast:<br/>
  
-The locksthat o'er her brow fell down, were like the night,<br/>+Time is and my strength is gone  * Youth is spedand speed<br/>
  
-     From out of which there shines a morning of delight.<br/>+     is past.[FN#9]"<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00029">Then Sherkan heard her say to the girls, "Come on, that I may +<p id="id00100">The Wazir asked him, "Art thou content to sell this slave-girl to 
-wrestle with you, ere the moon set and the dawn come." So they +the Sultan for ten thousand dinars?"and the Persian answered
-came up to her, one after another, and she overthrew them, one by +"By Allahif offer her to the King for naught, it were but my 
-one, and bound their hands behind them with their girdles. When +devoir."[FN#10So the Minister bade bring the monies and saw 
-she had thrown them all, there turned to her an old woman, who +them weighed out to the Persianwho stood up before him and 
-was before her, and said, as if she were wroth with her, "O +said, "By the leave of our lord the WazirI have somewhat to 
-wanton, dost thou glory in overthrowing these girls? Behold, I am +say;" and the Wazir replied, "Out with all thou hast!"  "It is my 
-an old woman, yet have I thrown them forty times! So what hast +opinion," continued the slave-dealer, "that thou shouldst not 
-thou to boast of? But if thou have strength to wrestle with me, +carry the maid to the King this day; for she is newly off 
-stand up that I may grip thee and put thy head between thy feet." +journey; the change of air[FN#11hath affected her and the toils 
-The young lady smiled at her words, although her heart was full +of trouble have fretted her.  But keep her quiet in thy palace 
-of anger against her, and said, "O my lady Dhat ed Dewahi, wilt +some ten days, that she may recover her looks and become again as 
-indeed wrestle with me, or dost thou jest with me?" " mean to +she was.  Then send her to the Hammam and clothe her in the 
-wrestle with thee in very deed," replied she. "Stand up to me +richest of clothes and go up with her to the Sultan: this will be 
-then," said the damsel, "if thou have strength to do so." When +more to thy profit."  The Wazir pondered the Persian'words and 
-the old woman heard this, she was sore enraged and the hair of +approved of their wisdomso he carried her to his palacewhere 
-her body stood on endlike that of a hedge-hog. Then she sprang +he appointed her private rooms, and allowed her every day 
-up, whilst the damsel confronted her, and said, "By the virtue of +whatever she wanted of meat and drink and so forth.  And on this 
-the Messiah, I will not wrestle with thee, except I be naked." "O +wise she abode while Now the Wazir Al-Fazl had son like the 
-baggage!" So she loosed her trousers and putting her hand under +full moon when sheeniest dight, with face radiant in light
-her clothes, tore them off her body; then, taking a handkerchief +cheeks ruddy bright, and a mole like a dot of ambergris on a 
-of silk, she bound it about her middle and became as she were a +downy site; as said of him the poet and said full right,</p> 
-bald Afriteh or a pied snake. Then she turned to the young lady + 
-and said to her"Do as I have done." All this time, Sherkan was +<p id="id00101">"A moon which blights you[FN#12if you dare behold; * A branch<br/> 
-watching them and laughing at the loathly favour of the old + 
-woman. So the damsel took a sash of Yemen stuff and doubled it +     which folds you in its waving fold:<br/> 
-about her waist, then tucked up her trousers and showed legs of + 
-alabaster and above them a hummock of crystal, soft and swelling, +Locks of the Zanj[FN#13] and golden glint of hair* Sweet gait<br/>
-and a belly that exhaled musk from its dimples, as it were a bed +
-of blood-red anemones, and breasts like double pomegranatesThen +
-the old woman bent to her and they took hold of one another, +
-whilst Sherkan raised his eyes to heaven and prayed to God that +
-the damsel might conquer the old hag. Presently, the former bored +
-in under the latter, and gripping her by the breech with the left +
-hand and by the gullet with the right, hoisted her off the +
-ground; whereupon the old woman strove to free herself and in the +
-struggle wriggled out of the girl's hands and fell on her back. +
-Up went her legs and showed her hairy tout in the moonlight, and +
-she let fly two great cracks of wind, one of which smote the +
-earth, whilst the other smoked up to the skies. At this Sherkan +
-laughed, till he fell to the ground, and said, "He lied not who +
-dubbed thee Lady of Calamities![FN#7Verily, thou sawest her +
-prowess against the others." Then he arose and looked right and +
-left, but saw none save the old woman thrown down on her back. So +
-he drew near to hear what should pass between them; and behold, +
-the young lady came up to the old one and throwing over her a +
-veil of fine silkhelped her to dress herself, making excuses to +
-her and saying, "O my lady Dhat ed Dewahi, I did not mean to +
-throw thee so roughly, but thou wriggledst out of my hands; so +
-praised be God for safety!" She returned her no answer, but rose +
-in her confusion and walked away out of sight, leaving the young +
-lady standing alone, by the other girls thrown down and bound. +
-Then said Sherkan to himself, "To every fortune there is a cause. +
-Sleep fell not on me nor did the steed bear me hither but for my +
-good fortune; for of a surety this damsel and what is with her +
-shall be my prize." So he turned back and mounted and drew his +
-scimitar; then he gave his horse the spur and he started off with +
-himlike an arrow from a bow, whilst he brandished his naked +
-blade and cried out, "God is Most Great!" When the damsel saw +
-him, she sprang to her feet and running to the bank of the river, +
-which was there six cubits wide, made a spring and landed on the +
-other side, where she turned and standing, cried out in a loud +
-voice, "Who art thou, sirrah, that breakest in on our pastime, +
-and that with thy whinger bared, as thou wert charging an army? +
-Whence comest thou and whither art thou bound? Speak the truth, +
-and it shall profit thee, and do not lie, for lying is of the +
-loser's fashion. Doubtless thou hast strayed this night from thy +
-road, that thou hast happened on this place. So tell me what thou +
-seekest: if thou wouldst have us set thee in the right road, we +
-will do so, or if thou seek help, we will help thee." When +
-Sherkan heard her words, he replied, "I am a stranger of the +
-Muslims, who am come out by myself in quest of booty, and I have +
-found no fairer purchase this moonlit night than these ten +
-damsels; so I will take them and rejoin my comrades with them." +
-Quoth she, "I would have thee to know that thou hast not yet come +
-at the booty: and as for these ten damsels, by Allah, they are no +
-purchase for theeIndeed, the fairest purchase thou canst look +
-for is to win free of this place; for thou art now in a mead, +
-where, if we gave one cry, there would be with us anon four +
-thousand knights. Did I not tell thee that lying is shameful?" +
-And he said, "The fortunate man is he to whom God sufficeth and +
-who hath no need of other than Him." "By the virtue of the +
-Messiah," replied she, "did I not fear to have thy death at my +
-hand, I would give a cry that would fill the meadow on thee with +
-horse and foot; but I have pity on the stranger: so if thou seek +
-bootyI require of thee that thou dismount from thy horse and +
-swear to me, by thy faith, that thou wilt not approach me with +
-aught of arms, and we will wrestle, I and thou. If thou throw me, +
-lay me on thy horse and take all of us to thy booty; and if I +
-throw thee, thou shalt be at my commandment. Swear this to me, +
-for I fear thy perfidy, since experience has it that, as long as +
-perfidy is in men's natures, to trust in every one is weakness. +
-But if thou wilt swear, I will come over to thee.Quoth Sherkan +
-(and indeed he lusted after her and said to himself, "She does +
-not know that I am a champion of the champions."), "Impose on me +
-whatever oath thou deemest binding, and I will swear not to draw +
-near thee till thou hast made thy preparations and sayest, 'Come +
-and wrestle with me.' If thou throw me, I have wealth wherewith +
-to ransom myself, and if I throw thee, I shall get fine +
-purchase." Then said she, "Swear to me by Him who hath lodged the +
-soul in the body and given laws to mankind, that thou wilt not +
-beset me with aught of violence, but by way of wrestling; else +
-mayst thou die out of the pale of Islam." "By Allah," exclaimed +
-Sherkan, "if a Cadi should swear me, though he were Cadi of the +
-Cadis, he would not impose on me the like of this oath!" Then he +
-took the oath she required and tied his horse to tree, sunken +
-in the sea of reverie and saying in himself, "Glory to Him who +
-fashioned her of vile water!"[FN#8Then he girt himself and made +
-ready for wrestling and said to her, "Cross the stream to me." +
-Quoth she, "It is not for me to come to thee: if thou wilt, do +
-thou cross over to me." "I cannot do that," replied he, and she +
-said, "O boy, I will come to thee." So she gathered her skirts +
-and making a spring, landed on the other side of the river by +
-him; whereupon he drew near to her, wondering at her beauty and +
-graceand saw a form that the hand of Omnipotence had tanned +
-with the leaves of the Jinn and which had been fostered by Divine +
-solicitude, a form on which the zephyrs of fair fortune had blown +
-and over whose creation favourable planets had presided. Then she +
-called out to him, saying, "O Muslim, come and wrestle before the +
-day break!" and tucked up her sleeves, showing a fore-arm like +
-fresh curd; the whole place was lighted up by its whiteness and +
-Sherkan was dazzled by it. Then he bent forward and clapped his +
-hands and she did the like, and they took hold and gripped each +
-other. He laid his hands on her slender waist, so that the tips +
-of his fingers sank into the folds of her belly, and his limbs +
-relaxed and he stood in the stead of desire, for there was +
-displayed to him a body, in which was languishment of hearts, and +
-he fell a-trembling like the Persian reed in the hurricane. So +
-she lifted him up and throwing him to the ground, sat down on his +
-breast with buttocks like a hill of sand, for he was not master +
-of his reason. Then she said to him, "O Muslim, it is lawful +
-among you to kill Christians; what sayst thou to my killing +
-thee?" "O my lady," replied he, "as for killing me, it is +
-unlawful; for our Prophet (whom God bless and preserve!) hath +
-forbidden the slaying of women and children and old men and +
-monks." "Since this was revealed unto your prophet," rejoined +
-she, "it behoves us to be even with him therein; so rise: I give +
-thee thy life, for beneficence is not lost upon men." Then she +
-got off his breast and he rose and brushed the earth from his +
-head, and she said to him, "Be not abashed; but, indeed, one who +
-enters the land of the Greeks in quest of booty and to succour +
-kings against kings, how comes it that there is no strength in +
-him to defend himself against a woman?" "It was not lack of +
-strength in me," replied he; "nor was it thy strength that +
-overthrew me, but thy beauty: so if thou wilt grant me another +
-bout, it will be of thy favour." She laughed and said, "I grant +
-thee this: but these damsels have been long bound and their arms +
-and shoulders are weary, and it were fitting I should loose them, +
-since this next bout may peradventure be a long one." Then she +
-went up to the girls and unbinding them, said to them in the +
-Greek tongue, "Go and put yourselves in safety, till I have +
-brought to nought this Muslim'craving for you." So they went +
-away, whilst Sherkan looked at them and they gazed at him and the +
-young lady. Then she and he drew near again and set breast +
-against breastbut, when he felt her belly against his, his +
-strength failed him, and she feeling this, lifted him in her +
-hands, swiftlier than the blinding lightning, and threw him to +
-the ground. He fell on his backand she said to him, "Rise, I +
-give thee thy life a second time. I spared thee before for the +
-sake of thy prophet, for that he forbade the killing of women, +
-and I do so this second time because of thy weakness and tender +
-age and strangerhood; but I charge thee, if there be, in the army +
-sent by King Omar ben Ennuman to the succour of the King of +
-Constantinople, a stronger than thou, send him hither and tell +
-him of me, for in wrestling there are divers kinds of strokes and +
-tricks, such as feinting and the fore-tripe and the back-tripe +
-and the leg-crick and the thigh-twist and the jostle and the +
-cross-buttock." "By Allah, O my lady," replied Sherkan, (and +
-indeed he was greatly incensed against her), "were I the chief Es +
-Sefedi or Mohammed Caimal or Ibn es Seddi,[FN#9] I had not +
-observed the fashion thou namest; for, by Allah, it was not by +
-thy strength that thou overthrewest me, but by filling me with +
-the desire of thy buttocks, because we people of Chaldaea love +
-great thighs, so that nor wit nor foresight was left in me. But +
-now if thou have a mind to try another fall with me, with my wits +
-about me, I have a right to this one bout more, by the rules of +
-the game, for my presence of mind has now returned to me." "Hast +
-thou not had enough of wrestling, O conquered one?" rejoined she+
-"However, come, if thou wilt; but know that this bout must be the +
-last." Then they took hold of each other and he set to in earnest +
-and warded himself against being thrown down: so they strained +
-awhile, and the damsel found in him strength such as she had not +
-before observed and said to him, "O Muslim, thou art on thy +
-guard!" "Yes," replied he; "thou knowest that there remaineth but +
-this bout, and after each of us will go his own way." She laughed +
-and he laughed too: then she seized the opportunity to bore in +
-upon him unawares, and gripping him by the thigh, threw him to +
-the ground, so that he fell on his back. She laughed at him and +
-said, "Thou art surely an eater of bran; for thou art like a +
-Bedouin bonnet, that falls at a touch, or a child's toy, that a +
-puff of air overturnsOut on thee, thou poor creature! Go back +
-to the army of the Muslims and send us other than thyself, for +
-thou lackest thews, and cry us among the Arabs and Persians and +
-Turks and Medes, 'Whoso has might in him, let him come to us.'" +
-Then she made spring and landed on the other side of the stream +
-and said to Sherkanlaughing, "It goes to my heart to part with +
-thee; get thee to thy friends, O my lord, before the morning, +
-lest the knights come upon thee and take thee on the points of +
-their lances. Thou hast not strength enough to defend thee +
-against women; so how couldst thou make head against men and +
-cavaliers?" And she turned to go back to the monastery. Sherkan +
-was confounded and called out to her, saying, "O my lady, wilt +
-thou go away and leave the wretched stranger, the broken-hearted +
-slave of love?" So she turned to him, laughing, and said, "What +
-wouldst thou? I grant thy prayer." "Have I set foot in thy +
-country and tasted the sweetness of thy favours," replied +
-Sherkan"and shall I return without eating of thy victual +
-and tasting thy hospitality? Indeed I am become one of thy +
-servitors." Quoth she, "None but the base refuses hospitality; on +
-my head and eyes be it! Do me the favour to mount and ride along +
-the bank of the stream, abreast of me, for thou art my guest." At +
-this Sherkan rejoiced and hastening back to his horse, mounted +
-and rode along the river-bank, keeping abreast of her, till he +
-came to drawbridge, that hung by pulleys and chains of steel, +
-made fast with hooks and padlocks. Here stood the ten damsels +
-awaiting the lady, who spoke to one of them in the Greek tongue +
-and said to her"Go to him and take his horse's rein and bring +
-him over to the monastery." So she went up to Sherkan and led him +
-over the bridge to the other side and he followed her, amazed at +
-what he saw and saying in himself, "Would the Vizier Dendan were +
-with me, to look on these fair faces with his own eyes.Then he +
-turned to the young lady and said to her, "O wonder of beauty, +
-now art thou doubly bound to me, firstly, by the bond of +
-comradeship, and secondly for that thou carriest me to thy house +
-and I accept of thy hospitality and am at thy disposal and under +
-thy protection. So do me the favour to go with me to the land of +
-Islam, where thou shalt look upon many a lion-hearted prince and +
-know who I am." His speech angered her and she said to him, "By +
-the virtue of the Messiah, thou art keen of wit with me! But I +
-see now what depravity is in thy heart and how thou allowest +
-thyself to say a thing that proves thee a traitor. How should I +
-do what thou sayest, when I know that, if I came to thy King Omar +
-ben Ennuman, I should never win free of him? For he has not the +
-like of me among his women nor in his palace, all lord of Baghdad +
-and Khorassan as he is, with his twelve palaces, in number as the +
-months of the year, and his concubines therein, in number as the +
-days thereof; and if I come to him, he will not respect me, for +
-that ye hold it lawful to take possession of the like of me, as +
-it is said in your scripture, 'That which your right hand +
-possesses.'[FN#10So how canst thou speak thus to me? As for thy +
-saying, 'Thou shalt look upon the champions of the Muslims,' by +
-the Messiah, thou sayst that which is not true; for I saw your +
-army, when it reached our country, these two days ago, and I did +
-not see that your ordinance was that of kings, but beheld you +
-only as a rabble of men collected together. And as for thy +
-saying, 'Thou shalt know who I am,' I did not show thee courtesy +
-of any intent to honour thee, but out of pride in myself; and the +
-like of thee should not say this to the like of me, even though +
-thou be Sherkan himself, King Omar ben Ennuman's son, who is +
-renowned in these days." "And dost thou know Sherkan?" asked he. +
-"Yes," replied she; "and I know of his coming with an army of ten +
-thousand horse, for that he was sent by his father with these +
-troops to the succour of the King of Constantinople." "O my +
-lady," rejoined Sherkan, "I conjure thee, as thou believest in +
-thy religion, tell me the cause of all this, that I may know +
-truth from falsehood and with whom the fault lies." "By the +
-virtue of thy faith," replied she, "were it not that I fear lest +
-the news of me be bruited abroad that I am of the daughters of +
-the Greeks, I would adventure myself and sally forth against the +
-ten thousand horse and kill their chief, the Vizier Dendan, and +
-take their champion Sherkan. Nor would there be any reproach to +
-me in this, for I have read books and know the Arabic language +
-and have studied good breeding and polite letters. But I have no +
-need to vaunt my own prowess to thee, for thou hast tasted of my +
-quality and proved my strength and skill and pre-eminence in +
-wrestlingnor if Sherkan himself had been in thy place to-night +
-and it had been said to him, 'Leap this river,' could he have +
-done so. And I could wish well that the Messiah would throw him +
-into my hands here in this monastery, that I might go forth to +
-him in the habit of a man and pull him from his saddle and take +
-him prisoner and lay him in fetters." When Sherkan heard this, +
-pride and heat and warlike jealousy overcame him and he was +
-minded to discover himself and lay violent hands on her but her +
-beauty held him back from her, and he repeated the following +
-verse:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00030" style="margin-right: 0%; margin-left0%">Their charms, whatever fault the fair commit, A thousand +     and form a spear to have and hold:<br/>
-     intercessors bring for it.</p>+
  
-<p id="id00031">So she went up, and he after her; whilst he looked at her back +Ah! hard of heart with softest slenderest waist* That evil to<br/>
-and saw her buttocks smiting against each otherlike the billows +
-in the troubled sea; and he recited the following verses:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00032">In her face an advocate harbours, who blots out her every fault<br/>+     this weal why not remould?[FN#14]<br/>
  
-     From the hearts of mankindfor he is mighty to intercede.<br/>+Were thy form's softness placed in thy heart* Ne'er would thy<br/>
  
-Whenas I look at her face, I cry in my wonder aloud, "The moon of<br/>+     lover find thee harsh and cold:<br/>
  
-     the skies in the night of her full is risen indeed!"<br/>+Oh thou accuserbe my love's excuser, * Nor chide if love-pangs<br/>
  
-If the Afrit of Belkis[FN#11] himself should wrestle a fall with<br/>+     deal me woes untold!<br/>
  
-     her, Her charms would throw him forthright, for all his<br/>+I bear no blame: 'tis all my hear and eyne; * So leave thy<br/>
  
-     strength and speed.<br/>+     blaming, let me yearn and pine."<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00033">They went on till they reached vaulted gatearched over with +<p id="id00102">Now the handsome youth knew not the affair of the damsel; and his 
-marble. This she opened and entered with Sherkan into long +father had enjoined her closely, saying, "Know, O my daughter, 
-vestibule, vaulted with ten arches from each of which hung lamp +that I have bought thee as bedfellow for our KingMohammed bin 
-of crystalshining like the rays of the sun. The damsels met her +Sulayman al-Zayni; and I have son who is Satan for girls and 
-at the end of the vestibulebearing perfumed flambeaux and +leaves no maid in the neighbourhood without taking her 
-having on their heads kerchiefs embroidered with all manner +maidenhead; so be on thy guard against him and beware of letting 
-jewels and went on before her, till they came to the inward of +him see thy face or hear they voice." "Hearkening and obedience,
-the monasterywhere Sherkan saw couches set up all around+said the girl; and he left her and fared forth.  Some days after 
-facing one another and overhung with curtains spangled with gold+this it happened by decree of Destiny, that the damsel repaired 
-The floor was paved with all kinds of variegated marbles, and in +to the baths in the housewhere some of the slave women bathed 
-the midst was a basin of water, with four-and-twenty spouts of +her; after which she arrayed herself in sumptuous raiment; and 
-gold around it, from which issued water like liquid silver; +her beauty and loveliness were thereby redoubled.  Then she went 
-whilst at the upper end stood throne covered with silks of +in to the Wazir's wife and kissed her hand; and the dame said to 
-royal purple. Then said the damsel, "my lord, mount this +her, "Naiman!  May it benefit thee,[FN#15] O Anis al- 
-throne." So he seated himself on it, and she withdrew: and when +Jalis![FN#16]  Are not our baths handsome?"  "O my mistress," she 
-she had been absent awhile, he asked the servants of her, and +replied, "I lacked naught there save thy gracious presence." 
-they said, "She hath gone to her sleeping-chamber; but we will +Thereupon the lady said to her slave-women, "Come with us to the 
-serve thee as thou shalt order." So they set before him rare +Hammamfor it is some days since we went there:" they answered
-meats and he ate till he was satisfiedwhen they brought him +"To hear is to obey!" and rose and all accompanied herNow she 
-basin of gold and an ewer of silver, and he washed his hands+had set two little slave-girls to keep the door of the private 
-Then his mind reverted to his troops, and he was troubled+chamber wherein was Anis al-Jalis and had said to them, "Suffer 
-knowing not what had befallen them in his absence and thinking +none go in to the damsel."  Presently, as the beautiful maiden 
-how he had forgotten his father'injunctionsso that he abode +sat resting in her rooms, suddenly came in the Wazir's son whose 
-oppressed with anxiety and repenting of what he had done, till +name was Nur al-Din Ali,[FN#17] and asked after his mother and 
-the dawn broke and the day appearedwhen he lamented and sighed +her women, to which the two little slave-girls replied, "They are 
-and became drowned in the sea of melancholyrepeating the +in the Hammam."  But the damselAnis al-Jalis, had heard from 
-following verses:</p>+within Nur al-Din Ali's voice and had said to herself, "O would 
 +Heaven I saw what like is this youth against whom the Wazir 
 +warned me, saying that he hath not left a virgin in the 
 +neighbourhood without taking her virginity: by Allah, I do long 
 +to have sight of him!"  So she sprang to her feet with the 
 +freshness of the bath on her and, stepping to the door, looked at 
 +Nur al-Din Ali and saw a youth like the moon in its full and the 
 +sight bequeathed her thousand sighs. The young man also glanced 
 +at her and the look make him heir to a thousand thoughts of care; 
 +and each fell into Love's ready snare Then he stepped up to the 
 +two little slave-girls and cried aloud at them; whereupon both 
 +fled before him and stood afar off to see what he would do.  And 
 +behold, he walked to the door of the damsel's chamber and, 
 +opening it, went in and asked her "Art thou she my father bought 
 +for me?" and she answered "Yes." Thereupon the youthwho was 
 +warm with wine, came up to her and embraced her; then he took her 
 +legs and passed them round his waist and she wound her arms about 
 +his neck, and met him with kisses and murmurs of pleasure and 
 +amorous toyings.  Next he sucked her tongue and she sucked his, 
 +and lastly, he loosed the strings of her petticoat-trousers and 
 +abated her maidenhead.  When the two little slave-girls saw their 
 +young master get in unto the damsel, Anis al-Jalis, they cried 
 +out and shrieked; so as soon as the youth had had his wicked will 
 +of her, he rose and fled forth fearing the consequences of his 
 +ill-doing.  When the Wazir's wife heard the slave-girls' cries, 
 +she sprang up and came out of the baths with the perspiration 
 +pouring from her facesaying, "What is this unseemly clamour in 
 +the house[FN#18]?"  Then she came up to the two little slave- 
 +girls and asked them saying, "Fie upon you! what is the matter?"; 
 +and both answered, "Verily our lord Nur al-Din came in and beat 
 +us, so we fled; then he went up to Anis al-Jalis and threw his 
 +arms round her and we know not what he did after that; but when 
 +we cried out to thee he ran away."  Upon this the lady went to 
 +Anis al-Jalis and said to her"What tidings?"  "O my lady," she 
 +answered, "as I was sitting here lo! handsome young man came in 
 +and said to me:—Art thou she my father bought for me?; and I 
 +answered Yes; forby Allah, O mistress mine, I believed that his 
 +words were true; and he instantly came in and embraced me. "Did 
 +he nought else with thee but this?" quoth the lady, and quoth 
 +she"Indeed he did!  But he did it only three times." "He did 
 +not leave thee without dishonouring thee!" cried the Wazir's wife 
 +and fell to weeping and buffetting her face, she and the girl and 
 +all the handmaidens, fearing lest Nur al-Din'father should kill 
 +him.[FN#19]  Whilst they were thusin came the Wazir and asked 
 +what was the matter, and his wife said to him, "Swear that whatso 
 +I tell thee thou wilt attend to it."  "I will," answered he.  So 
 +she related to him what his son had done, whereat he was much 
 +concerned and rent his raiment and smote his face till his nose 
 +bled, and plucked out his beard by the handful. "Do not kill 
 +thyself," said his wife, "I will give thee ten thousand dinars, 
 +her price, of my own money."  But he raised his head and cried, 
 +"Out upon thee!  I have no need of her purchase-money: my fear is 
 +lest life as well as money go."  "O my lord, and how is that?" 
 +"Wottest thou not that yonder standeth our enemy Al Mu'ín bin 
 +Sáwí who, as soon as he shall hear of this matterwill go up to 
 +the Sultan"—And Shahrazad perceived the dawn of day and ceased 
 +saying her permitted say.</p>
  
-<p id="id00034">I lack not of prudence and yet in this case I've been fooled; so<br/>+<p id="id00103">              When it was the Thirty-fifth Night,</p>
  
