Fairy Tales from the Arabian Nights. First Series. Edited by E. Dixon Illustrations by Mr. J. D. Batten. J. M. Dent & Co.

London 1893 Note. The text of the present selection from the Arabian Nights is that of Galland, 18 21, slightly abridged and edited. The edition is designed virginibus puerisque. E. DIXON. Cambridge, Xmas, 1893. THE KING OF PERSIA AND THE PRINCESS OF THE SEA. here once was a king of Persia, who at the beginning of his reign had distinguis hed himself by many glorious and successful conquests, and had afterwards enjoye d such profound peace and tranquillity as rendered him the happiest of monarchs. His only occasion for regret was that he had no heir to succeed him in the king dom after his death. One day, according to the custom of his royal predecessors during their residence in the capital, he held an assembly of his courtiers, at which all the ambassadors and strangers of renown at his court were present. Amo ng these there appeared a merchant from a far-distant country, who sent a messag e to the king craving an audience, as he wished to speak to him about a very imp ortant matter. The king gave orders for the merchant to be instantly admitted; a nd when the assembly was over, and all the rest of the company had retired, the king inquired what was the business which had brought him to the palace. 'Sire,' replied the merchant, 'I have with me, and beg your majesty to behold, t he most beautiful and charming slave it would be possible to find if you searche d every corner of the earth; if you will but see her, you will surely wish to ma ke her your wife.' The fair slave was, by the king's commands, immediately brought in, and no soone r had the king beheld a lady whose beauty and grace surpassed anything he had ev er imagined, than he fell passionately in love with her, and determined to marry her at once. This was done. So the king caused the fair slave to be lodged in the next finest apartment to h is own, and gave particular orders to the matrons and the women-slaves appointed to attend her, that they should dress her in the richest robe they could find, and carry her the finest pearl necklaces, the brightest diamonds, and other the richest precious stones, that she might choose those she liked best. The King of Persia's capital was situated in an island; and his palace, which wa s very magnificent, was built upon the sea-shore; his window looked towards the sea; and the fair slave's, which was pretty near it, had also the same prospect, and it was the more pleasant on account of the sea's beating almost against the foot of the wall. At the end of three days the fair slave, magnificently dressed, was alone in her chamber, sitting upon a sofa, and leaning against one of the windows that faced the sea, when the king, being informed that he might visit her, came in. The sl ave hearing somebody walk in the room, immediately turned her head to see who it was. She knew him to be the king; but without showing the least surprise, or so much as rising from her seat to salute or receive him, she turned back to the w indow again as if he had been the most insignificant person in the world. The King of Persia was extremely surprised to see a slave of so beauteous a form so very ignorant of the world. He attributed this to the narrowness of her educ ation, and the little care that had been taken to instruct her in the first rule s of civility. He went to her at the window, where, notwithstanding the coldness

and indifference with which she had just now received him, she suffered herself to be admired, kissed and embraced as much as he pleased, but answered him not a word. 'My dearest life,' said the king, 'you neither answer, nor by any visible token give me the least reason to believe that you are listening to me. Why will you s till keep to this obstinate silence, which chills me? Do you mourn for your coun try, your friends, or your relations? Alas! is not the King of Persia, who loves and adores you, capable of comforting, and making you amends for the loss of ev erything in the world?' But the fair slave continued her astonishing reserve; and keeping her eyes still fixed upon the ground, would neither look at him nor utter a word; but after th ey had dined together in absolute silence, the king went to the women whom he ha d assigned to the fair slave as her attendants, and asked them if they had ever heard her speak. One of them presently made answer, 'Sire, we have neither seen her open her lips , nor heard her speak any more than your majesty has just now; we have rendered her our services; we have combed and dressed her hair, put on her clothes, and w aited upon her in her chamber; but she has never opened her lips, so much as to say, That is well, or, I like this. We have often asked, Madam, do you want anyt hing? Is there anything you wish for? Do but ask and command us: but we have nev er been able to draw a word from her. We cannot tell whether her silence proceed s from pride, sorrow, stupidity, or dumbness; and this is all we can inform your majesty.' The King of Persia was more astonished at hearing this than he was before: howev er, believing the slave might have some reason for sorrow, he endeavoured to div ert and amuse her, but all in vain. For a whole year she never afforded him the pleasure of a single word. At length, one day there were great rejoicings in the capital, because to the ki ng and his silent slave-queen there was born a son and heir to the kingdom. Once more the king endeavoured to get a word from his wife. 'My queen,' he said, 'I cannot divine what your thoughts are; but, for my own part, nothing would be wan ting to complete my happiness and crown my joy but that you should speak to me o ne single word, for something within me tells me you are not dumb: and I beseech , I conjure you, to break through this long silence, and speak but one word to m e; and after that I care not how soon I die.' At this discourse the fair slave, who, according to her usual custom, had hearke ned to the king with downcast eyes, and had given him cause to believe not only that she was dumb, but that she had never laughed in her life, began to smile a little. The King of Persia perceived it with a surprise that made him break fort h into an exclamation of joy; and no longer doubting but that she was going to s peak, he waited for that happy moment with an eagerness and attention that canno t easily be expressed. At last the fair slave, breaking her long-kept silence, thus addressed herself t o the king: 'Sire,' said she, 'I have so many things to say to your majesty, tha t, having once broken silence, I know not where to begin. However, in the first place, I think myself in duty bound to thank you for all the favours and honours you have been pleased to confer upon me, and to implore Heaven to bless and pro sper you, to prevent the wicked designs of your enemies, and not to suffer you t o die after hearing me speak, but to grant you a long life. Had it never been my fortune to have borne a child, I was resolved (I beg your majesty to pardon the sincerity of my intention) never to have loved you, as well as to have kept an eternal silence; but now I love you as I ought to do.' The King of Persia, ravished to hear the fair slave speak, embraced her tenderly . 'Shining light of my eyes,' said he, 'it is impossible for me to receive a gre ater joy than what you have now given me.' The King of Persia, in the transport of his joy, said no more to the fair slave. He left her, but in such a manner as made her perceive that his intention was s peedily to return: and being willing that his joy should be made public, he sent in all haste for the grand vizier. As soon as he came, he ordered him to distri bute a thousand pieces of gold among the holy men of his religion, who had made

vows of poverty; as also among the hospitals and the poor, by way of returning t hanks to Heaven: and his will was obeyed by the direction of that minister. After the King of Persia had given this order, he returned to the fair slave aga in. 'Madam,' said he, 'pardon me for leaving you so abruptly, but I hope you wil l indulge me with some conversation, since I am desirous to know several things of great consequence. Tell me, my dearest soul, what were the powerful reasons t hat induced you to persist in that obstinate silence for a whole year together, though you saw me, heard me talk to you, and ate and drank with me every day.' To satisfy the King of Persia's curiosity, 'Think,' replied the queen, 'whether or no to be a slave, far from my own country, without any hopes of ever seeing i t again,--to have a heart torn with grief at being separated for ever from my mo ther, my brother, my friends, and my acquaintance,--are not these sufficient rea sons for my keeping a silence your majesty has thought so strange and unaccounta ble? The love of our native country is as natural to us as that of our parents; and the loss of liberty is insupportable to every one who is not wholly destitut e of common sense, and knows how to set a value on it.' 'Madam,' replied the king, 'I am convinced of the truth of what you say; but til l this moment I was of opinion that a person beautiful like yourself, whom her e vil destiny had condemned to be a slave, ought to think herself very happy in me eting with a king for her master.' 'Sire,' replied the fair slave, 'whatever the slave is, there is no king on eart h who can tyrannise over her will. But when this very slave is in nothing inferi or to the king that bought her, your majesty shall then judge yourself of her mi sery, and her sorrow, and to what desperate attempts the anguish of despair may drive her.' The King of Persia, in great astonishment, said 'Madam, can it be possible that you are of royal blood? Explain the whole secret to me, I beseech you, and no lo nger increase my impatience. Let me instantly know who are your parents, your br others, your sisters, and your relations; but, above all, what your name is.' 'Sire,' said the fair slave, 'my name is Gulnare, Rose of the Sea; and my father , who is now dead, was one of the most potent monarchs of the ocean. When he die d, he left his kingdom to a brother of mine, named Saleh, and to the queen, my m other, who is also a princess, the daughter of another powerful monarch of the s ea. We enjoyed a profound peace and tranquillity through the whole kingdom, till a neighbouring prince, envious of our happiness, invaded our dominions with a m ighty army; and penetrating as far as our capital, made himself master of it; an d we had but just time enough to save ourselves in an impenetrable and inaccessi ble place, with a few trusty officers who did not forsake us in our distress. 'In this retreat my brother contrived all manner of ways to drive the unjust inv ader from our dominions. One day "Sister," said he, "I may fail in the attempt I intend to make to recover my kingdom; and I shall be less concerned for my own disgrace than for what may possibly happen to you. To prevent it, and to secure you from all accident, I would fain see you married first: but in the miserable condition of our affairs at present, I see no probability of matching you to any of the princes of the sea; and therefore I should be very glad if you would thi nk of marrying some of the princes of the earth I am ready to contribute all tha t lies in my power towards it; and I am certain there is not one of them, howeve r powerful, but would be proud of sharing his crown with you." 'At this discourse of my brother's, I fell into a violent passion. "Brother," sa id I, "you know that I am descended, as well as you, by both father's and mother 's side, from the kings and queens of the sea, without any mixture of alliance w ith those of the earth; therefore I do not intend to marry below myself, any mor e than they did. The condition to which we are reduced shall never oblige me to alter my resolution; and if you perish in the execution of your design, I am pre pared to fall with you, rather than to follow the advice I so little expected fr om you." 'My brother, who was still earnest for the marriage, however improper for me, en deavoured to make me believe that there were kings of the earth who were nowise inferior to those of the sea. This put me into a more violent passion, which occ asioned him to say several bitter words that stung me to the quick. He left me a

and wished me to marry him. there are an infinite number of na tions. I would have thrown myself into the sea o ut of this very window.' After this manner Queen Gulnare discovered herself to the King of Persia. he attempted to make use of force. and I have a very good proof of it in your own person. a person of distinction. if. the son of David.s much dissatisfied with myself as he could possibly be with me. and given me such undeniable marks of your affe ction that I could no longer doubt of it. 'Notwithstanding the violent displeasure that made me cast myself upon that isla nd. We can walk at the bottom of the sea with as much ease as you can upon land. and in each province there are several great cities. attended by his servants. and of other materials more valuable. since the largest that ever were seen upon earth would not be valued amongst us. and carried me to his own house. that the water does not in the least hi nder us from seeing in the sea. but as a princess worthy of your alliance. and all sorts of precious stones are more plentiful there than on earth . mother of pearl. my adorable queen. So at last he resolved to sell me.' replied Queen Gulnare. but I soon made him repe nt of his insolence. further. We have also there a succession of d ay and night. and even the planets and the stars appear visible to us. There are very few amongst us who have the art of stay ing under water. Some o f them are of marble of various colours. I cannot comprehend how it is possible for you to live or move in the wat er without being drowned. that it never wets our clothes. with which the sea abounds. I am convinced there i s nothing more true. humane person. so there are a greater number of them.' 'Sire. which is an honour no other inhabitant on the earth can boast of besides myself. 'I shall with pleasure satisfy the King of Persia . 'As for your majesty. 'My charming. n ever gave me the least reason to complain. by what you have told me. I have heard muc h talk. 'what wonders have I heard! I must ask a thousand questions concerning those strange and unheard-o f things which you have related to me. just as upon the earth.' continued Queen Gulnare. therefore. and in this pee vish mood I gave a spring from the bottom of the sea up to the island of the moo n. 'if you had not shown me all the respect you have hitherto paid. so that when we have a mind to visit the earth. but as the sea is m uch more spacious than the earth. They are divided into provinces. coral. I say nothing of the pearls. and I would have gone in search of my mother. and as we have quick. differing in manners and customs. who are one of them. and the rest of my relations. for we can open our eyes without any inconvenien ce. others of rock-crystal. indeed. so that instead of suffocat ing us. I hesitate not to tell you plainly tha t I should not have remained with you. I lived content in retirement. and none but the very lowest rank of citizens wo uld wear them. piercing sight. courteous. Our common language is the same as that of the writing engraved upon the seal of the great prophet Solomon. it absolutely contributes to the preservation of our liv es.' cried he. a nd we can breathe in the water as you do in the air. When he saw that fair means would not prevail upon me. of the inhabitants of the sea. and they would surely perish. There is one thin g yet which puzzles me. we can discern any object as clearly i n the deepest part of the sea as upon land. I beseech you to tell me more about the k ingdom and people of the sea. 'As we can transport ourselves whither we please in the twinkling of an eye. and are pleased to condescend to be my wife. but I always looked upon it as no thing but a tale or fable. they di d not come up again. who are altogether unknown to me. I hope you will no longer look u pon me as a slave. and during the whole of the long journey. 'I must not forget to tell you. which he did to that ver y merchant who brought me hither and sold me to your majesty. we have no occasion to dry them. and. and of greater extent. well peopled. In short. gold. surprised me sleeping. the moon affords us her light. we . What is yet more remarkable is. 'The palaces of the kings and princes are very sumptuous and magnificent. and fi nished her story. th at is. therefore I must beg the favour of you to explain it. after a certain time. but. silver. This man was a ver y prudent. But in spite of all my precautions. my brother . I have already spoken of our kingdoms. as it does you.

and after rising a .' 'Madam. but especially let us k now if you are satisfied. but wha t your brother told us of the conversation that passed between him and you. These chariots are open. they w ill be here in a moment. and shut the door. after I have related my story to them. I should like to send for my mother and my cousi ns. and of your present situation. Some.' 'Sire. and go my self in person to meet them. When they came to the edge. and if your Majesty will but look through the lattice. on their first entrance. and put it into the brazier. King Saleh. and at the same time to desire the king my brother's company. and I am c onfident that your brother and your relations are no less so. and the rest of her relations.' replied the Queen Gulnare. not but what the king has h is stables. and I venture to say you will be extremely pleased to see them. but you must permit me to defer it to a future leisure. and in the middle there is a throne upon which the king sits. Queen Gulnare immediately went to one of the windows. a little behind him. 'you are mistress.' Queen Gulnare immediately threw herself at her mother's feet. adorned with an infinite number of shells of all sorts. When she was alone. handsome young man. attended by five young ladies. nowise inferior in beauty to t he Queen Gulnare. one after another. and made them sit down upon a sofa. 'I am overjoyed to see you again after so long an absence.' said she. but they are seldom made use of. After that she bade her retire. except upon public feasts or rejoicing days. from whence Queen Gulnare had retired to make room for them. they nimbly. you took the thing in a quite different lig ht from what you ought to have done. but of a majestic air. and when they understand I am wife to the might y king of Persia. of the brightest colours. But I would fain know how you would acquaint them with what you desire. and saw the king her broth er. The company came forward. the queen her mother. take d elight in riding them. If you had not approved of his proposal. and presently there rose out of it a tall. sh e took a piece of aloes out of a box. 'there is no need of these ceremonies. the queen her mother. to whom I have a great desire to be reconciled. who from a recess observe with great attention all that she did. so that there is no occasion fo r a charioteer to guide them.have no occasion for any carriages or riding-horses. borne. and very suitable to the then posture of our affairs. others put t hem to chariots of mother-of-pearl. with tears in their eyes. sprang up to the window. I beseech your majesty to give me leave to send for them: I am sure they will be happy to pay their respects to you. a lady. to speak of somethi ng of much greater consequence. The horses are trained up to draw by themselves. we and you ought now t o bury it for ever in oblivion: give us an account of all that has happened to y ou since we saw you last. upon the surface of the waves. After Queen Gulnare had received them with all imaginable honour. embraced her te nderly. who at the same time pe rceived her also. as it were. Your leaving us wi thout acquainting anybody with it involved us in inexpressible concern. you ought not to have been so much alar med.' Queen Gulnare then ordered one of her women to bring her a brazier with a little fire. But no more of this. advanced in years. As soon as sh e saw the smoke rise. the queen her mother addressed herself to her: 'Daughter. I pass over a thousand other curious particulars r elating to these marine countries.' replied the King of Persia. and show their skill and dexterity in races. We know of no other reason that could induce you to take such a surprising step. and. you shall see the manner of their arrival. and when they will a rrive. give me leave to tell you. At length the sea opened at some dist ance. The advice he gave you seemed to him at that time very advantageous for settling you handsomely in the world. that I may give orders to make preparation for their reception. than the sea began to be disturbed. and shows himself to his subjects. after they have trained them. which would be very entertaining to your maje sty. and it i s impossible to tell you how many tears we have shed upon that account. She had no sooner ended. and his stud of sea-horses. with mousta ches of a sea-green colour. she repeated some words unknown to the King of Persia. I will endeavour to receive them with all the honours they deserve. They will be very glad to see me again. and the rest of her relations. do whatever you please.

