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Arabian Nights Volume 5

Arabian Nights Volume 5

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THE BOOK OF THETHOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHTA Plain and Literal Translationof the Arabian Nights Entertainments Translated and Annotated byRichard F. Burton VOLUME FIVEPrivately Printed By The Burton Club To Doctor George Bird. My Dear Bird,This is not a strictly medical work, although in placestreating of subjects which may modestly be called hygienic. Iinscribe it to you because your knowledge of Egypt will enableyou to appreciate its finer touches; and for another and a yetmore cogent reason, namely, that you are one of my best andoldest friends.Ever yours sincerely,Richard F. BurtonAthenaeum Club, October 20, 1885.Contents of the Fifth Volume59. The Ebony Horse60. Uns Al-Wujud and the Wazir's Daughter Al-Ward Fi'l-Akmam orRose-In-Hood61. Abu Nowas With the Three Boys and the Caliph Harun Al-Rashid62. Abdallah Bin Ma'amar With the Man of Bassorah and His SlaveGirl63. The Lovers of the Banu Ozrah64. The Wazir of Al-Yaman and His Younger Brother65. The Loves of the Boy and Girl at School66. Al-Mutalammis and His Wife Umaymah67. The Caliph Marun Al-Rashid and Queen Zubaydah in the Bath68. Harun Al-Rashid and the Three Poets69. Mus'ab Bin Al-Zubayr and Ayishah His Wife70. Abu Al-Aswad and His Slave-Girl71. Harun Al-Rashid and the Two Slave-Girls72. The Caliph Harun Al-Rashid and the Three Slave-Girls73. The Miller and His Wife74. The Simpleton and the Sharper75. The Kazi Abu Yusuf With Harum Al-Rashid and Queen Zubaydah76. The Caliph Al-Hakim and the Merchand77. King Kisra Anushirwan and the Village Damsel78. The Water-Carrier and the Goldsmith's Wife79. Khusrau and Shirin and the Fisherman80. Yahya Bin Khalid the Barmecide and the Poor Man81. Mohammed Al-Amin and the Slave-Girl82. The Sons of Yahya Bin Khalid and Sa'id Bin Salim Al-Bahili83. The Woman's Trick Against Her Husband84. The Devout Woman and the Two Wicked Elders
 
85. Ja'afar the Barmecide and the Old Badawi86. The Caliph Omar Bin Al-Khattab and the Young Badawi87. The Caliph Al-Maamum and the Pyramids of Egypt88. The Thief and the Merchant89. Masrur the Eunuch and Ibn Al-Karibi90. The Devotee Prince91. The Unwise Schoolmaster Who Fell in Love by Report92. The Foolish Dominie93. The Illiterate Who Set Up For a Schoolmaster94. The King and the Virtuous Wife95. Abd Al-Rahman the Maghribi's Story of the Rukh96. Adi Bin Zayd and the Princess Hind97. Di'ibil Al-Khuza'i With the Lady and Muslim Bin Al-Walid98. Isaac of Mosul and the Merchant99. The Three Unfortunate Lovers100. How Abu Hasan Brake Wind101. The Lovers of the Banu Tayy102. The Mad Lover103. The Prior Who Became A Moslem104. The Loves of Abu Isa and Jurrat Al-Ayn105. Al-Amin Son of Al-Rashid and His Uncle Ibrahim Bin Al-Mahdi106. Al-Fath Bin Khakan and Al-Mutawakkil107. The Man's Dispute With the Learned Woman Concerning theRelative Excellence of Male and Female108. Abu Suwayd and the Pretty Old Woman109. The Emir ali Bin Tahir and the Girl Muunis110. The Woman Who had a Boy and the Other Who had a Man to Lover111. Ali the Cairene and the Haunted House in Baghdad112. The Pilgrim Man and the Old Woman113. Abu Alhusn and His Slave-Girl Tawaddud114. The Angel of Death With the Proud King and the Devout Man115. The Angel of Death and the Rich King116. The Angel of Death and the King of the Children of Israel117. Iskandar Zu Al-Karnayn and a Certain Tribe of Poor Folk118. The Righteousness of King Anushirwan119. The Jewish Kazi and His Pious Wife120. The Shipwrecked Woman and Her Child121. The Pious Black Slave122. The Devout Tray-Maker and His Wife123. Al-Jajjaj and the Pious Man124. The Blacksmith Who Could Handle Fire Without Hurt125. The Devotee To Whom Allah Gave a Cloud for Service and theDevout King126. The Moslem Champion and the Christian Damsel127. The Christian King's Daughter and the Moslem128. The Prophet and the Justice of Providence129. The Ferryman of the Nile and the Hermit130. The Island King and the Pious Israelite131. Abu Al-Hasan and Abu Ja'afar the Leper132. The Queen of Serpentsa. The Adventures of Bulukiyab. The Story of JanshaThe Book Of TheTHOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT 
 