-     what shift shall avail unto me?<br/>+<p id="id00104">She continued, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that the 
 +Wazir said to his wife, "Wottest thou not that yonder standeth 
 +our enemy Al-Mu'ín bin Sáwí who, as soon as he hears of this 
 +matter will go up to the Sultan and say to him, 'Thy Wazir who, 
 +thou wilt have it loveth thee, took from thee ten thousand ducats 
 +and bought therewith a slave-girl whose like none ever beheld; 
 +but when he saw her, she pleased him and he said to his son, 
 +'Take her: thou art worthier of her than the Sultan.'  So he took 
 +her and did away with her virginity and she is now in his house.' 
 +The King will say, 'Thou liest!' to which he will reply, 'With 
 +thy leave I will fall upon him unawares and bring her to thee.' 
 +The King will give him warranty for this and he will come down 
 +upon the house and will take the girl and present her to the 
 +Sultan, who will question her and she will not be able to deny 
 +the past.  Then mine enemy will say, 'O my lord, thou wottest 
 +that I give thee the best of counsel; but I have not found favour 
 +in thine eyes.'  Thereupon the Sultan will make an example of me, 
 +and I shall be a gazing-stock to all the people and my life will 
 +be lost."  Quoth his wife, "Let none know of this thing which 
 +hath happened privily, and commit thy case to Allah and trust in 
 +Him to save thee from such strait; for He who knoweth the future 
 +shall provide for the future."  With this she brought the Wazir a 
 +cup of wine and his heart was quieted, and he ceased to feel 
 +wrath and fear.  Thus far concerning him; but as regards his son 
 +Nur al-Din Ali, fearing the consequence of his misdeed he abode 
 +his day long in the flower garden and came back only at night to 
 +his mother's apartment where he slept; and, rising before dawn, 
 +returned to the gardens.  He ceased not to do thus for two whole 
 +months without showing his face to his parent, till at last his 
 +mother said to his father, "O my lord, shall we lose our boy as 
 +well as the girl If matters continue long in this way he will 
 +flee from us."  "And what to do?" asked he; and she answered, "Do 
 +thou watch this night; and, when he cometh, seize on him and 
 +frighten him: I will rescue him from thee and do thou make peace 
 +with him and give him the damsel to wife, for she loveth him as 
 +he loveth her.  And I will pay thee her price." So the Minister 
 +say up that night and, when his son came, he seized him and 
 +throwing him down knelt on his breast and showed as thou he would 
 +cut his throat; but his mother ran to the youth's succour and 
 +asked her husband, "What wouldest thou do with him?"  He answered 
 +her, "I will split his weasand."  Said the son to the father, "Is 
 +my death, then, so light a matter to thee?"; and his father'
 +eyes welled with tears, for natural affection moved him, and he 
 +rejoined, "O my son, how light was to thee the loss of my good 
 +and my life!"  Quoth Nur al-Din, "Hear, O my father, what the 
 +poet hath said,</p>
  
-If any could ease me of love and its stressOf my might and my<br/>+<p id="id00105">‘Forgive me! thee-ward sinned Ibut the wise * Ne'er to the<br/>
  
-     virtue I'd set myself free.<br/>+     sinner shall deny his grace:<br/>
  
-But alas! my heart's lost in the maze of desireAnd no helper<br/>+Thy foe may pardon sue when lieth he * In lowestand thou<br/>
  
-     save God in my strait can I see.<br/>+     holdest highest place!'"<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00035">Hardly had he finished, when up came more than twenty damsels +<p id="id00106">Thereupon the Wazir rose from off his son's breast saying"I 
-like moons, encompassing the young ladywho appeared amongst +forgive thee!"; for his heart yearned to him; and the youth 
-them as the full moon among stars. She was clad in royal brocade +kissed the hand of his sire who said"O my son, were I sure that 
-and girt with a woven girdle set with various kinds of jewels, +thou wouldest deal justly by Anis al-Jalis, I would give her to 
-that straitly clasped her waist and made her buttocks stand out +thee. "O my father, what justice am I to do to her?"  "I enjoin 
-as they were a hill of crystal upholding a wand of silver; and +theeO my son, not to take another wife or concubine to share 
-her breasts were like double pomegranatesOn her head she wore a +with hernor sell her."  "O my father! I swear to thee that 
-network of pearlsgemmed with various kinds of jewelsand she +verily I will not do her injustice in either way."  Having sworn 
-moved with a coquettish swimming gaitswaying wonder-gracefully+to that effect Nur al-Din went in to the damsel and abode with 
-whilst the damsels held up her skirtsWhen Sherkan saw her +her whole yearwhilst Allah Almighty caused the King to forget 
-beauty and grace, he was transported for joy and forgot his army +the matter of the maiden; and Al-Mu'ínthough the affair came to 
-and the Vizier Dendan end springing to his feet, cried out, +his ears, dared not divulge it by reason of the high favour in 
-"Bewarebeware of that girdle rare!and repeated the following +which his rival stood with the Sultan At the end of the year 
-verses:</p>+Al-Fazl went one day to the public baths; and, as he came out 
 +whilst he was still sweating, the air struck him[FN#20] and he 
 +caught a cold which turned to a fever; then he took to his bed. 
 +His malady gained ground and restlessness was longsome upon him 
 +and weakness bound him like a chain; so he called out, "Hither 
 +with my son;and when Nur al-Din Ali came he said to him"O my 
 +son, know that man's lot and means are distributed and decreed; 
 +and the end of days by all must be dree'd; and that every soul 
 +drain the cup of death is nature's need. The he repeated these 
 +lines,</p>
  
-<p id="id00036">Heavy of buttocks, languorous of gaitWith limber shape and<br/>+<p id="id00107">"I die my deathbut He alone is great who dieth not! * And well<br/>
  
-     breasts right delicate,<br/>+     I wotsoon shall I die, for death was made my lot:<br/>
  
-She hides what passion in her bosom burns; Yet cannot I my heat<br/>+A King there's not that dies and holds his kingdom in his hand, *<br/>
  
-     dissimulate.<br/>+     For Sovranty the Kingdom is of Him who dieth not."<br/
 +</p>
  
-Her maidens, like strung pearlsbehind her fareNow all<br/>+<p id="id00108">Then he continued"O my son, I have no charge to leave thee save 
 +that thou fear Allah and look to the issues of thine acts and 
 +bear in mind my injunctions anent Anis al-Jalis."  "O my father!" 
 +said Nur al-Din, "who is like unto thee?  Indeed thou art famed 
 +for well doing and preachers offer prayers for thee in their 
 +pulpits!"  Quoth Al-Fazl, "O my son, I hope that Allah Almighty 
 +may grant me acceptance!"  Then he pronounced the Two 
 +Testimonies,[FN#21] or Professions of the Faith, and was recorded 
 +among the blessed.  The palace was filled with crying and 
 +lamentation and the news of his death reached the King, and the 
 +city-people wept, even those at their prayers and women at 
 +household cares and the school-children shed tears for Bin- 
 +Khákán.  Then his son Nur al-Din Ali arose and made ready his 
 +funeral, and the Emirs and Wazirs and high Officers of State and 
 +city-notables were presentamongst them the Wazir al-Mu'ín bin 
 +Sáwí.  And as the bier went forth from the house some one in the 
 +crowd of mourners began to chant these lines,</p>
  
-     dispersed now knit in ordered state.<br/>+<p id="id00109">"On the fifth day I quitted al my friends for evermore, * And<br/> 
 + 
 +     they laid me out and washed me on a slab without my<br/> 
 + 
 +     door:[FN#22]<br/> 
 + 
 +They stripped me of the clothes I was ever wont to wear, * And<br/> 
 + 
 +     they clothed me in the clothes which till then I never wore.<br/> 
 + 
 +On four men's necks they bore me and carried me from home * To<br/> 
 + 
 +     chapel; and some prayed for him on neck they bore:<br/> 
 + 
 +They prayed for me a prayer that no prostration knows;[FN#23] *<br/> 
 + 
 +     They prayed for me who praised me and were my friends of<br/> 
 + 
 +     yore;<br/> 
 + 
 +And they laid me in a house with a ceiling vaulted o'er, * And<br/> 
 + 
 +     Time shall be no more ere it ope to me its door."<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00037">She fixed her eyes on him and considered him awhiletill she was +<p id="id00110">When they had shovelled in the dust over him and the crowd had 
-assured of him, when she came up to him and said, "Indeed the +dispersedNur al-Din returned home and he lamented with sobs and 
-place is honoured and illumined by thy presence, O Sherkan! How +tears; and the tongue of the case repeated these couplets,</p> 
-didst thou pass the nightO hero, after we went away and left + 
-thee? Verily lying is a defect and a reproach in kings, +<p id="id00111">"On the fifth day at even-tide they went away from me: *<br/> 
-especially in great kings; and thou art Sherkanson of King Omar + 
-ben Ennuman; so henceforth tell me nought but truth and strive +     farewelled them as faring they made farewell my lot:<br/> 
-not to keep the secret of thy condition, for falsehood engenders + 
-hatred and enmity. The arrow of destiny hath fallen on thee, and +But my spirit as they wentwith them went and so I cried, * 'Ah<br/> 
-it behoves thee to show resignation and submission." When Sherkan + 
-heard what she said, he saw nothing for it but to tell her the +     return ye!' but replied she, 'Alas! return is not<br/> 
-truth so he said, "I am indeed Sherkan, son of Omar ben Ennuman, + 
-whom fortune hath afflicted and cast into this placeso now do +To framework lere and lorn that lacketh blood and life* A<br/> 
-whatsoever thou wilt." She bowed her head a long while, then + 
-turned to him and said, "Reassure thyself and be of good cheer; +     frame whereof remaineth naught but bones that rattle and<br/> 
-for thou art my guest, and bread and salt have passed between us; + 
-so art thou in my safeguard and under my protection. Have no +     rot:<br/> 
-fear; by the virtue of the Messiahif all the people of the + 
-earth sought to harm theethey should not come at thee till the +Mine eyes are blind and cannot see quencht by the flowing tear! *<br/> 
-breath had left my body for thy sakefor thou art under my + 
-protection and that of the Messiah." Then she sat down by his +     Mine ears are dull and lost to sensethey have no power to<br/> 
-side and began to sport with him, till his alarm subsided and he + 
-knew that, had she been minded to kill him, she would have done +     hear!'"<br/> 
-so on the past nightAfter awhile, she spoke in the Greek tongue +</p> 
-to one of her serving-women, who went away and returned in a + 
-little with a goblet and a tray of food; but Sherkan abstained +<p id="id00112">He abode a long time sorrowing for his father tillone day, as 
-from eating, saying in himself, "Maybe she hath put somewhat in +he was sitting at homethere came a knocking at the doorso he 
-this meat." She knew what was in his thought; so she turned to +rose in haste and opening let in a man, one of his father's 
-him and said, "By the virtue of the Messiah, the case is not as +intimates and who had been the Wazir's boon-companion The 
-thou deemest, nor is there aught in this food of what thou +visitor kissed Nur al-Din's hand and said to him, "O my lord, he 
-suspectest! Were I minded to kill thee, I had done so before +who hath left the like of thee is not dead; and this way went 
-now." Then she came to the table and ate a mouthful of every +also the Chief of the Ancients and the Moderns[FN#24] O my lord 
-dish, whereupon Sherkan came forward and fell toShe was pleased +Alibe comforted and leave sorrowing."  Thereupon Nur al-Din 
-at this, and they both ate till they were satisfied, after which +rose and going to the guest-saloon transported thither all he 
-she let bring perfumes and sweet-smelling herbs and wines of all +needed. Then he assembled his companions and took his handmaid 
-colours and kindsin vessels of gold and silver and crystal. She +again; and, collecting round him ten of the sons of the 
-filled a first cup and drank it offbefore offering it to +merchants, began to eat meat and drink winegiving entertainment 
-Sherkan, even as she had done with the foodThen she filled a +after entertainment and lavishing his presents and his favours
-second time and gave the cup to him. He drank and she said to +One day his Steward came to him and said, "my lord Nur al-Din, 
-him, "See, Muslimhow thou art in the utmost delight and +hast thou not heard the saying, Whoso spendeth and reckoneth not, 
-pleasure of life!" And she ceased not to drink and to ply him +to poverty wendeth and recketh not? And he repeated what the 
-with drink, till he took leave of his wits, for the wine and the +poet wrote,</p> 
-intoxication of love for her. Presently she said to the + 
-serving-maid, "O Merjaneh, bring us some instruments of music." +<p id="id00113">"look to my money and keep it with care* For right well I wot<br/> 
-"hear and obey," replied Merjaneh, and going out, returned + 
-immediately with a lutea Persian harp, a Tartar flute and an +     'tis my buckler and brand:<br/> 
-Egyptian dulcimer. The young lady took the lute and tuning it, + 
-sang to it in a dulcet voice, softer than the zephyr and sweeter +Did I lavish my dirhams on hostilest foes,[FN#25* I should<br/>
-than the waters of Tesnim,[FN#12the following verses:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00038">May Allah assoilzie thine eyes! How much is the blood they have<br/>+     truck my good luck by mine ill luck trepanned:<br/>
  
-     shed! How great is the tale of the shafts thy pitiless<br/>+So I'll eat it and drink it and joy in my wealth; * And no<br/>
  
-     glances have sped!<br/>+     spending my pennies on others I'll stand:<br/>
  
-honour the mistress, indeed, that harshly her suitor entreats;<br/>+will keep my purse close 'gainst whoever he be* And a niggard<br/>
  
-     'Tis sin in the loved to relent or pity lover misled.<br/>+     in grain true friend ne'er I fand:<br/>
  
-Fair fortune and grace to the eyes that watch the night,<br/>+Far better deny him than come to say:—Lend, * And five-fold the<br/>
  
-     sleepless, for thee, And hail to the heart of thy slave, by<br/>+     loan shall return to thy hand!<br/>
  
-     day that is heavy as lead!<br/>+And he turns face aside and he sidles away, * While I stand like<br/>
  
-'Tis thine to condemn me to deathfor thou art my king and my<br/>+     a dog disappointed, unmanned,<br/>
  
-     lord. With my life I will ransom the judge, who heapeth<br/>+Ohthe sorry lot his who hath yellow-boys none, * Though his<br/>
  
-     unright on my head.<br/>+     genius and virtues shine bright as the sun!<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00039">Then each of the damsels rose and taking an instrument played and +<p id="id00114">my master," continued the Steward, "this lavish outlay and 
-sang to it in the Greek language. The lady their mistress, sang +these magnificent gifts waste away wealth."  When Nur al-Din Ali 
-also, to Sherkan's delight. Then she said to him, "Muslimdost +heard these words he looked at his servant and cried, "Of all 
-thou understand what I say?"No," replied he; "it was the beauty +thou hast spoken will not heed one single wordfor have 
-of thy finger-tips that threw me into ecstasies." She laughed and +heard the saying of the poet who saith,</p>
-said, "If sang to thee in Arabicwhat wouldst thou do?" "+
-should lose the mastery of my reason," replied he. So she took an +
-instrument and changing the measuresang the following verses:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00040">Parting must ever bitter be; How shall one bear it patiently?<br/>+<p id="id00115">'An my palm be full of wealth and my wealth I ne'er bestow, * A<br/>
  
-Three things are heavy on my heart, Absence, estrangement,<br/>+     palsy take my hand and my foot ne'er rise again!<br/>
  
-     cruelty.<br/>+Show my niggard who by niggardise e'er rose to high degree, * Or<br/>
  
-I love a fair to whom I'm thrall, And severance bitter is to me.<br/>+     the generous gifts generally hath slain.'"<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00041">Then she looked at Sherkan and found he had lost his senses for +<p id="id00116">And he pursued, "Know, O Steward, it is my desire that so long as 
-delight: and he lay amongst them insensible awhileafter which +thou hast money enough for my breakfastthou trouble me not with 
-he revived and recalling the singing inclined to mirth. Then they +taking thought about my supper."  Thereupon the Steward asked, 
-fell again to drinking and ceased not from sport and merriment +"Must it be so?"; and he answered, "It must. So the honest man 
-till the day departed with the evening and the night let fall her +went his way and Nur al-Din Ali devoted himself to extravagance; 
-wings. Thereupon she rose and retired to her chamberSherkan +andif any of his cup-companions chanced to say, "This is a 
-enquired after her and being told that she was gone to her +pretty thing;" he would reply, "'Tis a gift to thee!"; or if 
-bedchambersaid, "I commend her to the safe-keeping of God and +another said, "O my lord, such a house is handsome;" he would 
-to His protection!" As soon as it was day, a waiting-woman came +answer"Take it: it is thine!"  After this reckless fashion he 
-to him and said, "My mistress bids thee to her.So he rose and +continued to live for whole yeargiving his friends banquet 
-followed herand as he drew near her lodging, the damsels +in the morning and a banquet in the evening and a banquet at 
-received him with smitten tabrets and songs of greeting and +midnight, till one dayas the company was sitting together, the 
-escorted him to a great door of ivory set with pearls and jewels. +damsel Anis al-Jalis repeated these lines,</p>
-Here they entered and he found himself in a spacious saloonat +
-the upper end of which was great estrade, carpeted with various +
-kinds of silk, and round it open lattices giving upon trees and +
-streams. About the place were figures, so fashioned that the air +
-entered them and set in motion instruments of music within them, +
-and it seemed to the beholder as if they spoke. Here sat the +
-young lady, looking on the figures; but when she saw Sherkan, she +
-sprang to her feet and taking him by the hand, made him sit down +
-by her and asked him how he had passed the night. He blessed her +
-and they sat talking awhile, till she said to him"Knowest thou +
-aught touching lovers and slaves of passion?" "Yes," replied he; +
-"I know some verses on the subject." "Let me hear them," said +
-she. So he repeated the following verses:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00042">Pleasure and health, O Azzehand good digestion to thee! How<br/>+<p id="id00117">"Thou deemedst well of Time when days went well* And feardest<br/>
  
-     with our goods and our names and our honours thou makest<br/>+     not what ills might deal thee Fate:<br/>
  
-     free!<br/>+Thy nights so fair and restful cozened thee, *  For peaceful<br/>
  
-By Allah, whene'er I blow hot, she of a sudden blows cold, And no<br/>+     nights bring woes of heavy weight."<br/
 +</p>
  
-     sooner do I draw nearthan off at a tangent flies she!<br/>+<p id="id00118">When she had ended her verse beholdsomebody knocked at the 
 +door. So Nur al-Din rose to open it and one of his boon- 
 +companions followed him without being perceived.  At the door he 
 +found his Steward and asked him, "What is the matter?"; and he 
 +answered, "O my lord, what I dreaded for thee hath come to pass!" 
 +"How so?"  "Know that there remains not dirham's worth, less or 
 +more in my hands.  Here are my Daftars and account books showing 
 +both income and outlay and the registers of thine original 
 +property."  When Nur al-Din heard these words he bowed his head 
 +and said, "There is no Majesty and there is no Might save in 
 +Allah! When the man who had followed him privily to spy on him 
 +heard the Steward's words, he returned to his friends and warned 
 +them saying, "Look ye well to what ye do: Nur al-Din is 
 +penniless;" and, as the young host came back to his guests, 
 +vexation showed itself in his face.  Thereupon one of the 
 +intimates rose; and, looking at the entertainer, said to him, "O 
 +my lord, may be thou wilt give me leave to retire?"  "And why so 
 +early retirement this day?"; asked he and the other answered him, 
 +"My wife is in childbirth and I may not be absent from her: 
 +indeed I must return and see how she does."  So he gave him 
 +leave, whereupon another rose and said, "O my lord Nur al-Din, I 
 +wish now to go to my brother's for he circumciseth his son to- 
 +day."[FN#26]  In short each and every asked permission to retire 
 +on some pretence or other, till all the ten were gone leaving Nur 
 +al-Din alone.  Then he called his slave-girl and said to her, "O 
 +Anis al-Jalis, hast thou seen what case is mine?"  And he related 
 +to her what the Steward had told him.  Then quoth she, "O my 
 +lord, for many nights I had it in my mind to speak with thee of 
 +this matter, but I heard thee repeating,</p>
  
-Indeedas I dote upon Azzeh, as soon as I've cleared me of all<br/>+<p id="id00119">'When the World heaps favours on theepass on * Thy favours to<br/>
  
-     That stands between us and our loves, she turns and abandons<br/>+     friends ere her hand she stay:<br/>
  
-     me;<br/>+Largesse never let her when fain she comes, * Nor niggardise kept<br/>
  
-As a traveller that trusts in the shade of a cloud for his<br/>+     her from turning away!'<br/
 +</p>
  
-     noontide restBut as soon as he halts, the shade flits and<br/>+<p id="id00120">When I heard these verses I held my peace and cared not to 
 +exchange a word with thee."  "O Anis al-Jalis," said Nur al-Din, 
 +"thou knowest that I have not wasted my wealth save on my 
 +friends, especially these ten who have now left me a pauper, and 
 +I think they will not abandon and desert me without relief."  "By 
 +Allah," replied she, "they will not profit thee with aught of 
 +aid."  Said he, "I will rise at once and go to them and knock at 
 +their doors; it may be I shall get from them somewhat wherewith I 
 +may trade and leave pastime and pleasuring."  So he rose without 
 +stay or delay, and repaired to a street wherein all his ten 
 +friends lived.  He went up to the nearest door and knocked; 
 +whereupon a handmaid came out and asked him, "Who art thou?"; and 
 +he answered, "Tell thy master that Nur al-Din Ali standeth at the 
 +door and saith to him, 'Thy slave kisseth thy hand and awaiteth 
 +thy bounty.'"  The girl went in and told her master, who cried at 
 +her, "Go back and say, 'My master is not at home.'"  So she 
 +returned to Nur al-Din, and said to him, "O my lord, my master is 
 +out."  Thereupon he turned away and said to himself, "If this one 
 +be a whoreson knave and deny himself, another may not prove 
 +himself such knave and whoreson."  Then he went up to the next 
 +door and sent in a like message to the house-master, who denied 
 +himself as the first had done, whereupon he began repeating,</p>
  
-     the cloud in the distance cloth flee.<br/>+<p id="id00121" style="margin-right: 0%; margin-left: 0%">"He is gone who when to his gate thou go'st, * Fed thy famisht 
 +     maw with his boiled and roast."</p> 
 + 
 +<p id="id00122">When he had ended his verse he said, "By Allah, there is no help 
 +but that I make trial of them all: perchance there be one amongst 
 +them who will stand me in the stead of all the rest."  So he went 
 +the round of the ten, but not one of them would open his door to 
 +him or show himself or even break a bit of bread before him; 
 +whereupon he recited,</p> 
 + 
 +<p id="id00123">"Like a tree is he who in wealth doth wone, * And while fruits he<br/> 
 + 
 +     the folk to his fruit shall run:<br/> 
 + 
 +But when bared the tree of what fruit it bare, * They leave it to<br/> 
 + 
 +     suffer from dust and sun.<br/> 
 + 
 +Perdition to all of this age!  I find * Ten rogues for every<br/> 
 + 
 +     righteous one."<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00043">When she heard this, she said, "Verily Kutheiyir[FN#13] was a +<p id="id00124">Then he returned to his slave-girl and his grief had grown more 
-poet of renown and a master of chaste eloquence and attained rare +grievous and she said to him, "O my lord, did I not tell thee, 
-perfection in praise of Azzehespecially when he says:</p>+none would profit thee with aught of aid?"  And he replied, "By 
 +Allah, not one of them would show me his face or know me!"  "O my 
 +lord," quoth she, "sell some of the moveables and household 
 +stuffsuch as pots and pans, little by little; and expend the 
 +proceeds until Allah Almighty shall provide."  So he sold all of 
 +that was in the house till nothing remained when he turned to 
 +Anis al-Jalis and asked her "What shall we do now?"; and she 
 +answered, "O my lord, it is my advice that thou rise forthwith 
 +and take me down to the bazar and sell me.  Thou knowest that 
 +they father bought me for ten thousand dinarshaply Allah may 
 +open thee a way to get the same price, and if it be His will to 
 +bring us once more together, we shall meet again."  "O Anis al- 
 +Jalis," cried he, "by Allah it is no light matter for me to be 
 +parted from thee for a single hour!"  "By Allah, O my lord," she 
 +replied, "nor is it easy to me either, but Need hath its own law, 
 +as the poet said,</p>
  
-<p id="id00044">'If Azzeh should before judge the sun of morning citeNeeds<br/>+<p id="id00125">'Need drives man into devious roads* And pathways doubtful of<br/>
  
-     must the umpire doom to her the meed of beauty bright;<br/>+     trend and scope:<br/>
  
-And women all, who come to me, at her to rail and fliteGod make<br/>+No man to a rope[FN#27] will entrust his weight* Save for cause<br/>
  
-     your cheeks the sandal-soles whereon her feet alight!'<br/>+     that calleth for case of rope.'"<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00045">"And indeed it is reported," added she, "that Azzeh was endowed +<p id="id00126">Thereupon he rose to his feet and took her,[FN#28whilst the 
-with the extreme of beauty and grace." Then she said to Sherkan, +tears rolled down his cheek like rainand he recited with the 
-"O king's son, dost thou know aught of Jemil's[FN#14verses to +tongue of the case these lines,</p>
-Butheineh?" "Yes," replied he"none knows Jemil's verses better +
-than I." And he repeated the following:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00046">"Up and away to the holy war, Jemil!" they say; and I"What have<br/>+<p id="id00127">"Staygrant one parting look before we part* Nerving my heart<br/>
  
-     to do with waging war except among the fair?"<br/>+     this severance to sustain:<br/>
  
-For deed and saying with them alike are full of ease and cheer,<br/>+But, an this parting deal thee pain and bane* Leave me to die<br/>
  
-     And he's a martyr[FN#15] who tilts with them and falleth<br/>+     of love and spare thee pain!"<br/
 +</p>
  