'Ah!' said he to himself. wise. it would be easy to return the ten thousand pieces of gold that I cost him. who heard these words from the recess where he was concealed . I have a child. 'Brother. into a dreadful consternation.' She then related the whole of what had befallen her since she quitted t he sea.' The King of Persia. they had got into t he palace of a mighty king. I am his wife. and if my que en. He is a religious. 'give me leave to assure you of the sincere friendship that the queen my mother and the king my brother are pleased to honour you with: they ea rnestly desire to see you. heard this he began to lov e her more than ever. 'the proposal I made you of going back with us int o my kingdom was only to let you see how much we all love you. the king her brother. I shall surely die. and told them she would be back in a moment.' replied King Saleh. whom she had ordered to bring in a meal: as soon as it was served up. Besides.' said the king her brother. that I have reconquered from the proud usurper who had made himself mast er of it. and has done such great things for you. she invited the queen her mother.' said she. They began to reflect. 'I should be very glad to salute persons that have the honour to be so nearly related to you. to share with him in his councils. who was still in the recess. to sit down and take p art of it. and in came some of her slaves. 'I can scarce forbear being angry with you for adv ising me to break the engagement I have made with the most puissant and most ren owned monarch in the world. 'Sir. and that nothing in the world is so dear to me as your h appiness. Presently Queen Gulnare clapped her hands.' 'Sister. and und erstanding the intention of her relations. and resolved to express his gratitude in every possible wa y. 'yo u now have it in your power to free yourself. I hope th en neither my mother. and he has declared me Queen of Persia. smiling. As soon as she had acquainted them with her having been sold to the King of Pers ia. 'I own. 'Sister. and I am indebted to your goodness for the pardon which you are pleased to gr ant me. Excuse me for giving you the trouble of coming hither from the bottom of the deep. the little Prince Beder. which will be an equal honour to the kings of the sea and the earth. I should have been the first to have condemned you. will disapprove of the res olution or the alliance I have made. that without asking leave. nor you.' said the King of Persia. was in the utmost alarm. and her cousins.' said she.' The queen confirmed what her son had just spoken. and how much I in particular honour you. I do not speak here of an engagement between a slave and her master. to communicate it to you. 'I am ruined. and tempe rate king. a nd they breathed flames at their mouths and nostrils.' 'Madam. nor any of my cousins.' said she. if you had not expressed all the gratitude you owe to a monarch that loves you so passionately. This unexpected sight put the King of Persia.' When the King of Persia. She went directly to the recess. hearkens to this advice. Rise. and a w ife who has not the least reason to complain. 'I am very glad to hear you are pleased. and honour them with your presence. This reflectio n raised a blush in their faces. Queen Gulnare suspecting this. and for the pleasure of s eeing you after so long a separation. and recovered the K ing of Persia from his surprise. and leaves me. who was totally ignorant of the ca use of it. said. before I introduced them t o your majesty. my Gulnare. and return with us into my k ingdom. who had never seen nor heard of them. 'I have been guilty of a very great faul t.nd kissing her hand. but I am afraid of the flames th . and addressing herself to Quee n Gulnare. and tell you so themselves: I intended to have some c onversation with them by ordering a banquet for them. in whose palace she was at present. but I speak now of a contract between a wife and a husband. and that it wo uld be a great piece of rudeness to eat at his table without him. in their emotion their eyes glowed like fire.' But Queen Gulnare soon put him out of his fears. but they are very impatient to pay their respects to you: and th erefore I desire your majesty would be pleased to walk in. rose from her seat. and I have nothing els e to add to what your brother has just said to you.

the son of David. King Sa leh began: 'Sir. and to crown you with prosperity and satisfaction. when you first saw me pl unge into the sea with the prince my nephew?' 'Alas! Prince. He took several turns with him about the room. and holding him up in the air. 'Sir. of living equally in the sea and upon the land. from which he coul d not recover till he saw Prince Beder appear again before him.' sai d Queen Gulnare (with a quiet and undisturbed countenance. or else that h e should see him drowned. for the generosity with which you have consented to receive me into an alliance so glorious to me as yo urs. Prince.' replied the King of Persia. The King of Persia.' The King of Persia. and came out into the ro om with his Queen Gulnare.' said he to the King of Persia. and lifti ng them up. or your whole family. h e waited upon them himself to the several rooms he had ordered to be prepared fo r them. the window being open.' 'I thought as much.' replied the queen. verily bel ieving that he should either see the dear prince his son no more. She presented him to the queen her mother. before I plunged into the sea with him I pronounced over him certain mysterious words. You see I am not alarmed. was not your majesty in a great fright. and eating with them. and he and his qu een sat down at the table with them. Heaven has reserved her for you. and plunged with him into the sea. set up a hideous cry. and taking him in his ar ms. when all of a sudden. which were engraven on the seal of the great Solomon. encouraged by these words. than he ran to embrace him. King Sa leh said. and he nearly died of grief and affliction. King Saleh her brother.' The queen his mother and the princesses his relations confirmed the same thing. without your honouring them with your presence. 'I cannot sufficiently thank either the queen her mother. and we have no better way of returning thanks to it for the favour it has done her. laughing.' 'Certainly. the better to comfort him). with their faces to the ground. through a transport of joy. he invited them to take part of the luncheon. The King of Persia ran to them. and you will soon see the king his unc le appear with him again. The sea at length became troubled.' So saying. who instantly threw themselves at his feet. were discoursing together in h er majesty's room. for. when immediately King Saleh arose with the yo ung prince in his arms. and to her other relations. For he will have th e same advantage his uncle and I have. that we could never think of par ting with her to any of the puissant princes of the sea. 'I cannot express my concern. 'let your majesty fear nothing. We do the same to all those children that are born in .' replied King Saleh.' 'Sir. or you. 'though you had not the least reason to apprehend any danger. 'you need not in the least be afraid of thos e flames. as the King of Persia. 'Sir. After it was over. I tho ught him lost from that very moment. who expected no such sight. and we have always had so much love and tenderness for her. he s prang out. neither in truth ought I to be so. Next day. the King of Persia conve rsed with them till it was very late. rose up.at they breathe at their mouths and nostrils. Sir. After they were all seated. fell to kissing and caressing him with the greatest demonstration of tendern ess.' answered the King of Persia. he re-entered at the same window he went out at. and you now restore life to me by bringing him again. to the kin g her brother. He runs no risk. dancing and tossing him abou t. the nurse came in with the young Prince Beder in her arms. 'we are at a loss for words to express our joy to think that the queen my sister should have the happiness of f alling under the protection of so powerful a monarch. which are nothing but a sign of their unwillingness to eat in your pal ace. and the princesses their relations. Queen Gulnare. and I do not love him less than you do. and bring him back safe and sound. who often demanded her in marriage before she came of age. Ki ng Saleh no sooner saw him. the queen her mother. embraced them one after another. and astonished that he was as calm as before he lost sight of him. the young prince is my son as well as you rs. yet all they said had no effect on the king's fright. The King of Persia being overjoyed to see Prince Beder a gain. and when they thought it time to retire. We can assure you she is n ot unworthy of the high rank you have been pleased to raise her to. th an by beseeching it to grant your majesty a long and happy life with her.

'S ir. as I do.' Having so spoken. 'when I was fi rst summoned by the queen my sister. and thirty strings or necklaces of pearl. but the queen his mother. the princesses his relations and himself. King Saleh gave the King of Persia to understand that the quee n his mother. do you therefore endeavour to obtain his leave that I may be excused accepting it. neither the queen your mother nor you.' PRINCE BEDER AND THE PRINCESS GIAUHARA. turning to Gulnare. and the princesses his relations. This royal company were no sooner out of sight than the King of Persia said to Queen Gulnare. I should have looked wit h suspicion upon the person that had pretended to pass those off upon me for tru e wonders. by virtue of which they receive the same privileges that we have over those people who inhabit the earth. a like number of rubies of extraordinary size. 'the king your br other has put me into the greatest confusion. and never cease to bless Heaven for sending you to me. or that she had the honour to be married to so great a monarch. 'As I am verily pe rsuaded you will not forget Queen Gulnare. I beg you to accept this small token of gratitude. and by the justness of whatever he said. and as often as he pleases. King Saleh departed fi rst. you would wonder we should have the boldness to make you a present of so small a value. It was filled with three hundred diamonds. I hope I shall have the honour to see you again more than once. were I not afraid of disobliging him. but come and see her now and then. each half a foot long.' replied King Saleh. 'do you call so inestimable a present a small token of your gratitude? I decla re once more. consisting each of ten feet. they begged of him not to take it ill if they took leave of him and Queen Gulnar e. in acknowledgment of t he many particular favours you have been pleased to show her. I knew not what part of the earth she was i n. The King of Persia assured them he was very sorry that it was not in his powe r to return their visit in their own dominions. who had restored Prince Beder to his nurse's arms.' Many tears were shed on both sides upon their separation. King Saleh hi .' cried he . as many emerald wands. he will be at liberty to plunge into the sea.' said he to the King of Persia. as large as pigeons' eggs. for as long as he lives. 'Madam. I know you are not accustomed upon earth to see pr ecious stones of this quality and quantity: but if you knew. were fain to fo rce themselves in a manner from the embraces of Queen Gulnare. of which I myself have been an eye-witness from the time I have been honoured with your illustrious family at my court. King Saleh. you may easily see what advantage your son Prince Beder ha s acquired by his birth. instead of to any other prince. but on account of the sincere friendship which obliges us to offer it to you not to give us the mortification of refusing it. and that it is in my power to form a treasure gr eater than those of all the kings of the earth. could have no greater pl easure than to spend their whole lives at his court. oung Prince Beder was brought up and educated in the palace under the care of th e King and Queen of Persia. therefore .' It is impossible to express how greatly the King of Persia was surprised at the sight of so much riches. not to regard it in that light. but he added. who could not pre vail upon herself to let them go.' This obliged the King of Persia to accept the present. He gave them great pleasure as he advanced in years by his agreeable manners.the regions at the bottom of the sea. 'What! Prince.' continued he. for which he returned ma ny thanks both to King Saleh and the queen his mother. but that having been so lon g absent from their own kingdom. and traverse the vast empires it con tains in its bosom. presenting him with this box. and shall remember it as long as I live. I beseech you. From what your majesty has observed. 'I am not at all surprised that your majesty thinks t his present so extraordinary. A few days after. Madam. you have never been in the least obliged to me.' 'Sir. the mines whence these jewels were taken. and I would beg of him to permit m e to refuse his present. But I cannot refuse to believ e my own eyes. where their presence was absolutely necessary. enclosed in so little compass. This made us come empty handed. As we cannot express how much we have been obliged to your ma jesty. opened a box he had fetched from his palace in the little time he had disappear ed.

They saw that he treated all mankind with that goodness which invited them to approach him. The day for the ceremony was appointed. that he heard fa vourably all who had anything to say to him. who caused his corpse to be borne to a stately mausoleum. arrived at the Persian court. He would have mourned the death of his father his who le life. having left the administration to his council. He showed such great reluctance at their request. but his real intention was to visit all the pro vinces of his kingdom. mother to Queen Gulnare. Next year. but purposed to resign it to him. kissed his hand. worthy of his rank and dignity. and all that might in any way contribute towards the happiness of hi s people. The queen no sooner saw him coming with his crown upon his head. with wonderful and just dis cernment. before they offered any consolation. and other principal officers. During this interval the queen. the king could not refuse admittance to the grand vi zier and the other lords of his court. and put others in their place. The first year of his reign King Beder acquitted himself of all his royal functi ons with great care. emirs. wh o had almost from his cradle discovered in him these virtues so necessary for a monarch. that he answered everybody with a g oodness that was peculiar to him. It required no less than a whole year for this young king to carry out his plans . and take from all ill-minded princes. togethe r with the princesses their relations. the queen his grandmother. any opportunities of attempting any thing against the security and tranquill ity of his subjects. to show himself to his subjects. his neighbou rs. than she ran to him. came from time to time to see him. He at length left the council. In the midst of the whole assembly. and not to be seen by any body during all that time. because they considered Prince Beder worthy to govern them. that he might reform all abuses there. and shared their affliction. Then the grand vizier made a report of various important matt ers. he went out of his capital. under pretext of diverting himself with hunting. and embraced him with tendern ess. who besought him to lay aside his mournin g. under the di rection of the old king his father. He died. and his only care was to recommend the ministers and other lords o f his son's court to remain faithful to him: and there was not one but willingly renewed his oath as freely as at first. as a token that he resigned h is authority to him. by showing himself on his frontiers. and went to see his mother. came immediately and threw themselves at the new king's feet. and was instruc ted in all the sciences that became a prince of his rank. the King of Persia. and take upon him the administration of affa irs as before. to the great grief of King Beder and Queen Gulnare. an d having seated him in his place. at length. When he arrived at the age of fifteen he was very wise and prudent.s uncle. King Beder found no difficulty in complying with that ancient custom in Persia to mourn for the dead a whole month. The king. took the crown from off his head. and the people heard this with so much the more joy. the old king his father fell so dangerously ill that he knew at once he should never recover. put it on that of Prince Beder. came do wn from it. and the princesses his relations. Soon after his return. he took care to inform himself of the state of h is affairs. and King Saleh. After which he took his place among the crowd of viziers an d emirs below the throne. whic h was larger than usual. on which the young king gave judgment with admirable prudence and sagacity that surprised all the council. He next turned out several governors convicted o f mal-administration. accompanied by the late king his father . He waited for his last moment with great tranquillity. When the month was expired. wishing him a long and prosperous reign. had it been right for a great prince thus to abandon himself to grief. He had no great difficulty to make his coun cil consent to it. Above all. then sitting on his throne. The funeral ended. taking each the oath of fidelity accord ing to their rank. He was easily taught to read and write. and who moreover began to perceive the infirmities of old age coming up on himself every day. and that he refused nobody anything that had t he least appearance of justice. would not wait till death gave him possession of the thron e. Queen Gulnare. establish good ord er and discipline everywhere. that the grand vizier was forc . Hereupon the viziers.

' added he. softly. not on the lady's part. and demand the Princess G iauhara of the King of Samandal her father. For this reason. changed colour when he hea . since you will not.' They dis coursed a little longer upon this point. he began to prov ide for the necessities of his kingdom and subjects with the same care as before his father's death. he is in his twentieth year. to interrupt the king his uncle. agreed that Ki ng Saleh should forthwith return to his own dominions. and. since we see him in your sacred person. 'I wonder you have not thought of marrying him ere th is: if I mistake not. and I am glad you have spoken of it to me.' 'I know one that will suit. and surprisingly beautiful. Let me but know the difficulties that are to be surmounted. 'it is as well for the king my nephew not to know anything of our design. The few years she is older than the king my son ought not to prevent us from doi ng our utmost to bring it about. the people did not f eel they had changed their sovereign. all of which had acquired him great reputation. that the King of Sama ndal is insupportably vain. He acquitted himself with universal approbation: and as he was exact in maintaining the ordinances of his predecessor. as you may perceive. through good manners. and after he had resumed the royal habit and ornaments. after all. at that age. and he immediately fell in love with th e Princess Giauhara without having even seen her. One evening when they rose from table. daughter of the king of Samandal. and I desire you to name one so beautiful and accomplished that the k ing my son may be obliged to love her.' 'What?' replied Queen Gulnare. though we should lament him all our days.ed to take upon himself to say to him. and. neither our tears nor yours are cap able of restoring life to the good king your father. Yet we cannot say absolutely that he i s dead. looking upon all others as his inferiors: it is not likely we shall easily get him to enter into this alliance. turned on one sid e to sleep. 'Sir. in case h e refuses her. she was then about eighteen mon ths old. till we have got the consent of the King of Sama ndal. 'but I see many difficu lties to be surmounted. and must needs be the wonder of the world.' King Beder could no longer oppose such pressing entreaties: he laid aside his mo urning. but more remote princes. before they parted. 'the greatest difficulty is. but that he should revive in you. For my part. and demand of him the princess his daughter.' replied King Saleh. and marry him to some princess of our lower world that may be worthy of him. and we will surmount them. and. but on that of her fa ther. Next day King Saleh took leave of Queen Gulnare and the king his nephew. K ing Beder. and King Beder and Que en Gulnare were overjoyed to see him.' 'Brother. where we shall be more favou rably heard. at the end of the month than he came alone to visit him.' 'Sister. who knew the king his uncle would not have departed so soon but to go and promote his happiness without loss of time.' said King Saleh. they talked of various matters. I like your proposing one of our p rincesses. as I hope. Now King Beder had heard what they said. I will go to him in person. not among his neighbours only. who had returned to his dominions in the sea with the queen his moth er and the princesses. 'Sister. and not being w illing. 'I have never thought of it to this very momen t. for the King of Persia his nephew. which subjects them t o pay the indispensable tribute of death. He did not himself doubt. no prince l ike him ought to be suffered to be without a wife. and expressed to the queen his sister how glad he was to see him govern so prudently. when h e was dying.' replied King Saleh. we will address ourselves elsewhere. I need only mention to you the Princess Giauhara. in case. and he lay awake thinking all night. King Sale h began with the praises of the king his nephew.' replied Queen Gulnare. The young king. King Saleh. leaning his head against a cushion that was behind him. He has undergone the common law of all men. we should not be able to obtain her for him. 'is not the Princess Giauhara yet married? I reme mber to have seen her before I left your palace. I will think of a wife for hi m myself. lest he should fall in l ove with the Princess Giauhara. and to your majesty it belongs to show that he was not deceived. no sooner saw that King Beder had resumed the government. who could not bear to hear himself so well spoken of.

drew from his finger a ring. since his presence was so absolutely necessary in his kingdom. if I knew where to find you. when King Saleh was separated from him. He represented to him how difficult it was. I am ready to do all you would have me. which. you must return to your kingdom immediately. he advanced immediately. whom he immediately carried to the queen's apartment. he either answered not at all. The King of Persia kissed the queen his grandmother's hands. 'that I would do anyt hing to serve you. 'I heard every word.' replied King Saleh.' 'My dear uncle. The sea-king was not long in getting to his palace with the King of Persia. and that he could not well do it without carrying him along with him. missing the king his nephew. and when he had put it on his finger.' said he. 'Do as I do. He therefore left his company to go in sear ch of him.' said he. Then the queen presented him to the princesses.rd him mention his departure. and we thought you were asleep. or nothing to t he purpose. King Saleh. he laid himself down on the grass. that had wrought so many wonders by their virtue.' The King of Persia took the ring. and that you had rather see me die than grant the first request I ever made you. and not one of his officers and attendants was near. that he was not so lively as he used to be. and I am rejoiced at it. 'you heard what the queen your mot her and I said the other day of the Princess Giauhara. take this ring .' said she to him. but was ashamed to dis close to you my weakness. without speaking a word. 'Cruel Uncle. and I will join my entreaties to yours. and carry me along with you. He resolved to desire his uncle to bring the princ ess away with him: but only asked him to stay with him one day more. In the heat of the chase. But these rea sons were not sufficient to satisfy the King of Persia. Queen Gulnare?' The King of Persia told her the queen his mother was in perfect health. and showed himself to Ki ng Beder. whereinto they bot h plunged.' 'If you do really love me. and having tied his horse to a tree . He remained a good while absorbed in thought. and King Beder had many oppor tunities of being alone with his uncle. and at length perceived him at a distance. and more plainly that day. afforded a very pleasing shade. He had observed the day be fore. and not wait to procure me t he consent of the divine Giauhara till you have gained the consent of the King o f Samandal that I may marry his daughter. As soon as King Saleh saw him lying in that disconsolate posture. but as for carrying you along with me.' 'I am ready to convince your majesty. that he heard him say to himself: 'Amiable princess of the kingdom of Samandal. came upon him so softly. he immediately guessed he had heard what passed between him and Queen Gulnare. no r their depth. and while he was in conversation with th . but he had not the courage to open his m outh. I cannot do that till I have spoken to the queen your mother. I beseech you to pity me. The day for hunting was fixed. It was not our intention you should have known anything. 'I find you do not love me so much as you pretended. 'From what I see. and presented him to her. nephew. He hereupon alighted at some distance from him.' said he. and she embraced him wi th great joy. began to be much conce rned to know what had become of him. and hav ing tied his horse to a tree. and made towards the sea which was not far distant. which might be of dangerous consequence. 'as you woul d have me believe you do. but I desire to know how is my daughter. King Sal eh said to him. 'I see you are ve ry well. and that if he was asked a question.' These words of the King of Persia greatly embarrassed King Saleh.' replied King Beder. with several others growing along the banks . your mother. and fear neither the waters of the sea. 'put it upon your finger. He begged him to wait. I would this moment go and offer y ou my heart.' King Saleh.' At the same time they both mounted lightly up into the air. 'I do not ask you how you are.' King Saleh would hear no more. he alighted near a rivulet. finding himself obliged to yield to his nephew. 'Here. that they m ight hunt together. on which were engraven the same mysterious names that were upon Solomon 's seal.' replied the King of Persia impatiently. in the meantime. What would she say of you and me? If she consents.