 THE EBONY HORSE.[FN#1]There was once in times of yore and ages long gone before, agreat and puissant King, of the Kings of the Persians, Sabur byname, who was the richest of all the Kings in store of wealth anddominion and surpassed each and every in wit and wisdom. He wasgenerous, open handed and beneficent, and he gave to those whosought him and repelled not those who resorted to him; and hecomforted the broken-hearted and honourably entreated those whofled to him for refuge. Moreover, he loved the poor and washospitable to strangers and did the oppressed justice upon theoppressor. He had three daughters, like full moons of shininglight or flower-gardens blooming bright; and a son as he were themoon; and it was his wont to keep two festivals in the twelve-month, those of the Nau-Roz, or New Year, and Mihrgan theAutumnal Equinox,[FN#2] on which occasions he threw open hispalaces and gave largesse and made proclamation of safety andsecurity and promoted his chamberlains and viceroys; and thepeople of his realm came in to him and saluted him and gave himjoy of the holy day, bringing him gifts and servants and eunuchs.Now he loved science and geometry, and one festival-day as he saton his kingly throne there came in to him three wise men, cunningartificers and past masters in all manner of craft andinventions, skilled in making things curious and rare, such asconfound the wit; and versed in the knowledge of occult truthsand perfect in mysteries and subtleties. And they were of threedifferent tongues and countries, the first a Hindi orIndian,[FN#3] the second a Roumi or Greek and the third a Farsior Persian. The Indian came forwards and, prostrating himselfbefore the King, wished him joy of the festival and laid beforehim a present befitting his dignity; that is to say, a man ofgold, set with precious gems and jewels of price and hending inhand a golden trumpet. When Sabur[FN#4] saw this, he asked, "Osage, what is the virtue of this figure?"; and the Indiananswered, "O my lord, if this figure be set at the gate of thycity, it will be a guardian over it; for, in an enemy enter theplace, it will blow this clarion against him and he will beseized with a palsy and drop down dead." Much the King marvelledat this and cried, "By Allah, O sage, an this thy word be true, Iwill grant thee thy wish and thy desire." Then came forward theGreek and, prostrating himself before the King, presented himwith a basin of silver, in whose midst was a peacock of gold,surrounded by four-and-twenty chicks of the same metal. Saburlooked at them and turning to the Greek, said to him, "O sage,what is the virtue of this peacock?" "O my lord," answered he,"as often as an hour of the day or night passeth, it pecketh oneof its young and crieth out and flappeth its wings, till thefour-and-twenty hours are accomplished; and when the month comethto an end, it will open its mouth and thou shalt see the crescenttherein." And the King said, "An thou speak sooth, I will bringthee to thy wish and thy desire." Then came forward the Persiansage and, prostrating himself before the King, presented him witha horse[FN#5] of the blackest ebony-wood inlaid with gold andjewels, and ready harnessed with saddle, bridle and stirrups suchas befit Kings; which when Sabur saw, he marvelled with exceedingmarvel and was confounded at the beauty of its form and the

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