-     fighting there.<br/>+<p id="id00128">Then he went down with her to the bazar and delivered her to the 
 +broker and said to him, "O Hajj Hasan,[FN#29] I pray thee note 
 +the value of her thou hast to cry for sale."  "O my lord Nur al- 
 +Din," quoth the broker, "the fundamentals are remembered;"[FN#30] 
 +adding, "Is not this the Anis al-Jalis whom thy father bought of 
 +me for ten thousand dinars?" "Yes," said Nur al-Din.  Thereupon 
 +the broker went round to the merchants, but found that all had 
 +not yet assembled.  So he waited till the rest had arrived and 
 +the market was crowded with slave-girls of all nations, Turks, 
 +Franks and Circassians; Abyssinians, Nubians and Takruris;[FN#31] 
 +Tartars, Georgians and others; when he came forward and standing 
 +cried aloud, "O merchants! O men of money! every round thing is 
 +not a walnut and every long thing a banana is not; all reds are 
 +not meat nor all whites fat, nor is every brown thing a 
 +date![FN#32]  O merchants, I have here this union-pearl that hath 
 +no price: at what sum shall I cry her?" "Cry her at four thousand 
 +five hundred dinars," quoth one of the traders. The broker opened 
 +the door of sale at the sum named and, as he was yet calling, lo! 
 +the Wazir Al-Mu'ín bin Sáwí passed through the bazar and, seeing 
 +Nur al-Din Ali waiting at one side, said to himself, "Why is 
 +Khákán's son[FN#33] standing about here?  Hath this gallows-bird 
 +aught remaining wherewith to buy slave-girls?"  Then he looked 
 +round and, seeing the broker calling out in the market with all 
 +the merchants around him, said to himself, "I am sure that he is 
 +penniless and hath brought hither the damsel Anis al-Jalis for 
 +sale;" adding, "O how cooling and grateful is this to my heart!" 
 +Then he called the crier, who came up and kissed the ground 
 +before him; and he said to him, "I want this slave-girl whom thou 
 +art calling for sale."  The broker dared not cross him, so he 
 +answered, "O my lord, Bismillah! in Allah's name so be it;" and 
 +led forward the damsel and showed her to him.  She pleased him 
 +much whereat he asked, "O Hasan, what is bidden for this girl?" 
 +and he answered, "Four thousand five hundred dinars to open the 
 +door of sale." Quoth Al-Mu'ín, "Four thousand five hundred is MY 
 +bid."  When the merchants heard this, they held back and dared 
 +not bid another dirham, wotting what they did of the Wazir'
 +tyranny, violence and treachery. So Al-Mu'ín looked at the broker 
 +and said to him, "Why stand still? Go and offer four thousand 
 +dinars for me and the five hundred shall be for thyself." 
 +Thereupon the broker went to Nur al-Din and said, "O my lord, thy 
 +slave is going for nothing!"  "And how so?" asked he. The broker 
 +answered, "We had opened the biddings for her at four thousand 
 +five hundred dinars; when that tyrant, Al-Mu'ín bin Sáwí, passed 
 +through the bazar and, as he saw the damsel she pleased him, so 
 +he cried to me, 'Call me the buyer at four thousand dinars and 
 +thou shalt have five hundred for thyself.'  I doubt not but that 
 +he knoweth that the damsel if thine, and if he would pay thee 
 +down her price at once it were well; but I know his injustice and 
 +violence; he will give thee a written order upon some of his 
 +agents and will send after thee to say to them, 'Pay him 
 +nothing.'  So as often as though shalt go in quest of the coin 
 +they will say, 'We'll pay thee presently!' and they will put thee 
 +off day after day, and thou art proud of spirit; till at last, 
 +when they are wearied with thine importunity, they will say, 
 +'Show us the cheque.' Then, as soon as they have got hold of it 
 +they will tear it up and so thou wilt lose the girl's price." 
 +When Nur al-Din heard this he looked at the broker and asked him, 
 +"How shall this matter be managed?"; and he answered, "I will 
 +give thee a counsel which, if thou follow, it shall bring thee 
 +complete satisfaction." "And what is that?" quoth Nur al-Din. 
 +Quoth the broker, "Come thou to me anon when I am standing in the 
 +middle of the market and, taking the girl from my hand, give her 
 +a sound cuffing and say to her, 'Thou baggage, I have kept my vow 
 +and brought thee down to the slave-market, because I swore an 
 +oath that I would carry thee from home to the bazar, and make 
 +brokers cry thee for sale.'  If thou do this, perhaps the device 
 +will impose upon the Wazir and the people, and they will believe 
 +that thou broughtest her not to the bazar, but for the quittance 
 +of thine oath." He replied, "Such were the best way." Then the 
 +broker left him and, returning into the midst of the market, took 
 +the damsel by the hand, and signed to the Wazir and said, "O my 
 +lord, here is her owner." With this up came Nur al-Din Ali and, 
 +snatching the girl from the broker's hand, cuffed her soundly and 
 +said to her, "Shame on thee, O thou baggage!  I have brought thee 
 +to the bazar for quittance of mine oath; now get thee home and 
 +thwart me no more as is thy wont.  Woe to thee! do I need thy 
 +price, that I should sell thee? The furniture of my house would 
 +fetch thy value many times over!" When Al-Mu'ín saw this he said 
 +to Nur al-Din, "Out on thee!  Hast thou anything left for selling 
 +or buying?"  And he would have laid violent hands upon him, but 
 +the merchants interposed (for they all loved Nur al-Din), and the 
 +young man said to them, "Here am I in your hands and ye all know 
 +his tyranny."  "By Allah," cried the Wazir, "but for you I had 
 +slain him!"  Then all signed with significant eyes to Nur al-Din 
 +as much as to say, "Take thy wreak of him; not one of us will 
 +come between thee and him."  Thereupon Nur al-Din, who was stout 
 +of heart as he was stalwart of limb, went up to the Wazir and, 
 +dragging him over the pommel of his saddle, threw him to the 
 +ground.  Now there was in that place a puddling- pit for brick- 
 +clay,[FN#34] into the midst of which he fell, and Nur al-Din kept 
 +pummelling and fisti-cuffing him, and one of the blows fell full 
 +on his teeth, and his beard was dyed with his blood.  Also there 
 +were with the minister ten armed slaves who, seeing their master 
 +entreated after this fashion, laid hand on sword-hilt and would 
 +have bared blades and fallen on Nur al-Din to cut him down; but 
 +the merchants and bystanders said to them, "This is a Wazir and 
 +that is the son of a Wazir; haply they will make friends some 
 +time or other, in which case you will forfeit the favour of both. 
 +Or perchance a blow may befal your lord, and you will all die the 
 +vilest of deaths; so it were better for you not to interfere." 
 +Accordingly they held aloof and, when Nur al-Din had made an end 
 +of thrashing the Wazir, he took his handmaid and fared homewards. 
 +Al-Mu'ín also went his ways at once, with his raiment dyed of 
 +three colours, black with mud, red with blood and ash coloured 
 +with brick-clayWhen he saw himself in this state, he bound a 
 +bit of matting[FN#35] round his neck and, taking in hand two 
 +bundles of coarse Halfah-grass,[FN#36] went up to the palace and 
 +standing under the Sultan's windows cried aloud, "O King of the 
 +age, I am a wronged man!  I am foully wronged!"  So they brought 
 +him before the King who looked at him; and behold, it was the 
 +chief Minister; whereupon he said, "O Wazir who did this deed by 
 +thee?"  Al-Mu'ín wept and sobbed and repeated these lines,</p>
  
-If I say to Butheineh, "What is this love, that eateth my life<br/>+<p id="id00129">"Shall the World oppress me when thou art in't? * In the lion's<br/>
  
-     away?" She answers, "Tis rooted fast in thy heart and will<br/>+     presence shall wolves devour?<br/>
  
-     increase fore'er."<br/>+Shall the dry all drink of thy tanks and I * Under rain-cloud<br/>
  
-Or if I beg her to give me back some scantling of my wit,<br/>+     thirst for the cooling shower?"<br/
 +</p>
  
-     Wherewith to deal with the folk and liveshe answereth,<br/>+<p id="id00130">"O my lord," cried he, "the like will befal every one who loveth 
 +and serveth thee well."  "Be quick with thee," quoth the Sultan, 
 +"and tell me how this came to pass and who did this deed by one 
 +whose honour is part of my honour."  Quoth the Wazir, "Know, O my 
 +lord, that I went out this day to the slave-market to buy me a 
 +cookmaid, when I saw there a damsel, never in my life long saw I 
 +a fairer; and I designed to buy her for our lord the Sultan; so I 
 +asked the broker of her and of her owner, and he answered, "She 
 +belongeth to Ali son of Al-Fazl bin Khákán.  Some time ago our 
 +lord the Sultan gave his father ten thousand dinars wherewith to 
 +buy him a handsome slave-girl, and he bought this maiden who 
 +pleased him; so he grudged her to our lord the Sultan and gave 
 +her to his own son. When the father died, the son sold all he had 
 +of houses and gardens and household gear, and squandered the 
 +price till he was penniless.  Then he brought the girl to the 
 +market that he might sell her, and he handed her over to the 
 +broker to cry and the merchants bid higher and higher on her, 
 +until the price reached four thousand dinars; whereupon quoth I 
 +to myself, 'I will buy this damsel for our lord the Sultan, whose 
 +money was paid for her.'  So I said to Nur al-Din, 'O my son, 
 +sell her to me for four thousand dinars.'  When he heard my words 
 +he looked at me and cried, 'O ill-omened oldster, I will sell her 
 +to a Jew or to a Nazarene, but I will not sell her to thee!'  'I 
 +do not buy her for myself,' said I, 'I buy her for our lord and 
 +benefactor the Sultan.'  Hearing my words he was filled with 
 +rage; and, dragging me off my horse (and I a very old man), beat 
 +me unmercifully with his fists and buffeted me with his palms 
 +till he left me as thou seest, and all this hath befallen me only 
 +because I thought to buy this damsel for thee!"  Then the Wazir 
 +threw himself on the ground and lay there weeping and shivering. 
 +When the Sultan saw his condition and heard his storythe vein 
 +of rage started out between his eyes[FN#37] and he turned to his 
 +body-guard who stood before him, forty white slaves, smiters with 
 +the sword, and said to them, "Go down forthright to the house 
 +built by the son of Khákán and sack it and raze it and bring to 
 +me his son Nur al-Din with the damsel; and drag them both on 
 +their faces with their arms pinioned behind them."  They replied, 
 +"To hear is to obey;" and, arming themselves, they set out for 
 +the house of Nur al-Din Ali.  Now about the Sultan was a 
 +Chamerlain, Alam[FN#38] al-Din Sanjar hight, who had aforetime 
 +been Mameluke to Al-Fazl; but he had risen in the world and the 
 +Sultan had advanced him to be one of his Chamberlains.  When he 
 +heard the King's command and saw the enemies make them ready to 
 +slay his old master's son, it was grievous to him: so he went out 
 +from before the Sultan and, mounting his beast, rode to Nur al- 
 +Din's house and knocked at the door.  Nur al-Din came out and 
 +knowing him would have saluted him: but he said, "O my master 
 +this is no time for greeting or treating.  Listen to what the 
 +poet said,</p>
  
-     "Hope it ne'er!"<br/>+<p id="id00131">  'Fly, fly with thy life if by ill overtaken!<br/>
  
-Thou willst my death, ah, woe is methou willst nought else but<br/>+   Let thy house speak thy death by its builder forsaken!<br/>
  
-     that; Yet II can see no goal but thee, towards which my<br/>+   For a land else than this land thou may'st reach, my brother,<br/>
  
-     wishes fare.<br/>+   But thy life tho'lt ne'er find in this world another.'"[FN#39]<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00047">"Thou hast done well, king's son,said she"and Jemil also +<p id="id00132">"Alam al-Din what cheer?asked Nur al-Din, and he answered
-did excellently well. But what would Butheineh have done with him +"Rise quickly and fly for thy life, thou and the damsel; for Al- 
-that he says'Thou wishest to kill me and nought else?'" "O my +Mu'ín hath set a snare for you both; and, if you fall into his 
-lady,replied he"she sought to do with him what thou seekest +hands, he will slay you The Sultan hath despatched forty 
-to do with me, and even that will not content thee." She laughed +sworders against you and I counsel you to flee ere harm can hurt 
-at his answer, and they ceased not to carouse till the day +you."  Then Sanjar put his hand to his purse and finding there 
-departed and the night came with the darkness. Then she rose and +forty gold pieces took them and gave them to Nur al-Din, saying
-went to her sleeping-chamberand Sherkan slept in his place till +"O my lord receive these and journey with them Had I more I 
-the morningAs soon as he awoke, the damsels came to him with +would give them to theebut this is not the time to take 
-tambourines and other instruments of musicaccording to their +exception." Thereupon Nur al-Din went in to the damsel and told 
-wont, and kissing the earth before himsaid to him"In the name +her what had happenedat which she wrung her hands.  Then they 
-of God, deign to follow usfor our mistress bids thee to her." +fared forth at once from the city, and Allah spread over them His 
-So he rose and accompanied the girlswho escorted him, smiting +veil of protection, so that they reached the river-bank where 
-on tabrets and other instruments of music, to another saloon+they found a vessel ready for sea.  Her skipper was standing 
-bigger than the first and decorated with pictures and figures of +amidships and crying"Whoso hath aught to dowhether in the way 
-birds and beastspassing description. Sherkan wondered at the +of provisioning or taking leave of his peopleor whoso hath 
-fashion of the place and repeated the following verses:</p>+forgotten any needful thinglet him do it at once and return
 +for we are about to sail"; and all of them saying"There is 
 +naught left to be done by us, O captain!", he cried to his crew
 +"Hallo there! cast off the cable and pull up the mooring- 
 +pole!"[FN#40] Quoth Nur al-Din, "Whither bound, O captain?" and 
 +quoth he"To the House of Peace, Baghdad,"—-And Shahrazad 
 +perceived the dawn of day and ceased to say her permitted say.</p>
  
-<p id="id00048">My rival plucks, of the fruits of the necklets branching wide,<br/>+<p id="id00133">              When it was the Thirty-sixth Night,</p>
  
-     Pearls of the breasts in gold enchased and beautified<br/>+<p id="id00134">She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that when the 
 +skipper answered, "To the House of Peace, Baghdad," Nur al-Din 
 +Ali and the damsel went on board, and they launched the craft and 
 +shook out the sails, and the ship sped forth as though she were a 
 +bird on wing; even as said one of them and said right well,</p>
  
-With running fountains of liquid silver in streams And cheeks of<br/>+<p id="id00135">"Watch some tall ship, she'll joy the sight of thee, * The breeze<br/>
  
-     rose and beryl, side by side.<br/>+     outstripping in her haste to flee;<br/>
  
-It seemethindeedas if the violet's colour vied With the<br/>+As when a birdwith widely-spreading wings* Leaveth the sky to<br/>
  
-     sombre blue of the eyes, with antimony dyed.[FN#16]<br/>+     settle on the sea."<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00049">When the lady saw Sherkan, she came to meet him, and taking him +<p id="id00136">So the vessel sailed on her fastest and the wind to her was 
-by the hand, said to him, "O son of King Omar ben Ennumanhast +fairest. Thus far concerning them; but as regards the Mamelukes, 
-thou any skill in the game of chess?" "Yes," replied he; "but do +they went to Nur al-Din's mansion and, breaking open the doors, 
-not thou be as says the poet." And he repeated the following +entered and searched the whole place, but could find no trace of 
-verses:</p>+him and the damsel; so they demolished the house and, returning 
 +to the Sultan, reported their proceedings; whereupon quoth he, 
 +"Make search for them both, wherever they may be;" and they 
 +answered, "Hearing is obeying."  The Wazir Al-Mu'ín had also gone 
 +home after the Sultan had bestowed upon him a robe of honour, and 
 +had set his heart at rest by saying, "None shall take blood-wreak 
 +for thee save I;" and he had blessed the King and prayed for his 
 +long life and prosperity.  Then the Sultan bade proclaim about 
 +the city, "Oyez, O ye lieges one and all!  It is the will of our 
 +lord the Sultan that whoso happeneth on Nur al-Din Ali son of Al- 
 +Fazl bin Khákán, and bringeth him to the Sultan, shall receive a 
 +robe of honour and one thousand gold pieces; and he who hideth 
 +him or knoweth his abiding place and informeth not, deserveth 
 +whatsoever pains and penalties shall befal him."  So all began to 
 +search for Nur al-Din Ali, but they could find neither trace nor 
 +tidings of him.  Meanwhile he and his handmaid sailed on with the 
 +wind right aft, till they arrived in safety at Baghdad, and the 
 +captain said to them, "This is Baghdad and 'tis the city where 
 +security is to be had: Winter with his frosts hath turned away 
 +and Prime hath come his roses to display; and the flowers are a- 
 +glowing and the trees are blowing and the streams are flowing." 
 +So Nur al-Din landed, he and his handmaid and, giving the captain 
 +five dinars, walked on a little way till the decrees of Destiny 
 +brought them among the gardens, and they came to a place swept 
 +and sprinkled, with benches along the walls and hanging jars 
 +filled with water.[FN#41]  Overhead was a trellis of reed-work 
 +and canes shading the whole length of the avenue, and at the 
 +upper end was a garden gate, but this was locked.  "By Allah," 
 +quoth Nur al-Din to the damsel, "right pleasant is this place!"; 
 +and she replied, "O my lord sit with me a while on this bench and 
 +let us take our ease."  So they mounted and sat them down on the 
 +bench, after which they washed their faces and hands; and the 
 +breeze blew cool on them and they fell asleep and glory be to Him 
 +who never sleepeth!  Not this garden was named the Garden of 
 +Gladness[FN#42] and therein stood a belvedere hight the Palace of 
 +Pleasure and the Pavilion of Pictures, the whole belonging to the 
 +Caliph Harun al-Rashid who was wont, when his breast was 
 +straitened with care, to frequent garden and palace and there to 
 +sit.  The palace had eighty latticed windows and fourscore lamps 
 +hanging round a great candelabrum of gold furnished with wax- 
 +candles; and, when the Caliph used to enter, he would order the 
 +handmaids to throw open the lattices and light up the rooms; and 
 +he would bid Ishak bin Ibrahim the cup-companion and the slave- 
 +girls to sing till his breast was broadened and his ailments were 
 +allayed.  Now the keeper of the garden, Shaykh Ibrahim, was a 
 +very old man, and he had found from time to time, when he went 
 +out on any business, people pleasuring about the garden gate with 
 +their bona robas; at which he was angered with exceeding 
 +anger.[FN#43]  But he took patience till one day when the Caliph 
 +came to his garden; and he complained of this to Harun al-Rashid 
 +who said, "Whomsoever thou surprisest about the door of the 
 +garden, deal with him as thou wilt."  Now on this day the 
 +Gardener chanced to be abroad on some occasion and returning 
 +found these two sleeping at the gate covered with a single 
 +mantilla; whereupon said he"By Allah, good!  These twain know 
 +not that the Caliph hath given me leave to slay anyone I may 
 +catch at the door; but I will give this couple a shrewd whipping, 
 +that none may come near the gate in future."  So he cut a green 
 +palm-frond[FN#44] and went up to them and, raising his arm till 
 +the white of his arm-pit appeared, was about to strike them, when 
 +he bethought himself and said, "O Ibrahim, wilt thou beat them 
 +unknowing their case?  Haply they are strangers or of the Sons of 
 +the Road,[FN#45] and the decrees of Destiny have thrown them 
 +here.  I will uncover their faces and look at them."  So he 
 +lifted up the mantilla from their heads and said, "They are a 
 +handsome couple; it were not fitting that I should beat them." 
 +Then he covered their faces again and, going to Nur al-Din'
 +feet, began to rub and shampoo them,[FN#46] whereupon the youth 
 +opened his eyes and, seeing an old man of grave and reverend 
 +aspect rubbing his feet, he was ashamed and drawing them in, sat 
 +up.  Then he took Shaykh Ibrahim's hand and kissed it.  Quoth the 
 +old man, "O my son, whence art thou?"; and quoth he, "O my lord, 
 +we two are strangers," and the tears started from his eyes.  "O 
 +my son," said Shaykh Ibrahim, "know that the Prophet (whom Allah 
 +bless and preserve!) hath enjoined honour to the stranger;" and 
 +added, "Wilt not thou arise, O my son, and pass into the garden 
 +and solace thyself by looking at it and gladden thy heart?"  "O 
 +my lord," said Nur al-Din, "to whom doth this garden belong?;" 
 +and the other replied, "O my son, I have inherited it from my 
 +folk."  Now his object in saying this was to set them at their 
 +ease and induce them to enter the garden.  So Nur al-Din thanked 
 +him and rose, he and the damsel, and followed him into the 
 +garden; and lo! it was a garden, and what a garden!  The gate was 
 +arched like a great hall and over walls and roof ramped vines 
 +with grapes of many colours; the red like rubies and the black 
 +like ebonies; and beyond it lay a bower of trelliced boughs 
 +growing fruits single and composite, and small birds on branches 
 +sang with melodious recite, and the thousand-noted nightingale 
 +shrilled with her varied shright; the turtle with her cooing 
 +filled the site; the blackbird whistled like human wight[FN#47] 
 +and the ring-dove moaned like a drinker in grievous plight.  The 
 +trees grew in perfection all edible growths and fruited all 
 +manner fruits which in pairs were bipartite; with the camphor- 
 +apricot, the almond-apricot and the apricot "Khorasani" hight; 
 +the plum, like the face of beauty, smooth and bright; the cherry 
 +that makes teeth shine clear by her sleight, and the fig of three 
 +coloursgreen, purple and white.  There also blossomed the 
 +violet as it were sulphur on fire by night; the orange with buds 
 +like pink coral and marguerite; the rose whose redness gars the 
 +loveliest cheeks blush with despight; and myrtle and gilliflower 
 +and lavender with the blood-red anemone from Nu'uman hight.  The 
 +leaves were all gemmed with tears the clouds had dight; the 
 +chamomile smiled showing teeth that bite, and Narcissus with his 
 +negro[FN#48] eyes fixed on Rose his sight; the citrons shone with 
 +fruits embowled and the lemons like balls of gold; earth was 
 +carpeted with flowers tinctured infinite; for Spring was come 
 +brightening the place with joy and delight; and the streams ran 
 +ringing, to the birds' gay singing, while the rustling breeze 
 +upspringing attempered the air to temperance exquisite.  Shaykh 
 +Ibrahim carried them up into the pavilion, and they gazed on its 
 +beauty, and on the lamps aforementioned in the latticed windows; 
 +and Nur al-Din, remembering his entertainments of time past, 
 +cried, "By Allah, this is a pleasant place; it hath quenched in 
 +me anguish which burned as a fire of Ghaza-wood.[FN#49]"  Then 
 +they sat down and Shaykh Ibrahim set food before them; and they 
 +ate till they were satisfied and washed their hands: after which 
 +Nur al-Din went up to one of the latticed windows, and, calling 
 +to his handmaid fell to gazing on the trees laden with all manner 
 +fruits.  Presently he turned to the Gardener and said to him, "O 
 +Shaykh Ibrahim hast thou no drink here, for folk are wont to 
 +drink after eating?"  The Shaykh brought him sweet water, cool 
 +and pleasant, but he said, "This is not the kind of drink I 
 +wanted." "Perchance thou wishest for wine?"  "Indeed I do, O 
 +Shaykh!"  "I seek refuge from it with Allah: it is thirteen years 
 +since I did this thing, for the Prophet (Abhak[FN#50]) cursed its 
 +drinker, presser, seller and carrier!"  "Hear two words of me." 
 +"Say on."  "If yon cursed ass[FN#51] which standeth there be 
 +cursed, will aught of his curse alight upon thee?" "By no means!" 
 +"Then take this dinar and these two dirhams and mount yonder ass 
 +and, halting afar from the wine-shop, call the first man thou 
 +seest buying liquor and say to him, 'Take these two dirhams for 
 +thyself, and with this dinar buy me some wine and set it on the 
 +ass.' So shalt thou be neither the presser, nor the buyer, nor 
 +the carrier; and no part of the curse will fall  upon thee."  At 
 +this Shaykh Ibrahim laughed and said, "By Allah, O my son, I 
 +never saw one wilier of wit than thou artnor heard aught 
 +sweeter than thy speech."  So he did as he was bidden by Nur al- 
 +Din who thanked him and said, "We two are now dependent on thee, 
 +and it is only meet that thou comply with our wishes; so bring us 
 +here what we require."  "O my son," replied he, "this is my 
 +buttery before thee" (and it was the store-room provided for the 
 +Commander of the Faithful); "so go in, and take whatso thou wilt, 
 +for there is over and above what thou wantest."  Nur al-Din then 
 +entered the pantry and found therein vessels of gold and silver 
 +and crystal set with all kinds of gems, and was amazed and 
 +delighted with what he saw.  Then he took out what he needed and 
 +set it on and poured the wine into flagons and glass ewers, 
 +whilst Shaykh Ibrahim brought them fruit and flowers and aromatic 
 +herbs. Then the old man withdrew and sat down at a distance from 
 +them, whilst they drank and made merry, till the wine got the 
 +better of them, so that their cheeks reddened and their eyes 
 +wantoned like the gazelle's; and their locks became dishevelled 
 +and their brightness became yet more beautiful.  Then said Shaykh 
 +Ibrahim to himself, "What aileth me to sit apart from them?  Why 
 +should I not sit with them?  When shall I ever find myself in 
 +company with the like of these two that favour two moons?" So he 
 +stepped forward and sat down on the edge of the dais, and Nur al- 
 +Din said to him, "O my lordmy life on thee, come nearer to us!" 
 +He came and sat by them, when Nur al-Din filled a cup and looked 
 +towards the Shaykh and said to him, "Drink, that thou mayest try 
 +the taste of it!" "I take refuge from it with Allah!" replied he; 
 +"for thirteen years I have not done a thing of the kind."  Nur 
 +al-Din feigned to forget he was there and, drinking off the cup, 
 +threw himself on the ground as if the drink had overcome him; 
 +whereupon Anis al-Jalis glanced at him and said, "O Shaykh 
 +Ibrahim see how this husband of mine treateth me;" and he 
 +answered, "O my lady, what aileth him?"  "This is how he always 
 +serveth me," cried she, "he drinketh awhile, then falleth asleep 
 +and leaveth me alone with none to bear me company over my cup nor 
 +any to whom I may sing when the bowl goeth round."  Quoth the 
 +Shaykh (and his mien unstiffened for that his soul inclined 
 +towards her), "By Allah, this is not well!" Then she crowned a 
 +cup and looking towards him said, "By my life thou must take and 
 +drink it, and not refuse to heal my sick heart!"  So he put forth 
 +his hand and took it and drank it off and she filled a second and 
 +set it on the chandelier and said, "O master mine, there is still 
 +this one left for thee."  "By Allah, I cannot drink it;" cried 
 +he, "what I have already drunk is enough for me;" but she 
 +rejoined, "By Allah, there is no help for it."  So he took the 
 +cup and drank; and she filled him a third which he took and was 
 +about to drink when behold, Nur al-Din rolled round and sat 
 +upright,—And Shahrazad perceived the dawn of day and ceased 
 +saying her permitted say.</p>
  
-<p id="id00050">I speak, and passion, the whilefolds and unfolds me aye; But a<br/>+<p id="id00137">             When it was the Thirty-seventh Night,</p>
  