and strings of pearl.' replied King Saleh. 'Prince. since you well know th e temper of the King of Samandal. his daughter. and to strengthen the good understanding th at has so long subsisted between our two crowns. I will not dissemble any longer. and de parted with a chosen and small troop of officers and other attendants. my nephew.' 'It were to have been wished. all of which she put into a very neat and very rich box. perfectly innocent. imploring him to accept it for his sake .' replied the queen. and went with King Saleh. He soon a rrived at the kingdom and the palace of the King of Samandal. and I beg of you not to refus e it me. most prudent. . forgetting his character for some moments. madam. should hear what I related of the Princess Giauh ara to the queen my sister. 'Sir. you may fre ely command it. and most valiant prince in t he world. he took the box of jewels from one of his servants and hav ing opened it. with a rich present of precious stones. without being able to hinder it. and that he had brought him along with him. 'you would not make me such a present un less you had a request to propose. and asked him if there was anything he could do t o serve him. King Saleh took leave of her majesty and the King of Persia. feeble would be my expressions how much I honour your majesty. an d tell me frankly wherein I can serve you. Although King Saleh was. that it would be to no purpose to ask it of any o ther. The fault is committed. and I s hall take care to ask nothing but what is in your power to grant. spoken these words. composed of diamonds.' 'Sir. since the success of our attempt is not so cert ain as we could desire. will have greater cons ideration for you than the many other kings he has refused his daughter to with such evident contempt? Would you have him send you away with the same confusion? ' 'Madam. that you take care to speak to him with due re spect. emeralds. she left him. I came to beg of you to honour our house with your alliance by the marriage of your honour able daughter the Princess Giauhara. 'I have a boon to ask of your majesty. and with an imperious and scornful air.' replied King Saleh. I ask it then with all possible earnestness.' Having . N ext morning. I hope. The thing depe nds so absolutely on yourself. yet the queen co uld hardly forgive his indiscretion in mentioning the Princess Giauhara before h im.' answered King Saleh. above all. 'though I should have no other motive than that of p aying my respects to the most potent. 'after the confidence your majesty has been pleased to e ncourage me to put in your goodwill.em. prostrated himself at hi s feet. he told him he was welcome. rubies. But. presented it to the king. 'I have already told you it was contrary to my inte ntion that the king.' 'If it be so. I will therefore do all that I can to remedy it. Speak. I freely give my consent.' replied the King of Samandal. your grands on. I charge you.' said King Saleh. 'you have nothing to do but acquain t me what it is. If there be anything in my power. and in a manner that cannot possibly offend him. a nd demand of him the princess. who told her how the King of Persia was fallen in love with the Princess Giauhara.' 'I must own. who rose from his throne as soon as he perceived him. wishing him the accomplishment of all his desires. 'Your imprudence is not to be forgiven. and you shall see after what manner I can oblige when it is in my power. I have some reason to believe he will not refuse me. and I shall feel the greatest pleasure in granting it. for the King of Persia. but since my grandson's peace and content depend upon it . you will approve of my resolution to go myse lf and wait upon the King of Samandal. 'that we had not been under a necessity of making this demand. and King Saleh.' replied the King of Samandal.' said she to him: 'can you think tha t the King of Samandal.' The queen prepared the present herself. whose character is so well known. to do him justice. though knowing whom he had to deal with. The King of Samandal immediately stooped to raise him up. and after he had placed him on his left han d. but will be pleased at an alliance with one of the greatest potentates of the earth.' At these words the King of Samandal burst out laughing falling back in his thron e against a cushion that supported him.

when they beheld him and his attendants come running in great disorder and p ursued. 'dare you talk to me after this manner. At length. together with her wome n. my nephew. the daughter of so great and powerful a king as I am? You ought to have considered better beforehand the great distance between us. being abandon ed by his attendants. While this was passing in the palace of the King of Samandal. my ancestors. on the first alarm. that you sh ould have thought it an honour done to both. seize the insolent wretch. those of King Sale . It was som e time before he could find his tongue. and a son of a dog. and so much as mentio n my daughter's name in my presence? Can you think the son of your sister Gulnar e worthy to come in competition with my daughter? Who are you? Who was your fath er? Who is your sister? And who your nephew? Was not his father a dog. I have always hitherto thought you a prince of great sense. ' The King of Samandal would not have let King Saleh go on so long after this rate . re-entere d the palace as before. and not run the risk of losing in a moment the esteem I always had for your person. answer. and cut off his head.' King Saleh related his case to them in as few words as he could. when King Saleh. he. he replied. where was your discretion. and the King of Persia is no less worthy of her. Your majesty well knows I am one of the kings of the sea as well as yourself. that the kings. cannot be unknown to you. 'what is the matter ? We are ready to revenge you: you need only command us. you had soon underst ood that the favour I ask of you was not for myself. and then went from apartment to apartment. yield not in antiquity to any other royal families . who. and. and that the kingdom I inherit from them is no less potent and flourishing tha n it has ever been. was soon seized. well armed and equipped. unworthy of a great king . Those of his relations wh o were at the head of this troop had reason to rejoice at their seasonable arriv al. he re-entered the King of Samandal's apartment. Thus the favour that is asked being likely to redound both to the honour of yo ur majesty and the princess your daughter. like you? Guards. and having reached the palace gate. King Saleh left sufficient guards to secu re his person. who h ad just arrived. 'Sir. and putting him self at the head of a large troop. got from them bef ore they could draw their sabres. If your majesty had not interrupted me. had not the rage he put him in deprived him of all power of speech.said to King Saleh: 'King Saleh. but what you say convinces me how much I was mistaken. but for the young King of P ersia. however. he broke into outrageous language. when you imagined to yourself so great an absurdity as you have just now proposed to me? Could you conceive a thought onl y of aspiring in marriage to a princess. ordering them to make haste. No king or prince in the world can dispute her with him. had. had sent these troops to protect and defe nd him in case of danger. the moment he joined them. he there f ound a thousand men of his relations and friends. who was nimble and vigorous. no less than his personal good quali ties. however. Tell me. The princess is worthy of the King of Persia.' King Saleh was extremely nettled at this affronting. But that princess. so much was he transported with passion. you ought not to doubt that your cons ent to an alliance so equal will be unanimously approved in all the kingdoms of the sea.' The few officers that were about the King of Samandal were immediately going to obey his orders. 'Go d reward your majesty as you deserve! I have the honour to inform you. in search of the Princ ess Giauhara. Everybody acknowledges the Princess Giauhara to be the most beautiful person in the world: but it is no less true that the young King of Persia. had I done so your maj esty and the princess ought to have been so far from being offended. 'Dog!' cried he. and had much ado to restrain his resentment. The queen his mother having considered the small number of atte ndants he took with him. while some seized on the gates. I do not demand the princess your daughter in marriage for myself.' cried his friends. with all possible moderation. I b eseech you. my nephew. sprung up to the surface of the sea. The few officers and guards who had pursued him being so on dispersed. moreover. whose power and grandeur. foreseeing the bad reception he would pr obably have from the King of Samandal. and escaped to a desert island. is the best and most accomplished prince on the land .

' This declaration of King Beder did not produce the effect he expected. King Beder.' said she to one of her women. se ized the king my father. 'this must be the Princess Giauhar a. 'Adorable princess. repent of this cruel order when she comes to herself: it were better that I carried him to a place where he may die a natural death. overjoyed to find that the king. not a little disturbed in mind. with a red bill and feet. far from repenting of what I have done. and murdered all the guards that made any resistance. and approached the princess with profound reverence. He arose and adv anced softly towards the place whence the sound came. 'Madam. madam. to his great surprise and mortification.' Upon her pronouncing these words. his uncle. it may be. I was in my father's palace. not caring to abide in the queen's presence any longer. will. pushing him back. where there was not a d rop of water to be had.h's attendants who had fled at the first menaces of that king put the queen moth er into terrible consternation upon relating the danger her son was in. 'Doubtless. quit that form of a man. The prince.' said she to herself. whe n she. and taking that of the princess' stooped down to kiss it. beauteous princess! to have the honour to go and present you to the king my uncle. his only intent is to obtain his consent that I may have the honour and happiness of being his son-in-law. King Bed er. Kin g Beder was immediately changed into a bird of that sort. but it is easy to put an end both to that and to your father's captivity. 'a greater happiness could not have befallen me than this opportunity to offer you my most humble services. he heard som ebody talking. on the other hand. and my name is Giauhara. I beg of you to be assured that I will love you as long as I live. then. stretch ed forth his hand. Whilst he was endeavouring to recover himself. 'It would be a great pity. and take that o f a white bird. than King Saleh will leave him sovereign of his dominions as before. he happened to light on the island where the Princess Giauhara had taken refuge. among the branches. so good and gentle. 'Take him. 'and carry him to t he Dry Island. But he was. I assure you.' She accordingly carried him to a well-frequented island. he came for ward. Permit me. went and seated himself under the sh ade of a large tree. I am a princess. and escaped hither from his violence.' continued he. I beseech you. and in executing her princess's orders had comp assion on King Beder's destiny.' This island was only one frightful rock. and King Saleh is my uncle. believing himself arrived at the very pinnacle of happiness. it bei ng impossible that a lady in this solitude should not want assistance. The princess. in that he looked upon hims elf as the principal author of all the mischief: therefore. she looked upon hi m as an enemy with whom she ought to have nothing whatever to do. and the king your fa ther shall no sooner have consented to our marriage. was the more concerned. he perceived a most beautiful lady. madam. therefore. within himself. to accept them. my lord.' said he. he has no design to seize upon the king your father's dominions. and espec ially the necessity she was reduced to of flying her country. 'to let a prince. When the princess heard from his own mouth that he had been the occasion of the ill-treat ment her father had suffered. and .' This said.' 'True. said. but was too far off to understand what was said. 'it is not a little extraord inary for a lady of my rank to be in this situation. had forced his way into the palace. 'Wretch. he darted up from the bottom of the sea. and now.' At these words of the princess. I know not for what reason. stopp ing and considering her with great attention. die of hunger and thirst. not knowing how to find his way to the kingdom of Persia. King of Persia. whom fear has obliged to abandon her father's palace. without staying to hear from her an explanation of the news that had been brought her. wh en all of a sudden I heard a dreadful noise: news was immediately brought me tha t King Saleh. I had only time to save myself. where. of the grief and fright she had endured. so worthy to live. You wi ll agree with me when I tell you that I am Beder. King Beder began to be concerned that he had qui tted his grandmother so hastily. and left him i . had rendered himself master of the King of Sa mandal's person. daughter o f the King of Samandal. not doubting but that he would consent to give up the princess for his liberty. who was by at that time. The waiting-woman took the bird. I had already given my heart to y ou.' replied Giauhara very sorrowfully. 'your concern is most just.' said he.

you come to inquire after the king your son. This great queen would have been more affectionately received by the queen her m other. without acquainting you first. After he had sought a good while for the Princess G iauhara.' Then sh e related to her with what zeal King Saleh went to demand the Princess Giauhara in marriage for King Beder. who ha d accompanied the king. he returned to give the queen his mother an account of what he had done. He must have been frightened at hearing of your being in so great danger. and ordered others to seek for her. she looked upon the king her dea r son as lost. The same day that King Saleh returned to the kingdom of Samandal. 'News being brought me. whilst I was giving orders to send other troops to av enge you. I began to share with you the concern you must needs feel. and the only news I can tell you wi ll augment both your grief and mine. he caused the King o f Samandal to be shut up in his own palace. when I came to understand he had come away without you r knowledge. 'The king your brother. it is true. and went to govern that of the King of S amandal. by causing it to be published that the Kin g of Persia was gone to visit his grandmother. to no purpose. and did not think himself in sufficient safety with us. yet. but when she saw that he returned neither the next day. 'ought not. he disappeared. but return to your capital. hearing this. to satisfy hersel f as to the suspicion she had that King Saleh must have carried away his nephew along with him. since they could hear no tidings of them.' said she. then. but as for their persons. upon first sight of her. Their horses. Al l our endeavours have hitherto proved unsuccessful. perhaps when we least expect it. had resolved to dissemble and conceal her affliction. had she not. and he learn ed with great surprise and vexation that he had disappeared. t o have talked to you so imprudently about that marriage. she began to be alarmed. has done all that lay in his power. or be together in some place which they co uld not guess. The princes s was not at all surprised to find her son did not return the same day he set ou t. She took leave of the queen her mother. Whilst he was in this suspense about his nephew. planted with all sorts of fruit trees. came and told her majesty they must of necessity have come to some harm. and lamented him bitterly. The queen her mother made her consider the necessity of not yielding too much to her grief. 'I plainly perceive you are not come hither to visit me. laying all the blame upon the king his uncle. guessed the occasion of her coming. 'I have sent diligently after him. This alarm was increased when the officers. saying nothing to anybody. The first thing he as ked upon his arrival was of the whereabouts of the king his nephew. and it will not be hard for you to preserve the public peace. t hey had found. bi dding the officers to search once more with their utmost diligence. mother to King Beder.' This news exceedingly afflicted King Saleh. but we must hope nevertheles s to see him again. no more time. indeed. 'Daughter. since i t is not certain that the King of Persia is absolutely lost. and having giv en the necessary orders for governing the kingdom in his absence.' said she. Let us return to King Saleh.n a charming plain. T he queen. than I rejoiced. your presence there will be necessary.' said the queen. I no sooner saw him arrive in our territori es. 'and the king my son. he left his kingdom under the administration of his mother. yet.' Queen Gulnare yielded. whom he continued to keep under great vigilance.' added she. who now repented of his being so eas ily wrought upon by King Beder as to carry him away with him without his mother' s consent. arrived at the court of the queen her mother. till her son disappeared.' Queen Gulnare was not satisfied with this hope. Queen Gulnare. nor ever have consented to carry away the king my grandson. and were obliged to return after they had for a long tim e sought in vain for both him and his uncle. it being not uncommon for him to go further than he proposed in the heat of t he chase. though with all due re spect to his rank. they knew not where to look for them. and was back in t . and watered by severa l rivulets. under a strong guard. and what had happened. nor the day af ter. but in the m ean time. she plunged into the sea. 'of the danger you were in at the palac e of the King of Samandal. you ought to neglec t nothing to preserve his kingdom for him: lose. who is but jus t gone to govern the kingdom of Samandal.

and she came forthwith: but she no sooner saw the bird. She immediately d espatched persons to recall the officers she had sent after the king. and to tel l them she knew where his majesty was. who found it so great a rarity that he ordered the same officer to tak e ten pieces of gold. Looking earnestly at it. the peasant asked the citizen what he would do with him in case he should buy him? 'What wouldst thou have me to do with him. To return to King Beder. that he might take what he liked best. 'you are making fun of me. She also governed with the prime minister and council as quietly as if the king had been present. no sooner cast his ey es on this beautiful bird. His majesty.' 'Madam. and he has not touched any of it. he shu t it up in a cage. 'Sir. nor in what part of the world the kingdom of Persia lay.' answered the queen. had not time to consider the bird. I can assure your majesty it is the King of Persia. 'your majesty may observe the vessel with his food is still full. 'I humbly beg of him to accept it of me a s a present. and that they should soon see him again. the bird. hopped off the king's hand. 'I suppose you would think me very w ell paid if you gave me the smallest piece of silver for him. when perceiving so fine a bird.' Then the king or dered him meat of various sorts. and dinner served up just as the king had given these or ders. and sometimes on another. The office r. a peasant that was skilled in taking birds with nets chanced t o come to the place where he was.' The officer took the bird to the king. He employed all his a rt to catch him. you shall never persuade me that a bird can be a man. which h e looked upon as of more worth than all the other birds. and under the form of a bird. 'your majesty will no longer be surprised when you un derstand that this bird is not. A few days after.he palace of the capital of Persia before she had been missed. The king. flapping his wings.' 'Sir.' answered the peasant. p rincess of one of the largest kingdoms of the sea. asked him how much he wanted for that bird. a citizen stops him. I set a much highe r value upon him. and would have retired. and gave it seed and water in rich vessels.' replied the peasant. and flew on to t he table. took it out himself. He was forced to remain where he was. I intend to make a prese nt of him to the king. and carried it to the city. as you take it. who departed very well sati sfied. he asked the officer if he ha d seen it eat. king of that . 'If it be f or his majesty. and live upon such food as bi rds of his kind were wont to eat. the like of wh ich he had never seen before. Overjoyed at so great a prize. a bird. the peasant went directly to the palac e. being at a window where he could see all that passed in the court. and I desire you to carry it to him. and perched it upon his hand.' said the king. The king ordered the bird to be put into a magnificent cage. nothin g is more certain than what I have had the honour to tell you. Although I am advanced in years.' replied the queen. Instead of answering. that he immediately sent t he officer to desire the queen to come and see this wonder. because so rare. he will know the value of him better than you. and at length succeeded. 'but roast and eat him?' 'If that be the case. but a man. going to the peasant. surprised at her proceeding. nephew of Saleh. and you should not have him for a piece of gold. The table being spread. The officer related it to her majesty. He felt yet more unh appy that he knew not where he was. t herefore had it brought to him as soon as he came back. As soon as he was come into the m arket. and asked him how much he wanted for that bird. The king was so surprised.' replied the officer. than she covered her face with her veil. and to pass the night on a tree. than he sent an officer to buy it for him. where he began to peck the bread and victuals. 'far be it from me to make fun of your majesty.' answered th e citizen. His majesty being then ready to go hunting. asked the reason of it. and placed himself exactly before the king's apartment. and carry them to the peasant. The officer brought the cage. sometimes on one plate. whom the Princess Giauhara's waiting-woman had carried and left in the island before mentioned. named Beder.' Without staying any longer in the market. that monarch was not a little surprised when he found himself alone. that he might better see the bird. I never saw such a bird in my life. he began greatly to rejoice. son of the celebrated Gulnare. and the king. 'Sir. more astonished than before.

'in the Princess of Samandal to feel hurt at the king he r father's ill-treatment. and prevented them. who thus metamorphose d him into a bird. and the King of Persia immediately told him. 'It was commendable. and thanked him for all his favours. could not help blaming her. was what she will never be able to justify hers elf for.kingdom. King Beder immediately fell on his knees. and tell me. i n what I can further serve you. and thanked Go d for the favour that had been bestowed upon him. sh e told him the whole story. ' be pleased to take the bird into your room. She pronounced over the vessel some w ords unknown to the king.' The king granted what he desired with the best grace imaginable. and kissed it in token of gratitude. till the water began to boil. and att ended to what the king and queen said. would not give his majesty the trouble to take him. and reassume that which thou hast received from thy Creator. The ship was no t only driven out of its course. how and for what reason the Princess Giauhara. . and driving along at the pleasure of the wind. that I o ught to remain with you all my life to testify my gratitude. and immediately gave orders for equipping one of his largest ships. The king had less difficulty in believing this assertion of the queen in that he knew her to be a skilful magician. King Beder was among the l atter. after dinner was over. but she had already retired to her apartment. and. 'By virtue of these holy and mysterious words I have just pronounced. and becoming very violent.' said he. and especially agai nst a prince who was not guilty. with a vessel full of water in her hand. but hopped into the room before him. when. which had ceased eating. The queen consented to it with great willingness. that all its masts wen t by the board. and as soon as the wind became fair. The ship was soon furnished with all its crew.' The words were scarcely out of the queen's mouth. he at length perceived himself near the shore. 'my obligation to your majesty is so great. and others by getting on pieces of the wreck.' answered King Beder. when she took some of it in her hand. the king. Some few were saved by sw imming. The king made him sit at the table wit h him. Then he took the king's hand. one of the greatest in the world. He exerted his remaining strength to reach the land. provoked at the proceeding of the princess. said. the k ing saw a young prince. on the eleventh day the wind chang ed. And as she knew everything which took place. But let us have done with this discourse. instead of a bird. but to carry her vengeance so far. daughter of the King of Samandal. and grandson of Queen Farasche.' The bird. which has been but too lo ng. but the king embraced hi m with great joy. His ma jesty had compassion on the King of Persia. after havin g taken leave of the king. mother of Gulnare and Saleh. and the queen came in soon after . sprinkling a little upon the bird.' 'Sir. where I fear my absence. and a mmunition. her father. who helped him up. and I will show you a king worthy of the consideration you have for him. there followed a furious tempest.' That the king might no longer doubt of what she affirmed. he was always by her means timely informed of the designs of the kings his neighbours against him. The greater part of the people were instantly drowned. had t hus revenged herself for the ill-treatment of King Saleh towards the king of Sam andal. and was at le ngth fortunate to come so near as to be able to touch the ground with his feet. but so violently tossed. may have occasioned some disorder. I entreat you to grant me one of your shi ps to transport me to Persia. it at length stru ck against a rock and split open. and. He would then have made his acknowledgments to the queen. that he might return to his own form. When he had done.' said she to the king. quit that form of a bird. and. and not far from a city that seemed large. may be dead of grief. but since your maje sty sets no limits to your generosity. and that the queen my mother. after having been tossed about for some time by the waves and curren ts. and it wa s the Princess Giauhara. 'Sir. I beseech you. prayed him to relate how the Princess Giauhar a could have had the inhumanity to transform into a bird so amiable a prince as he was. and the best sailor in his numerous fleet. King Beder embarked. from whom I concealed my departure. The ship sailed before the wind for ten days. under the uncertainty whether I a m alive or dead. and earnestly besought his queen to break the enchantment. provisions.

King Beder satisfied him in a few words. 'and I cannot comprehend how so fi ne and large a city comes to be without inhabitants. You will be convinced of this. who was busy about something.' 'Come in. 'Alas!' cried he. therefore it was singularly fortunate that you a . who has much respect for me. therefore immediately presented him w ith what was necessary to recover his strength. Going forward. and her cruelty in changing him into a bird t he very moment he had seen her and declared his love to her. but I find myself exposed to anot her much more terrible. 'this city is called the City of Enchantments. stay no longer upon the threshold. that ought not to give you the least disquiet. and is go verned not by a king. and am not unknown to the queen hersel f. The old man. but by a queen.' This account exceedingly afflicted the young King of Persia. who seemed to want to make him understand that it was dangerous to proceed. she caresses them.' added he. since I am generally beloved throughout the city. At last he sai d to him. but was surprised to find no man there. very much surprised and alarmed. his falling in l ove with the Princess of Samandal. 'or pera dventure some misfortune may happen to you. before her. the old man. mu les. and give you the reason why it is necessary you should take this precautio n. he met with the same opposition from these animals.' replied the old man. however. and other animals crowding to the shore to oppose his landing. and sheltered himself among the ro cks till he had recovered his breath. where several sorts of fruits were exposed to sale. and although King Beder was very anxious to know why he had taken the precaution to make him enter the shop. for f ear the sad things he had to relate might take away his appetite. He had the utmost difficulty to conquer their obstinacy a nd force his way. and to acquaint him with his birth. oxen. and the y did all in their power to save you. asses. There is not one of them whom she has not transfo rmed into some animal or bird at the end of forty days.' 'Alas! why?' replied king Beder. which gave him reason to believe the place was not so destitute of inhabitants as he imagined. which I look back upon with horror. And when young men like you enter th e city.' This gave him occasion to relate his story to the old m an more at length. lifted up his head. When the prince advanced to enter the city.He immediately abandoned his piece of wood. This made him think it was no t without cause that so many animals had opposed his passage. bulls. She receives them in the most obliging manner. mules. she has persons stationed to stop and bring them. The latter knew he must want food. 'You are the first person I have seen. and saluted very courteously an old man that was sitting there. c amels. whom she has transformed by her diabolical art. an d the old man further asked him if he had met anybody on the road. 'Notwithstanding all I told you of the magic queen. the city. quality. King Beder. and sat down by the o ld man. I will satisfy your curiosity at lei sure. and dried his clothes in the sun. You told me all these an imals opposed your landing and entering. the old man nevertheless would not tell him anything till he had done eating. he observed several shops open. But she does not suffer them long to enjoy this happiness. sir. and lodges them magnificently. This was the only way they co uld make you comprehend the danger you were going to expose yourself to.' answered he. and saw many fair and spaciou s streets. regales them. got into the city soon after. and asked him whence he came.' answered the king. said. and what business had brought him there. 'when you know that these horses. but when he came near the shore he was greatly surprised to see horses. either by fair means o r force. like you and me. nev ertheless. started. He approached one of t hese shops. cows.' King Beder would not be bidden twice: he entered the shop. ' to what extremities has my ill-fortune reduced me! I am hardly freed from one en chantment. and other animals that you have seen are so many men. but at length he succeeded. to encourage him. who is a notorious and dangerous sorceress . When the prince came to speak of his good fortune in finding a queen who broke t he enchantment. and seeing a yout h who had an appearance of grandeur. 'Because. 'You have great reason to thank God you got hither without any misfort une. which had been of so great service t o him.

stopped as soon as s he came before the shop. and better mounted. because they could not comprehend how so beautiful a youth could escap e the queen's knowledge. going into the shop. Many stopped and complimented the old man on his having acq uired so fine a slave. How grieved would yo u be if she should serve him as she has done so many others that we know of!' 'I am obliged to you. They marched gr avely. after all the examples you have seen. son of a brother I had. and the protection he was pleased so readily to afford him. and a harness of inestimable value. asked the old man what all that show meant. before he answered the queen.' 'Madam. but I shall never entertain the least though t that the queen will do me any injury. and shall ever have for you. I dare assure you you will have no just cause to complain. Although my purpose were to do evil to all mankind. King Beder sitting at the shop-door.' The old man was exceedingly glad to hear the commendations they bestowed on the young King of Persia.' They congratulated his good fortune in having so fine a young man for his relati on.ddressed yourself to me rather than elsewhere. The young king no sooner perceived the guards coming before her. 'tell me. and speaks to me about h im.' said the old man. march ed in four files. with their sabres drawn. than he arose. Next came as many young ladies on foot. richly dressed. it is my nephew. as they passed by the shop. clothed in purple uniform. where I advise you to continue. 'The queen is coming by.' replied the good Abdallah. I sent for him to keep me c ompany. wher e he no sooner appeared than his youth and handsome looks drew the eyes of all t hat passed that way.' replied the old man. 'I am infinitely obliged to your majesty for . 'Abdallah' (so was the old man named). and ever y one of their officers. 'Father. He is my nephew. I beseech thee. In case she happens to hear of this young man. whose office rs did the old man the like honour. you all know that I am not rich enough. son of a brother of mi ne that is dead. Queen Labe (so was this magic queen named) happened t o come by with great pomp. and provided you do not stray from hence.' said they. 'that this is a slave. yet he shall be the sole exception. struck with the good mien of King Beder. than for the esteem you know I always ha d. and I heartily thank you for your care. and they were the more s urprised. 'You know her well. and sent for him to com e and comfort me.' answered he. said. and the queen. 'but stand still and fea r nothing. and as I had no children of my own.' Queen Labe. and rising again. and in the midst of them appeared Queen L abe. who has not long b een dead. All the young ladies saluted the old man as they passed by h im. when. so that you ar e under no sort of constraint whatsoever. and well armed and mounted. more on the account of the friendship I know you have for me. I doubt not she will cease to think of him. I look upon him as my son. thought i mmediately of getting the old man to abandon him to her. intending to leave him what I have when I die. I trust you will grant me what I desire. I will make him so great and powerful that no individual in the world ever arrived at such good fortune. if you think fit. with half pikes in their hands.' King Beder thanked the old man for his kind reception. Th ey had lived about a month together. and I swear by the fire and the light. so soon as she comes to know he is my nephew. after his ordinary manner. on a horse glittering with diamonds. to the number of a thousand. He sat down at the entrance of the shop. threw himself on the ground. who had never yet seen any one to compare with King Beder. equa lly beautiful. You are secure in my house. does that beautiful and charming slave belong to thee ? and is it long that thou hast been in possession of him?' Abdallah. 'and you cannot be ignorant of the danger to w hich you are exposed. 'for your good will towards me. but could not help telling him they feared the queen would take him from him . 'Madam.' The queen's guards. and set off with precious stones.' quoth she. as they imagined the king to be. with a golden saddle. Having no children. after all the kindness she has professed for me. saluted the old man: then f ollowed a like number habited in brocaded silk. and. said she to him. He became as fond of him as if he had been his own son. I conjure you. 'Believe not. 'w ill you not oblige me so far as to make me a present of this young man? Do not r efuse me.

for being in a manner forced to obey the queen. But I have some reason to believe she will treat you well. 'Madam.' repl ied he. as you may have observed. 'Powerful queen! I am persuaded your majesty will not be offended at my seeming unwillingness to trust my nephew with you yesterday. stopping just before him. and my zeal always to do whatever I can to oblige you.' said the queen. rose up when she had done speaking.' Abdallah. make little of all you could tell me of her. 'it has not been in my powe r. provided you follow exactly the advice I shall give you before I hand you over to her. both on his own account and King Beder's. he advanced with great respect as far as her horse's head.' 'That shall be to-morrow. through the enchantment of the Princess Giauhara. ' Father. and the honours you propose to do my nephew. since you ca nnot be ignorant of the reasons I had for it. were not sufficient to raise Kin g Beder's spirits. for I know how to be even with her. I understand very well what raises your apprehen sions. with th e same pomp as the day before. 'you may judge of my impatience to have your nephew with me. it may be. and. yet I must withal tell you that her power extends not to me. as much from resentment to you as to me. for fear I might force her to employ her magic both against you and myself openly or secretly. 'Son. with more signal cruelty than all those she has had in her power befo re. and Abdallah waited for her with great respect. 'you cannot wonder if I am somewhat fearful to approach her: I might. and no other. and I do not in the least doubt but you will keep it. 'I would no t willingly have your majesty entertain an ill opinion of the respect I have for you. and I cannot think you will break it wit h me. and even by whatsoever is most sacred in my religion. 'do not afflict yourself.' cried she. I regard my nep . but she shall not deceive m e unrevenged. for fear of some time or other betraying him when he spoke of him in public).' replied the queen. that she pays me such great res pect. When Queen Labe and all her attendants were out of sight. to refuse the queen what she demanded of me with so great earnestness. as a token of being pleased. ' 'Abdallah. But I here swear once more by the fire and light. and the honours paid me by all her court. on account of that particular esteem she professes for me. 'Son.' Old Abdallah was exceedingly grieved. I put entire confid ence in your royal word. by my punctual coming to put you in mind of your prom ise. I only beg of your majesty to delay doing this great honour to my nephew till you shall again pass this way. as she promised. did I not know by experien ce what it is to be at the mercy of a sorceress.all your kindness. but I promise you shall never have any occasion to repent having obliged me in so sensible a manner.' replied old Abdallah. He is not worth y to approach so great a queen. and as he wanted nobody to hear what he had a mind t o say to her. and that is the reason. She knows it wel l herself. who fell on his face as soon as he saw the queen approaching. I can quickly hinder her from doing you the least harm. The condition I was in. This you may have see n by the respect shown. and I could never have thought you would have given me so evident a token of your sli ghting my request. the good Abdallah said to King Beder.' These assurances. and I humbly beseech your majesty to excuse him. 'After all you have told me of this queen's wickedness. I know you are a man of your word. 'I all along flattered myself you loved me. she shall ha ve no more power over you than she has over me.' replied he. and treat you. who inclined her head. and so went forward towards her palace. if she should be p erfidious enough to attempt it. and from whence I was delivered only to enter almost immediately into another. You may depend upon me.' The magic queen did not fail to pass by the old man's shop the next day. (for so he was wont to call him. that I will pass on no farther till I have conquered your obstinacy. but I implore you to lay aside the secrets of that art which you possess in so wonderful a degree. which appeared very doubtful. She would be a fiendish creature indeed. has made me look upon such a fate with horror. if she should deceive me. and the n said softly. for though I must own the re is no great faith to be put in the promises and oaths of so perfidious a quee n.

' This talk gave King Beder to understand that Abdallah had told h im nothing but the truth of Queen Labe: but as it now depended no longer on hims elf to escape the mischief. the old man turned towards him. precious stones. he would have taken his place behind the queen. King Be der commended all he saw. and in various other amusements. he committed himself to divine Providence and the wi ll of Heaven respecting his fate. from whence he observed a garden of surprising beauty. 'thou art much deceived if thou thinkest thine happi ness will last long. It is only to render thy fall most terrible that thou art r aised so high. she caused a b ag of a thousand pieces of gold to be given him. she alighted. but as I find your nephew w orthy of my friendship. At length both began so to be heated wit h wine. They discoursed of indifferent matters. that neither you nor your nephew shall have any cause to be of fended with me. with his eyes fixed on Queen Lab e. where there was nothing to be seen but massy gol d. who was more splendidly dressed than th e day before. and eve n cursed her. but she insisted absolutely upon it. as she had been accustomed to do to all the others. which was of massy go ld. and after having made him an inclination with her head. and sat down at the table. 'Here he is. when the queen caused a cup to be filled for her with ex cellent wine. They began to eat. She took it and drank to King Beder's health.' added she. The magic queen arrived at her palace. and presented it to him.' said he.' said some. who came near her with Abd allah. and made him ride on her left hand. incomparable beauty. without pu tting it out of her hand. 'and I once more repeat the oath I made yesterday. caused it to be filled again. Next morning the women who had served the king presented him with fine linen and a magnificent robe. When King Beder was mounted. ' to be beautiful.' The queen promised he should. At the same time ten of Queen Labe's women entered with musical instruments. presented him to h er majesty. I see plainly. I will show you I am not in any way unworthy of his.' replied the queen. 'The sorceress. and your majesty would reduce me to despair if you should dea l with him as you have done with others. 'you are not yet well enough acquaint ed with me. and to give a further mark of her gratitude. accompanied by her women and the officers. you never saw me yet but through a veil. that King Beder forgot he had to do with a magic queen. 'has got a new subject to exercise her wickedness upon: will Heaven never deliver the world from her tyranny?' 'Poor s tranger!' cried out others. came to receive him. Queen Labe treated King Beder after this manner for forty days. She had caused a horse to be brought (as richly harnessed as her own) for th e King of Persia. and furniture of wonderful magnificence. wit h which they made an agreeable concert. and he could not refuse h er. The queen and King Beder arose. but she would not suffer him. till the qu een was informed that dinner was upon the table. Then she led him ou t into a balcony. and giving her hand to King Beder. The fortieth night she arose without making .' said he within himself.' 'I promise you I will not. Instead of observing a satisfaction in the people's faces at the sight of their sovereign. and taking him by the arm. one's actions ought to correspond. She looked at Abd allah. He excused himself at first fro m receiving them. she set forward o n her march.' Wi th that she threw off her veil and showed King Beder. King Beder took notice that they looked at her with contempt. but so that he might not be discovered to be any other than old Abdallah's nephew. and then. entered with him. and to let him come and see me sometimes. King Beder received it with profound respect. but drank hardly at all till the dessert came.' Whilst King Beder was making these reflections. But King Beder was little charmed. and looked upon her only as the most beautiful queen he ever saw. The queen likewise. 'It is not enough. and by a very low bow signified t o her majesty that he in return drank to her health. madam. 'and I beg of your majesty once more t o remember he is my nephew. She herself showed him all her apartments. and spent the remainder of the day in wa lking in the garden. and they went together to her apartments.hew as my own son. and the dishes of the same metal. whe re they had a good repast brought them.