-     draught of the honey of love my spirits thirst could stay.<br/>+<p id="id00138">She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that Nur al-Din 
 +sat upright and said, "Ho, Shaykh Ibrahim, what is this?  Did I 
 +not adjure thee a while ago and thou refusedst, saying, 'What I! 
 +'tis thirteen years ago since I have done such a thing!'"  "By 
 +Allah," quoth the Shaykh (and indeed he was abashed), "no sin of 
 +mine this, she forced me to do it." Nur al-Din laughed and they 
 +sat down again to wine and wassail, but the damsel turned to her 
 +master and said in a whisper, "O my lord, drink and do not press 
 +him, that I may show thee some sport with him."  Then she began 
 +to fill her master's cup and he hers and so they did time after 
 +time, till at last Shaykh Ibrahim looked at them and said, "What 
 +fashion of good fellowship is this?  Allah curse the glutton who 
 +keepeth the cup to himself!  Why dost thou not give me to drink, 
 +my brother? What manners are these, O blessed one?"  At this 
 +the two laughed until they fell on their backs; then they drank 
 +and gave him to drink and ceased not their carousal till a third 
 +part of the night was past Then said the damsel, "O Shaykh 
 +Ibrahim, with thy leave I will get up and light one of these 
 +candles."  "Do so," he replied, "but light no more than one." So 
 +she sprang to her feet and, beginning with one candle, lighted 
 +all the eighty and sat down again.  Presently Nur al-Din said, "O 
 +Shaykh Ibrahim, in what favour am I with thee?  May I not light 
 +one of these lamps?" "Light one," replied he, "and bother me no 
 +more in thy turn!"  So he rose and lighted one lamp after 
 +another, till he had lighted the whole eight and the palace 
 +seemed to dance with brilliancy.  Quoth the Shaykh (and indeed 
 +intoxication had overcome him), "Ye two are bolder than I am." 
 +Then he rose to his feet and opened all the lattices and sat down 
 +again; and they fell to carousing and reciting verses till the 
 +place rang with their noisy mirth.  Now Allah, the Decreer who 
 +decreeth all things and who for every effect appointeth a cause, 
 +had so disposed that the Caliph was at that moment sitting in the 
 +light of the moon at one of the windows of his palace overlooking 
 +the Tigris.  He saw the blaze of the lamps and wax candles 
 +reflected in the river and, lifting his eyes, perceived that it 
 +came from the Garden Palace which was all ablaze with brilliancy. 
 +So he cried, "Here to me with Ja'afar the Barmaki!"; and the last 
 +word was hardly spoken ere the Wazir was present before the 
 +Commander of the Faithful, who cried at him, "O dog of a 
 +Minister, hast thou taken from me this city of Baghdad without 
 +saying aught to me?"  "What words are these words?" asked 
 +Ja'afar; and the Caliph answered, "If Baghdad city were not taken 
 +from me, the Palace of Pictures would not be illuminated with 
 +lamps and candles, nor would its windows be thrown open.  Woe to 
 +thee! who durst do a deed like this except the Caliphate had been 
 +taken from me?" Quoth Ja'afar (and indeed his side-muscles 
 +trembled as he spoke), "Who told thee that the Palace of Pictures 
 +was illuminated and the windows thrown open?"  "Come hither and 
 +see," replied the Caliph.  Then Ja'afar came close to the Caliph 
 +and, looking towards the garden, saw the palace blazing with 
 +illumination that rayed through the gloom of the night; and, 
 +thinking that this might have been permitted by the keeper for 
 +some reason of his own, he wished to make an excuse for him; so 
 +quoth he, "O Commander of the Faithful, Shaykh Ibrahim said to me 
 +last week, 'O my lord Ja'afar, I much wish to circumcise my sons 
 +during the life of the Commander of the Faithful and thy life.' 
 +I asked, 'What dost thou want?'; and he answered, 'Get me leave 
 +from the Caliph to hold the festival in the Garden Palace.' So 
 +said I to him, 'Go circumcise them and I will see the Caliph and 
 +tell him.'  Thereupon he went away and I forgot to let thee 
 +know."  "O Ja'afar," said the Caliph, "thou hast committed two 
 +offences against me; first in that thou didst no report to me, 
 +secondly, thou didst not give him what he sought; for he came and 
 +told thee this only as excuse to ask for some small matter of 
 +money, to help him with the outlay; and thou gavest him nothing 
 +nor toldest me."  "O Commander of the Faithful," said Ja'afar, "I 
 +forgot."  "Now by the rights of my forefathers and the tombs of 
 +my forbears," quoth the Caliph, "I will not pass the rest of this 
 +night save in company with him; for truly he is a pious man who 
 +frequenteth the Elders of the Faith and the Fakirs and other 
 +religious mendicants and entertaineth them; doubtless they are 
 +not assembled together and it may be that the prayer of one of 
 +them will work us weal both in this world and in the next. 
 +Besides, my presence may profit and at any rate be pleasing to 
 +Shaykh Ibrahim."  "O Commander of the Faithful," quoth Ja'afar, 
 +"the greater part of the night is passed, and at this time they 
 +will be breaking up."  Quoth the Caliph, "It matters not: I needs 
 +must go to them."  So Ja'afar held his peace, being bewildered 
 +and knowing not what to do.  Then the Caliph rose to his feet 
 +and, taking with him Ja'afar and Masrur the eunuch sworder, the 
 +three disguised themselves in merchants' gear and leaving the 
 +City-palace, kept threading the streets till they reached the 
 +garden. The Caliph went up to the gate and finding it wide open, 
 +was surprised and said, "See, O Ja'afar, how Shaykh Ibrahim hath 
 +left the gate open at this hour contrary to his custom!"  They 
 +went in and walked on till they came under the pavilion, when the 
 +Caliph said, "O Ja'afar, I wish to look in upon them unawares 
 +before I show myself, that I may see what they are about and get 
 +sight of the elders; for hitherto I have heard no sound from 
 +them, nor even a Fakir calling upon the name of Allah.[FN#52]" 
 +Then he looked about and, seeing a tall walnut-tree, said to 
 +Ja'afar, "I will climb this tree, for its branches are near the 
 +lattices and so look in upon them."  Thereupon he mounted the 
 +tree and ceased not climbing from branch to branch, till he 
 +reached a bough which was right opposite one of the windows, and 
 +here he took seat and looked inside the palace. He saw a damsel 
 +and a youth as they were two moons (glory be to Him who created 
 +them and fashioned them!), and by them Shaykh Ibrahim seated cup 
 +in hand and saying, "O Princess of fair ones, drinking without 
 +music is nothing worth; indeed I have heard a poet say,</p>
  
-I sit at the chess with her I love, and she plays with meWith<br/>+<p id="id00139">'Round with bit and littlethe bowl and cup* Take either than<br/>
  
-     white and with black; but this contenteth me no way.<br/>+     moon[FN#53] in his sheen hath crowned:<br/>
  
-Meseemeth as if the king were set in the place of the rook And<br/>+Nor drink without music, for oft I've seen, * The horse drink<br/>
  
-     sought with the rival queens bout of the game to play.<br/>+     best to the whistle's sound!'"<br/> 
 +</p> 
 + 
 +<p id="id00140">When the Caliph saw this, the vein of wrath started up between 
 +his eyes and he came down and said to the Wazir, "O Ja'afar, 
 +never beheld I yet men of piety in such case; so do thou mount 
 +this tree and look upon them, lest the blessings of the blest be 
 +lost to thee."  Ja'afar, hearing the words of the Commander of 
 +the Faithful and being confounded by them, climbed to the tree- 
 +top and looking in, saw Nur al-Din and the damsel, and Shaykh 
 +Ibrahim holding in his hand a brimming bowl.  At this sight he 
 +made sure of death and, descending, stood before the Commander of 
 +the Faithful, who said to him, "O Ja'afar, praise be to Allah who 
 +hath made us of those that observe external ordinances of Holy 
 +Law and hath averted from us the sin of disguising ourselves 
 +after the manner of hypocrites!"[FN#54]  But Ja'afar could not 
 +speak a word for excess of confusion; so the Caliph looked at him 
 +and said, "I wonder how they came hither, and who admitted them 
 +into my pavilion!  But aught like the beauty of this youth and 
 +this damsel my eyes never yet saw!"  "Thou sayest sooth, O our 
 +Lord the Sultan!" replied Ja'afar (and he hoped to propitiate the 
 +Caliph Harun al-Rashid).  Then quoth the Caliph, "O Ja'afar, let 
 +us both mount the branch opposite the window, that we may amuse 
 +ourselves with looking at them."  So the two climbed the tree 
 +and, peering in, heard Shaykh Ibrahim say, "O my lady, I have 
 +cast away all gravity mine by the drinking of wine, but 'tis not 
 +sweet save with the soft sounds of the lute-strings it combine." 
 +"By Allah," replied Anis al-Jalis, "O Shaykh Ibrahim, an we had 
 +but some instrument of music our joyance were complete."  Hearing 
 +this he rose to his feet and the Caliph said to Ja'afar, "I 
 +wonder what he is about to do!" and Ja'afar answered, "I know 
 +not."  The Shaykh disappeared and presently reappeared bringing a 
 +lute; and the Caliph took not of it and knew it for that of Abu 
 +Ishak the Cup-companion.[FN#55]  "By Allah," said the Caliph, "if 
 +this damsel sing ill I will crucify all of you; but if she sing 
 +well I will forgive them and only gibbet thee."  "O Allah cause 
 +her to sing vilely!" quoth Ja'afarAsked the Caliph, "Why so?"; 
 +and he answered, "If thou crucify us all together, we shall keep 
 +one another company."  The Caliph laughed at his speech. 
 +Presently the damsel took the lute and, after looking at it and 
 +tuning it, she played a measure which made all hearts yearn to 
 +her; then she sang these lines,</p> 
 + 
 +<p id="id00141">"O ye that can aid me, a wretched lover, * Whom longing burns nor<br/> 
 + 
 +     can rest restore me!<br/> 
 + 
 +Though all you have done I have well deserved, * I take refuge<br/> 
 + 
 +     with you, so exult not o'er me:<br/> 
 + 
 +True, I am weak and low and vile, * But I'll bear your will and<br/>
  
-And if I looked in her eyes, to spy the drift of her moves, The<br/>+     whatso you bore me:<br/>
  
-     amorous grace of her glance would doom me to death<br/>+My death at your hands what brings it of glory? * I fear but your<br/>
  
-     straightaway.<br/>+     sin which of life forlore me!"<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00051">Then she brought the chess-board and played with him; but instead +<p id="id00142">Quoth the Caliph, "By Allah, good!  O Ja'afar, never in my life 
-of looking at her moveshe looked at her face and set the knight +have I heard a voice so enchanting as this."  "Then haply the 
-in the place of the elephant[FN#17] and the elephant in the place +Caliph's wrath hath passed away," said Ja'afar, and he replied, 
-of the knightShe laughed and said to him, "If this be thy play, +"Yes, 'tis gone."  Thereupon they descended from the tree, and 
-thou knowest nothing of the game." "This is only the first bout," +the Caliph said to Ja'afar, "I wish to go in and sit with them 
-replied he; "take no count of it." She beat him, and he replaced +and hear the damsel sing before me." "O Commander of the 
-the pieces and played again with her; but she beat him a second +Faithful," replied Ja'afar, "if thou go in to them they will be 
-time and a third and fourth and a fifthSo she fumed to him +terribly troubled, and Shaykh Ibrahim will assuredly die of 
-and said"Thou art beaten in everything."my lady," answered +fright."  But the Caliph answered, "O Ja'afar, thou must teach me 
-he, "how should one not be beaten, who plays with the like of +some device wherewith to delude them and whereby I can foregather 
-thee?" Then she called for food, and they ate and washed their +with them without their knowing me. So they walked towards the 
-handsafter which the maids brought wine, and they drank. +Tigris pondering the matter, and presently came upon a fisherman 
-Presently, the lady took the dulcimer, for she was skilled to +who stood fishing under the pavilion windows.  Now some time 
-play thereon, and sang to it the following verses:</p>+before this, the Caliph (being in the pavilion) had called to 
 +Shaykh Ibrahim and asked him, "What noise is this I hear under 
 +the windows?and he had answered, "It is voices of fisher folk 
 +catching fish:" so quoth the Caliph, "Go down and forbid them 
 +this place;" and he forbade them accordingly.  However that night 
 +a fisherman named Karim, happening to pass by and seeing the 
 +garden gate open, said to himself, "This is a time of negligence; 
 +and I will take advantage of it to do a bit of fishing."  So he 
 +took his net and cast it, but he had hardly done so when behold, 
 +the Caliph come up single-handed and, standing hard by, knew him 
 +and called aloud to him, "Ho, Karim!"  The fisherman, hearing 
 +himself named, turned round, and seeing the Caliph, trembled and 
 +his side-muscles quivered, as he cried, "By Allah, O Commander of 
 +the Faithful, I did it not in mockery of the mandate; but poverty 
 +and a large family drove me to what thou seest!"  Quoth the 
 +Caliph, "Make cast in my name. At this the fisherman was glad 
 +and going to the bank threw his net, then waiting till it had 
 +spread out at full stretch and settled downhauled it up and 
 +found in it various kinds of fish The Caliph was pleased and 
 +said, "Karimdoff thy habit. So he put off a gaberdine of 
 +coarse woollen stuff patched in an hundred places whereon the 
 +lice were rampant, and a turband which had never been untwisted 
 +for three years but to which he had sown every rag he came upon. 
 +The Caliph also pulled off his person two vests of Alexandrian 
 +and Ba'lbak silk, a loose inner robe and a long-sleeved outer 
 +coatand said to the fisherman"Take them and put them on,
 +while he assumed the foul gaberdine and filthy turband and drew a 
 +corner of the head-cloth as a mouth-veil[FN#56] before his face. 
 +Then said he to the fisherman"Get thee about thy business!; and 
 +the man kissed the Caliph's feet and thanked him and improvised 
 +the following couplets,</p>
  
-<p id="id00052">Fortune is still on the shift, now gladness and now woe; liken<br/>+<p id="id00143">"Thou hast granted more favours than ever craved; * Thou hast<br/>
  
-     it to the tide, in its ceaseless ebb and flow.<br/>+     satisfied needs which my heart enslaved:<br/>
  
-So drinkif thou have the power, whilst it is yet serene, Lest<br/>+I will thank thee and thank whileas life shall last* And my<br/>
  
-     it at unawares depart, and thou not know.<br/>+     bones will praise thee in grave engraved!"<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00053style="margin-top: 2em">They gave not over carousing till nightfall, and this day was +<p id="id00144">Hardly had the fisherman ended his verse, when the lice began to 
-pleasanter than the firstWhen the night came, the lady went to +crawl over the Caliph's skin, and he fell to catching them on his 
-her sleeping-chamberleaving Sherkan with the damselsSo he +neck with his right and left and throwing them from him, while he 
-threw himself on the ground and slept till the morningwhen +cried, "O fisherman, woe to thee! what be this abundance of lice 
-the damsels came to him with tambourines and other musical +on thy gaberdine."O my lord," replied he, "they may annoy thee 
-instrumentsaccording to their wontWhen he saw them, he sat +just at first, but before a week is past thou wilt not feel them 
-up; and they took him and carried him to their mistresswho came +nor think of them."  The Caliph laughed and said to him"Out on 
-to meet him and taking him by the hand, made him sit down by her +thee!  Shall I leave this gaberdine of thine so long on my body?" 
-side. Then she asked him how he had passed the night, to which he +Quoth the fisherman, "I would say a word to thee but I am ashamed 
-replied by wishing her long life; and she took the lute and sang +in presence of the Caliph!"; and quoth he, "Say what thou hast to 
-the following verses:</p>+say."  "It passed through my thought, O Commander of the 
 +Faithful," said the fisherman, "that, since thou wishest to learn 
 +fishing so thou mayest have in hand an honest trade whereby to 
 +gain thy livelihood, this my gaberdine besitteth thee right 
 +well."[FN#57] The Commander of the Faithful laughed at this 
 +speech, and the fisherman went his way Then the Caliph took up 
 +the basket of fish and, strewing a little green grass over it, 
 +carried it to Ja'afar and stood before him. Ja'afar thinking him 
 +to be Karim the fisherman feared for him and said, "O Karim, what 
 +brought thee hither?  Flee for thy life, for the Caliph is in the 
 +garden to-night and, if he see thee, thy neck is gone."  At this 
 +the Caliph laughed and Ja'afar recognized him and asked, "Can it 
 +be thou, our lord the Sultan?"; and he answered, "Yes, O Ja'afar, 
 +and thou art my Wazir and I and thou came hither together; yet 
 +thou knowest me not; so how should Shaykh Ibrahim know meand he 
 +drunk?  Stay here, till I came back to thee."  "To hear is to 
 +obey," said Ja'afar.  Then the Caliph went up to the door of the 
 +pavilion and knocked a gentle knock, whereupon said Nur al-Din,
 +O Shaykh Ibrahim, some one taps at the door." "Who goes there?" 
 +cried the Shaykh and the Caliph replied"It is I, O Shaykh 
 +Ibrahim!"  "Who art thou," quoth he, and quoth the other, "I am 
 +Karim the fisherman: I hear thou hast a feast, so I have brought 
 +thee some fish, and of a truth 'tis good fish."  When Nur al-Din 
 +heard the mention of fish, he was glad, he and the damsel, and 
 +they both said to the Shaykh, "O our lord, open the door and let 
 +him bring us his fish." So Shaykh Ibrahim opened and the Caliph 
 +came in (and he in fisherman guise)and began by saluting them. 
 +Said Shaykh Ibrahim, "Welcome to the blackguard, the robber, the 
 +dicer!  Let us see thy fish. So the Caliph showed them his 
 +catch and behold, the fishes were still alive and jumping, 
 +whereupon the damsel exclaimed, "By Allah!  O my lord, these are 
 +indeed fine fish: would they were fried!" and Shaykh Ibrahim 
 +rejoined, "By Allah, O my lady, thou art right."  Then said he to 
 +the Caliph, "O fisherman, why didst thou not bring us the fish 
 +ready fried?  Up now and cook them and bring them back to us." 
 +"On my head be thy commands!" said the Caliph"I will fry thee a 
 +dish and bring it."  Said they, "Look sharp." Thereupon he went 
 +and ran till he came up to Ja'afar when he called to him, "Hallo, 
 +Ja'afar!"; and he replied, "Here am I, O Commander of the 
 +Faithful, is all well?"  "They want the fish fried," said the 
 +Caliph, and Ja'afar answered, "O Commander of the Faithful, give 
 +it to me and I'll fry it for them."  "By the tombs of my 
 +forbears," quoth the Caliph, "none shall fry it but I, with mine 
 +own hand!"  So he went to the gardener's hut, where he searched 
 +and found all that he required, even to salt and saffron and wild 
 +marjoram and else besides.  Then he turned to the brasier and, 
 +setting on the frying-pan, fried a right good fry.  When it was 
 +done, he laid it on a banana-leaf, and gathering from the garden 
 +wind-fallen fruits, limes and lemons, carried the fish to the 
 +pavilion and set the dish before them.  So the youth and the 
 +damsel and Shaykh Ibrahim came forward and ate; after which they 
 +washed their hands and Nur al-Din said to the Caliph, "By Allah, 
 +O fisherman, thou hast done us a right good deed this night." 
 +Then he put hand in pouch andtaking out three of the dinars 
 +which Sanjar had given him, said, "O fisherman, excuse me.  By 
 +Allah had I known thee before that which hath lately befallen me, 
 +I had done away the bitterness of poverty from thy heart; but 
 +take thou this as the best I can do for thee."  Then he threw the 
 +gold pieces to the Caliphwho took them and kissed them and put 
 +them in pouch. Now his sole object in doing all this was to hear 
 +the damsel sing; so he said to Nur al-Din, "Thou hast rewarded me 
 +most liberally, but I beg of thy boundless bounty that thou let 
 +this damsel sing an air, that I may hear her."[FN#58]  So Nur al- 
 +Din said, "O Anis al-Jalis!" and she answered "Yes!" and he 
 +continued, "By my life, sing us something for the sake of this 
 +fisherman who wisheth so much to hear thee." Thereupon she took 
 +the lute and struck the strings, after she had screwed them tight 
 +and tuned them, and sang these improvised verses,</p>
  
-<p id="id00054">Incline not to parting, I pray, For bitter its taste is  alway. +<p id="id00145">"The fawn of a maid hent her lute in hand * And her music made us<br/>
-The sun at his setting grows pale, To think he must part from the +
-     day.</p>+
  
-<p id="id00055">Hardly had she made an end of singing, when there arose of a +     right mettlesome:<br/>
-sudden a great clamour, and a crowd of men and knights rushed +
-into the place, with naked swords gleaming in their hands, crying +
-out in the Greek tongue, "Thou hast fallen into our hands, O +
-Sherkan! Be sure of death!" When he heard this, he said to +
-himself, "By Allah, she hath laid a trap for me and held me in +
-play, till her men should come! These are the knights with whom +
-she threatened me: but it is I who have thrown myself into this +
-peril." Then he turned to the lady to reproach her, but saw that +
-she had changed colour; and she sprang to her feet and said to +
-the new-comers, "Who are ye?" "O noble princess and unpeered +
-pearl," replied the knight their chief, "dost thou know who is +
-this man with thee?" "Not I," answered she. "Who is he?" Quoth +
-the knight, "He is the despoiler of cities and prince of +
-cavaliers, Sherkan, son of King Omar ben Ennuman. This is he who +
-captures the citadels and masters the most impregnable strengths. +
-The news of him reached King Herdoub, thy father, by the report +
-of the old princess Dhat ed Dewahi; and thou hast done good +
-service to the army of the Greeks by helping them to lay hands on +
-this pestilent lion." When she heard this, she looked at the +
-knight and said to him, "What is thy name?" And he answered, "My +
-name is Masoureh son of thy slave Mousoureh ben Kasherdeh, chief +
-of the nobles." Quoth she, "And how camest thou in to me without +
-my leave?" "O our lady," replied he, "when I came to the gate, +
-neither chamberlain nor porter offered me any hindrance; but all +
-the gate-keepers rose and forewent me as of wont; though, when +
-others come, they leave them standing at the gate, whilst they +
-ask leave for them to enter. But this is no time for long talk, +
-for the King awaits our return to him with this prince, who is +
-the mainstay of the army of Islam, that he may kill him and that +
-his troops may depart whence they came, without our having the +
-toil of fighting them." "Thou sayest an ill thing," rejoined the +
-princess. "Verily, the lady Dhat ed Dewahi lied; and she hath +
-avouched a vain thing, of which she knows not the truth; for by +
-the virtue of the Messiah, this man who is with me is not +
-Sherkan, nor is he a captive, but a stranger, who came to us, +
-seeking hospitality, and we received him as a guest. So, even +
-were we assured that this was Sherkan and did we know that it was +
-he beyond doubt, it would suit ill with my honour that I should +
-deliver into your hands one who hath come under my safeguard. +
-Betray me not, therefore, in the person of my guest, neither +
-bring me into ill repute among men; but return to the King my +
-father and kiss the earth before him and tell him that the case +
-is not according to the report of the lady Dhat ed Dewahi." "O +
-Abrizeh," replied the knight Masoureh, "I cannot go back to the +
-King without his enemy." Quoth she (and indeed she was angry), +
-"Out on thee! Return to him with the answer, and no blame shall +
-fall on thee." But he said, "I will not return without him." At +
-this her colour changed and she exclaimed, "A truce to talk and +
-idle words; for of a verity this man would not have come in to +
-us, except he were assured that he could of himself make head +
-against a hundred horse; and if I said to him, 'Art thou Sherkan, +
-son of King Omar ben Ennuman?' he would answer, 'Yes.' Nathless, +
-it is not in your power to hinder him; for if ye beset him, he +
-will not turn back from you, till he have slain all that are in +
-the place. Behold, he is with me and I will bring him before you, +
-with his sword and buckler in his hands." "If I be safe from thy +
-wrath," replied Masoureh, "I am not safe from that of thy father, +
-and when I see him, I shall sign to the knights to take him +
-prisoner, and we will carry him, bound and abject, to the King." +
-When she heard this, she said, "The thing shall not pass thus, +
-for it would be a disgrace. This man is but one and ye are a +
-hundred. So, an ye be minded to attack him, come out against him, +
-one after one, that it may appear to the King which is the +
-valiant amongst you." "By the Messiah," rejoined Masoureh, "thou +
-sayest sooth, and none but I shall go out against him first!" +
-Then she said, "Wait till I go to him and tell him and hear what +
-he says. If he consent, it is well but if he refuse, ye shall not +
-anywise come at him, for I and my damsels and all that are in the +
-house will be his ransom." So she went to Sherkan and told him +
-the case, whereat he smiled and knew that she had not betrayed +
-him, but that the matter had been bruited abroad, till it came to +
-the King, against her wish. So he laid all the blame on himself, +
-saying, "How came I to venture myself in the country of the +
-Greeks?" Then he said to her, "Indeed, to let them tilt against +
-me, one by one, were to lay on them a burden more than they can +
-bear. Will they not come out against me, ten by ten?" "That were +
-knavery and oppression," replied she. "One man is a match for +
-another." When he heard this, he sprang to his feet and made +
-towards them, with his sword and battle-gear; and Masoureh also +
-sprang up and rushed on him. Sherkan met him like a lion and +
-smote him with his sword upon the shoulder, that the blade came +
-out gleaming from his back and vitals. When the princess saw +
-this, Sherkan's prowess was magnified in her eyes and she knew +
-that she had not overthrown him by her strength, but by her +
-beauty and grace. So she turned to the knights and said to them, +
-"Avenge your chief!" Thereupon out came the slain man's brother, +
-a fierce warrior, and rushed upon Sherkan, who delayed not, but +
-smote him on the shoulders, and the sword came out, gleaming, +
-from his vitals. Then cried the princess, "O servants of the +
-Messiah, avenge your comrades!" So they ceased not to come out +
-against him, one by one, and he plied them with the sword, till +
-he had slain fifty knights, whilst the princess looked on. And +
-God cast terror into the hearts of those who were left, so that +
-they held back and dared not meet him in single combat, but +
-rushed on him all at once; and he drove at them with a heart +
-firmer than a rock and smote them as the thresher smiteth the +
-corn, till he had driven sense and life forth of them. Then the +
-princess cried out to her damsels, saying, "Who is left in the +
-monastery?" "None but the porters," replied they; whereupon she +
-went up to Sherkan and embraced him, and he returned with her to +
-the saloon, after he had made an end of the mellay. Now there +
-remained a few of the knights hidden in the cells of the convent, +
-and when Abrizeh saw this, she rose and going away, returned, +
-clad in a strait-ringed coat of mail and holding in her hand a +
-scimitar of Indian steel. And she said, "By the virtue of the +
-Messiah, I will not be grudging of myself for my guest nor will I +
-abandon him, though for this I abide a reproach in the land of +
-the Greeks!" Then she counted the dead and found that he had +
-slain fourscore of the knights and other twenty had taken flight. +
-When she saw how he had dealt with them, she said to him, "God +
-bless thee, O Sherkan! The cavaliers may well glory in the like +
-of thee!" Then he rose and wiping his sword of the blood of the +
-slain, repeated the following verses:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00056">How often in battle I've cleft the array And given the champions<br/>+For her song gave hearing to ears stone-deaf, * While Brava!<br/>
  
-     to wild beasts a prey!<br/>+     Bravaexclaimed the dumb."<br/
 +</p>
  
-Ask all men what happened to me and to themWhen I drove through<br/>+<p id="id00146">Then she played again and played so ravishingly, that she charmed 
 +their wits and burst out improvising and singing these couplets,</p>
  
-     the ranks on the sword-smiting day.<br/>+<p id="id00147">"You have honoured us visiting this our land, * And your<br/>
  
-I left ail their lions of war overthrown: On the sun-scorched<br/>+     splendour illumined the glooms that blent:<br/>
  