Abdallah put two cakes into King Beder's hands. instead of sending them home. and carried it into her room. that the sorceress might not discover he was awake. where there was flour. 'nothing is capable of obligi ng a treacherous person to amend. began now to think of him again.' So saying. and believed he had more than ordinary occasion for his advice. after all he had seen the queen do that night. and while the cake was baking. but I observed something last night which gives me just reason to su spect that all her kindness hitherto is but dissimulation. not only you. which she put into a covered baking-pan. and perceiving she had some design upon him. and made a cake. she put up the vessels and boxes in th eir places again. As soon as he was up.' said Abdallah to the king. The earth has borne this monster long enough. 'you have my consent. She opened a chest. and how have you passed your time with that infidel so rceress?' 'Hitherto. You are alarmed in time.' 'Go. but instead of tasting it. she took some of the coals. that. 'are you then already tired. whom the pleasures and amusements of a court had made forget his goo d host Abdallah. however. to the great astonishment of King Beder. she took it off the coals. 'how have you been. but with the company of a queen who is so fond of you as I am?' 'Great queen!' answered King Beder. and set the pan upon them. King Beder. as I well know he does . it is part ly for this reason. which she took from different boxes . with which she made a paste. but all the ad vice you gave me concerning the wickedness of this queen. watched all her motions. I thought of you immediately. I know the way to make the m ischief she intends for you fall upon herself.' This said.any noise and came into his room. but he was awake. 'What! my dear Beder. the rivulet. and on her pronouncing certain words. I will not say with living in so superb a pala ce as mine is. 'Hit herto. and poured it into a basi n. but do not be long before you return .' cried the qu een. he embraced him tenderly. depend upon it. and you could not have done better than to have recourse to me. As soon as they had sat down. appeared no more. and it is now high time she should be treated as she deserves. therefore.' said the queen. but this last action o f hers gives me reason to fear she does not intend to observe any of her promise s or solemn oaths to you. I must needs confess I had almost forgotten. do not refuse to receive it when she offe rs it you. she ordered him a horse richly caparisoned. and begged her majesty to permit him. 'how can I be tired of so many favours and g races as your majesty perpetually heaps upon me? I must own. But fear nothing. 'You told me. As she had taken car e first of all to make a good fire. When the cake was baked. and he departed. without the least suspicion that h e had seen anything of what she had done. which ran a long the end of the room. and King Beder did the same. to stock her forests and parks. where you must find so many pleasures. 'Well. 'I must needs own she has been extraordinarily kind to me. and I having been absent from him now forty days. and I esteem myself happ y in that I have obtained permission to come to you. he expressed a great desire to go and see his uncle. she laid a train of it across the chamber. I w ould not give him reason to think that I consent to remain longer without seeing him. and after that time. my uncle loving me so tenderly.' He related to Abdall ah how and after what manner he had seen her make the cake.' answered King Beder. taking some of the powder. but I thou ght of measures yesterday to prevent her doing you the same harm. break off part of one of the two I shall g . from whence she to ok a little box full of a certain yellow powder. Queen Labe next took up some of the water in a vessel. Old Abdallah was overjoyed to see King Beder.' replied old Abdallah with a smile. and kneaded it for a long time: then she mixed with it certain drugs. to turn them into animals. It is her ordinary pract ice to keep her lovers only forty days.' continued he. it was for you to eat. without once seeing him. bidding him keep them to make use of as he should direct. which showed he did n ot himself believe she would have acted otherwise. 'the sorceress made a cake last night. but take great c are you do not touch it. and then added. Nevertheless.' 'You are not mistaken. but stil l pretended to sleep. He trembled with fear. and it immediately flowed in a rivulet of water.

thinking to move him to compassion. an d throwing it in her face.' The same instant Queen Labe was transformed into a very beautiful mare. and since I have eaten your cake.' King Beder then artfully substituted in the place of the queen's cake the other which old Abdallah had given him. and she no so oner perceived him.' King Beder thanked Abdallah in the most expressive terms. and be turned instantly into a mare. it was absolutely out of his power to repair . I desire you f or my sake to eat a piece of this. than she came in great haste to meet him. were it only to convince you she does n ot mistrust you. 'I can assure your majesty I was no less impatient to rejoin you. which perhaps no mare before had ever been known to do. which she will not refuse to do. H er cheeks reddened. King Beder lost no time. 'Wretch! quit that form of a man. broke off a piece of his cake. "Quit that form you now wear.' 'Madam. and eat that. and throwing it in her face. while he was eating. and cried. as the sorceress saw him swallow one bit of the cake. but I could not refuse to stay a little longer with an uncle that loves me. I was preparing to come and fetch you. and presented it to the queen. which done. though she has given you so much reason to mistrust her. recover yourself. saying. and I wi ll tell you what you shall do afterwards. and take that of such and su ch an animal" as you think fit. If you had stayed ever so little longer. as if what she had done was only to frighten you. 'this is nothing.' 'Fair queen. Upon his arrival. he put it in hi s mouth. to come where love calls me. that she shed tears in great abundance. As for the other cake. who could not better justify herself than by showing this mark of co nfidence in the King of Persia. She bo wed her head to the feet of King Beder. and remained as it we re motionless. 'Abominable sorceress! quit that form of a wom an. take a little water in the hollow of your hand.' replied the queen. I never tasted anything so charming in my life. but I tore myself away from him.' Being near a cascade. As soon as she thinks you have swallowed it. and that he only started for fear. but took water out of the same basin. I cannot suf ficiently acknowledge the favour you do me. and as she saw that she had missed her aim. come to me with the animal. receiving it with great respect. He went to her.' replied King Beder. she will not fail to attempt transforming you into some animal. 'I beg your majest y to accept it. and having broken off a piece. I have only brought away this cake. yet I could not help being surprised. But. She h ad no sooner swallowed it than she appeared much troubled. 'let us drop this.' answered King Beder. but before I taste it.' continued he. when she sees that she will immediately turn the thing into a joke. said. Of all he p repared for me. and her confusion was so great to find herself in that condition. But she will conceal a mortal gr ief in her heart. but she will not succeed. I on ly did it to see what you would say. mada m. would you do me the favour to taste mine?' Queen Labe. throwing it in the king's face. I did not intend you any harm.' 'Powerful queen. and ready to eat another. and took his leave of him and returned to the palace. 'Ah! queen.' King Beder had wrapped up one of the two cakes in a handkerchief ver y neatly.ive you. When s he has eaten of it. 'persuaded as I am that what your majesty did was only to divert yourself. he understood that the queen w aited for him with great impatience in the garden. He would have kept me still l onger. you shall make a present of it to her and press her to eat it. but though he could have been so moved. took it out. say. which I have made for you during your absence . blind and lame. and ate it. 'and will eat it with ple asure for your and your good uncle's sake. and think she omitted something in the composition of her cake . and take that of a vile horse. which I desire your majesty to accept. cried. she took a little water in the palm of her hand. 'Dear Beder. the sorceress was strangely surprised to find King Beder still in the same form. 'My dear Beder!' s aid she.' 'I do accept it with all my heart. and had not seen me for so long a time.' replied King Beder. unobserved.' cr ied she.' These words not having the desired effect. 'it seems ages since I have been separated from you.

'it is necessary you should know one thing. I should think yours were the same. whom the king asked what cause she had to lament so much. sorely afflicted to find himself thus trapped by his rash offer. 'do not refuse me this favour. you have no reason to stay any longer in this city: mount the mare. The young King of Persia no sooner got out of the city. than he began to reflect with joy on the deliverance he had had. and as they were discoursing together. 'I am heartily sorry I cannot comply with your request: my mare is not to be sold. Three days after he arrived at a great city. seeing the old woman so poorly dressed. 'do you not perceive I have been bantering you all this while? I a ssure you my mare is not to be sold. This made him cause tw o horses to be saddled. who had one for every horse. and return to yo ur kingdom. and as soon as King B eder had sent back the groom with the two horses. and the other for himself.' replied King Beder. seeing at a distance King Beder coming with the mare. 'Good wom an. and she could quickly fetch the rest. My son and I will certainly die with grief if you do not grant it. King Beder and the old man left off discoursing. bade him tell over the money. and thank you too. I believe you w ould hardly give a thousand pieces of gold for her.' The old woman immediately unloosed a purse she had fastened to h er girdle. ' it is because your mare resembles so perfectly one my son had. He led her into the stable belonging to the palace. he met a venerable old man. ali ghted with great regret. and entered the shop. and I could not sell her for less. be sure not to give up the bridle. 'Heaven has at length punished thee as thou deserves t. was not small. and desiring him to alight. which I f ind you are ignorant of. who had given him so much cause to tremble. wept and sighed bitterly at the si ght of the mare. he said to him. where.' 'Alas! sir. Abdall ah. on any account whatsoever. who. He related to him the whole matter. now began to speak. embracing and thanking him for all the signal services he had done him. I beseech you: I will give you more than she is worth. Sell her to me. and this you had better do without any noi se. if I was d isposed to part with so good a beast. I have but one thing more to recommend to you. you need only say you will take it.' sa id the old man.' replied she. and delivering your mare. stopping likewise. 'Go. Abdallah. did I not kno w she was dead. 'may I presume to ask from what part of the world you come?' The king stopped to tell him. stopping him. who had been witness to all that was said.' 'Good woman. one for the groom. he said.' 'Why should I not give so much?' replied the old woman: 'if that be the lowest p rice. which I still mou rn the loss of on his account. and the mare is yours. an old woman came up. not one would fit her.' King Beder alighted at Abdallah's door. and imme .' said he.' continued the old woman.the mischief he had done.' King Beder.' 'Good mother. but of all the bridl es which the groom tried upon her. bridled the mare himself. and having taken leave of the good old man. and I will fetch you the money. 'Son . a nd put her into the hands of a groom. entering the suburbs. to look at the old woman. if you s hould ever happen to part with the mare. 'Hateful sorceress!' said he immediately to him self in a transport of joy. at the sight of this purse. 'My lord. she said her house was not far off. and that is. therefore to try her. and told him that he could find no bridle fit for the mare.' King Beder. and the gr oom led the mare after him to old Abdallah's. could not imagine she could find the money. You cannot re fuse taking this good woman's money.' replied the king. and that is. but if I were so disposed. when she gives yo u the sum according to the agreement. 'I would grant it with all my heart. that in this city it is not permitted to a ny one to tell a lie. and in case he found it came short of the sum demanded. The old woman stood ready to seize the bridle. 'Sir. to bridle and saddle. on pain of death.' quoth he to King Beder. than expose yourself to what may happen. doubted not but he had done what he advised him.' Kin g Beder promised to remember it. he departed. 'Alas! sir. The surprise of King Beder. fetch me the money.' The old man. and that he had the sorceress in his po wer.

under the power of Queen Labe. lifted her up into the air. Immediately rose a genie of gigantic form and stature.' These words were followed b y the effect. had no sooner embraced her daughter. gave him both meat and drink. 'the king your nephew. and taking some water in her hand. who swooned as soon as he s aw Queen Labe appear. and the drums t o beat. He instructed the woman. who was mother to Queen Labe. 'Daughter. and the old woman with the magic queen on the other. 'I command you to preserve the life of King Beder. and got in an instant to the palace of the ma gic queen. Queen Gulnare had ordered the woman who brought her the news of Queen Labe's tra nsforming and imprisoning her son to follow her closely. she commanded the trumpets to sound. son of Queen Gulnare. telling her how much she was obliged to her for the service she had done. and there immediately arose a vast giant. and bade her go. and give him neither meat nor drink. where he placed her on the terrace near the apartm ent where Queen Gulnare was. He also called to his assistance the genies. Queen Gulnare was so overjoyed at the news. and re-assume thine own. and in the confusion. and King Beder. fo r there is no time to be lost. from a stream tha t ran in the middle of the street. is in the City of Enchan tments. Take care not to frighten her when you come before her and tell her from me what she ought to do. and transport immediately to the capital of Persia the compassionate woman w ho has the cage in custody. As soon as the two armies were joined. threw it in his face with these words. where the magic queen. and the princesses. with f our wings. The old woman. 'C ome out of that shape. and without regarding what the queen ordered.' said she to him. if the old man had not ca ught him. ' said Abdallah to him (for so was the genie called). The woman took the cage. They then lifted themselves up into the air. his allies.' said she. This genie took K ing Beder on one shoulder.' The tran sformation was effected in a moment.' Lightning immediately disappeared. Then immediately going out. Go to the palace of the magic que en. and of her design to destroy both him an d King Beder. who. whom Quee n Farasche had caused to come speedily thither by a certain fumigation. Queen Guln are. This order was executed as . presenting himself before him.diately unbridled the mare. he put himself at the head of them. She went downstairs to the apartment. my dear son. so that she may inform Queen Gulnare of the danger t he king her son is in. she went and embraced the good woman. and had instructed her in all her m agic secrets. were destroyed in an instant. ungrateful wretch . Abdallah knew no common measures would do with Queen Labe: he therefore did but whistle after a certain manner.' King Saleh forthwith assembled a powerful body of his marine troops. to acquaint the city that the King of Persia would suddenly return safe to his kingdom. and immediately she commanded one of her women to shut up the owl in a cage. would have fallen to the ground. and being old Abdallah's friend. she threw it in the mare's face. that he might give orders to prevent it and save himself. who soon ro se out of the sea. but taking water in her hand. 'Brother . and she there found Queen Gulnare and Queen Farasche her mother lamenting their misfortunes. She made them a profound obeisance and they soon understood the great need that King Beder was in of their assistance. seize the cage. than to show her fury. who appeared with a much more numerous army than his own. and found King Saleh her brother. uttering the se words. her mo ther. and soon p oured down on the palace and City of Enchantments. quit that strange shape. The magic queen immediately fell upon King Beder. with Queen Farasche. and take that of a vile owl. and bring it to her. asked what he wanted. she wh istled. 'Lightning. and transported them in a few minutes to the palace of Queen Labe in the City of Enchantments. She then went again.' She said no more. 'Is it thus. and the occasion he has for her assistance. 'that thou and thy unworthy uncle repay me for all the kindnesses I have done for you? I shall soon make you both feel what you deserve. and all the adorers of fire. she sent him word privatel y how the queen had treated his nephew. that rising from her seat. Both you and I must go to deliver him. and transported her to the capital of Persia.

the palace shoo k.' Strictly as the King of Samandal had been kept during his captivity by King Sale h's orders. and do not repent of the present I then made her. 'My obligations to you. I have seen her. s he said. and we shall soon see whether he be still of the same untra ctable temper. to whom she had bee n indebted for the recovery of the King of Persia. and the King of Pe rsia and she took care of their welfare. 'It is no longer King Saleh that demands of your majesty the honour of your al liance for the King of Persia. sir. and resume thy natural one of a man. sir. she said. But I hold her excused. have been so great. who was present. but after a li ttle considering. and I cannot think she will now oppose it. You have no doubt heard that I have already given my heart to the Princess of Samandal. But it may be the Kin g of Samandal has changed his mind. This marriage occasioned the King of Persia to speak thus to the queen: 'Madam. as she sprinkled a little water upon him. yet he always had great respect shown him. but King Beder her son. said.' replied Queen Gulnare.' In a moment Queen Gulnare no more saw the hideous owl. As soon as the smoke began to arise. saying. S he immediately embraced him with an excess of joy. and the King of Persia will give me leav e to reside at his court. The king your uncle need only have the King of Samandal brought. 'it is to no purpose for them to take all that pain s.' The King of Samandal did not long suffer the King of Persia to remain at his fee t. 'My dear son. into which he threw a certain composition. T he King of Persia cast himself at the King of Samandal's feet.' 'Son. as a token of my acknowledgment. . She has always been obedient to my will.' 'Great queen. Queen Gulnare's first care was to look out for old Abdallah. She could not find in her hea rt to let him go. l ive. 'I am heartily glad of this match which your majesty has just made. Th ere remains one more. and his daughter the princess may consent to love me when she sees her father has agreed to it. 'I should be very sorry to ha ve contributed in the least to the death of a monarch who is so worthy to live. you mean. neither earth nor sea. and the gen ies who were still present. and I am sure your majesty will not persist in being the cause of th e death of a king who can no longer live if he does not share life with the amia ble Princess Giauhara. with King Saleh's officers. can furnish a princess like her. quit that strange form.' Speaking these words. and bring her to him immediately.' 'Madam. it is the King of Persia himself that humbly begs that boon. He embraced him and obliging him to rise. to go and look for the Princess Giauhara. It is true that she treated me in a way that would have extinguished any affecti on less strong than mine.' said she. If it be true that so precious a life cannot be preserved without my daughter.' replied King Beder. and kneeling said . and Queen Farasche was obliged to force him from her in her tu rn. 'if only the Princess Giauhara can make you happy.' Then turning. uttering at the same time some mysterious words. 'Go. When he was brought to her. After her. appeared. son? I consent to it with all m y heart.' Then the queen turned to the lady.' Queen Gulnare did not at first comprehend what marriage he meant. worthy of the king my son. that there is nothing in my power that I would not freely do for you. it is not my design to oppose you.' said he. and finding that she was not averse to the match proposed. he was likewise embraced by the king his uncle and his relations. 'Of yours. and was become very famil iar with the officers who guarded him. in my opinion.' replied Abdallah. to find out the most lovely and amiable princess. and co me and tell us. he ordered one of his officers. after I had had the king her father imprisoned. 'if the lady whom I sent to your majesty will b ut consent to the marriage I offer her. King Saleh caused a chafing-dish of coals to be brought. and looking on her brother's sea attendants. and Queen Gulnare was no sooner in possession of the cage than she o pened it and took out the owl. she caused them to join hands. Do but tell me in what I can serve you. she could not treat me with le ss rigour. and immediately the King of Samandal.she wished. 'and traverse both sea and land. In a word.' said he. 'she is yours. whom King Saleh had permitted to be about him. I will spend the remainder of my days in his service. which I desire you to think of.

and the troubles they would create if they persisted. to some neighbouring prince. and was thinking seriously about it. who resumed their or iginal forms as soon as ever that queen ceased to live. But that prince had not been married long before he died. I think it would be best. I will give each of you a sum befitting your rank and the purchase of the curiosity you search. if you will but follow my advice. distinguished her among all the prince sses of her time. and as I have no inclination to force her to marry any of you. I shall always be ready to obey you. The King of Persia returned to his capital with Queen G ulnare. attended by a trusty officer dressed lik e a slave. proposed to get her married. when she arrived at a proper age. out of brotherly love and friendship. They were all sons of kings or princes. each dressed like a merchant. that they might be ready to set out early the next morning. where her singular beauty and personal accomplishments. I have provided a husband for you. King Saleh at length conducted the King of Samandal to his dominions. Queen Farasche. The sultan. he di d all he could to persuade them to abide by a declaration of the princess in fav our of one of them. and took leave of the sultan. not inclination. the youngest Ahmed. with the g reater solemnity in that all the lovers of the magic queen. and brought her up in his palace with the three princ es. I have thought of a plan which will please you all.The princess had remained where the King of Persia had left her. and put hi m in possession of them. and Queen Farasche and the princesse s continued there till King Saleh came to reconduct them to his kingdom under th e waves of the sea. and the princesses. and said. and left the princess very you ng. He wa s very much concerned. owing to the difficulty he foresaw whether the two younge r would consent to yield to their elder brother. The Princess Nouronnihar was the daughter of the younger brother of the sul tan. and I hope the King of Persia will forget my ill-treatment of him. and preserve union amon g you. if every one travelled separately into a different country. the most accomplished monarch at present in the universe. here was once a sultan of India who had three sons.' As the three princes were always submissive and obedient to the sultan's will. the second Ali. and for travelling expenses. and said to them. The sultan. The sultan gave them the money he promised.' The wedding was celebrated in the palace of the City of Enchantments. or to suffer her to be married to a foreign prince. that forced me to it. since I have not been able to persuade you no longer to aspire to marry the princess your cousin. all well mounted and equipped. Queen Gulnare. 'your majesty well knows I never have pres umed to disobey your will in anything. These. so that you might not meet each o ther: and as you know I delight in every thing that is rare and singular. and consider it w as duty. But as h e found them obstinate. to whom the sultan in his lifetime allowed a considerable revenue. or persons of high rank. I prom ise my niece in marriage to him that shall bring me the most extraordinary curio sity. The King of Samandal embraced h er. and the princess his niece. took upon himself the care of his niece's education. joined to a sprightl y disposition and irreproachable conduct. came to return their tha nks to the King of Persia. her uncle. and that very day they issued orders in preparation for their travels. Nouronni har. The eldest of the princes was called Ho ussain. and brought her with her women. and after having remonstrated on the impossibility of one princess being the wi fe of three persons.' replied the Princess Giauhara.' 'Sir. The officer soo n perceived her. They went the first day's journey toge . 'Childr en. THE THREE PRINCES AND THE PRINCESS NOURONNIHAR. they all consented. with the princess his niece. He spoke to each of them apart. when he perceived that the three princes his sons had all fallen in love with her. They all went out at the same gate of the city. were the ornaments of his court. Th e preference he has given you over all other Princesses obliges us both to expre ss our gratitude. 'Daughter. and King Saleh. he sent for them all together. it is the King of Pe rsia you see there. a nd each flattered himself that fortune would favour him.

and oth er precious stones exposed for sale. he was much more surprised when he came to judge of the wealth of the whole kingdom by considering that except the Brahmins and ministers of th e idols. and not to part with it for less. and ornaments about their legs and feet. the capital of the kingdom of that name a nd the residence of its king. emeralds. and sometimes through populous and fert ile countries. He lodged at a khan appointed for foreign merchant s. after three months travelling with different caravans. and a mercha nt civilly invited him to sit down in his shop. there was not an Indian . and to make that inn their rendezvous. street by street. as well as the craftsmen. about six feet square. but had n ot been seated long before he saw a crier pass by with a piece of carpet on his arm. made of pearls and other pre cious stones. who did not wear necklaces. but when he came to the shops of the golds miths and jewellers (for those two trades were exercised by the same merchants). silks and brocades from Persia. some times over deserts and barren mountains.' replied the crier. But if he was amazed at seeing so many rich es in one place. diamonds.' 'Certainly. 'Sir. is perfectly perfumed. The next morning by break of day. and cry it at thirty purses.' 'You have guessed right. and flowe rs. After Prince Houssain had run through the quarter. and divided into several streets.' At this the Prince of the Indies. and all that dealt i n the same sort of merchandise. who crowded the streets. porcelain from Japa n and China. Another thing Prince Houssain particularly admired was the great number of rosesellers. thoug . that not one will stir without a nosegay in his hand.ther. and having learnt that there were four principal quarters where merchants of all sorts kept their shops. however large. they mounted their horses. and. and yet very light. as the centre of the city. or a garland on his head . and splendour of the kingdom of Bisnagar. and the merchants keep them in pots in their shops. riches. and asked to see the carpet. the y should all return together. The shops were all of the same size and proportion. or rather th e king's palace. streng th. through the extent of that kingdom. bent his course towards th e Indian coast. where the road divided into three different tr acks. surrounded by three courts. 'it must have something very extraordinar y about it. he was dazzled by the lustre of the pearls. rubies. The multitude of shops stocked with the finest linens from several parts of Indi a. your amazement will be greater when I tell you I have orders t o raise it to forty purses. It was large. foot carpets of all sizes. At night when they were at supper together. the eldest brother. all vaulted and shaded from the sun. with men. his thought s fully occupied by the riches he had seen. which seemed to him to be valued at an exo rbitant price. in the midst of which stood the castle. some painted in the brightest colours. for the Indians are such lovers of that flower . China. and slept at the first inn. 'and will own as much when you come to know that whoever sits on this piece of carpet may be transported in an instant wherever he desires to go without being stopped by any obstacle. The crier. The prince called to th e crier. replied. he arrived at Bisnagar. When he had examined it well. who took him for a merchant.--all this surprised him so much that he knew not how to believe his own eyes. Prince Houssain. landscapes. considering that the principal motive of his j ourney was to carry some singular curiosity home to the sultan his father. he went to one of these quarters the n ext day. and each gate two leagues distant from the other. they agreed to travel for a ye ar. he was very much tired. and other places. who profess a life retired from worldly vanity. if this price seems so ex travagant to you. who had heard wonders of the extent. but the meanness of the stuff. man or woman. after they had e mbraced and wished each other good success. so that the air of the who le quarter. sir.' answered Prince Houssain. Prince Houssain could not see this quarter without admiration. that the first that came should wait for the rest. He accepted the offer. that as they had all three taken leave together of the sultan. lived in one street. bracelets. not only for its size. which I know nothing of. he told the crier that he could not comprehend how so small a nd poor a piece could be priced so high. trees. and each took a different road.

strength. and the government. But as I suppose you have not so much with you. I shall receive it as a favo ur. they both sat down on the c arpet. as far as the eye . and was preferred before them all by the sultan. by sitting on this carpet. he found himself and the crier there. and gave him twenty pieces for himself. Every night and morning there were ceremonies performed in this temple. It was ten cubits square. with the leave of the master of the sh op we will go into his back shop. as I am paid for my trouble by the seller. all built of brass. surrounded with a small wall breast high. which was a delicious garden full of r oses and the choicest flowers. met in a plain of vast extent. The rest of his time the prince spent in seeing what was most remarkable in and about the city. 'If the carpet. if we are not transported thither it shall be no bargain. and among other things he visited a temple. and having obtain ed the master's leave. and a s he was handsome. in a village in the midst of a plain of about ten acres. and was overj oyed that on his arrival at Bisnagar he had found so rare a treasure. 'has the virtue you assign it. and figures of idols from top to bottom. with a dome about fifty cubits high. This assembly. which he n ever doubted would gain him the Princess Nouronnihar. built of red marble. his younger brothers. I shall no t think forty purses too much but shall make you a present besides. as they had agreed. who asked him about the Sultan of the Indies. and as soon as the prince wished to be transported into his room at the k han. and riches of his dominions.' 'Sir. by experiment. which might be seen for several leagues round. who remained incognito. singing. and that I must go with you to the khan where you lodge. bas-reliefs. and fifteen high. they went into his back shop. The inside of the dome w as adorned with three rows of fine paintings.' said he to the crier. set so artificially. It was in his power. but as he was obliged to wait for his b rothers. of massy gold: its eyes were two rubies. and be very much obliged to you for it. to meet with anyt hing to compare with it. and when we have both sat down. to keep the cattle out. It was a custom of the King of Bisnagar to give audience to all strange merchant s once a week. Besides this. saw him often. concerts. and it will be an easy mat ter to convince you of it. a man's height . and the greatest ornament to it was an idol of the height of a man. in good taste: and there was not a place in the whole temple but was embellished with paintings. In this manner Prince Houssain became the possessor of the carpet. highly polished. and twenty broad. he counted to the crier forty purses of gold. on whichever sid e they turned. and as he was curious to see the King of Bisnagar a nd his court. command ers of fortified places. which we re always succeeded by sports. which was celebrated every year at the court of Bisnagar. there was another not less curious.' replied the crier. were obliged to be present. and you have formed the wish to be transported into your room at the khan. and I will spread the carpet. as soon as you have made the bargain for forty purses . and Prince Houssain. customs. and feasts. so nicely paved that the whole pavement seemed to be but one single stone.ht that be could not meet with anything which could give him more satisfaction. A t emple was erected in the middle of this terrace. that it seemed to look at those who looked at it. and the Brahmins most celebrated for their learning. dancing. The minis ters of the temple and the inhabitants of the place had nothing to live on but t he offerings of pilgrims. composed of innu merable multitudes of Indians. and religion of the kingdom. As to your present. and extremely polite. he chose to make a longer abode there. and to learn about the laws. at which all the governors of provinces. Prince Houssain was also spectator of a solemn feast. It was thirty cubits long. and some lived so far off that they were four months in coming. to be a t the place of rendezvous that very day. and concluded the bargain. In short he looked upon it as an impossible thing for the princes. and as he wanted no more convincing p roof of the virtue of the carpet. 'I have told you the truth. In the midst of this plain was raised a terrace.' The prince accepted the conditions. clever. all the governors and judges of towns. who came in crowds from the most distant parts of the kingdom to perform their vows. he easily distinguished himself among the merchants.

P rince Ali took a walk into that quarter of the town where they sold precious sto nes. if I did not know you were a sensible man. even flies and gnats. at some little distance from each other. raised for the king and his court. arched over. which was at Schiraz called the bezestein. were tran sported to the inn at which he and his brothers were to meet. At first he thought the crier mad. and after four months' travelling arrived at Schiraz. Aft er he had paid the master of the khan for his apartment. p laying and beating time with his trunk to the music. which seems not to be worth much. who asked me if you were in your right senses. which was laid across a strong beam about ten feet high. each having upon his back a square wooden castle.' answered the merchant. travelled into Persia with a caravan. which was then the capital of the ki ngdom of Persia. where he would have seen other wonders.could reach. But he was so well satisfied with what he had seen. Inside.' Prince Ali accepted the merchant's obliging offer. the second brother. silks. wh ile he kept time with the music by the motions of his body and trunk. as soon as he had wished. a nd on the outside were painted fine landscapes. who stood at the door. and said to the merchant. two feet high. Prince Houssain might have made a longer stay in the kingdom and court of Bisnag ar. went to a shop. passed for a jeweller.' . at thirty pu rses: I should be very much amazed myself. with a great weight at the other end which balanced him. and those strangers whom he admitte d to audience once a week. finely gilt. it must be worth as much. and pointing to the prince. in the meantim e sit down on my sofa and rest yourself. sir. 'he was in his right senses yesterday. is not that man ma d? If he is not. and supported by large pillars. and if he cries the ivory tube at t hirty purses. The next morning. and we will call him. and told him the hour w hen he might come for the key. while the merchants were opening their bales of merchandise. Besides this. he was not a little surprised to see one who held in his hand a n ivory tube about a foot in length and about an inch thick. and insects. were drawn as naturally as possible. gold and silver work. and lodged in the same khan with them. and cried it at thi rty purses. in which were musicians and actors. It was a spacious and well-built place. or more. r epresenting grotesque figures. were ranged a thousand elephants. and the most employed of any when anything valuable is to be sold. he shut the door. said to h im. and bodies of these elephants were painted with cinnabar and other colours. On each side of the square. Prince Ali soon rambled through the bezeste in. and presently the crier passe d by. I am very much deceived. where on he and his brothers had appointed to meet. and I can assure you he is one of the ablest criers we have. In the centre of this plain was a square of great length and breadt h. sumptuously harnessed. Othe r scaffolds of at least four or five stories. and his thoughts ran so much upon the Princess Nouronnihar. were shops. th at he fancied he should be the more easy and happy the nearer he was to her. Prince Ali. 'Tell that gentleman. what yo u mean by crying that ivory tube. and. He will come by presently. bir ds. he and the officer he had brought with him sat down on it. brocades. sir. and to make sure. for some reason or other which does not appear. where he passed fo r a merchant till they came. ear s. supported by forty pillars. without telling him how he should go. The merchant called him by his name. and painted almost all alike. 'Pray. The trunks. and spreading the carpet. form ed the other three sides. along the wa lls. and having on the way made friends with some merchants. But among all the criers who passed backwards and forwards with several sorts of things to sell. and with admiration judged of the riches of the place by the prodigious quan tities of most precious merchandise there exposed to view. he admired an other elephant as big. and other choice and va luable merchandise. it was adorned and furnished magnificently. wherein all sorts of beasts. closed on one side by a large scaffolding of nine stories.' 'Indeed. within and without. put the key on the outside. fine linens. But what Prince Houssain most of all admired was to see the largest of these ele phants stand with his four feet on a post fixed into the earth. standing on a board. till the last day of the year.

with her w omen about her. and this is done after the ea siest manner in the world. to support her family. cry it at five-and-thi rty purses. 'observe that this tube is furnished with a glass at both ends. who had an artificial apple in his hand. he would take hi m to his employer.' 'If one may believe you. if he should neglect it. 'if you look at the outside of this apple. he said. and saw her laughing. 'the virtues of this apple are w onderful. 'Sir. if he disputed the truth of what he said. presenting the ivory tube to the prince. and as he had the ivory tube in his hand. into the bezestein.' said the prince. and hear what they say.' pursued the crier. and. as there was noth ing in the world so dear to him. plague.' replied Prince Ahmed. ask all these merchants you see here. but if you consider the great use and benefit i t is to mankind. Prince Ali needed no other proof to persuade him that this tube was the most val uable thing. 'Let me see that apple. and. said. where he found Prince Houssain. He immediately beheld him in perfect health. after the sultan. merely by the patient smelling the apple. as the Princess Nouronnihar.' The crier showed him. pleurisy. who may wish to become the purchaser. or other malignant distempers. you shall judge yoursel f whether I am or no. without going any further. so tell m e the lowest price the seller has fixed upon it.' 'I am. When the caravan was ready to set out. but he died suddenly himself . by looking through one of them you see what ever object you wish to behold. counted out the money. as his brot hers would not be able to meet with anything so rare and marvellous. you are not the only pe rson that takes me for a madman on account of this tube. He thought now of visiting the court of Persia incognito. he wished to see her. First. his father. but in all the world. Prince Ali was overjoyed at his bargain. and I will pay yo u the money. as his brothers had done. before he could apply his own sovereign remedy. and t ell me what virtue or extraordinary property it has. when I have told you its peculiarity. 'I am very sorry that I should have entertained so bad an opinion of you.' The crier assured him that his last orders were to take no less th an forty purses. to be valued at so high a r ate. 'the thing is known and averred by the whole city of S amarcand. and he looked through. wishing at the same ti me to see the sultan. the prince joined them. It cures all sick persons of the most mortal diseases. 'Show me at which of these ends I must look. It is the result of the study and experience of a celebrated philosopher of this city.' 'Sir. in the midst of his council. it is very ordinary. and in a pleasant humour. and it is indeed valuable: but what ground has a plain man like myself . Come with me. Afterwards. s itting on his throne. and said to him. He stopped the crier. and persuaded himself that. Prince Ahmed took the road to Samarcand.' . and seeing whatever was curious in and about Schiraz. to be persuaded that there is no decepti on or exaggeration in the high praise you bestow on it?' 'Sir. and left his wife and a great many young children behind him in very indifferent circumstances. took him to the khan where he lodged . He said to the crier. and provide for her children. and arrived without any accident or trouble at the place of rendezvous. and both waited for Pri nce Ahmed. He had not walked long before h e heard a crier. who applied himself all his life to the knowledge of plants and minerals. you will say it is invaluable. several of them would not have been alive this day if th ey had not made use of this excellent remedy. putting it into his hand. 'ready to make you all proper reparation for the scanda l I have thrown on you. sir. till the carava n with which he came returned back to the Indies. He who possesses it is master of a great treasure. but hope to make you amends by buying the tube. fever. it will immediately restore him to perfect health.' said the crier. and received the tube. and the day after his arrival there wen t. he would never meet again with such another r arity. but. and at last performed such surpri sing cures in this city as will never be forgotten. addressing himself to Prince Ali. the Princes s Nouronnihar would be his wife. not only in the city of Schiraz. and he belie ved that. she has resolved to sell it.The crier.' replied the crier. if the patient is dying. The prince believed him. if you will make the truth of what you say appear'.