-     sands of those countries they lay.<br/>+So 'tis due that for you I perfume my place * With rose-water,<br/> 
 + 
 +     musk and the camphor-scent!"<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00057">When he had finished, the princess came up to him and kissed his +<p id="id00148">Hereupon the Caliph was agitated, and emotion so overpowered him 
-hand; then she put off her coat of mail, and he said to her, "O +that he could not command himself for excess of pleasure, and he 
-my lady, wherefore didst thou don that coat of mail and bare thy +exclaimed, "By Allah, good! by Allahgoodby Allah, 
-sabre?" "It was of my care for thee against yonder wretches,+good!"[FN#59]  Asked Nur al-Din, "O fishermandoth this damsel 
-replied she. Then she called the porters and said to them, "How +please thee?" and the Caliph answered, "Ayby Allah! Whereupon 
-came you to let the king's men enter my house, without my leave!" +said Nur al-Din, "She is a gift to thee, a gift of the generous 
-"O princess," replied they, "we have not used to need to ask +who repenteth him not of his givings and who will never revoke 
-leave for the king's messengers, and especially for the chief of +his gift!"  Then he sprang to his feet and, taking loose robe
-the knights." Quoth she, "I think you were minded to dishonour me +threw it over the fisherman and bade him receive the damsel and 
-and slay my guest." And she bade Sherkan strike off their heads. +be gone But she looked at him and said"my lordart thou 
-He did so and she said to the rest of her servants, "Indeed, they +faring forth without farewell?  If it must be soat least stay 
-deserved more than that." Then turning to Sherkan, she said to +till I bid thee good-bye and make known my case."  And she began 
-him, "Now that there hath become manifest to thee what was +versifying in these verses,</p> 
-hidden, I will tell thee my story. Know, then, that I am the + 
-daughter of Herdoub, King of Roum; my name is Abrizeh and the old +<p id="id00149">"When love and longing and regret are mine* Must not this body<br/> 
-woman called Dhat ed Dewahi is my grandmother, my father'+ 
-mother. She it was who told my father of thee, and she will +     show of ills sign?<br/> 
-certainly cast about to ruin me, especially as thou hast slain my + 
-father's men and it is noised abroad that I have made common +My love! say not'Thou soon shalt be consoled'When state<br/> 
-cause with the Muslims. Wherefore it were wiser that I should + 
-leave dwelling here, what while Dhat ed Dewahi is behind me; but +     speaks state none shall allay my pine.<br/> 
-I claim of thee the like kindness and courtesy I have shown thee, + 
-for my father and I are now become at odds on thine account. So +If living man could swim upon his tearsfirst should float<br/> 
-do not thou omit to do aught that I shall say to thee, for indeed + 
-all this hath fallen out through thee." At this, Sherkan was +     on waters of these eyne:<br/> 
-transported for joy and his breast dilated, and he said, "By + 
-Allah, none shall come at theewhilst my life lasts in my body+thou, who in my heart infusedst thy love* As water mingles in<br/> 
-But canst thou endure the parting from thy father and thy folk?" + 
-"Yes," answered she. So Sherkan swore to her and they made a +     the cup with wine,<br/> 
-covenant of this. Then said she, "Now my heart is at ease; but + 
-there is one other condition I must exact of thee." "What is +This was the fear fearedthis parting blow. * O thou whose<br/> 
-that?" asked Sherkan. "It is," replied she, "that thou return + 
-with thy troops to thine own country." "O my lady," said he, "my +     love my heart-core ne'er shall tyne!<br/> 
-father, King Omar ben Ennuman, sent me to make war upon thy + 
-fatheron account of the treasure he took from the King of +O Bin Khákán! my soughtmy hopemy will* O thou whose love<br/>
-Constantinople, and amongst the rest three great jewels, rich in +
-happy properties." "Reassure thyself," answered she; "I will tell +
-thee the truth of the matter and the cause of the feud between us +
-and the King of Constantinople. Know that we have festival +
-called the Festival of the Monastery, for which each year the +
-kings' daughters of various countries and the wives and daughters +
-of the notables and merchants resort to a certain monastery and +
-abide there seven days. I was wont to resort thither with the +
-rest; but when there befell hostility between us, my father +
-forbade me to be present at the festival for the space of seven +
-years. One year, it chanced that amongst the young ladies who +
-resorted to the Festival as of wont, there came the King'+
-daughter of Constantinople, a handsome girl called Sufiyeh. +
-They tarried at the monastery six days, and on the seventh, +
-the folk went away; but Sufiyeh said, 'will not return to +
-Constantinople, but by sea.' So they fitted her out a ship, in +
-which she embarked, she and her suite, and put out to sea; but as +
-they sailed, a contrary wind caught them and drove the ship from +
-her coursetill, as fate and providence would have it, she fell +
-in with ship of the Christians from the Island of Camphorwith +
-a crew of five hundred armed Franks, who had been cruising about +
-for some time. When they sighted the sails of the ship in which +
-were Sufiyeh and her maidens, they gave chase in all haste and +
-coming up with her before long, threw grapnels on board and made +
-fast to her. Then they made all sail for their own island and +
-were but a little distant from it, when the wind veered and rent +
-their sails and cast them on to a reef on our coast. Thereupon we +
-sallied forth on them, and looking on them as booty driven to us +
-by fate, slew the men and made prize of the ships, in which we +
-found the treasures and rarities in question and forty damsels, +
-amongst whom was SufiyehWe carried the damsels to my father, +
-not knowing that the King's daughter of Constantinople was among +
-them, and he chose out ten of them, including Sufiyeh, for +
-himself, and divided the rest among his courtiers. Then he set +
-apart Sufiyeh and four other girls and sent them to thy father, +
-King Omar ben Ennuman, together with other presents, such as +
-cloth and stuffs of wool and Grecian silks. Thy father accepted +
-them and chose out from amongst the five girls the princess +
-Sufiyeh, daughter of King Afridoun; nor did we hear aught more of +
-the matter till the beginning of this year, when King Afridoun +
-wrote to my father in terms which it befits not to repeat, +
-reproaching and menacing him and saying to him'Two years ago, +
-there fell into thy hands a ship of ours, that had been seized by +
-a company of Frankish corsairs and in which was my daughter +
-Sufiyehattended by near threescore damsels. Yet thou sentest +
-none to tell me of this and I could not make the case public+
-lest disgrace fall on my repute among the kings, by reason of my +
-daughter's dishonour. So I kept the affair secret till this year, +
-when communicated with certain of the Frankish pirates and +
-sought news of my daughter from the kings of the islands. They +
-replied, "By Allah, we carried her not forth of thy realm, but we +
-have heard that King Herdoub took her from certain pirates." And +
-they told me all that had befallen her. So nowexcept thou wish +
-to be at feud with me and design to disgrace me and dishonour my +
-daughter, thou wilt forthright, as soon as this letter reaches +
-thee, send my daughter back to me. But if thou pay no heed to my +
-letter and disobey my commandment, I will assuredly requite thee +
-thy foul dealing and the baseness of thine acts.' When my father +
-read this letterit was grievous to him and he regretted not +
-having known that Sufiyeh, King Afridoun's daughter, was amongst +
-the captured damsels, that he might have sent her back to her +
-father; and he was perplexed about the affair, for that, after +
-the lapse of so long time, he could not send to King Omar ben +
-Ennuman and demand her back from him, the more that he had lately +
-heard that God had vouchsafed him children by this very Sufiyeh. +
-So when we considered the matterwe knew that this letter was +
-none other than a great calamityand nothing would serve but +
-that my father must write an answer to it, making his excuses to +
-King Afridoun and swearing to him that he knew not that his +
-daughter was among the girls in the ship and setting forth how he +
-had sent her to King Omar ben Ennuman and God had vouchsafed him +
-children by her. When my father's reply reached King Afridoun, he +
-rose and sat down and roared and foamed at the mouth, exclaiming, +
-'What! shall he make prize of my daughter and she become a +
-slave-girl and be passed from hand to hand and sent for a gift to +
-kings, and they lie with her without a contract? By the virtue of +
-the Messiah and the true faith, I will not desist till I have +
-taken my revenge for this and wiped out my disgrace, and indeed I +
-will do a deed that the chroniclers shall chronicle after me.' So +
-he took patience till he had devised a plot and laid great +
-snares, when he sent an embassy to thy father King Omar, to tell +
-him that which thou hast heard so that thy father equipped thee +
-and an army with thee and sent thee to himAfridoun's object +
-being to lay hold of thee and thine army with thee. As for the +
-three jewels of which he told thy father, he spoke not the truth +
-of them; for they were with Sufiyeh and my father took them from +
-her, when she fell into his hands, she and her maidens, and gave +
-them to me, and they are now with me. So go thou to thy troops +
-and turn them backere they fare farther into the land of the +
-Franks and the country of the Greeks; for as soon as you are come +
-far enough into the inward of the countrythey will stop the +
-roads upon you, and there will be no escape for you from their +
-hands till the day of rewards and punishments. know that thy +
-troops are still where thou leftest thembecause thou didst +
-order them to halt there three days; and they have missed thee +
-all this time and know not what to do." When Sherkan heard her +
-words, he was absent awhile in thought then he kissed Abrizeh's +
-hand and said, "Praise be to God who hath bestowed thee on me and +
-appointed thee to be the cause of my salvation and that of those +
-who are with meBut it is grievous to me to part from thee and I +
-know not what will become of thee after my departure." Quoth she, +
-"Go now to thy troops and lead them backwhilst ye are yet near +
-your own country. If the ambassadors are still with themlay +
-hands on them, that the case may be made manifest to thee, and +
-after three days I will rejoin thee and we will all enter Baghdad +
-together; but forget thou not the compact between us." Then she +
-rose to bid him farewell and assuage the fire of longing; so she +
-took leave of him and embraced him and wept sore; whereupon +
-passion and desire were sore upon him and he also wept and +
-repeated the following verses:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00058">I bade her farewell, whilst my right hand was wiping my eyes, And<br/>+     this breast make wholly thine!<br/>
  
-     still with my left, the whileI held her in close embrace.<br/>+Against thy lord the King thou sinn'dst for me* And winnedst<br/>
  
-Then, "Fearest thou not disgrace?" quoth she; and I answered,<br/>+     exile in lands peregrine:<br/>
  
-     "No. Sure, on the parting-day, for lovers there's no<br/>+Allah ne'er make my lord repent my loss * To cream[FN#60] o' men<br/>
  
-     disgrace!"<br/>+     thou gavest me, one right digne."<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00059">Then Sherkan left her and went without the monastery, where they +<p id="id00150">When she had ended her versesNur al-Din answered her with these 
-brought him his horse and he mounted and rode down the bank of +lines,</p>
-the stream, till he came to the bridge, and crossing it, entered +
-the forest. As soon as he was clear of the trees and came to the +
-open country, he was aware of three horsemen pricking towards +
-him. So he drew his sword and rode on cautiously: but as they +
-drew near he recognized them and behold, it was the Vizier Dendan +
-and two of his officers. When they saw him and knew him, they +
-dismounted and saluting him, asked the reason of his absence, +
-whereupon he told them all that had passed between him and the +
-princess Abrizeh from first to last. The Vizier returned thanks +
-to God the Most High for his safety and said, "Let us at once +
-depart hence, for the ambassadors that were with us are gone to +
-inform their king of our arrival, and belike he will hasten to +
-fall on us and seize us." So they rode on in haste, till they +
-came to the camp, when Sherkan commanded to depart forthright, +
-and the army set out and journeyed by forced marches for five +
-days, at the end of which time they alighted in a thickly wooded +
-valley, where they rested awhile. Then they set out again and +
-fared on till they came to the frontiers of their own country. +
-Here they felt themselves in safety and halted to rest; and the +
-country people came out to them with guest-gifts and victual and +
-fodder for the cattle. They lay there and rested two days; after +
-which Sherkan bade the Vizier Dendan fare forward to Baghdad with +
-his troops, and he did so. But Sherkan himself abode behind with +
-a hundred horse, till the rest of the army had been gone a day, +
-when he mounted, he and his men, and fared on two parasangs' +
-space, till they came to a narrow pass between two mountains and +
-behold, there arose a great cloud of dust in their front. So they +
-halted their horses awhile, till the dust lifted and discovered a +
-hundred cavaliers, as they were fierce lions, cased in complete +
-steel As soon as they came within earshot of Sherkan and his men, +
-they cried out to them, saying, "By John and Mary, we have gotten +
-what we hoped! We have been following you by forced marches, +
-night and day, till we forewent you in this place. So alight and +
-lay down your arms and yield yourselves, that we may grant you +
-your lives." When Sherkan heard this, his eyes rolled and his +
-cheeks flushed and he said, "O dogs of Nazarenes, how dare ye +
-enter our country and set foot on our earth? And doth not this +
-suffice you, but ye must adventure yourselves and give us such +
-words as these? Do ye think to escape out of our hands and return +
-to your country?" Then he cried out to his hundred horse, saying, +
-"Up and at these dogs, for they are even as you in number!" So +
-saying, he drew his sword and drove at them, without further +
-parley, he and his hundred men. The Franks received them with +
-hearts stouter than stone, and they met, man to man. Then fell +
-champion upon champion and there befell a sore strife and great +
-was the terror and the roar of the battle; nor did they leave +
-jousting and foining and smiting with swords, till the day +
-departed and the night came with the darkness; when they drew +
-apart, and Sherkan mustered his men and found them all unhurt, +
-save four who were slightly wounded. Then said he to them, "By +
-Allah, all my life I have waded in the surging sea of war and +
-battle, but never saw I any so firm and stout in sword-play and +
-shock of men as these warriors!" "Know, O King," replied they, +
-"that there is among them a Frank cavalier, who is their leader, +
-and indeed he is a man of valour and his strokes are terrible: +
-but, by Allah, he spares us, great and small; for whoso falls +
-into his hands, he lets him go and forbears to slay him. By +
-Allah, an he would, he could kill us all!" When Sherkan heard +
-this, he was confounded and said, "To-morrow, we will draw out +
-and defy them to single combat, for we are a hundred to their +
-hundred; and we will seek help against them from the Lord of the +
-heavens." Meanwhile, the Franks came to their leader and said to +
-him, "Of a truth, we have not come by our desire of these this +
-day." "To-morrow," quoth he, "we will draw out and joust against +
-them, one by one." So they passed the night in this mind, and +
-both camps kept watch till the morning. As soon as God the Most +
-High brought on the day, King Sherkan mounted, with his hundred +
-horse, and they betook themselves to the field, where they found +
-the Franks ranged in battle array, and Sherkan said to his men, +
-"Verily, our enemies are of the same mind as we; so up and at +
-them briskly." Then came forth a herald of the Franks and cried +
-out, saying, "Let there be no fighting betwixt us to-day, except +
-by way of single combat, a champion of yours against one of +
-ours!" Thereupon one of Sherkan's men came out from the ranks and +
-spurring between the two parties, cried out, "Who is for +
-jousting? Who is for fighting? Let no laggard nor weakling come +
-out against me to-day!" Hardly had he made an end of speaking, +
-when there sallied forth to him a Frankish horseman, armed +
-cap-a-pie and clad in cloth of gold, riding on a gray horse, and +
-he had no hair on his cheeks. He drove his horse into the midst +
-of the field and the two champions fell to cutting and thrusting, +
-nor was it long before the Frank smote the Muslim with his lance +
-and unhorsing him, took him prisoner and bore him off in triumph. +
-At this, his comrades rejoiced and forbidding him to go out +
-again, sent forth another to the field, to whom sallied out a +
-second Muslim, the brother of the first. The two drove at each +
-other and fought for a little, till the Frank ran at the Muslim +
-and throwing him off his guard by a feint, smote him with the +
-butt-end of his spear and unhorsed him and took him prisoner. +
-After this fashion, the Muslims ceased not to come forth and the +
-Franks to unhorse them and take them prisoner, till the day +
-departed and the night came with the darkness. Now they had +
-captured twenty cavaliers of the Muslims, and when Sherkan saw +
-this, it was grievous to him, and he mustered his men and said to +
-them, "What is this thing that hath befallen us? To-morrow +
-morning, I myself will go out into the field and seek to joust +
-with their chief and learn his reason for entering our country +
-and warn him against fighting. If he persist, we will do battle +
-with him, and if he proffer peace, we will make peace with him." +
-They passed the night thus, and when God brought on the day, both +
-parties mounted and drew out in battle array. Then Sherkan was +
-about to sally forth, when behold, more than half of the Franks +
-dismounted and marched on foot, before one of them, who was +
-mounted, to the midst of the field. Sherkan looked at this +
-cavalier and behold, he was their chief. He was clad in a tunic +
-of blue satin and a close-ringed shirt of mail; his face was as +
-the full moon at its rising and he had no hair on his cheeks. In +
-his hand he held a sword of Indian steel, and he was mounted on a +
-black horse with a white star, like a dirhem, on his forehead. He +
-spurred into the midst of the field and signing to the Muslims, +
-cried out with fluent speech in the Arabic tongue, saying, "Ho, +
-Sherkan! Ho, son of Omar ben Ennuman, thou that stormest the +
-citadels and layest waste the lands, up and out to joust and +
-battle with him who halves the field with thee! Thou art prince +
-of thy people and I am prince of mine; and whoso hath the upper +
-hand, the other's men shall come under his sway." Hardly had he +
-made an end of speaking, when out came Sherkan, with a heart full +
-of wrath, and spurring his horse into the midst of the field, +
-drove like an angry lion at the Frank, who awaited him with calm +
-and steadfastness and met him as a champion should. Then they +
-fell to cutting and thrusting, nor did they cease to wheel and +
-turn and give and take, as they were two mountains clashing +
-together or two seas breaking one against the other, till the day +
-departed and the night brought on the darkness, when they drew +
-apart and returned, each to his people. As soon as Sherkan +
-reached his comrades, he said to them, "Never in my life saw I +
-the like of this cavalier; and he has one fashion I never yet +
-beheld in any. It is that, when he has a chance of dealing his +
-adversary a deadly blow, he reverses his lance and smites him +
-with the butt. Of a truth, I know not what will be the issue +
-between him and me; but I would we had in our army his like and +
-the like of his men." Then he passed the night in sleep, and when +
-it was morning, the Frank spurred out to the mid-field, where +
-Sherkan met him, and they fell to fighting and circling one about +
-the other, whilst all necks were stretched out to look at them; +
-nor did they cease from battle and swordplay and thrusting with +
-spears, till the day departed and the night came with the +
-darkness, when they drew asunder and returned each to his own +
-camp. Then each related to his comrades what had befallen him +
-with his adversary, and the Frank said to his men, "To-morrow +
-shall decide the matter." So they both passed the night in sleep, +
-and as soon as it was day, they mounted and drove at each other +
-and ceased not to fight till the middle of the day. Then the +
-Frank made a shift, first spurring his horse and then checking +
-him with the bridle, so that he stumbled and threw him; whereupon +
-Sherkan fell on him and was about to smite him with his sword and +
-make an end of the long strife, when the Frank cried out, "O +
-Sherkan, this is not the fashion of champions! It is only the +
-beaten[FN#18] who deal thus with women." When Sherkan heard this, +
-he raised his eyes to the Frank's face and looking straitly at +
-him, knew him for none other than the princess Abrizeh, whereupon +
-he threw the sword from his hand and kissing the earth before +
-her, said to her, "What moved thee to do this thing?" Quoth she+
-"I was minded to prove thee in the field and try thy stoutness in +
-battle. These that are with me are all of them my women, and they +
-are all maids; yet have they overcome thy horsemen in fair fight; +
-and had not my horse stumbled with me, thou shouldst have seen my +
-strength and prowess." Sherkan smiled at her speech and said, +
-"Praised be God for safety and for my reunion with thee, O queen +
-of the age!" Then she cried out to her damsels to loose the +
-prisoners and dismount. They did as she bade and came and kissed +
-the earth before her and Sherkan, who said to them, "It is the +
-like of you that kings treasure up against the hour of need." +
-Then he signed to his comrades to salute the princess; so they +
-dismounted all and kissed the earth before her, for they knew the +
-story. After this, the whole two hundred mounted and rode day and +
-night for six days' space, till they drew near to Baghdad when +
-they halted and Sherkan made Abrizeh and her companions put off +
-their male attire and don the dress of the women of the Greeks. +
-Then he despatched a company of his men to Baghdad to acquaint +
-his father with his arrival in company with the princess Abrizeh, +
-daughter of King Herdoub, to the intent that he might send some +
-one to meet her. They passed the night in that place, and when +
-God the Most High brought on the day, Sherkan and his company +
-took horse and fared on towards the city. On the way, they met +
-the Vizier Dendan, who had come out with a thousand horse, by +
-commandment of King Omar, to do honour to the princess Abrizeh +
-and to Sherkan. When they drew near, the Vizier and his company +
-dismounted and kissed the earth before the prince and princess, +
-then mounted again and escorted them, till they reached the city +
-and came to the palace. Sherkan went in to his father, who rose +
-and embraced him and questioned him of what had happened. So he +
-told him all that had befallen him, including what the princess +
-Abrizeh had told him and what had passed between them and how she +
-had left her father and her kingdom and had chosen to depart and +
-take up her abode with them. And he said to his father, "Indeed, +
-the King of Constantinople had plotted to do us a mischief, +
-because of his daughter Sufiyeh, for that the King of Caesarea +
-had made known to him her history and the manner of her being +
-made a gift to thee, he not knowing her to be King Afridoun'+
-daughter; else would he have restored her to her father. And of a +
-verity, we were only saved from these perils by the lady Abrizeh, +
-and never saw I a more valiant than she!" And he went on to tell +
-his father of the wrestling and the jousting from beginning to +
-end. When King Omar heard his son's storyAbrizeh was exalted in +
-his eyes, and he longed to see her and sent Sherkan to fetch her. +
-So Sherkan went out to her and said, "The king calls for thee." +
-She replied, "I hear and obey;" and he took her and brought her +
-in to his father, who was seated on his throne, attended only by +
-the eunuchs, having dismissed his courtiers and officers. The +
-princess entered and kissing the ground before him, saluted him +
-in choice terms. He was amazed at her fluent speech and thanked +
-her for her dealing with his son Sherkan and bade her be seated. +
-So she sat down and uncovered her face, which when the king saw, +
-his reason fled and he made her draw near and showed her especial +
-favour, appointing her a palace for herself and her damsels and +
-assigning them due allowances. Then he asked her of the three +
-jewels aforesaid, and she replied, "O King of the age, they are +
-with me." So saying, she rose and going to her lodging, opened +
-her baggage and brought out a box, from which she took a casket +
-of gold. She opened the casket and taking out the three jewels, +
-kissed them and gave them to the King and went away, taking his +
-heart with her. Then the king sent for his son Sherkan and gave +
-him one of the three jewels. Sherkan enquired of the other two, +
-and the King replied, "O my son, I mean to give one to thy +
-brother Zoulmekan and the other to thy sister Nuzhet ez Zeman." +
-When Sherkan heard that he had a brother (for up to that time he +
-had only known of his sister) he turned to his father and said to +
-him, "O King, hast thou a son other than myself?" "Yes," answered +
-Omar, "and he is now six years old." And he told him that his +
-name was Zoulmekan and that he and Nuzhet ez Zeman were twins, +
-born at a birth. This news was grievous to Sherkan, but he hid +
-his chagrin and said, "The blessing of God the Most High be upon +
-them!" And he threw the jewel from his hand and shook the dust +
-off his clothes. Quoth his father, "What made thee change colour, +
-when I told thee of this, seeing that the kingdom is assured to +
-thee after me? For, verily, the troops have sworn to thee and the +
-Amirs and grandees have taken the oath of succession to thee; and +
-this one of the three jewels is thine." At this, Sherkan bowed +
-his head and was ashamed to bandy words with his father: so he +
-accepted the jewel and went away, knowing not what to do for +
-excess of anger, and stayed not till he reached the princess +
-Abrizeh's palace. When she saw him, she rose to meet him and +
-thanked him for what he had done and called down blessings on him +
-and his father. Then she sat down and made him sit by her side. +
-After awhile, she saw anger in his face and questioned him, +
-whereupon he told her that God had vouchsafed his father two +
-children, a boy and a girl, by Sufiyeh, and that he had named the +
-boy Zoulmekan and the girl Nuzhet ez Zeman. "He has given me one +
-of the jewels," continued he, "and kept the other two for them. I +
-knew not of Zoulmekan's birth till this day, and he is now six +
-years old. So when I learnt this, wrath possessed me and I threw +
-down the jewel: and I tell thee the reason of my anger and hide +
-nothing from thee. But I fear lest the King take thee to wife, +
-for he loves thee and I saw in him signs of desire for thee: so +
-what wilt thou say, if he wish this?" "Know, O Sherkan," replied +
-the princess, "that thy father has no dominion over me, nor can +
-he take me without my consent; and if he take me by force, I will +
-kill myself. As for the three jewels, it was not my intent that +
-he should give them to either of his children and I had no +
-thought but that he would lay them up with his things of price in +
-his treasury; but now I desire of thy favour that thou make me a +
-present of the jewel that he gave thee, if thou hast accepted +
-it." "I hear and obey," replied Sherkan and gave her the jewel. +
-Then said she, "Fear nothing," and talked with him awhile. +
-Presently she said, "I fear lest my father hear that I am with +
-you and sit not down with my loss, but do his endeavour to come +
-at me; and to that end he may ally himself with King Afridoun and +
-both come on thee with armies and so there befall a great +
-turmoil." "O my lady," replied Sherkan, "if it please thee to +
-sojourn with us, take no thought of them, though all that be in +
-the earth and in the ocean gather themselves together against +
-us!" "It is well," rejoined she; "if ye entreat me well, I will +
-tarry with you, and if ye deal evilly by me, I will depart from +
-you." Then she bade her maidens bring food; so they set the +
-tables, and Sherkan ate a little and went away to his own house, +
-anxious and troubled.</p>+
  