'you are mistaken: I resided at one pla ce over four or five months. and ma ke you agree that it is so. because I do not see that your baggage is increased.' 'I tell you the truth. but believ e it to be some trifle. they embraced and complimented each other on the happine ss of meeting together at the place they set out from. said to Prince Ahmed. 'and it is a riddle which I shall not explain till our brother Ahmed comes. let us not conceal from each other t he curiosities we have brought home. When Prince Ahmed came. who had orders to sell it at that price. and therefore agreed to wait till Prince Ahmed arrived. with out being in the least apprehensive that what you have got is better. 'I will tell you that the rarit y which I have brought from my travels to the kingdom of Bisnagar.' Prince Ali would not enter into a dispute with Prince Houssain. 'Then certainly you have not been very far. 'you made a short stay there. and for its fertility in fruit of all sorts. which looks but ordinary and makes no show. Then Prince Houssain. and as you seem to make what you have brought a secret.' added Prince Houssain. that we may do ourselves jus tice beforehand and see to which of us the sultan our father may give the prefer ence. and one among th e rest said he had a friend dangerously ill.' The experiment succeeded. if his perspective glass were not preferable. so called from the river which waters it. it was impossible it shoul d be inferior. and is reckoned by the Ara bians to be one of the four paradises of this world.' said Prince Houssain. The crier. but show them. is the carpet on which I sit.' said Prince Houssain. when I have de . 'I cannot comprehend how you c an have been three months here. and the apple shall be yours. 'Come. let us go and make the experiment. you cannot take it amiss that I do the sam e. and the other had delivered the apple to him. especially the valle y of Sogda.' 'And pray what have you brought?' replied Prince Ali. as you would make me believe. Prince Ali. as the elder brother.' replied Prince Houssain. In the m eantime he saw all that was curious in and about Samarcand. and the prince. 'to exc el all others whatever. brother. and should not have any objection to show it you. but was persuade d that. we shall have time enough hereafter to enter tain ourselves with the particulars of our travels: let us come to that which is of the greatest importance for us to know. to produc e his purchase. 'for I can see nothing but an ordinary piece of carpet. But we oug ht to wait till our brother Ahmed arrives. who was there some time before Prince Ahmed. asked Prince Houssain.' replied Prince Ali.While the crier was telling Prince Ahmed the virtues of the artificial apple. 'Brothers. and confirmed what he said. that we may all communicate our good fortune to each other. then I will let you know what curiosi ty I have brought home from my travels. 'but only assure you I was more than three months travelling to the place I went to. and a rrived in perfect health at the inn where the Princes Houssain and Ali were wait ing for him. which was a favourable opportunity to show Prince Ahmed the experiment. At last Prince Ahmed joined the first caravan that returned to the Indies. 'To set the example. who got there first. how long he had been there.' continued Prince Houssain. with which you cover your sofa. and might have stayed longer. and at the same time tell you how I came by it.' 'I will tell you nothing now.' 'Indeed. and all the other pleasures enjoyed there in the fine season. Upon which Pri nce Ahmed told the crier he would give him forty purses if he cured the sick per son by letting him smell at it. a great many persons came about them. he told him three months: to wh ich he replied. waited with the grea test impatience for the first caravan that should return to the Indies. for the beauty of its field s and gardens and fine palaces. after he had counted out to the crier forty purses. whose life was despaired of.' replied Prince Ali again.' 'I consider the rarity which I have purchased. it is an undoubted fact that it will always have the same effect as it already has had in recovering from death many sick persons whose life was despaired of. sir. said. I know not what you have got.' 'Unless you flew back. but.' 'But then.

that property you speak of. 'make trial of it yourself. It cost me as much. sit down on it by me. be it ever so far off. presentin g the tube to him. I made the experiment myself before I paid down the forty purses. Prince Houssain would not give them time to ask what was th e matter. Come. just as if she had awaked out of a sound sleep. When Prince Ahmed saw that the Princess Nouronnihar's end was so near. if a sick person smells it. an d went to the bed-side. in another wa y. Whoever sits on it as we do. were extremely surprised to see his countenance change suddenly with extraordi nary pain and grief. and said. t he object of all our vows. said to them. is immediately carried thit her. brother. and to know h ow she was.' Here Prince Houssain ended.' replied Prince Houssain. th e princess opened her eyes. we may preserve her life. here is an ivory tube. and can show you its wonde rful effect on the Princess Nouronnihar. I made use of no other means than this wonderful carpet for myself and se rvant. Take the tube. and turned her head from one side to another. to see the Princess Nouronnihar. Some moments after. and perceived the prin cess dying. that your carpet is one of the most surprising things imaginable. the Princess Nouronnihar. and you will be so just as to own that I have not been cheated. though in the last agonies. as people who had got into a part of the pala ce where they were not allowed to come. The presence of the three princes. as did also the other two princes. if we make all haste to assist her. But you must allow that there ma y be other things. behold for yourselves the miserable state she is in. and showing it to the princes his brothers. and all three framed the same wish. Prince Ali and Prince Ahmed went and sat down by Prince Houssain. and to convince you there are. and were transported into the Princess Nouronnihar's chamber. and asked to be dressed. Her women informed h . for they did not know them at first. I have made the experiment. it restores him to pe rfect health immediately. and when I had fully satisfied my curiosity at the court of Bisnagar. 'Princes. and Prince Ali said. I will show you both the experiment whenever you please. The opportunity now pre sents itself to show you its wonderful virtue.' added Prince Ali. and clapped that end to his eye which Prince Ali showed him. when you know by experience that by looking at on e end you see whatever you wish to behold. and I am as well satisf ied with my purchase as you can be with yours.' Prince Houssain took the ivory tube from Prince Ali. but cried out. and join us at t he palace. than he rose off the tapestry. who were so little expected. 'This apple which you see here cost as much as either the carpet or tube. you will be struck with admiration. Take it. I expect you to tell me whether what you have b rought is to be compared to this carpet. 'I must own. when Prince Ali and Prince Ahmed.' 'If that is all. Not to keep you longer in suspens e. who were all in tears. presented it to Prince Ahmed. if it has. she then rose up in the bed. and will confess you never heard of anything like it. surrounded by her women and attendants. and had a mind to r eturn. but at least as wonderful. lookin g at the persons who stood about her. as I do not doubt in the least. who could not comprehend by what enchantment thr ee men should be among them. I will not say more.' Then he took out the artificial ap ple. lo se no time. but provided we make haste and lose no time. 'Alas! princes. to what purpose have we undertaken long and fatiguing journeys? In a few moments our lovely princess will breathe her l ast. 'we cannot make more haste than by tr ansporting ourselves instantly into her room by the means of my carpet.clared its virtues to you.' Prince Ali took the tube out of Prince Houssain's hand and after he had looked. and the attend ants were ready to fall upon them. but they presently recollected and found their mistake. which appears to the ey e no more a rarity than your carpet. who kept their eyes fixed upon him . frightened the p rincess's women and attendants. Prince Ahmed no sooner saw himself in Nouronnihar's room. is indeed at death's door. and desires to be transported to any place.' As soon as the order was given. who can tell you how long we were coming hither. and put the apple under her nose. he addres sed himself to his two brothers. it is large enough to hold us all three: but f irst let us give orders to our servants to set out immediately. I saw her in her bed.

And though it was bel ieved that he shot the farthest.er. that she was obliged to the three princes her cousins. the princess my niece is obliged to your artificial ap ple for her cure. wi thout interrupting them. to make the matter ev ident and certain. the ivory tube. and afterwards Prince Ahmed in particular. 'you see that I must have recourse to other means to determine with certainty in the choice I ought to make among you. my children. they begged him to pronounce their fate. and declare to which of them he would g ive the Princess Nouronnihar for a wife. so. as the eldest. Prince Houssain. notwithstanding his remonstrances. and as there is time enough between this and night. and I declare I will give the Princess Nouronnihar to him that shoots the farthest. When th ey were out of his presence. they each provided themselves with a bow and arrow. whom he loved as if she had been his own da ughter. I cannot grant the princess to any one of you. and Prince Ahmed the artificial apple. the princes presented each the curiosity which he had brought: Prince Houssa in his carpet. Prince Ali his ivory tube. and thanked them all toget her. You must also grant that that knowledge would have been of no service without the artifi cial apple and the carpet. for the presents you brought me. and repair to the great plain outside the city. and shot first. there is a perfect equality. Therefore. and being well informed of what had happened in relatio n to the Princess Nouronnihar's cure. The sultan did not make them wait long. Prince Ali. and pay their respects to him. however. informed you and your brothers that you were likely to l ose the princess your cousin.' added the sultan. wh ere the horses are exercised. The sultan received and embraced them with the greatest joy. a nd Prince Ahmed had not applied his artificial apple. if I could do so with justice. which he had taken care not to leave behind him in the princess's chamber. and shall be preserved caref ully. in a manner that showed their joy. and as soon as he arrived. and if Prince Houssain's carpet had not brought you to her so soon? 'Your tube. It is true. and Prince Ahmed last of all. as neither the carpet. that nob ody could see where his arrow fell. and each in particular. whether you could have been so serviceable to her if you had not known by Prince Ali's tube the danger she was in. it was necessary that his arrow should be found. both for their return and for the wonderful recovery of the princess his niece. and the artificial apple. At last he broke silence. Prince Ahmed. which shall have the first place among them. and who had been given over by the physicians. which they delivered to one of their officers. I will do it to-day. The Sultan of the Indies having kindly heard all that the princes had to say. She immediately expressed her joy to see them. I will soon come to you. and particularly to Prince Ahmed. and get each of you a bow and arrow. and. on the contrary. Go. and much beyond him. but to make an advantageous use of them upon all occasi ons. with a gre at deal of pleasure. but it so happened. 'I do not. 'I would declare for one of you. notwithstanding all the search of himse lf and everybody else. not only for show. but nothing that comes up to the carpet. remained some time silent. After the usual complimen ts.' The three princes had nothing to say against the decision of the sultan. the ivory tube. 'If this be true. as if he were t hinking what answer he should make. but let me ask you. and the only fruit you have reaped from your tra vels is the glory of having equally contributed to restore her to health. and said to them i n terms full of wisdom. the sultan determined . and after each had commended his present. While the princess was dressing. but consider whether I can. and they then retired. and that he therefore deserved the Princess Nou ronnihar. forget to thank you all in general. according to his promise. I have a great many rarities in my museum alrea dy. 'And for you. for the sudden recovery of her h ealth. Prince Ali shot next. took his bow and arrow. the princes went to throw themselves at the sul tan their father's feet. followed by a great concourse of people. nor the artificial apple has the least preference one ov er the other. Prince Houssa in. and so far she is greatly obliged to you. it was not to be found far or near. when they put it into the sultan's hands. consider that it would have been of little use if you had not been acquainted with the princess's illness by Prince Ali's tube. but. and went to the plain appointed.

about four leagues distant from whence he set out. though so near his father's capital. and had taken up his abode. I return you a thousand thanks for welcoming me to a place wh ere I had reason to believe my imprudent curiosity had made me penetrate too far . he said. and finding it laid flat. the prince. rince Houssain would not honour the feast with his presence. on her part. and believed that nothing was to be compared to . yet he could not help going forwards. With this intention. it opened. which would have obliged him to return. was beforehand with him. he could scarcely e ndure to see the princess in the arms of Prince Ali. 'Madam. At last he returned the lady's salutation. advanced as far as the porch. craggy rocks. which seemed to have no lock.' said he to himself agai n. but pushing against it. so he stole away from his attendants. Raising her voice. Prince Ahmed did not assist at Prince Ali's and the Princess Nouronnihar's weddi ng. They were situated in a barren country. that at last he began to think his labour was in vain. presume to ask you how yo u know me? and why you. but no steps. may have reserved a greater blessing for my comfort. turned dervish. by throwing himself at her feet. the noble structure of which. looked earnestly at it. Perhaps fortune. He went so far. entered a cavity. may I.in favour of Prince Ali. without being guilty of rudeness. who had gained a reputation for his exemplary life . for at the same moment a lady of majestic air. sa id to her. cast his eyes on an iron door. Coming upon a spacious square. she said. but did not renounce the world as he had done. and of a beauty to which the richness of her clothes and the jewels which adorned her person added nothi ng. and rising up again. seeing him coming. together with his disciples. madam. As soon as Prince Ahmed perceived the lady. whose number was grea t. and gave orders for preparations to be made for the wed ding.' It was no small surprise to the prince to hear himself named in a palace he had never heard of. and was in the greatest astonishment to find it was the same he shot. he went to the place where the Pri nces Houssain's and Ali's were gathered up. He could not imagine what had become of his arrow. He f eared it was fastened. looked carefully on both sides of him. When Prince Ahmed came near these r ocks. and he could not comprehend how he should be known to a lady who was a stranger to him. appeared to him so wonderful that he had never in hi s life beheld anything like it. 'There must be some mystery in this. 'Certainly. and. But. 'and it may be to my advantage. till he came to some steep.' said the lady. he perceived a magnificent palace. he judged that it had reboun ded from the rock. which was celebrated a few days afterwards with great magnificence.' After these words. to make me amends for depriv ing me of what I thought the greatest happiness of my life. that he might not have anything t o reproach himself with. the lady led Prince Ahmed into the hall. in an agreeable solitude. of whom it was difficult to distinguish which was the mistress. and the inestimable richness of the furniture. Prince Ahmed.' As these rocks were full of sharp points and c revices between them. not sticking into the ground. 'neither I nor any man living could shoot an arrow so far'.' said he to himself. and resolved to search for it. but presently a quite different light suc ceeded that which he had come out of. 'Come near. and discovered an easy descent. 'let us go into the hall. and looking about. who. which he picked up. he perceived an arrow. fifty or si xty paces distant. who live in the same neighbourhood should be so little k nown by me?' 'Prince. and the gold and azure which embellished the dome. He left the court. full of these thoughts. and the lady. He walked down with his arrow in his hand. you are welcome. and put himself under the discipline of a famous sheik. there I will gratify your req uest. At first he t hought he was going into a dark place. but he had not time to loo k at it. any more than his brother Houssain. attended by a troop of ladies. he hastened to pay his respects. renouncing all right of succession to the crown. and going straight forward from then ce. PRINCE AHMED AND THE FAIRY. had he been ever so anxious to proceed. did not deser ve her better or love her more than himself.

and not be known by you. Several beautiful women richly dressed. that the prince acknowledged that there cou ld not be anything in the world that could come up to it. the princes your brothers . immediately went out. everything was in such profusion. but you will no longer be surprised when I inform you who I am. But as I suppose. and all kinds of the most precious marbles. and.' continued she.' said the fai ry. and that the fairy Pari Banou ex celled her infinitely in beauty and agreeableness. but was so full of gratitude that he thought he cou ld not express it better than by coming to kiss the hem of her garment. and do not refuse to admit into your court a prince who is entirely devoted to you. and magnificent? I could also charm you with my garden. I took it in the air. it is not as a slave that I would admit you into my court. 'if you admire so much my palace. what would you say to the palaces of the chiefs of our genies.' Prince Ahmed made no answer. which is indeed very beautiful. and the tube which Prince Ali brought from Schiraz. intermixed with pearls. began a concert. where the cloth was laid for the feast. The only thing I have to add is.' replied the lady. 'as I have been a long time my own mistress. Pardon me my boldness.' replied he. 'should I. agate. you say. which are much more beautif ul. pledging your faith to me. the carpet which Prince Houssain met with at Bisnagar. When they had sat down t . and al l sorts of fine jewels. not to mention the richness of the furnitur e. and returned presently with some excellent meat an d wine. 'I can assure you. was the only room the prince had not seen. a slight repast shall be ser ved up for you while preparations are making for our wedding feast this evening. as I said . 'that you have eaten nothing to-day. and you will say so when you have seen all the apartments. rubies. When Prince Ahmed had eaten and drunk as much as he wanted. and made it strike against the rocks near which you found it. in immense riches. 'You are surprised. emeralds. He admired the infinite number of wax candles perfumed with amber which formed an agreeable and pleasant sight.' answered the fairy. mistress here.' The next hall into which the fairy led the prince. and then I will show you the apartments of my palace. all my life. so finely wrought that the workmanship was much more valuable than the weight of the gold. and when the prince at her entreaty had seated himself. 'Prince. 'Then. 'you are my husband. and a m not dependent on my parents' consent. You cannot be ig norant that the world is inhabited by genies as well as men: I am the daughter o f one of the most powerful and distinguished of these genies.' 'Prince. but we wil l leave that till another time. the sultan your father.' Then she sat down on a sofa. have had the happiness of being your sla ve. I am no stranger to your love or your travels. that the same customs are not observed among fair ies as among other ladies. so far as he could judge from the magnificence of the palace where she resided. and it will be time for supper . and foresaw it would not go beyond Pr ince Houssain's. 'that this is but a small part of my p alace. o f which I could tell you all the circumstances. I am. I should think myself the happiest of men. I was present when you drew your arrow. but as my husband.' Some of the fairy's women who came into the hall with them. she said . and I am your wife. A large sideboard was set out with all sorts of gold plate. jasper. where he saw diamonds. the fairy Pari Banou took him through all the rooms. and you shall judge if th is hall is the smallest part of it. and my name is Par i Banou: therefore I know you. that I should know you. and the Princess Nouronnihar. This is sufficient to let you know that I am not unacquainted with any thing that relates to you. and must add. and it was not in the leas t inferior to the others. spacious. whose voices were ravishing.it.' As the fairy Pari Banou pronounced these words Prince Ahmed began to consider th at the Princess Nouronnihar could never be his. and guessed her inte ntions. since it was I myself who expose d for sale the artificial apple which you bought at Samarcand. It is in your power to avail yourself of this favourable op portunity.' answered the fairy. Night draws near. porphyry. 'Mada m. accompanied with all kind s of the most harmonious instruments he had ever heard. that you seemed to m e worthy of a still better fortune than that of marrying the Princess Nouronniha r.

the fairy Pari Banou took care to help Prince Ahmed to most delicious m eats. and knew it to be the same which I had shot.' She appointed twenty horsemen. and that you desire no more. which the prince had never heard of. which the fairy Pari Bano u.' replied Prince Ahmed. and after he had bi d her a last adieu. was brought. knew how to diversify by new dishes. that Prince Ahmed. until after having gone four leagues. which he said was the more grievous. to that part of the plain where it is bounded by rocks. glad to see him again. which was as beautiful a creature as an y in the Sultan of the Indies' stables. that I grant you leave to go. and a gre at number of genie and fairies danced before them. to show his gratitud e. saying that they far surpassed those among men. which were all so extraor dinary. Prince Ahmed. When al l was ready. he men tioned it to the fairy. and where I imagined mine must have fallen. As it was not a great way to his father's capital. and he mounted him with an extraordinary grace. but first do not take it amiss if I giv e you some advice how you shall conduct yourself where you are going. well mounted and equipped. I g ave my attendants the slip. I ent reat you to forgive me. 'Prince. if he had lived a thousand years among men. no r what I am. Though thus vanq uished. First. Then his horse. of the a ffliction his long absence had been to him. and returned back again alone to look for my arrow. 'if you are offended at the leave I asked. and follo wed him in crowds to the sultan's palace.o table. 'My queen. The people.' Prince Ahmed would have thrown himself at the fairy's feet. and I will make all the reparation I can. could not have imagined. on condition that your absence shall not be lo ng. set out on his journey. wh ich was immediately carried away. but found so nice that he commended t hem in the highest terms. Prince Ahmed took leave of the fairy. 'Sir. which neither he nor the fairy tasted till the dessert was served up. 'your majesty knows that when I shot my arrow the m ost extraordinary thing that ever befell anybody happened to me. since as fortune had decided in favour of Prince Ali his brother.' 'Prince. Prince Ahmed soon arrived the re. new shows. I ran and took it up. he was afraid he might have committed some act of despair. This discourse alarmed the fairy. which gave great pleasure to the fairy.' said she. I did not do i t with any intention of displeasing you. After the dessert. and made her fear it was only an excuse to lea ve her.' replied the prince. The days following the wedding were a continual feast. at their backs. curiously embroidered with all sorts of large flowers. embraced her. indeed I have reason to think he believes me dead. and as that desire could no t be satisfied without his absenting himself to go and hear it in person. but all my labour was in va in. who could do it with the utmost ease. complaining at the same time with a fatherly tenderness. the fairy Pari Banou and Prince Ahmed rose from the table. whom I wish to free from the affliction in which my long absence must h ave overwhelmed him. He fou nd also the same excellence in the wines. who always loved and honoured the sultan his father. 'I am so fully convinced that I can depend upon your sinceri ty. I d o not think it proper for you to tell the sultan your father of our marriage. and new diversions. that in so larg e and level a plain it should not be possible to find my arrow. 'go when you please. and let him know that th e sole end of your visit is to make him easy about your fate. The sultan received and embraced him w ith great joy. Beg him to be satisfied with k nowing that you are happy. Far from thinking your majesty had done me any injust . and renewed his promise to return soon. At the end of six months. I lost no time in vain complaints. but she prevented him. felt a great desire to know how he was. which consisted of the choicest sweetmeats and f ruits. new dances. to attend him. but to satisfy my perplexed mind. but from a motive of respect towards my father. ne w concerts. received him with acclamations. and sat on a sofa with cushions of fine silk. and desired she would give him leave. nor the place where you are settled.' said she. I perceived an arrow. I sought all about the place where Prince Houssain's and Prince Ali's arrows wer e found.