-<p id="id00060">Meanwhile, King Omar betook himself to the lodging of the lady +<p id="id00151">"She bade me farewell on our parting day, * And she wept in the<br/>
-Sufiyeh, who rose to her feet, when she saw him, and stood till +
-he was seated. Presently, his two children, Zoulmekan and Nuzbet +
-ez Zeman, came to him, and he kissed them and hung a jewel round +
-each one's neck, at which they rejoiced and kissed his hands. +
-Then they went to their mother, who rejoiced in them and wished +
-the King long life; and he said to her, "Why hast thou not told +
-me, all this time, that thou art King Afridoun's daughter, that I +
-might have advanced thee and enlarged thee in dignity and used +
-thee with increase of honour and consideration?" "O King," +
-replied Sufiyeh, "what could I desire greater or more exalted +
-than this my standing with thee, overwhelmed as I am with thy +
-favours and thy goodness? And God to boot hath blessed me by thee +
-with two children, a son and a daughter." Her answer pleased the +
-King and he set apart for her and her children a splendid palace. +
-Moreover, he appointed for their service eunuchs and attendants +
-and doctors and sages and astrologers and physicians and surgeons +
-and in every way redoubled in favour and munificence towards +
-them. Nevertheless, he was greatly occupied with love of the +
-princess Abrizeh and burnt with desire of her night and day; and +
-every night, he would go in to her, and talk with her and pay his +
-court to her, but she gave him no answer, saying only, "O King of +
-the age, I have no desire for men at this present." When he saw +
-that she repelled him, his passion and longing increased till, at +
-last, when he was weary of this, he called his Vizier Dendan and +
-opening his heart to him, told him how love for the princess +
-Abrizeh was killing him and how she refused to yield to his +
-wishes and he could get nothing of her. Quoth the Vizier, "As +
-soon as it is dark night, do thou take a piece of henbane, the +
-bigness of a diner, and go in to her and drink wine with her. +
-When the hour of leave-taking draws near, fill a last cup and +
-dropping the henbane in it, give it to her to drink, and she will +
-not reach her sleeping chamber, ere the drug take effect on her. +
-Then do thou go in to her and take thy will of her." "Thy counsel +
-is good," said the King, and going to his treasury, took thence a +
-piece of concentrated henbane, which if an elephant smelt, he +
-would sleep from year to year. He put it in his bosom and waited +
-till some little of the night was past, when he betook himself to +
-the palace of the princess, who rose to receive him; but he bade +
-her sit down. So she sat down, and he by her, and he began to +
-talk with her of drinking, whereupon she brought the table of +
-wine and set it before him. Then she set on the drinking-vessels, +
-and lighted the candles and called for fruits and confections and +
-sweetmeats and all that pertains to drinking. So they fell to +
-drinking and ceased not to carouse, till drunkenness crept into +
-the princess's head. When the King saw this, he took out the +
-piece of henbane and holding it between his fingers, filled a cup +
-and drank it off; then filled another cup, into which he dropped +
-the henbane, unseen of Abrizeh, and saying, "Thy health!" +
-presented it to her. She took it and drank it off; then rose and +
-went to her sleeping-chamber. He waited awhile, till he was +
-assured that the drug had taken effect on her and gotten the +
-mastery of her senses, when he went in to her and found her lying +
-on her back, with a lighted candle at her head and another at her +
-feet. She had put off her trousers, and the air raised the skirt +
-of her shift and discovered what was between her thighs. When the +
-King saw this, he took leave of his senses for desire and Satan +
-tempted him and he could not master himself, but put off his +
-trousers and fell upon her and did away her maidenhead. Then he +
-went out and said to one of her women, by name Merjaneh, "Go in +
-to thy mistress, for she calls for thee." So she went in to the +
-princess and found her lying on her back, with the blood running +
-down her thighs; whereupon she took a handkerchief and wiped away +
-the blood and tended her mistress and lay by her that night. As +
-soon as it was day, she washed the princess's hands and feet and +
-bathed her face and mouth with rose-water, whereupon she sneezed +
-and yawned and cast up the henbane. Then she revived and washed +
-her hands and mouth and said to Merjaneh, "Tell me what has +
-befallen me." So she told her what had passed and how she had +
-found her, lying on her back, with the blood running down her +
-thighs, wherefore she knew that the King had played the traitor +
-with her and had undone her and taken his will of her. At this +
-she was afflicted and shut herself up, saying to her damsels, +
-"Let no one come in to me and say to all that I am ill, till I +
-see what God will do with me." The news of her illness came to +
-the King, and he sent her cordials and sherbet of sugar and +
-confections. Some months passed thus, during which time the +
-King's flame subsided and his desire for her cooled, so that he +
-abstained from her. Now she had conceived by him, and in due +
-time, her pregnancy appeared and her belly swelled, wherefore the +
-world was straitened upon her and she said to her maid Merjaneh, +
-"Know that it is not the folk who have wronged me, but I who +
-sinned against myself in that I left my father and mother and +
-country. Indeed, I abhor life, for my heart is broken and I have +
-neither courage nor strength left. I used, when I mounted my +
-horse, to have the mastery of him, but now I have no strength +
-to ride. If I be brought to bed in this place, I shall be +
-dishonoured among my women, and every one in the palace will know +
-that he has taken my maidenhead in the way of shame; and if I +
-return to my father, with what face shall I meet him or have +
-recourse to him? How well says the poet:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00061" style="margin-right0%; margin-left: 0%">Wherewith shall I be comforted, that am of all bereft, To whom +     fire of our bane and pains:<br/>
-     nor folk nor home nor friend nor dwelling-place is left?"</p>+
  
-<p id="id00062">Quoth Merjaneh, "It is for thee to command; I will obey." And +'What wilt thou do when fro' thee I'm gone?' * Quoth I, 'say this<br/>
-Abrizeh said, "I would fain leave this place privily, so that +
-none shall know of me but thou, and return to my father and +
-mother; for when flesh stinketh, there is nought for it but its +
-own folk, and God shall do with me as He will." "It is well, O +
-princess," replied Merjaneh. So she made ready in secret and +
-waited awhile, till the King went out to hunt and Sherkan betook +
-himself to certain of the fortresses to sojourn there awhile. +
-Then she said to Merjaneh, "I wish to set out to-night, but how +
-shall I do? For already I feel the pangs of labour, and if I +
-abide other four or five days, I shall be brought to bed here, +
-and how then can I go to my country? But this is what was written +
-on my forehead." Then she considered awhile and said, "Look us +
-out a man who will go with us and serve us by the way, for I have +
-no strength to bear arms." "By Allah, O my lady," replied +
-Merjaneh, "I know none but a black slave called Ghezban, who is +
-one of the slaves of King Omar ben Ennuman; he is a stout fellow +
-and keeps guard at the gate of our palace. The King appointed him +
-to attend us, and indeed we have overwhelmed him with favours. I +
-will go out and speak with him of the matter and promise him +
-money and tell him that, if he have a mind to tarry with us, we +
-will marry him to whom he will. He told me before to-day that he +
-had been a highwayman; so if he consent, we shall have our desire +
-and come to our own country." "Call him, that I may talk with +
-him," said the princess. So Merjaneh went out and said to the +
-slave, "O Ghezban, God prosper thee, do thou fall in with what my +
-lady says to thee." Then she took him by the hand and brought him +
-to Abrizeh. He kissed the princess's hands and when she saw him, +
-her heart took fright at him, but she said to herself, "Necessity +
-is imperious," and to him, "O Ghezban, wilt thou help us against +
-the perfidies of fortune and keep my secret, if I discover it to +
-thee?" When the slave saw her, his heart was taken by storm and +
-he fell in love with her forthright, and could not choose but +
-answer, "O my mistress, whatsoever thou biddest me do, I will not +
-depart from it." Quoth she, "I would have thee take me and this +
-my maid and saddle us two camels and two of the king's horses and +
-set on each horse a saddle-bag of stuff and somewhat of victual, +
-and go with us to our own country; where, if thou desire to abide +
-with us, I will marry thee to her thou shalt choose of my +
-damsels; or if thou prefer to return to thine own country, we +
-will send thee thither, with as much money as will content thee." +
-When Ghezban heard this, he rejoiced greatly and replied, "O my +
-lady, will serve thee faithfully and will go at once and saddle +
-the horses." Then he went away, rejoicing and saying in himself, +
-"I shall get my will of them; and if they will not yield to me, I +
-will kill them and take their riches." But this his intent he +
-kept to himself and presently returned, mounted on one horse and +
-leading other two and two camels. He brought the horses to the +
-princess, who mounted one and made Merjaneh mount the other, +
-albeit she was suffering from the pains of labour and could +
-scarce possess herself for anguish. Then they set out and +
-journeyed night and day through the passes of the mountains, till +
-there remained but a day's journey between them and their own +
-country, when the pangs of travail came upon Abrizeh and she +
-could no longer sit her horse. So she said to Ghezban, "Set me +
-down, for the pains of labour are upon me," and cried to +
-Merjaneh, saying, "Do thou alight and sit down by me and deliver +
-me." They both drew rein and dismounting from their horses, +
-helped the princess to alight, and she aswoon for stress of pain. +
-When Ghezban saw her on the ground, Satan entered into him and he +
-drew his sabre and brandishing it in her face, said, "O my lady, +
-vouchsafe me thy favours." With this, she turned to him and said, +
-"It were a fine thing that I should yield to black slaves, after +
-having I refused kings and princes!" And she was wroth with him +
-and said, "What words are theseOut on thee! Do not talk thus in +
-my presence and know that will never consent to what thou +
-saystthough I drink the cup of death. Wait till I have cast my +
-burden and am delivered of the after-birth, and after, if thou be +
-able thereto, do with me as thou wilt; but, an thou leave not +
-lewd talk at this time, I will slay myself and leave the world +
-and be at peace from all this." And she recited the following +
-verses:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00063">O Ghezban, unhand me and let me go freer Sure, fortune is heavy<br/>+     to whom life remains!'"<br/
 +</p>
  
-     enough upon me.<br/>+<p id="id00152">When the Caliph heard her saying in her verse,</p>
  
-My Lord hath forbidden me whoredom. "The fire Shall be the<br/>+<p id="id00153">   "To Karim, the cream of men thou gavest me;"</p>
  
-     transgressor'last dwelling," quoth He:<br/>+<p id="id00154">his inclination for her redoubled and it seemed a hard matter and 
 +a grievous to part them; so quoth he to the youth, "O my lord, 
 +truly the damsel said in her verses that thou didst transgress 
 +against her master and him who owned her; so tell me, against 
 +whom didst thou transgress and who is it hath a claim on thee?" 
 +"By Allah, O fisherman," replied Nur al-Din, "there befel me and 
 +this damsel a wondrous tale and a marvellous matter: an 't were 
 +graven with needle-gravers on the eye-corners it would be a 
 +warner to whoso would be warned."  Cried the Caliph, "Wilt thou 
 +not tell me thy story and acquaint me with thy case? Haply it may 
 +bring thee relief, for Allah'aid is ever nearhand." "O 
 +fisherman," said Nur al-Din, "Wilt thou hear our history in verse 
 +or in prose?"  "Prose is a wordy thing, but verses," rejoined the 
 +Caliph, "are pearls on string."  Then Nur al-Din bowed his head, 
 +and made these couplets,</p>
  
-So look not on me with the eye of desireFor surely to lewdness<br/>+<p id="id00155">"O my friend! reft of rest no repose I command* And my grief is<br/>
  
-     I may not agree;<br/>+     redoubled in this far land:<br/>
  
-And if thou respect not mine honour and God Nor put away filthy<br/>+Erst I had a father, a kinder ne'er was; * But he died and to<br/>
  
-     behaviour from thee,<br/>+     Death paid the deodand:<br/>
  
-I will call with my might on the men of my tribe And draw them<br/>+When he went from me, every matter went wrong * Till my heart was<br/>
  
-     ail hither from upland and lea.<br/>+     nigh-broken, my nature unmanned:<br/>
  
-Were I hewnlimb from limb, with the Yemani sword, Yet never a<br/>+He bought me a handmaida sweeting who shamed * A wand of the<br/>
  
-     lecher my visage should see<br/>+     willow by Zephyr befanned:<br/>
  
-Of the freeborn and mighty; so how then should Let whoreson<br/>+lavisht upon her mine heritage, * And spent like nobleman<br/>
  
-     black slave have possession of me?<br/+     puissant and grand:<br/>
-</p>+
  
-<p id="id00064">When Ghezban heard thishe was exceeding angryhis eyes grew +Then to sell her compelledmy sorrow increased* The parting<br/>
-bloodshot and his face became of the colour of dust; his nostrils +
-swelled, his lips protruded and the terrors of his aspect +
-redoubled. And he repeated the following verses:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00065">Abrizeh, have mercy nor leave me to sigh, Who am slain by the<br/>+     was sore but I mote not gainstand:<br/>
  
-     glance of thy Yemani eye![FN#19]<br/>+Now as soon as the crier had called her, there bid * A wicked old<br/>
  
-My body is wastedmy patience at end, And my heart for thy<br/>+     fellowa fiery brand:<br/>
  
-     cruelty racked like to die.<br/>+So I raged with a rage that I could not restrain, * And snatched<br/>
  
-Thy glances with sorcery ravish all heartsMy reason is distant<br/>+     her from out of his hireling's hand;<br/>
  
-     and passion is nigh.<br/>+When the angry curmudgeon made ready for blows, * And the fire of<br/>
  
-Though thou drewst to thy succour the world full of troopsI'd<br/>+     a fight kindled he and his band,<br/>
  
-     not stir till my purpose accomplished had I.<br/+smote him in fury with right and with left, * And his hide,<br/>
-</p>+
  
-<p id="id00066">Thereupon Abrizeh wept sore and said to him, "Out on thee, O +     till well satisfiedcurried and tanned:<br/>
-Ghezban! How darest thou demand this of me, O son of shame and +
-nursling of lewdness? Dost thou think all folk are alike!" When +
-the pestilent slave heard this, he was enraged and his eyes +
-reddened: and he came up to her and smote her with the sword on +
-her neck and killed her. Then he made off into the mountains, +
-driving her horse before him with the treasure. In the agonies of +
-death, she gave birth to a son, like the moon, and Merjaneh took +
-him and laid him by her side, after doing him the necessary +
-offices; and behold, the child fastened to its mother's breast, +
-and she dead. When Merjaneh saw this, she cried out grievously +
-and rent her clothes and cast dust on her head and buffeted her +
-cheeks, till the blood camesaying, "Alas, my mistress! Alas, +
-the pity of it! Thou art dead by the hand of a worthless black +
-slave, after all thy prowess!" As she sat weeping, there arose a +
-great cloud of dust and darkened the plain; but, after awhile, it +
-lifted and discovered a numerous army. Now this was the army of +
-King Herdoub, the princess Abrizeh's father, who, hearing that +
-his daughter had fled to Baghdad, she and her maidens, and that +
-they were with King Omar ben Ennuman, had come out with his +
-troops to seek tidings of her from travellers who might have seen +
-her with King Omar at Baghdad. When he had gone a day's journey +
-from his capital, he espied three horsemen afar off and made +
-towards them, thinking to ask whence they came and seek news of +
-his daughter. Now these three were his daughter and Merjaneh and +
-Ghezban; and when the latter saw the troops drawing near, he +
-feared for himself; so he killed Abrizeh and fled. When they came +
-up and King Herdoub saw his daughter lying dead and Merjaneh +
-weeping over her, he threw himself from his horse and fell down +
-in a swoon. So all his company dismounted and pitching the tents, +
-set up a great pavilion for the King, without which stood the +
-grandees of the kingdom. At the sight of her lord the King, +
-Merjaneh's tears redoubled, and when he came to himself, he +
-questioned her and she told him all that had passed, how he that +
-had slain his daughter was a black slave, belonging to King Omar +
-ben Ennuman, and how the latter had dealt with the princess. When +
-King Herdoub heard this, the world grew black in his sight and he +
-wept sore. Then he called for a litter and laying his dead +
-daughter therein, returned to Caesarea and carried her into the +
-palace. Then he went in to his mother Dhat ed Dewahi and said to +
-her, "Shall the Muslims deal thus with my daughter? King Omar ben +
-Ennuman despoiled her by force of her honour and after this, one +
-of his black slaves slew her. By the Messiah, I will assuredly be +
-revenged for her and clear away the stain from my honour! Else I +
-shall kill myself with my own hand." And he wept passing sore. +
-Quoth his mother, "It was none other than Merjaneh killed her, +
-for she hated her in secret. But do not thou fret for taking +
-revenge for thy daughter, for, by the virtue of the Messiah, I +
-will not turn back from King Omar ben Ennuman, till I have slain +
-him and his sons; and I will assuredly do a deed, passing the +
-power of wise men and champions, of which the chroniclers shall +
-tell in all countries and placesbut needs must thou obey me in +
-all I shall direct, for he who is firmly set on aught shall +
-surely compass his desire." "By the virtue of the Messiah," +
-replied he, "I will not cross thee in aught that thou shalt say!" +
-Then said she, "Bring me a number of damsels, high-bosomed maids, +
-and summon the wise men of the time and let them teach them +
-philosophy and the art of conversation and making verses and the +
-rules of behaviour before kings, and let them talk with them of +
-all manner of science and edifying knowledge. The sages must be +
-Muslims, that they may teach the damsels the language and +
-traditions of the Arabs, together with the history of the Khalifs +
-and the pedigree of the Kings of Islam; and if we persevere in +
-this for the space of four years, we shall attain our end. So +
-possess thy soul in patience and wait; for, as one of the Arabs +
-says, 'It is a little thing to wait forty years for one'+
-revenge.' When we have taught the girls these things, we shall be +
-able to do our will with our enemy, for he is a doting lover of +
-women and has three hundred and threescore concubines, to which +
-are now added a hundred of the flower of thy damsels, that were +
-with thy late daughter. So, as soon as we have made an end of +
-their education, I will take them and set out with them." When +
-the King heard his mother's words, he rejoiced and came up to her +
-and kissed her head. Then he rose at once and despatched +
-messengers and couriers to the ends of the earth, to fetch him +
-Muslim sages. So they betook them to distant lands and brought +
-him thence the sages and doctors whom he sought. When they were +
-before him, he made much of them and bestowed on them dresses of +
-honour, appointing them stipends and allowances and promising +
-them much money, whenas they should have taught the damsels. Then +
-he committed the latter to their charge, enjoining them to +
-instruct them in all manner of knowledge, sacred and profane, and +
-all polite accomplishments; and they set themselves to do his +
-bidding.</p>+
  
-<p id="id00067">As for King Omar ben Ennuman, when he returned from hunting, he +Then in fear I fled forth and lay hid in my house* To escape<br/>
-sought the princess Abrizeh, but found her not nor could any give +
-him news of her. This was grievous to him and he said, "How did +
-she leave the palace, unknown of any? Had my kingdom been at +
-stake in this, it were in a parlous case! Never again will I go +
-a-hunting till I have sent to the gates those who shall keep good +
-guard over them!" And he was sore vexed and heavy at heart for +
-the loss of the princess Abrizeh. Presently, his son Sherkan +
-returned from his journey; and he told him what had happened and +
-how the princess had fled, whilst he was absent a-hunting, +
-whereat he was greatly concerned. Then King Omar took to visiting +
-his children every day and making much of them and brought them +
-wise men and doctors, to teach them, appointing them stipends and +
-allowances. When Sherkan saw this, he was exceeding wroth and +
-jealous of his brother and sister, so that the signs of chagrin +
-appeared in his face and he ceased not to languish by reason of +
-this, till one day his father said to him, "What ails thee, that +
-I see thee grown weak in body and pale of face?" "O my father," +
-replied Sherkan, "every time I see thee fondle my brother and +
-sister and make much of them, jealousy seizes on me, and I fear +
-lest it grow on me, till slay them and thou slay me in return. +
-This is the reason of my weakness of body and change of colour. +
-But now I crave of thy favour that thou give me one of thine +
-outlying fortresses, that I may abide there the rest of my life, +
-for as the byword says, 'It is better and fitter for me to be at +
-a distance from my friend; for when the eye seeth not, the heart +
-doth not grieve.'" And he bowed his head. When the King heard +
-Sherkan's words and knew the cause of his ailment, he soothed him +
-and said to him, "O my son, I grant thee this. I have not in my +
-realm a greater than the fortress of Damascus, and the government +
-of it is thine from this time." So saying, he called his +
-secretaries of state and bade them make out Sherkan's patent of +
-investiture to the viceroyalty of Damascus of Syria. Then he +
-equipped Sherkan and formally invested him with the office and +
-gave him his final instructions, enjoining him to policy and good +
-government; and the prince took leave of his father and the +
-grandees and officers of state and set out for his government, +
-taking with him the Vizier Dendan. When he arrived at Damascus, +
-the townspeople beat the drums and blew the trumpets and +
-decorated the city and came out to meet him in great state, +
-whilst all the notables and grandees walked in processioneach +
-according to his rank.</p>+
  
-<p id="id00068">Soon after Sherkan's departure, the governors of King Omar'+     from the snares which my foeman had spanned:<br/>
-children presented themselves before him and said to him, "O our +
-lord, thy children's education is now complete and they are +
-versed in all polite accomplishments and in the rules of manners +
-and etiquette." At this the King rejoiced with an exceeding joy +
-and conferred bountiful largesse upon the wise men, seeing +
-Zoulmekan grown up and flourishing and skilled in horsemanship. +
-The prince had now reached the age of fourteen and occupied +
-himself with piety and devout exercises, loving the poor and wise +
-men and the students of the Koran, so that all the people of +
-Baghdad loved him, men and women. One day, the procession of the +
-Mehmil[FN#20] of Irak passed round Baghdad, previously to the +
-departure of the pilgrimage to the holy places[FN#21] and tomb of +
-the Prophet.[FN#22] When Zoulmekan saw the procession, he was +
-seized with longing to go on the pilgrimage; so he went in to his +
-father and said to him, "I come to ask thy leave to make the +
-pilgrimage."</p>+
  
-<p id="id00069">But his father forbade him, saying, "Wait till next year, and I +So the King of the country proclaimed my arrestWhen access to<br/>
-will go with thee." When Zoulmekan saw that the fulfilment of his +
-desire was postponed, he betook himself to his sister Nuzhet ez +
-Zeman, whom he found standing at prayer. As soon as she had made +
-an end of her devotions, he said to her, "I am dying of desire to +
-see the Holy House of God at Mecca and to visit the Prophet'+
-tomb. I asked my father's leave, but he forbade me: so I mean to +
-take somewhat of money and set out privily on the pilgrimage, +
-without his knowledge." "I conjure thee by Allah," exclaimed she, +
-"to take me with thee and that thou forbid me not to visit the +
-tomb of the Prophet, whom God bless and preserve!" And he +
-answered, "As soon as it is dark night, do thou leave this place, +
-without telling any, and come to me." Accordingly, she waited +
-till the middle of the night, when she donned a man's habit and +
-went to the gate of the palace, where she found Zoulmekan with +
-camels ready harnessed. So they mounted and riding after the +
-caravan, mingled with the Irak pilgrims, and God decreed them a +
-prosperous journey, so that they entered Mecca the Holy in +
-safety, standing upon Arafat and performing the various rites of +
-the pilgrimage. Then they paid a visit to the tomb of the Prophet +
-(whom God bless and preserve) and thought to return with the +
-pilgrims to their native land; but Zoulmekan said to his sister, +
-"my sister, it is in my mind to visit Jerusalem and the tomb of +
-Abraham the friend of God (on whom be peace)." "I also desire to +
-do this," replied she. So they agreed upon this, and he went out +
-and took passage for himself and her and   they made ready and +
-set out with a company of pilgrims bound for Jerusalem. That very +
-night she fell sick of an ague and was grievously ill, but +
-presently recovered, after which her brother also sickened. She +
-tended him during the journey, but the fever increased on him and +
-he grew weaker and weaker, till they arrived at Jerusalem, where +
-they alighted at a khan and hired a lodging there. Here they +
-abode some time, whilst Zoulmekan's weakness increased on him, +
-till he was wasted with sickness and became delirious. At this, +
-his sister was greatly afflicted and exclaimed, "There is no +
-power and no virtue but in God the Most High, the Supreme! It is +
-He who hath decreed this." They sojourned there awhile, his +
-sickness ever increasing and she tending him, till all their +
-money was spent and she had not so much as a dirhem left. Then +
-she sent a servant of the khan to the market, to sell some of her +
-clothes, and spent the price upon her brotherand so she sold +
-all she had, piece by piece, till she had nothing left but an old +
-rug; whereupon she wept and exclaimed, "God is the Orderer of the +
-past and the future!" Presently, her brother said to her, "O my +
-sister, I feel recovery drawing near and I long for a little +
-roast meat." "O my brother," replied she, "I am ashamed to beg; +
-but tomorrow I will enter some rich man's house and serve him and +
-earn somewhat for our living." Then she bethought herself awhile +
-and said, "It is hard to me to leave thee and thou in this state, +
-but I must perforce go." "God forbid!" rejoined he. "Thou wilt be +
-put to shame; but there is no power and no virtue but in God!" +
-And he wept and she wept too. Then she said, "O my brother, we +
-are strangers and this whole year have we dwelt here; yet none +
-hath knocked at our door. Shall we then die of hunger? I know no +
-resource but that I go out and earn somewhat to keep us alive, +
-till thou recover from thy sickness; when we will return to our +
-native land." She sat weeping with him awhile, after which she +
-rose and veiling her head with a camel-cloth, which the owner had +
-forgotten with them, embraced her brother and went forth, weeping +
-and knowing not whither she should go. Zoulmekan abode, awaiting +
-her return, till the evening; but she came not, and the night +
-passed and the morning came, but still she returned not; and so +
-two days went by. At this he was greatly troubled and his heart +
-fluttered for her, and hunger was sore upon him. At last he left +
-the chamber and calling the servant of the inn, bade him carry +
-him to the bazaar. So he carried him to the market and laid him +
-down there; and the people of Jerusalem came round him and were +
-moved to tears at his condition. He signed to them for somewhat +
-to eat; so they took money from some of the merchants and bought +
-food and fed him therewith; after which they carried him to a +
-shop, where they laid him on a mat of palm-leaves and set a +
-vessel of water at his head. At nightfall, they all went away, +
-sore concerned for him, and in the middle of the night, he called +
-to mind his sister, and his sickness redoubled on him, so that he +
-abstained from eating and drinking and became insensible. When +
-the people of the market saw him thus, they took thirty dirhems +
-for him from the merchants and hiring a camel, said to the +
-driver, "Carry this sick man to Damascus and leave him at the +
-hospital; peradventure he may be cured and recover his health." +
-"On my head be it!" replied he; but he said to himself, "How +
-shall I take this sick man to Damascus, and he nigh upon death?" +
-So he carried him away and hid with him till the night, when he +
-threw him down on the fuel-heap in the stoke-hole of a bath and +
-went his way. In the morning, the stoker of the bath came to his +
-work and finding Zoulmekan cast on his back on the fuel-heap, +
-exclaimed, "Could they find no other place in which to throw this +
-dead man?" So saying, he gave him a push with his foot, and he +
-moved, whereupon quoth the stoker, "This is some one who has +
-eaten hashish and thrown himself down at hazard." Then he looked +
-at him and saw that he had no hair on his face and was endowed +
-with grace and comeliness; so he took pity on him and knew that +
-he was sick and a stranger. "There is no power and no virtue but +
-in God!" said he "I have sinned against this youth; for indeed +
-the Prophet (whom God bless and preserve!) enjoins hospitality to +
-strangers." Then he lifted him up and carrying him to his own +
-house, committed him to his wife and bade her tend him. So she +
-spread him a bed and laid a cushion under his head, then heated +
-water and washed his hands and feet and face. Meanwhile, the +
-stoker went to the market and buying rose-water and sherbet of +
-sugar, sprinkled Zoulmekan's face with the one and gave him to +
-drink of the other. Then he fetched a clean shirt and put it on +
-him. With this, Zoulmekan scented the breeze of recovery and life +
-returned to him; and he sat up and leant against the pillow. At +
-this the stoker rejoiced and exclaimed, "O my God, I beseech +
-Thee, by Thy hidden mysteries, make the salvation of this youth +
-to be at my hands!" And he nursed him assiduously for three days, +
-giving him to drink of sherbet of sugar and willow-flower water +
-and rose-water and doing him all manner of service and kindness, +
-till health began to return to his body and he opened his eyes +
-and sat up. Presently the stoker came in and seeing him sitting +
-up and showing signs of amendment, said to him, "How dost thou +
-now, O my son?" "Thanks be to God," replied Zoulmekan, "I am well +
-and like to recover, if so He please." The stoker praised the +
-Lord of All for this and going to the market, bought ten +
-chickens, which he carried to his wife and said to her, "Kill two +
-of these for him every day, one in the morning and the other at +
-nightfall." So she rose and killed a fowl, then boiling it, +
-brought it to him and fed him with the flesh and gave him the +
-broth to drink. When he had done eating, she brought hot water +
-and he washed his hands and lay back upon the pillow; whereupon +
-she covered him up and he slept till the time of afternoon-prayer. +
-Then she killed another fowl and boiled it; after which she cut +
-it up and bringing it to Zoulmekan, said, "Eat, O my son!" +
-Presently, her husband entered and seeing her feeding him, sat +
-down at his head and said to him, "How is it with thee now, O my +
-son?" "Thanks be to God for recovery!" replied he. "May He +
-requite thee thy goodness to me!" At this the stoker rejoiced +
-and going out, bought sherbet of violets and rose-water and made +
-him drink it. Now his day's earnings at the bath were five +
-dirhems, of which he spent every day two dirhems for Zoulmekan, +
-one for sweet waters and sherbets and another for fowls; and he +
-ceased not to entreat him thus kindly for a whole month, till +
-the trace of illness ceased from him and he was quite recovered +
-whereupon the stoker and his wife rejoiced and the former +
-said to him, "O my son, wilt thou go with me to the bath?" +
-"Willingly," replied he. So the stoker went to the market and +
-fetched an ass, on which he mounted Zoulmekan and supported him +
-in the saddle, till they came to the bath Then he made him alight +
-and sit down, whilst he repaired to the market and bought +
-lote-leaves and lupin-meal,[FN#23] with which he returned to the +
-bath and said to Zoulmekan, "O my son, in the name of God, enter, +
-and I will wash thy body." So they both entered the inner room of +
-the bath, and the stoker fell to rubbing Zoulmekan's legs and was +
-going on to wash his body with the lote-leaves and powder, when +
-there came to them a bathman, whom the keeper of the bath had +
-sent to Zoulmekan, and seeing the stoker rubbing and washing the +
-latter, said to him, "This is trespassing on the keeper'+
-rights." "By Allah," replied the stoker, "the master overwhelms +
-us with his favours!" Then the bathman proceeded to shave +
-Zoulmekan's head, after which he and the stoker washed and +
-returned to the latter's house, where he clad Zoulmekan in a +
-shirt of fine stuff and a tunic of his own and gave him a +
-handsome turban and girdle and wound a silken kerchief about his +
-neck. Meanwhile the stoker's wife had killed two chickens and +
-cooked them for him; so, as soon as Zoulmekan entered and seated +
-himself on the couch, the stoker arose and dissolving sugar in +
-willow-flower water, made him drink it. Then he brought the tray +
-of food and cutting up the chickens, fed him with the meat and +
-broth, till he was satisfied, when he washed his hands and +
-praised God for recovery, saying to the stoker, "It is to thee, +
-under God the Most High, that I owe my life!" "Leave this talk," +
-replied the stoker, "and tell us the manner of thy coming to this +
-city and whence thou art; for I see signs of gentle breeding in +
-thy face." "Tell me first how thou camest to fall in with me," +
-said Zoulmekan; "and after I will tell thee my story." "As +
-for that," rejoined the stoker, "I found thee lying on the +
-rubbish-heap, by the door of the stoke-house, as I went to my +
-work, near the morning, and knew not who had thrown thee down +
-there. So I carried thee home with me; and this all I have to +
-tell." Quoth Zoulmekan, "Glory to Him who quickens the bones, +
-though they be rotten! Indeed, O my brother, thou hast not done +
-good to one who is unworthy, and thou shalt reap the reward of +
-this. But where am I now?" "In the city of Jerusalem," replied +
-the stoker; whereupon Zoulmekan called to mind his strangerhood +
-and his separation from his sister and wept. Then he discovered +
-his secret to the stoker and told him his story, repeating the +
-following verses:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00070">They heaped up passion on my soul, beyond my strength to bear,<br/>+     me a good Chamberlain fand:<br/>
  
-     And for their sake my heart is racked with weariness and<br/>+And warned me to flee from the city afar, * Disappear, disappoint<br/>
  
-     care.<br/>+     what my enemies planned:<br/>
  
-Ahbe ye pitiful to me, O cruel that ye are, For e'en my foes do<br/>+Then we fled from our home 'neath the wing of the night* And<br/>
  
-     pity me, since you away did fare!<br/>+     sought us a refuge by Baghdad strand:<br/>
  
-Grudge not to grant unto mine eyes a passing glimpse of youTo<br/>+Of my riches I've nothing on thee to bestow* O Fisher, except<br/>
  
-     ease the longing of my soul and lighten my despair.<br/>+     the fair gift thou hast scanned:<br/>
  
-I begged my heart to arm itself with patience for your loss.<br/>+The loved of my soul, and when I from her part, * Know for sure<br/>
  
-     "Patience was never of my wont," it answered; "so forbear."<br/>+     that I give thee the blood of my heart."[FN#61]<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00071">Then he redoubled his weepingand the stoker said to him, "Weep +<p id="id00156">When he had ended his verse, the Caliph said to him, "O my lord 
-notbut rather praise God for safety and recovery." Quoth +Nur al-Dinexplain to me thy case more fully,"  So he told him 
-Zoulmekan, "How far is it hence to Damascus?" "Six days' +the whole story from beginning to end, and the Caliph said to 
-journey," answered the stoker "Wilt thou send me thither?" asked +him, "Whither dost thou now intend? "Allah's world is wide," 
-Zoulmekan. "O my lord," replied the stoker, "how can I let thee +replied he Quoth the Caliph, "I will write thee letter to 
-go alone, and thou a young lad and a stranger? If thou be minded +carry to the Sultan Mohammed bin Sulayman al-Zayniwhich when he 
-to make the journey to DamascusI will go with thee; and if my +readeth, he will not hurt nor harm thee in aught."—-And Shahrazad 
-wife will listen to me and accompany me, I will take up my abode +perceived the dawn of day and ceased saying her permitted say.</p>
-there; for it goes to my heart to part with thee." Then said he +
-to his wife, "Wilt thou go with me to Damascus or wilt thou abide +
-here, whilst I bring this my lord thither and return to theeFor +
-he is bent upon, going to Damascus, and by Allah, it is hard to +
-me to part with himand I fear for him from the highway +
-robbers.Quoth she, "I will go with you." And he said, "Praised +
-be God for accord!" Then he rose and selling all his own and his +
-wife's gear, bought camel and hired an ass for Zoulmekan; and +
-they set out and reached Damascus at nightfall after six days' +
-journey. They alighted there, and the stoker went to the market +
-and bought meat and drink. They had dwelt but five days in +
-Damascus, when his wife sickened and after a few days' illness, +
-was translated to the mercy of God. The stoker mourned for her +
-with an exceeding grief, and her death was no light matter to +
-Zoulmekan, for she had tended him assiduously and he was grown +
-used to her. Presently, he turned to the stoker and finding him +
-mourning, said to him, "Do not grieve, for we must all go in at +
-this gate."[FN#24] "God requite thee with good, O my son!" +
-replied the stoker. "Surely He will compensate us with his +
-bounties and cause our mourning to cease. What sayst thou, O my +
-son? Shall we walk abroad to view Damascus and cheer our +
-spirits?" "Thy will is mine," replied Zoulmekan. So the stoker +
-took him by the hand, and they sallied forth and walked on, till +
-they came to the stables of the Viceroy of Damascus, where they +
-found camels laden with chests and carpets and brocaded stuffs +
-and saddle-horses and Bactrian camels and slaves, white and +
-black, and folk running to and fro and a great bustleQuoth +
-Zoulmekan, "I wonder to whom all these camels and stuffs and +
-servants belong!" So he asked one of the slaves, and he replied, +
-"These are presents that the Viceroy of Damascus is sending to +
-King Omar ben Ennuman, with the tribute of Syria." When Zoulmekan +
-heard his father's name, his eyes filled with tears and he +
-repeated the following verses:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00072">Ye that are far removed from my desireful sightYe that within<br/>+<p id="id00157">             When it was the Thirty-eighth Night,</p>
  
-     my heart are sojourners for aye,<br/>+<p id="id00158">She continued, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that when 
 +the Caliph said to Nur al-Din Ali, "I will write thee a letter to 
 +carry to the Sultan Mohammed bin Sulayman al-Zayni, which when he 
 +readeth, he will not hurt nor harm thee in aught," Nur al-Din 
 +asked "What! is there in the world a fisherman who writeth to 
 +Kings?  Such a thing can never be!"; and the Caliph answered, 
 +"Thou sayest sooth, but I will tell thee the reason. Know that I 
 +and he learnt in the same school under one schoolmaster, and that 
 +I was his monitor.  Since that time Fortune befriended him and he 
 +is become a Sultan, while Allah hath abased me and made me a 
 +fisherman; yet I never send to him to ask aught but he doeth my 
 +desire; nay, though I should ask of him a thousand favours every 
 +day, he would comply." When Nur al-Din heard this he said, "Good! 
 +write that I may see." So the Caliph took ink-case and reed-pen 
 +and wrote as follows,—"In the name of Allah, the 
 +Compassionating, the Compassionate!  But after.[FN#62] This 
 +letter is written by Harun al-Rashid, son of Al-Mahdi, to his 
 +highness Mohammed bin Sulayman al-Zayni, whom I have encompassed 
 +about with my favour and made my viceroy in certain of my 
 +dominions.  The bearer of these presents is Nur al-Din Ali, son 
 +of Fazl bin Khákán the Wazir. As soon as they come to thy hand 
 +divest thyself forthright of the kingly dignity and invest him 
 +therewith; so oppose not my commandment and peace be with thee." 
 +He gave the letter to Nur al-Din, who took it and kissed it, then 
 +put it in his turband and set out at once on his journey. So far 
 +concerning him; but as regards the Caliph, Shaykh Ibrahim stared 
 +to him (and he still in fisher garb) and said, "O vilest of 
 +fishermen, thou hast brought us a couple of fish worth a score of 
 +half-dirhams,[FN#63] and hast gotten three dinars for them; and 
 +thinkest thou to take the damsel to boot?"  When the Caliph heard 
 +this, he cried out at him, and signed to Masrur who discovered 
 +himself and rushed in upon him. Now Ja'afar had sent one of the 
 +gardener-lads to the doorkeeper of the palace to fetch a suit of 
 +royal raiment for the Prince of the Faithful; so the man went 
 +and, returning with the suit, kissed the ground before the Caliph 
 +and gave it him.  Then he threw of the clothes he had on[FN#64] 
 +and donned kingly apparel.  Shaykh Ibrahim was still sitting upon 
 +his chair and the Caliph tarried to behold what would come next. 
 +But seeing the Fisherman become the Caliph, Shaykh Ibrahim was 
 +utterly confounded and he could do nothing but bite his finger- 
 +ends[FN#65] and say, "Would I knew whether am I asleep or am I 
 +awake!"  At last the Caliph looked at him and cried, "O Shaykh 
 +Ibrahim, what state is this in which I see thee?" Thereupon he 
 +recovered from his drunkenness and, throwing himself upon the 
 +ground, repeated these verses,</p>
  
-Your comeliness is gone and life no more for me Is sweet, nor<br/>+<p id="id00159">"Pardon the sinful ways I did pursue; * Ruth from his lord to<br/>
  
-     will the pains of longing pass away.<br/>+     every slave is due:<br/>
  
-If God one day decree reunion of our lovesHow long a tale of<br/>+Confession pays the fine that sin demands; * Wherethen, is that<br/>
  
-     woes my tongue will have to say!<br/>+     which grace and mercy sue?"[FN#66]<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00073">Then he wept and the stoker said to him, "my sonthou art +<p id="id00160">The Caliph forgave him and bade carry the damsel to the city- 
-hardly yet recoveredso take heart and do not weepfor fear +palace, where he set apart for her an apartment and appointed 
-relapse for thee." And he applied himself to comfort him and +slaves to serve her, saying to her, "Know that we have sent thy 
-cheer him, whilst Zoulmekan sighed and bemoaned his strangerhood +lord to be Sultan in Bassorah and, Almighty Allah willing, we 
-and separation from his sister and his family and repeated the +will dispatch him the dress of investiture and thee with it." 
-following verseswith tears streaming from his eyes:</p>+Meanwhile, Nur al-Din Ali ceased not travelling till he reached 
 +Bassorah, where he repaired to the Sultan's palace and he shouted 
 +a long shout.[FN#67]  The Sultan heard him and sent for him; and 
 +when he came into his presence, he kissed the ground between his 
 +hands and, producing the letter, presented it to him.  Seeing the 
 +superscription in the writing of the Commander of the Faithful, 
 +the Sultan rose to his feet and kissed it three times; and after 
 +reading it said, "I hear and I obey Allah Almighty and the 
 +Commander of the Faithful!"  Then he summoned the four 
 +Kazis[FN#68] and the Emirs and was about to divest himself of the 
 +rule royal, when behold, in came Al Mu'ín bin Sáwí.  The Sultan 
 +gave him the Caliph's letter and he read itthen tore it to 
 +pieces and putting it into his mouth, chewed it[FN#69] and spat 
 +it out.  "Woe to thee," quoth the Sultan (and indeed he was sore 
 +angered); "what induced thee to do this deed?"  "Now by thy life! 
 +our lord the Sultan," replied Mu'ín, "this man hath never 
 +foregathered with the Caliph nor with his Wazirbut he is a 
 +gallows-bird, a limb of Satan, a knave who, having come upon a 
 +written paper in the Caliph's hand, some idle scroll, hath made 
 +it serve his own end.  The Caliph would surely not send him to 
 +take the Sultanate from thee without the imperial 
 +autograph[FN#70] and the diploma of investitureand he certainly 
 +would have despatched with him a Chamberlain or a Minister.  But 
 +he hath come alone and he never came from the Caliph, no, never! 
 +never! never!"  "What is to be done?" asked the Sultan, and the 
 +Minister answered, "Leave him to me and will take him and keep 
 +him away from thee, and send him in charge of Chamberlain to 
 +Baghdad-city.  Then, if what he says be sooth, they will bring us 
 +back autograph and investiture; and if not, I will take my due 
 +out of this debtor."  When the Sultan heard the Minister's words 
 +he said, "Hence with thee and him too." Al Mu'ín took trust of 
 +him from the King and, carrying him to his own house, cried out 
 +to his pages who laid him flat and beat him till he fainted. 
 +Then he let put upon his feet heavy shackles and carried him to 
 +the jail, where he called the jailor, one Kutayt,[FN#71] who came 
 +and kissed the ground before him.  Quoth the Wazir, "O Kutayt, I 
 +wish thee to take this fellow and throw him into one of the 
 +underground cells[FN#72] in the prison and torture him night and 
 +day."  "To hear is to obey," replied the jailor and, taking Nur 
 +al-Din into the prison, locked the door upon him.  Then he gave 
 +orders to sweep a bench behind the door and, spreading on it a 
 +sitting-rug and a leather-cloth, seated Nur al-Din thereon and 
 +loosed his shackles and entreated him kindly.  The Wazir sent 
 +every day enjoining the jailor to beat him, but he abstained from 
 +this, and so continued to do for forty days.  On the forty-first 
 +day there came a present from the Caliph; which when the Sultan 
 +saw, it pleased him and he consulted his Ministers on the matter, 
 +when one of them said, "Perchance this present was for the new 
 +Sultan."  Cried Al-Mu'ín, "We should have done well had we put 
 +him to death at his first coming;" and the Sultan cried "By 
 +Allahthou hast reminded me of him!  Go down to the prison and 
 +fetch him, and I will strike off his head."  "To hear is to 
 +obey," replied Al-Mu'ínthen he stood up and said, "I will make 
 +proclamation in the city:—Whoso would solace himself with seeing 
 +the beheading of Nur al-Din bin al-Fazl bin Khákán, let him 
 +repair to the palace!  So follower and followed, great and small 
 +will flock to the spectacle, and I shall heal my heart and harm 
 +my foe."  "Do as thou wilt," said the Sultan.  The Wazir went off 
 +(and he was glad and gay), and ordered the Chief of Police to 
 +make the afore-mentioned proclamation. When the people heard the 
 +crier, they all sorrowed and wept, even the little ones at school 
 +and the traders in their shops; and some strove to get places for 
 +seeing the sight, whilst others went to the prison with the 
 +object of escorting him thence.  Presently, the Wazir came with 
 +ten Mamelukes to the jail and Kutayt the jailor asked him, "Whom 
 +seekest thou, O our lord the Wazir?"; whereto he answered, "Bring 
 +me out that gallows- bird."  But the jailor said, "He is in the 
 +sorriest of plights for the much beating I have given him."  Then 
 +he went into the prison and found Nur al-Din repeating these 
 +verses,</p>
  
-<p id="id00074">Provide thee for the world to comefor needs must thou be gone;<br/>+<p id="id00161">"Who shall support me in calamities* When fail all cures and<br/>
  
-     Or soon or late, for every one the lot of death is drawn.<br/>+     greater cares arise?<br/>
  
-Thy fortune in this world is but delusion and regretThy life in<br/>+Exile hath worm my heart, my vitals torn  The World to foes<br/>
  
-     it but vanity and empty chaff and awn.<br/>+     hath turned my firm allies.<br/>
  
-The worldindeed, is but as 'twere a traveller's halting-place,<br/>+O folkwill not one friend amidst you all * Wail o'er my woes,<br/>
  
-     Who makes his camels kneel at eve and fares on with the<br/>+     and cry to hear my cries?<br/>
  
-     dawn.<br/>+Death and it agonies seem light to me, * Since life has lost all<br/> 
 + 
 +     joys and jollities:<br/> 
 + 
 +O Lord of Mustafa,[FN#73] that Science-sea, * Sole Intercessor,<br/> 
 + 
 +     Guide all-ware, all-wise!<br/> 
 + 
 +I pray thee free me and my fault forego, * And from me drive mine<br/> 
 + 
 +     evil and my woe."<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00075">And he continued to weep and lamentwhilst the stoker wept too +<p id="id00162">The jailor stripped off his clean clothes and, dressing him in 
-for the loss of his wifeyet ceased not to comfort Zoulmekan +two filthy vestscarried him to the Wazir Nur al-Din looked at 
-till the morningWhen the sun rose, he said to him, "Meseems +him and saw it was his foe that sought to compass his death; so 
-thou yearnest for thy native land?" "Even so," replied Zoulmekan, +he wept and said, "Art thouthenso secure against the World? 
-"and I may not tarry here; so I will commend thee to God's care +Hast thou not heard the saying of the poet,</p>
-and set out with these people and journey with themlittle by +
-little, till I come to my country."And I with thee," said the +
-stoker; "for I cannot bear to part with thee. I have done thee +
-serviceand I mean to complete it by tending thee on the way." +
-At this, Zoulmekan rejoiced and said, "May God abundantly requite +
-thee for me!" Then the stoker went out and selling the camel, +
-bought another ass, which he brought to Zoulmekan, saying, "This +
-is for thee to ride by the way; and when thou art weary of +
-riding, thou canst dismount and walk." "May God bless thee and +
-help me to requite thee!" said Zoulmekan. "Indeed, thou hast +
-dealt with me more lovingly than one with his brother." Then the +
-stoker provided himself with victual for the journeyand they +
-waited till it was dark night, when they laid their provisions +
-and baggage on the ass and set out on their journey.</p>+
  
-<p id="id00076">To return to Nuzhet ez Zeman, when she left her brother in the +<p id="id00163" style="margin-right: 0%; margin-left: 0%">'Kisras and Caesars in a bygone day * Stored wealth; where it is
-khan and went out to seek service with some onethat she might +     and ah! where are they?'</p>
-earn wherewith to buy him the roast meat he longed for, she fared +
-on, weeping and knowing not whither to go, whilst her mind was +
-occupied with concern for her brother and with thoughts of her +
-family and her native land. And she implored God the Most High to +
-do away these afflictions from them and repeated the following +
-verses:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00077">The shadows darken and passion stirs up my sickness amainAnd<br/>+<p id="id00164">O Wazir," he continued, "know that Allah (be He extolled and 
 +exalted!) will do whatso He will!"  "O Ali," replied he, 
 +"thinkest thou to frighten me with such talk?  I mean this very 
 +day to smite thy neck despite the noses of the Bassorah folk and 
 +I care not; let the days do as they please; nor will I turn me to 
 +thy counsel but rather to what the poet saith,</p>
  
-     longing rouses within me the old desireful pain.<br/>+<p id="id00165" style="margin-right: 0%; margin-left: 0%">'Leave thou the days to breed their ban and bate, * And make thee 
 +     strong t' upbear the weight of Fate.'</p>
  
-The anguish of parting hath taken its sojourn in my breast, And<br/>+<p id="id00166">And also how excellently saith another,</p>
  
-     love and longing and sorrow have maddened heart and brain.<br/>+<p id="id00167" style="margin-right: 0%; margin-left: 0%">'Whoso shall see the death-day of his foe, * One day surviving, 
 +     wins his bestest wish.'"</p>
  
-Passion hath made me restless and longing consumes my soul And<br/>+<p id="id00168">Then he ordered his attendants to mount Nur al-Din upon the bare 
 +back of a mule; and they said to the youth (for truly it was 
 +irksome to them), "Let us stone him and cut him down thou our 
 +lives go for it."  But Nur al-Din said to them, "Do not so: have 
 +ye not heard the saying of the poet,</p>
  
-     tears discover the secret that else concealed had lain.<br/>+<p id="id00169">'Needs must I bear the term by Fate decreed, * And when that day<br/>
  
-know of no way to ease me of sickness and care and woe, Nor can<br/>+     be dead needs must die:<br/>
  
-     my weak endeavour reknit love's severed skein.<br/>+If lions dragged me to their forest-lair, * Safe should I live<br/>
  
-The fire of my heart with yearnings and longing grief is fed And<br/>+     till draw my death-day nigh.'"<br/
 +</p>
  
-     for its heat, the lover to live in hell is fain.<br/>+<p id="id00170">Then they proceeded to proclaim before Nur al-Din, "This is the 
 +least of the retribution for him who imposeth upon Kings with 
 +forgeries."  And they ceased not parading him round about 
 +Bassorahtill they made him stand beneath the palace-windows and 
 +set him upon the leather of blood,[FN#74] and the sworder came up 
 +to him and said, "O my lord, I am but a slave commanded in this 
 +matter: an thou have any desire, tell it me that I may fulfil it, 
 +for now there remaineth of they life only so much as may be till 
 +the Sultan shall put his face out of the lattice. Thereupon Nur 
 +al-Din looked to the right and to the left, and before him and 
 +behind him and began improvising,</p>
  
-O thou that thinkest to blame me for what betides me, enough; God<br/>+<p id="id00171">"The sword, the sworder and the blood-skin waiting me I sight*<br/>
  
-     knows I suffer with patience whate'er He doth ordain.<br/>+     And cry, Alack, mine evil fate! ah, my calamity!<br/>
  
-swear I shall ne'er find solace nor be consoled for love, The<br/>+How is'see no loving friend with eye of sense or soul? *<br/>
  
-     oath of the children of passion, whose oaths are ne'er in<br/>+     What! no one here? I cry to all: will none reply to me?<br/>
  
-     vain!<br/>+The time is past that formed my life, my death term draweth nigh,<br/>
  
-Bear tidings of me, I prithee, O night, to the bards of love And<br/>+     * Will no man win the grace of God showing me clemency;<br/>
  
-     that in thee I sleep not be witness yet again!<br/>+And look with pity on my state, and clear my dark despair, * E'en<br/> 
 + 
 +     with a draught of water dealt to cool death's agony?"<br/>
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00078">She walked on, weeping and turning right and left, as she went, +<p id="id00172">The people fell to weeping over him; and the headsman rose and 
-till there espied her an old man who had come into the town from +brought him a draught of water; but the Wazir sprang up from his 
-the desert with other five Bedouins. He took note of her and +place and smote the gugglet with his hand and broke it: then he 
-seeing that she was charming, but had nothing on her head but a +cried out at the executioner and bade him strike off Nur al-Din's 
-piece of camel-cloth, marvelled at her beauty and said in +head So he bound the eyes of the doomed man and folk clamoured 
-himself, "This girl is pretty enough to dazzle the wit, but it is +at the Wazir and loud wailings were heard and much questioning of 
-clear she is in poor case, and whether she be of the people of +man and man At this moment beholdrose dense dust-cloud 
-the city or a stranger, I must have her.So he followed her, +filling sky and woldand when the Sultanwho was sitting in the 
-little by little, till presently he came in front of her and +palace, descried this, he said to his suite, "Go and see what yon 
-stopping the way before her in a narrow lane, called out to her, +cloud bringeth: Replied Al Mu'ín, "Not till we have smitten 
-saying, "Harkye, daughterling, art thou a freewoman or a slave?" +this fellow's neck;" but the Sultan said, "Wait ye till we see 
-When she heard this, she said to him, "By thy life, do not add to +what this meaneth. Now the dust-cloud was the dust of J'afar 
-my troubles! "Quoth he, "God blessed me with six daughters, but +the BarmecideWazir to the Caliph, and his host; and the cause 
-five of them died and only one is left me, the youngest of them +of his coming was as follows The Caliph passed thirty days 
-all; and I came to ask thee if thou wert of the people of this +without calling to mind the matter of Nur al-Din Ali,[FN#75] and 
-city or a stranger, that I might take thee and carry thee to her, +none reminded him of ittill one nightas he passed by the 
-to bear her company and divert her from mourning for her sisters, +chamber of Anis al-Jalis, he heard her weeping and singing with a 
-If thou hast no parents, I will use thee as one of them, and thou +soft sweet voice these lines of the poet,</p>
-and she shall be as my two children." When she heard what he +
-said, she bowed her head for bashfulness and said to herself, +
-"Surely I may trust myself to this old man." Then she said to +
-him"O uncle, I am girl of the Arabs (of Irak) and a stranger, +
-and I have a sick brotherbut I will go with thee to thy +
-daughter on one condition; that isthat I may spend the day only +
-with her and go to my brother at night. I am a stranger and was +
-high in honour among my people, yet am I become cast down and +
-abject. I came with my brother from the land of Hejaz and I fear +
-lest he know not where I am." When the Bedouin heard this, he +
-said to himself, "By Allah, I have gotten what I sought!Then he +
-turned to her and said, "There shall none be dearer to me than +
-thouI only wish thee to bear my daughter company by dayand +
-thou shalt go to thy brother at nightfall. Or, if thou wilt, +
-bring him to dwell with us.And he ceased not to give her fair +
-words and coax her, till she trusted in him and agreed to serve +
-himThen he went on before her and she followed him, whilst he +
-winked to his men to go on in advance and harness the camels and +
-load them with food and water, ready for setting out as soon as +
-he should come up. Now this Bedouin was a base-born wretch, a +
-highway-robber and a brigand, a traitor to his friend and a past +
-master in craft and roguery. He had no daughter and no son, and +
-was but a wayfarer in Jerusalem, when, by the decree of God, he +
-fell in with this unhappy girl. He held her in converse till they +
-came without the citywhere he joined his companions and found +
-they had made ready the camels. So he mounted a camel, taking +
-Nuzhet ez Zeman up behind him, and they rode on all night, making +
-for the mountains, for fear any should see them. By this, she +
-knew that the Bedouin's proposal was a snare and that he had +
-tricked her; and she gave not over weeping and crying out the +
-whole night longA little before the dawn, they halted and the +
-Bedouin came up to Nuzhet ez Zeman and said to her, "O wretch, +
-what is this weeping! By Allah, an thou hold not thy peace, I +
-will beat thee to death, city faggot that thou art!" When she +
-heard thisshe abhorred life and longed for death; so she turned +
-to him and said, "O accursed old man, O greybeard of helldid I +
-trust in thee and hast thou played me falseand now thou wouldst +
-torture me?" When he heard her words, he cried out, "O insolent +
-wretch, dost thou dare to bandy words with me?" And he came up to +
-her and beat her with a whip, saying, "An thou hold not thy +
-peace, I will kill thee." So she was silent awhile, but she +
-called to mind her brother and her former happy estate and wept +
-in secret. Next day, she turned to the Bedouin and said to him, +
-"How couldst thou deal thus perfidiously with me and lure me into +
-these desert mountainsand what wilt thou do with me?" When he +
-heard her words, he hardened his heart and said to her, "O +
-pestilent baggage, wilt thou bandy words with me?" So saying, he +
-took the whip and brought it down on her back, till she well-nigh +
-fainted. Then she bowed down and kissed his feet; and he left +
-beating her and began to revile her, saying, "By my bonnet, if I +
-see or hear thee weeping, I will cut out thy tongue and thrust it +
-up thy kaze, city strumpet that thou art!" So she was silent and +
-made him no reply, for the beating irked her; but sat down, with +
-her arms round her knees and bowing her head, fell a-musing on +
-her case. Then she bethought her of her former ease and affluence +
-and her present abasementand called to mind her brother and his +
-sickness and forlorn condition and how they were both strangers +
-in a foreign land; whereat the tears coursed down her cheeks and +
-she wept silently and repeated the following verses:</p>+
  
-<p id="id00079">The tides of fate 'twixt good and ill shift ever to and fro, And<br/>+<p id="id00173" style="margin-right: 0%; margin-left: 0%">"In thought I see thy form when farthest far or nearest near; * 
 +     And on my tongue there dwells a name which man shall ne'er 
 +     unhear."</p>
  
-     no estate of life for men endureth evermo'.<br/>+<p id="id00174">Then her weeping redoubled; when lo! the Caliph opened the door 
 +and, entering the chamber, found Anis al-Jalis in tears When 
 +she saw him she fell to the ground and kissing his feet three 
 +times repeated these lines,</p>
  
-All things that to the world belong have each their destined end<br/>+<p id="id00175">"O fertile root and noble growth of trunk; * Ripe-fruitful branch<br/>
  
-     And to all men a term is set, which none may overgo.<br/>+     of never sullied race;<br/>
  
-How long must I oppression bear and peril and distress! Ah, how I<br/>+mind thee of what pact thy bounty made; * Far be 't from thee<br/>
  
-     loathe this life of mine, that nought but these can show!<br/>+     thou should'st forget my case!"<br/
 +</p>
  
-May God not prosper them, these days, wherein am oppressed of<br/>+<p id="id00176">Quoth the Caliph, "Who art thou?" and she replied, "I am she whom 
 +Ali bin Khákán gave thee in gift, and I wish the fulfilment of 
 +thy promise to send me to him with the robe of honour; for I have 
 +now been thirty days without tasting the food of sleep." 
 +Thereupon the Caliph sent for Ja'afar and said to him, "O 
 +Ja'afar, 'tis thirty days since we have had news of Nur al-Din 
 +bin Khákán, and I cannot suppose that the Sultan hath slain him; 
 +but, by the life of my head and by the sepulchres of my 
 +forefathers, if aught of foul play hath befallen him, I will 
 +surely make an end of him who was the cause of it, though he be 
 +the dearest of all men to myself! So I desire that thou set out 
 +for Bassorah within this hour and bring me tidings of my cousin, 
 +King Mohammed bin Sulayman al-Zayni, and how he had dealt with 
 +Nur al-Din Ali bin Khákán;" adding, "If thou tarry longer on the 
 +road than shall suffice for the journey, I will strike off they 
 +head. Furthermore, do thou tell the son of my uncle the whole 
 +story of Nur al-Din, and how I sent him with my written orders; 
 +and if thou find, O my cousin,[FN#76] that the King hath done 
 +otherwise than as I commanded, bring him and the Wazir Al-Mu'ín 
 +bin Sáwí to us in whatsoever guise thou shalt find them."[FN#77] 
 +"Hearing and obedience," replied Ja'afar and, making ready on the 
 +instant, he set out for Bassorah where the news of his coming had 
 +foregone him and had reached to the ears of King Mohammed. When 
 +Ja'afar arrived and saw the crushing and crowding of the lieges, 
 +he asked, "What means all this gathering?" so they told him what 
 +was doing in the matter of Nur al-Din; whereupon he hastened to 
 +go to the Sultan and saluting him, acquainted him with the cause 
 +why he came and the Caliph's resolve, in case of any foul play 
 +having befallen the youth, to put to death whoso should have 
 +brought it about.  Then he took into custody the King and the 
 +Wazir and laid them in ward and, giving order for the release of 
 +Nur al-Din Ali, enthroned him as Sultan in the stead of Mohammed 
 +bin Sulayman.  After this Ja'afar abode three days in Bassorah, 
 +the usual guest-time, and on the morning of the fourth day, Nur 
 +al-Din Ali turned to him and said, "long for the sight of the 
 +Commander of the Faithful." Then said Ja'afar to Mohammed bin 
 +Sulayman, "Make ready to travel, for we will say the dawn-prayer 
 +and mount Baghdad-wards;" and he replied, "To hear is to obey." 
 +Then they prayed and they took horse and set out, all of them, 
 +carrying with them the Wazir, Al-Mu'ín bin Sáwí, who began to 
 +repent him of what he had done.  Nur al-Din rode by Ja'afar'
 +side and they stinted not faring on till they arrived at Baghdad, 
 +the House of Peace, and going in to the Caliph told him how they 
 +had found Nur al-Din nigh upon death.  Thereupon the Caliph said 
 +to the youth, "Take this sword and smite with it the neck of 
 +thine enemy."  So he took the sword from his hand and stepped up 
 +to Al-Mu'ín who looked at him and said, "I did according to my 
 +mother's milk, do thou according to thine."[FN#78] Upon this Nur 
 +al-Din cast the sword from his hand and said to the Caliph, "O 
 +Commander of the Faithful, he hath beguiled me with his words;" 
 +and he repeated this couplet,</p>
  
-     Fate, these cruel days that add abjection to my woe!<br/>+<p id="id00177" style="margin-right: 0%; margin-left: 0%">"By craft and sleight I snared him when he came; * A few fair 
 +     words aye trap the noble-game!"</p>
  
-My purposes are brought to nought, my loves are reft in twain By<br/>+<p id="id00178">"Leave him then," cried the Caliph and, turning to Masrur said, 
 +"Rise thou and smite his neck."  So Masrur drew his sword and 
 +struck off his head. Then quoth the Caliph to Nur al-Din Ali, 
 +"Ask a boon of me."  "my lord," answered he, "I have no need of 
 +the Kingship of Bassorah; my sole desire is to be honoured by 
 +serving thee and by seeing the countenance." "With love and 
 +gladness," said the Caliph.  Then he sent for the damsel, Anis 
 +al-Jalis, and bestowed plentiful favours upon them both and gave 
 +them one of his palaces in Baghdad, and assigned stipends and 
 +allowances, and made Nur al-Din Ali bin Fazl bin Khákán, one of 
 +his cup-companions; and he abode with the Commander of the 
 +Faithful enjoying the pleasantest of lives till death overtook 
 +him.  "Yet (continued Shahrazad) is not his story in any wise 
 +more wondrous than the history of the merchant and his children." 
 +The King asked "And what was that?" and Shahrazad began to relate 
 +the</p>
  
-     exile's rigourand my hopes are one and all laid low.<br/>+<p id="id00179" style="margin-top: 4em">Tale of Ghanim bin Ayyub[FN#79]the Distraught, the Thrall o'<br/>
  
-O ye, who pass the dwelling by, wherein my dear ones are, Bear<br/> +Love.<br/>
- +
-     them the news of me and say, my tears for ever flow.<br/>+
 </p> </p>
  
-<p id="id00080">When she had finished, the Bedouin came up to her and taking +<p id="id00180" style="margin-top: 2em">It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that in times of yore and 
-compassion on herbespoke her kindly and wiped away her tears+in years and ages long gone before, there lived in Damascus a 
-Then he gave her a cake of barley-bread and said to her, "I do +merchant among the merchants, a wealthy man who had a son like 
-not love to be answered, when I am angry: so henceforth give me +the moon on the night of his fulness[FN#80] and withal sweet of 
-no more of these insolent words, and I will sell thee to an +speechwho was named Ghánim bin ‘Ayyúb, surnamed the Distraught, 
-honest fellow like myselfwho will use thee welleven as I have +the Thrall o' Love. He had also a daughter, own sister to Ghanim, 
-done." "It is well," answered she; and when the night was long +who was called Fitnaha damsel unique in beauty and loveliness
-upon her and hunger gnawed hershe ate little of the +Their father died and left them abundant wealth.—And Shahrazad 
-barley-cake. In the middle of the night, the Bedouin gave the +perceived the dawn of day and ceased to say her permitted say.</p> 
-signal for departureso they loaded the camels and he mounted + 
-one of them, taking Nuzhet ez Zeman up behind him. Then they set +<p id="id00181">              When it was the Thirty-ninth Night,</p> 
-out and journeyedwithout stoppingfor three daystill they + 
-reached the city of Damascuswhere they alighted at the Sultan's +<p id="id00182">She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that the 
-khan, hard by the Viceroy'Gate. Now she had lost her colour and +merchant left his two children abundant wealth and amongst other 
-her charms were changed by grief and the fatigue of the journey+things an hundred loads[FN#81] of silks and brocades, musk pods 
-and she ceased not to weepSo the Bedouin came up to her and +and mother o' pearl; and there was written on every bale, "This 
-said"Hark yecity wench! By my bonnetan thou leave not this +is of the packages intended for Baghdad," it having been his 
-weeping, I will sell thee to a Jew!Then he took her by the hand +purpose to make the journey thither, when Almighty Allah took him 
-and carried her to a chamber, where he left her and went to the +to Himselfwhich was in the time of the Caliph Harun al-Rashid. 
-bazaarHere he went round to the merchants who dealt in +After a while his son took the loads and, bidding farewell to his 
-slave-girls and began to parley with them, saying"have with +mother and kindred and townsfolkwent forth with a company of 
-me slave-girlwhose brother fell ill, and I sent him to my +merchantsputting his trust in Allah Almighty, who decreed him 
-people at Jerusalemthat they might tend him till he was cured+safety, so that he arrived without let or stay at BaghdadThere 
-The separation from him was grievous to her, and since then, she +he hired for himself a fair dwelling house which he furnished 
-does nothing but weepNow I purpose to sell her, and I would +with carpets and cushionscurtains and hangings; and therein 
-fain have whoso is minded to buy her of me speak softly to her +stored his bales and stabled his mules and camels, after which he 
-and say to her, 'Thy brother is with me in Jerusalem, ill;and I +abode a while resting. Presently the merchants and notables of 
-will be easy with him about her price." Quoth one of the +Baghdad came and saluted himafter which he took bundle 
-merchants, "How old is she?" "She is a virgin, just come to the +containing ten pieces of costly stuffs, with the prices written 
-age of puberty," replied the Bedouin, "and is endowed with sense +on them, and carried it to the merchants' bazar, where they 
-and breeding and wit and beauty and graceBut from the day I +welcomed and saluted him and showed him all honour; and, making 
-sent her brother to Jerusalemshe has done nothing but grieve +him dismount from his beast, seated him in the shop of the Syndic 
-for himso that her beauty is fallen away and her value +of the marketto whom he delivered the package. He opened it 
-lessened." When the merchant heard this, he said, "chief of the +and, drawing out the pieces of stuff, sold them for him at a 
-Arabs, I will go with thee and buy this girl of theeif she be +profit of two diners on every diner of prime cost. At this Ghanim 
-as thou sayest for wit and beauty and accomplishmentsbut it +rejoiced and kept selling his silks and stuffs one after another, 
-must be upon conditions, which if thou accept, I will pay thee +and ceased not to do on this wise for a full year. On the first 
-her price, and if not, I will return her to thee." "If thou +day of the following year he went, as was his wont, to the 
-wilt," said the Bedouin, "take her up to Prince Sherkanson of +Exchange which was in the bazar, but found the gate shutand 
-King Omar ben Ennumanlord of Baghdad and of the land of +enquiring the reason was told, "One of the merchants is dead and 
-Khorassan, and I will agree to whatever conditions thou mayst +all the others have gone to follow his bier,[FN#82] and why 
-impose on me; for when he sees her, she will surely please him+shouldst thou not win the meed of good deeds by walking with 
-and he will pay thee her price and a good profit to boot for +them?"[FN#83] He replied "Yes," and asked for the quarter where 
-thyself." "It happens," rejoined the merchant"that I have just +the funeral was taking place, and one directed him theretoSo he 
-now occasion to go to himthat I may get him to sign me patent, +purified himself by the Wuzu-ablution[FN#84] and repaired with 
-exempting me from customs-dues, and I desire of him also a letter +the other merchants to the oratorywhere they prayed over the 
-of recommendation to his father King OmarSoif he take the +deadthen walked before the bier to the burial placeand 
-girl, I will pay thee down her price at once." "I agree to this," +Ghanim, who was a bashful man, followed them being ashamed to 
-answered the Bedouin. So they returned together to the khan, +leave them. They presently issued from the city, and passed 
-where the Bedouin stood at the door of the girl's chamber and +through the tombs until they reached the grave where they found 
-called outsaying"HoNajiyeh!" which was the name he had +that the deceased'kith and kin had pitched a tent over the tomb 
-given her. When she heard himshe wept and made no answer. Then +and had brought thither lamps and wax candles. So they buried the 
-he turned to the merchant and said to him, "There she sitsDo +body and sat down while the readers read out and recited the 
-thou go up to her and look at her and speak kindly to her, as +Koran over the grave; and Ghanim sat with thembeing overcome 
-enjoined thee." So he went up to her courteously and saw that she +with bashfulness and saying to himself "I cannot well go away 
-was wonder-lovely and graceful especially as she was acquainted +till they do." They tarried listening to the Koranic perfection 
-with the Arabic tongueand he said to the Bedouin, "Verily she +till nightfall, when the servants set supper and 
-is even as thou saidst, and I shall get of the Sultan what will +sweetmeats[FN#85] before them and they ate till they were 
-for her.Then he said to her"Peace be on theeO daughterling! +satisfied; then they washed their hands and again took their 
-How dost thou?" She turned to him and replied, "This was written +places. But Ghanim's mind was preoccupied with his house and 
-in the book of Destiny." Then she looked at him and seeing him to +goodsbeing in fear of robbersand he said to himself"I am a 
-be a man of reverend appearance, with a handsome facesaid to +stranger here and supposed to have money; if pass the night 
-herself"believe this man comes to buy me. If hold aloof +abroad the thieves will steal my money bags and my bales to 
-from him, I shall abide with this tyrant, and he will beat me to +boot.So when he could no longer control his fear he arose and 
-deathIn any case, this man is comely of face and makes me hope +left the assembly, having first asked leave to go about some 
-for better treatment from him than from this brute of a Bedouin. +urgent business; and following the signs of the road he soon came 
-Mayhap he only comes to hear me talkso will give him a fair +to the city gate. But it was midnight and he found the doors 
-answer." All this whileshe had kept her eyes fixed on the +locked and saw none going or coming nor heard aught but the 
-ground; then she raised them to him and said in sweet voice+hounds baying and the wolves howlingAt this he exclaimed, 
-"And upon thee be peace, O my lord, and the mercy of God and His +"There is no Majesty and there is no Might save in Allah! I was 
-blessing! This is what is commanded of the Prophet, whom God +in fear for my property and came back on its accountbut now 
-bless and preserve! As for thine enquiry how I do, if thou +find the gate shut and I am in mortal fear for my life!" Then he 
-wouldst know my condition, it is such as thou wouldst not wish +turned back and, looking out for place where he could sleep 
-but to thine enemies." And she was silent. When the merchant +till morningpresently found a Santon's tomba square of four 
-heard what she saidhe was beside himself for delight in her and +walls with a date-tree in the central court and a granite 
-turning to the Bedouinsaid to him"What is her pricefor +gateway. The door was wide open; so he entered and would fain 
-indeed she is illustrious!" At this the Bedouin was angry and +have sleptbut sleep came not to him; and terror and a sense of 
-said, "Thou wilt turn me the girl'head with this talk! Why dost +desolation oppressed him for that he was alone amidst the tombs
-thou say that she is illustrious,[FN#25] for all she is of the +So he rose to his feet andopening the door, looked out and lo! 
-scum of slave-girls and of the refuse of the people? will not +he was ware of a light afar off in the direction of the city 
-sell her to thee." When the merchant heard thishe knew he was +gate; then walking a little way towards ithe saw that it was on 
-dull-witted and said to him"Calm thyselffor I will buy her of +the road whereby he had reached the tombThis made him fear for 
-thee, notwithstanding the defects thou mentionest." "And how much +his lifeso he hastily shut the door and climbed to the top of 
-wilt thou give me for her?asked the Bedouin "None should name +the dale tree where he hid himself in the heart of the fronds. 
-the child but its father," replied the merchant"Name thy price +The light came nearer and nearer till it was close to the tomb; 
-for her." "Not so," rejoined the Bedouin; "do thou say what thou +then it stopped and he saw three slaves, two bearing a chest and 
-wilt give." Quoth the merchant in himself"This Bedouin is an +one with a lanthorn, an adze and a basket containing some mortar. 
-addle-pated churl. By Allah, I cannot tell her pricefor she has +When they reached the tomb, one of those who were carrying the 
-mastered my heart with her sweet speech and her beauty: and if +case said, "What aileth thee O Sawáb?"; and said the other, "What 
-she can read and writeit will be the finishing touch to her +is the matter O Káfúr?"[FN#86] Quoth he, "Were we not here at 
-good fortune and that of her purchaser. But this Bedouin does not +supper tide and did we not leave the door open?" "Yes," replied 
-know her value.Then he turned to the latter and said to him, "O +the other, "that is true.'' "See," said Kafur, "now it is shut 
-elder of the ArabsI will give thee two hundred dinars for her, +and barred." "How weak are your wits!" cried the third who bore 
-in cash, clear of the tax and the Sultan'dues." When the +the adze and his name was Bukhayt,[FN#87] "know ye not that the 
-Bedouin heard thishe flew into a violent passion and cried out +owners of the gardens use to come out from Baghdad and tend them 
-at the merchantsaying, "Begone about thy business! By Allah+and, when evening closes upon them, they enter this place and 
-wert thou to offer me two hundred dinars for the piece of +shut the door, for fear lest the wicked blackmen, like ourselves, 
-camel-cloth on her headI would not sell it to thee! I will not +should catch them and roast 'em and eat 'em."[FN#88] "Thou sayest 
-sell her, but will keep her by me, to pasture the camels and +sooth," said the two others, "but by Allah, however that may be, 
-grind corn." And he cried out to hersaying, "Come, thou +none amongst us is weaker of wits than thou." "If ye do not 
-stinkardI will not sell thee." Then he turned to the merchant +believe me," said Bukhayt, "let us enter the tomb and I will 
-and said to him"I thought thee a man of judgment; butby my +rouse the rat for you; for I doubt not but that, when he saw the 
-bonnetif thou begone not from me, I will let thee hear what +light and us making for the placehe ran up the date tree and 
-will not please thee!"Verily," said the merchant to himself, +hid there for fear of us." When Ghanim heard this, he said in 
-"this Bedouin is mad and knows not the girl's value, and I will +himself, "curstest of slaves! May Allah not have thee in His 
-say no more to him about her price for the present; for by Allah+holy keeping for this thy craft and keenness of wit! There is no 
-were he a man of sensehe would not say, 'By my bonnet!By +Majesty and there is no Might save in Allahthe Glorious, the 
-Allahshe is worth the kingdom of the Chosroes and I will give +Great! How shall win free of these blackamoors?" Then said the 
-him what he willthough it be all I have." Then he said to him+two who bore the box to him of the adze"Swarm up the wall and 
-"O elder of the Arabscalm thyself and take patience and tell me +open the gate for us, O Bukhayt, for we are tired of carrying the 
-what clothes she has with thee." "Clothes!" cried the Bedouin; +chest on our necksand when thou hast opened the gate thou shalt 
-"what should the baggage want with clothes? The camel-cloth in +have one of those we catch insidea fine fat rat which we will 
-which she is wrapped is ample for her." "With thy leave," said +fry for thee after such excellent fashion that not a speck of his 
-the merchant, "I will lift her veil and examine her as folk +fat shall be lost." But Bukhayt answered"am afraid of 
-examine girls whom they think of buying." "Up and do what thou +somewhat which my weak wits have suggested to me: we should do 
-wilt," replied the other, "and God keep thy youth! Examine her+better to throw the chest over the gateway; for it is our 
-inside and out, and if thou wilt, take off her clothes and look +treasure." "If we throw it 'twill break," replied they; and he 
-at her naked."God forbid!" said the merchant; "I will but look +said, "I fear lest there be robbers within who murder folk and 
-at her face." Then he went up to her, confounded at her beauty +plunder their goodsfor evening is their time of entering such 
-and grace, and seating himself by her side, said to her, "my +places and dividing their spoil." "O thou weak o' wits," said 
-mistresswhat is thy name?" "Dost thou ask what is my name now," +both the bearers of the box, "how could they ever get in 
-said she"or what it was formerly?" "Hast thou then two names?" +here!"[FN#89] Then they set down the chest and climbing over the 
-asked the merchant. "Yes," replied she, "my whilom name was +wall dropped inside and opened the gate, whilst the third slave 
-Nuzhet ez Zeman;[FN#26] but my name at this present is Ghusset ez +(he that was called Bukhayt) stood by them holding the adzethe 
-Zeman."[FN#27] When the merchant heard this, his eyes filled with +lanthorn and the hand basket containing the mortar. After this 
-tears, and he said to her, "Hast thou not a sick brother?" +they locked the gate and sat down; and presently one of them 
-"Indeedmy lordI have," answered she; "but fortune hath parted +said, "O my brethren, we are wearied with walking and with 
-us, and he lies sick in Jerusalem.The merchant's heart was +lifting up and setting down the chestand with unlocking and 
-confounded at the sweetness of her speechand he said to +locking the gate; and now 'tis midnightand we have no breath 
-himself, "Verilythe Bedouin spoke the truth of her.Then she +left to open a tomb and bury the box: so let us rest here two or 
-called to mind her brother and how he lay sick in a strange land, +three hoursthen rise and do the job. Meanwhile each of us shall 
-whilst she was parted from him and knew not what was become of +tell how he came to be castrated and all that befel him from 
-him; and she thought of all that had befallen her with the +first to last, the better to pass away our time while we take our 
-Bedouin and of her severance from her father and mother and +rest." Thereupon the first, he of the lanthorn and whose name was 
-native land; and the tears ran down her cheeks and she repeated +Bukhaytsaid, "I'll tell you my tale." "Say on," replied they; 
-the following verses:</p>+so he began as follows the</p> 
 + 
 +<p id="id00183">Tale of the First Eunuch, Bukhayt.</p> 
 + 
 +<p id="id00184">KnowO my brothersthat when I was a little onesome five 
 +years oldI was taken home from my native country by a slave 
 +driver who sold me to a certain Apparitor.[FN#90] My purchaser 
 +had a daughter three years old, with whom I was brought up; and 
 +they used to make mock of me, letting me play with her and dance 
 +for her[FN#91] and sing to her, till reached the age of twelve 
 +and she that of ten; and even then they did not forbid me seeing 
 +herOne day I went in to her and found her sitting in an inner 
 +room, and she looked as if she had just come out of the bath 
 +which was in the housefor she was scented with essences and 
 +reek of aromatic woods, and her face shone like a circle of the 
 +moon on the fourteenth night. She began to sport with me, and 
 +with her. Now I had just reached the age of puberty; so my 
 +prickle stood at point, as it were a huge key. Then she threw me 
 +on my back andmounting astraddle on my breastfell a wriggling 
 +and a bucking upon me till she had uncovered my yard. When she 
 +saw it standing with head erect, she hent it in hand and began 
 +rubbing it upon the lips of her little slit[FN#92] outside her 
 +petticoat trousersThereat hot lust stirred in me and I threw my 
 +arms round herwhile she wound hers about my neck and hugged me 
 +to her with all her mighttillbefore knew what didmy 
 +pizzle split up her trousers and entered her slit and did away 
 +her maiden head. When saw this, I ran off and took refuge with 
 +one of my comradesPresently her mother came in to her; and, 
 +seeing her in this case, fainted clean away. However she managed 
 +the matter advisedly and hid it from the girl's father out of 
 +good will to me; nor did they cease to call to me and coax me, 
 +till they took me from where was. After two months had passed 
 +by, her mother married her to a young mana barber who used to 
 +shave her papa, and portioned and fitted her out of her own 
 +monies; whilst the father knew nothing of what had passed. On the 
 +night of consummation they cut the throat of a pigeon poult and 
 +sprinkled the blood on her shift.[FN#93] After a while they 
 +seized me unawares and gelded me; andwhen they brought her to 
 +her bridegroomthey made me her Agha,[FN#94] her eunuchto walk 
 +before her wheresoever she went, whether to the bath or to her 
 +father'house. I abode with her a long time enjoying her beauty 
 +and loveliness by way of kissing and clipping and coupling with 
 +her,[FN#95till she died, and her husband and mother and father 
 +died also; when they seized me for the Royal Treasury as being 
 +the property of an intestate, and I found my way hither, where I 
 +became your comradeThisthenO my brethrenis the cause of 
 +my cullions being cut off; and peace be with you! He ceased and 
 +his fellow began in these words the</p> 
 + 
 +<p id="id00185">Tale of the Second EunuchKafur.</p> 
 + 
 +<p id="id00186">KnowO my brothers thatwhen beginning service as a boy of 
 +eight, I used to tell the slave dealers regularly and exactly one 
 +lie every yearso that they fell out with one another, till at 
 +last my master lost patience with me and, carrying me down to the 
 +marketordered the brokers to cry, "Who will buy this slave, 
 +knowing his blemish and making allowance for it?" He did so and 
 +they asked him, "Pray, what may be his blemish?" and he answered, 
 +"He telleth me one single lie every year." Now a man that was a 
 +merchant came up and said to the broker, "How much do they allow 
 +for him with his blemish?" "They allow six hundred dirhams," he 
 +replied; and said the other"Thou shalt have twenty dirhams for 
 +thyself." So he arranged between him and the slave dealer who 
 +took the coin from him and the broker carried me to the 
 +merchant'house and departed, after receiving his brokerageThe 
 +trader clothed me with suitable dress, and I stayed in his 
 +service the rest of my twelvemonthuntil the new year began 
 +happily. It was a blessed seasonplenteous in the produce of the 
 +earth, and the merchants used to feast every day at the house of 
 +some one among themtill it was my master's turn to entertain 
 +them in a flower garden without the citySo he and the other 
 +merchants went to the gardentaking with them all that they 
 +required of provaunt and else besideand sat eating and 
 +carousing and drinking till mid daywhen my masterhaving need 
 +of some matter from his homesaid to