but much finer. the only favour I ask of your majesty is to give me leave to come often and pay you my respects. and never doubted but there was a mystery in it to my advanta ge. that I am afraid I shall sooner b e thought troublesome than be accused of negligence in my duty. who judged of Prince Ahmed's gran deur and power by the figure he made. I beg of you to give me leave to remain silent on this head.' 'Sir. unknown to his grand vizier. without letting him. and always in a richer and more brilliant equipage. 'what your majesty asks of me is part of the myster y I spoke of. without speaking to me.' Prince Ahmed stayed but three days at the sultan his father's court. but said to him. I am obliged to you for your good advice. however. and dressed. he had never spoken of the sultan. the sultan's favourites. if you should fail to come. who received him with great joy. in which he asked his l eave to come and see him from time to time. You know that at present he is here with me. that he sai d to them. Pay him another visit to-morrow. He was. I have not forgotten what you told me at your re turn. have you forgotten the sultan your father? Do you not remember the promise you made to go and see him from time to time? For my part. I readily consent. I do not believe my son Ahmed is so wicked as you would persuade me he is. I can onl y tell you. 'M y son Ahmed comes to my court every month. 'Son. At last some viziers.' The Sultan of the Indies pressed Prince Ahmed no more. and that you will be satisfied to know from my own mouth that I am happy and contented.' answered the Sultan of the Indies. and that you wi ll always be welcome when you come. however. 'Tell me. I penetrate no further into your secrets. to make him jealous of his son. and do not doubt that it proceeds from a good intention. and on the fourth returned to the fairy Pari Banou. 'I cannot refuse you the leave you ask me. but leave you at your liberty. a s if there had been no such person in the world. who was introduced by a private door into his room. equipped.ice in declaring for my brother Prince Ali.' Prince Ahmed went the next morning with the same attendants as before. At least tell me where I may hear of you. that you could not do me a greater pleasure than to come and by your presence restore to me the joy I have not felt for a long time. for I shall come so frequently where my duty calls. and I am assured of his tendernes s and fidelity. my son loves me. A month after Prince Ahmed's return from paying a visit to his father. that he seemed to come to court only to brave him. as she did not expect him so soon. she said to him one day. or when I may think your p resence necessary. and was re ceived by the sultan with the same joy and satisfaction. This was the only motive which brought me hither. abused the liberty the sultan gave them of speaking to him. For this end he sent for a sorceress. The Sultan of the Indies was so far from thinking that Prince Ahmed could be cap able of so wicked a design as his favourites would make him believe. prince. since he had no revenue or income assigned him. or any of my court.' replied Prince Ahmed. and I do not wish to force his secret out of him. But as to this mystery. They represented to him that i t was but common prudence to know where the prince had retired. For several months he c onstantly paid him visits. so much alarmed that he resolved to have Prince Ahmed watched. and that it was to be feared he might stir up the people's favour and dethrone him. but I would much rather you would resolve to stay with me.' 'Son. I interpreted what had happened to m e quite otherwise. kn ow anything of the matter. as the fa iry Pari Banou had observed that since the time that the Prince gave her an acco unt of his journey and his conversation with his father. but I cannot learn from him where he resides. the discovery of which I ought not to neglect. and how he could afford to live at such a rate. and is u . and after that go and see him once a month. 'You are mistaken. I beg your majesty to let me remain silent. Be it as it will. but I believe you are capable of satisfying my curiosity. whereas before he was always sp eaking of him. and himself more magnificently mounted. and which I found out without going further from the spot. and inquire after your health.' The Sultan of the Indies said this that his favourites might not know the impres sion their hints had made on his mind. and put you in mind of it. or waiting for my leave.

or any of my court.' At these words. and procee ded to the spot where it terminated in many windings. and set her behind anothe r. and not at all to women. and without any hope of assistance. looking carefully about on all sides.' The sultan was very well pleased with the magician's conduct. she added. To do this. and the magician knew t he time. 'Your majesty m ay easily understand. When she thought the prince and his attendants we re out of sight. turned his horse about and went and asked her what was the matt er. till all of a sudden she lost sight of hi m and his attendants. and ans wered in broken words and sighs. nor the iron gate which Prince Ahmed discovered. the magician. as if she could hardly fetch her breath. without dismounting. But notwithstanding all her diligence she could perceive no opening. For this door was to be seen b y and opened to none but men. which was opened by one of his retinue who rode before. went thither and hid herself near the rocks. she came out of the place where she had hidden herself. that s he was going to the city. wh ich he left to her management. The artful sorceress. but where you will find a speedy cure. and what he could do to relieve her. followed him with her eyes. I only ask time. and bring me word. he sent to tell her he wanted to speak to her. after he had obtained the fairy Pari Banou's leave to go to the Sultan of the Indies' court. Se eing her lie with her head on the rock. looked at the prince.' The magician left the sultan. but on the way thither was taken with so violent a fev er that her strength failed her. that it will be no difficult matter to give you the satisfaction you desire concerning Princ e Ahmed's conduct. according to custom. 'Good woman. As Prince Ahmed. Go immediately ou t on the road. When she had told him what she had done. and knowing the place where Prince Ahmed found his arrow. was obliged to be satisfied with the discovery she had made. so that nobody could see he r. telling her it was only an earnest of the ample reward she should receive when she had done him that important service. The magician. and give me leave to do it without inquiring what measures I intend to take. helped her up. They mounted their horses again. and let one of my people take you. and followed the prince. t he abode of genies or fairies. complaining as if she were in great pain . whether on h orseback or on foot. without taking leave either o f the sultan or of any of his court. far fr om any habitation. The magician. he pitied her. She entered it. who turned back to the iron gate. who pretended illness only to know where the princ e lived. he made her a present of a diamond of great value. t he prince had retired either into some cavern. only get up. and only to men whose presence was agreeable to th e fairy Pari Banou. 'you are not so far from help as you imagine .sed to go away without taking leave of me. The next morning Prince Ahmed went out as usual at the iron gate with the same a ttendants as before. who saw it was in vain for her to search any further. and that you will have patience. or into some place underground. and she was forced to stop and lie down. I am ready to assist you. and to convey you where you shall not only have all possible care taken of you. seeing h im coming. and wen t direct to the hollow where she had seen them go in. pretending that her illness prevented her. and said to her. At the same time two of the prince' s attendants alighted off their horses. and waited there with a plan she had fo rmed. ' Do as you think fit: I will wait patiently. whom he knew not to be such. . find out where he retires. and returned to give the sultan an account. and to show her ac ceptance rather by action than by word. When he c ame into the outer court of the fairy's palace. did not refuse the kind offer he made her so freely. so that the magician judged that there were but two ways. she went a day or two before to the foot of the rock where she had lost sight of the prince and his attendants.' replied Prince Ahmed. she made many affected efforts to get up . without lifting up her head. after what I have had the honour to tell you.' and to encourage her. The steepness of the rocks formed an insurmountable barrier to men. never failed once a month. The next morning Prince Ahmed set out by daybreak. and passed by the magician.

and found the magici an up and dressed. and am persuaded that you will not abandon her. and promised her the assistance she stands in need of. who had her eyes fixed upon the pretended sick woman all t he time that the prince was talking. Being thus cured as by a miracle. walked before her. to desire you to take me to your charitable mistress to thank her for her kindness. so great was her desire to return to the sultan. but at last taking the china cup. be persuaded that I will de liver you out of all the snares that may be laid for you. I cannot believe anybody can have a thought of doing me one. Go and pursue your jou rney. I shall not forbear doing good whenever I have an opportunity. let what will be devised against you. swallowed the liquo r. the two women covered her up. she was forced to await the women's return. but give me leave to tell you that I am afraid it will be but ill r ewarded. 'Oh. would willingly have declared that the potion had had its effects then. I desire you would have compassion on this good woman. Whilst the two women executed the fairy's commands. and the coverlid cloth of gold. 'My princess. I commend her to your car e. First they s et her down upon a sofa.' This discourse of the fairy's did not in the least alarm Prince Ahmed.' The two women. who came not to act a sick part long. but if they have. but continue my journey.' said he. and carry her into the palace. we will leave you. and set out again for his father's capital. When they had put h er into bed (for the old sorceress pretended that her fever was so violent that she could not help herself in the least). and I am very much mist aken if she is not sent hither on purpose to cause you great trouble. one of the women went out and soon ret urned again with a china cup in her hand full of a certain liquor. who were fairies as well as their mistress. as if she did great violence to herself. richly furnished. an d conducted her through several apartments into a large hall. which she pre sented to the magician. and a sovereign remedy against all fevers whatsoever. the admirable potion! it has wrought its cure much sooner than yo u told me it would.' said she. and info rm him of the success of her commission. 'Lie quiet. In the meantime. The two women came again at the time they said they should. not knowing what made Prince Ahmed ret urn so soon. where h e soon arrived. who restrained himself as much as possible. the sheets of the finest linen. took it after a great deal of entreaty. but only to discover Prince Ahmed's retreat.' The magician. When she had lain down again. for which I shall always be obliged to her. I had rathe r not lose time. 'My princ ess. I commend your compassion. anybody an i njury. the two women to whom the fairy Pari Banou had given her orders carried the magician into a very fine apartment. Not giving her time to ask him.' The fairy Pari Banou.' said she who brought her the china cup.' So saying. 'as I do not remember I ever did. when she saw them open the door she c ried out. and take as much care of her as they could. 'it is the water of the fountain of lions. a s if she was very much averse to having it. which is wo rthy of you. after they had told t he magician how glad they were that she was cured so soon. who was ta ken off the horse by two of his retinue: 'I found her in the condition you see. he said. the quilt of which was finely embroidered with silk. or designed to do. but as she had been told that the potio n did not operate immediately. 'Prince. But do not be concerned. This woman is not so ill as she pretends to be. and was received as usual by the sultan. You will find the effect of it in less than an hour's tim e. and seated on the sofa. he took leave of the fairy. ordered two of the women who followed her t o take her from the two men that held her up. while the other helped her to sit up. 'and get a little sleep if you can. and whispering in his ear said. an d shaking her head. she went up to Prince Ahmed. and hope to find you perfectly cured when we come an hour hence.The fairy Pari Banou came with all haste. the most richly an .' The magician. while they made a bed. and I have waited a long time with impatience. 'Drink this. to dissemble the better. with her back supported with a cushion of gold brocade. being fully satisfi ed in what she wanted to know. and what made him leave his father's court.' pointing to the magician. to disguise the trouble arising from the suspicions suggest ed by his favourites.

' He had been consulting with his favourites. One of the favourites. and thanked them for their troub le. and said to her. 'By your looks I guess that you have not made the discovery I expected from you. with her head on the carpet that covered the foot of the thron e. who had not power nor courage to say a word. The melancholy you obs erve proceeds from another cause than the want of success. now that he is in your court. and to see you are able to pu rsue your journey. attended on each hand by a great number of beautiful fairies. as was before observed. he thought she had not succeeded. 'Your majesty knows who must be the author of this misc hief. she could not open her lips to thank the fairy. all of different architecture. and that in the extent of her dominions she had so many palaces that they could not tell the number of them. but make him a close prisoner while he . In order to prevent it. may not i nspire him with a dangerous design of dethroning your majesty. and communicated to them also the reason he had to fear the fairy's in fluence over the prince.d magnificently furnished of all the palace. that I shall take ad vice upon it. and was conducted by the two fairies through all the a partments which were shown to Prince Ahmed on his first arrival there. When the magician had ended. 'I thank you for the pains you have taken. and your wholesome caution. taking upon himself to s peak for the rest. by his own g ood disposition. prostrated herse lf a second time. I am so aware of the great importance it is to me. and posted away to the sultan. the magician was so dazzled. And this is the cause of the melancholy which you perceived. that after she had prostrated her self before the throne. But what surprised her most of all was. follow my women. 'your majesty must give me leave to represent that you ought not to judge by my looks whether or no I have acquitted myself well as regards the commands you were pleased to honour me with. she we nt by a great many by-ways to the private door of the palace. and that I shudder when I consider the misfortunes which may happen to you. I beg of your majesty to forgive me if I take the liberty to say that I think otherwise. Pari Banou saved her the trouble. However. sent for her into his apartment and perceiving a melanch oly look on her countenance. and after she had taken her leave of them. as she p roposed. 'What does your majesty think of these un heard-of riches of the fairy? Perhaps you will say you rejoice at the good fortu ne of Prince Ahmed your son.' replied the magician. and said. but perhaps you may not be displeased to see my palace. I would believe that Prince Ahmed. When she came to the capital. I will not detain you.' Though the Sultan of the Indies was very sure that Prince Ahmed's natural dispos ition was good. all richly dressed. ' 'Sir. He ordered her to follow him to them. when he was told of the magician's a rrival. it was invi sible to her and all other women. y ou ought not to hesitate to put him under arrest: I will not say take away his l ife. and asked them what measures they thought most proper t o prevent so great a misfortune. is incapable of undertaking anything against your majesty. Pari Banou was seated in this hall. she said. she was very well satisfied wi th her work. and wished her a pleasant journey.' Then the magician related to the Sultan of the Indies the whole story of all tha t happened from beginning to end. she turned back again to observe the d oor and know it again. said. they opened it. for. They led her at last to the iron gate at which Prince Ahmed brought her in. and they will show it to you. and said to her. and so took her leave. but who can say that the fairy. Except in this. After the magician had gone a little way. and seizing the c rown of the Indies? This is what your majesty ought to consider serious and of t he utmost importance. yet he could not help being uneasy at the remarks of the old sor ceress. but all in vain. The sultan being i nformed of her arrival. that the two fairies told her that all she saw an d admired so much was a mere sketch of their mistress's grandeur and riches. on a throne of massy gold. by the influence she already has over him. 'Good woman . and in your power. sir. I am glad I had the opportunity of obliging you. for that would make too much noise. At the sight of so much majesty.' The old sorceress. equally magnificent and superb. For my part. He acquainted them with what he ha d learnt.

without wishing to penetrate into your secret. and finding them all silent. as the most reasonable and the most suited to his mi ld manner of government. but was s atisfied with her continual kindness. and so rich and powerful. when the prince came into his father's presence and had sat down b y him.lives. seize. I therefore will make a trial thi s day. when y ou came and dispelled those clouds of melancholy which your long absence had bro ught upon me. at first sight. I was satisfied with seeing you again. and which should be large enough to shelter your whole army? 'I need say no more to your majesty.' Prince Ahmed never expected that the sultan his father would have asked a thing which.' This advice all the other favourites unanimously applauded. if. Moreover. especially when y ou let her know it is for me.' When the magician had finished her speech. 'I am persuaded you could easily procure from her a pavilion that might be carri ed in a man's hand. by any other means which might not make so great a noise. 'Sir. Do they think it will be so easy to surprise. every time your majesty ta kes the field you are obliged to go to a great expense. which being granted. the sultan could secure himself against any ill designs Princ e Ahmed may have against him. All the world knows that fairies are capable of doing the most extrao rdinary things. For example. so that at last he may sink u nder the difficulties and the impossibility of executing them. to carry their baggage. If his majes ty has any confidence in my advice. and other beast s of burden. the sultan said. which I found you did not care I should. I know your good fortune. as genies and fairies can do things impracti cable to men. I know not what reason you had thus to treat a father. he had never asked anything like it of the fairy Pari Banou. asked the sultan leave to speak. she will not r efuse you. and t hen your majesty will have nothing to fear. The next day. after a conversation on different subjects. he doub ted whether it extended so far as to furnish a tent such as his father desired. the sultan asked his favourites if th ey had anything better to propose. appeared to him so difficult. therefore he was in the greatest embarrass . If the prince brings such a tent. that if yo u arrest the prince. by the property they possess of rendering themselves inv isible. Thou gh he knew not absolutely how great the power of genies and fairies was. you made the place you had chosen for your retreat a mystery to me . however fertile i n invention the fairy who has enticed him from you by her enchantments may be. but to use all your credit with your fairy t o obtain for me her assistance when I want it. and transport themselves instantly to the fairy. you may m ake a great many other demands of the same nature. The magician. she said. excluded from any connection with this world. and will be forced to pass the rest of his life with his fairy. not to say impossible. I rejoice with you. and secure their persons? W ill they not disappear. and knowing that you were content with your condition. yet which would extend over my whole army. and cannot be reproached with so det estable an action as the shedding of a son's blood. determined to fo llow the magician's advice. Powerful as I am. but likewise in mules and camels. as I am informed. you must also detain his retinue. who thought it too violent. Might you not request him to use his intere st with the fairy to procure you a tent which might be carried in a man's hand. he will touch Prince Ahmed's honour. and engage him. Now that you are raised to so high a rank as to be envied by everybody but a father like me. and very much approve of your condu ct in marrying a fairy so worthy of your love. not only in pavilions an d tents for yourself and army. and give her an account of the insult offered to her husband? And can it be supposed she will let it go unrevenged? But it would be better. by means of t he fairy. Though it may be a difficult thing. to procure certain advantages. I am persuaded that the zeal of your councillors for your majesty's interest makes them propose arresting Prince Ahmed: but they will not take it amiss if I suggest to your and their consideration. s o that in time he will be ashamed to appear. 'Son. it was not possible for me to have procured so grea t a match for you. or confining him in a prison for life. I not only desire you to preserve the good under standing we have lived in hitherto. But they are all genies. and not involve his majesty's honour.

that as you love her. asked him the reason of the alteration. And though it is with the greatest reluctance imaginable. for. 'I should be very sorry that what I ask of you should prevent my ever seeing you again. and so great was his vexation. Consider then. that it is not me. and though I know not how this mystery has been revealed to you. sir. I told you that she was no more si ck than you or I. the more she pressed him.' pursued Prince Ahmed. The sultan has imposed upon me the disagreeable task of worryi ng you. indiscreetly. and should be very glad if you would dispense with my undertaking it. and am persuaded she loves me. for what. t hat shall be the sign that I have not had success: but I desire you to forgive m e beforehand. and yet small enough for a man to carry in his hand. after the possession of so kind a wife. 'you may have observed that hitherto I have never asked you any favour. and let me enjoy the happiness of loving and being beloved wi th all the disinterestedness I proposed to myself. can I d esire more? I know how great your power is. It is what I have not yet made any experiment of or thought of. but th e more he denied it. I will not fai l to ask my wife the favour your majesty desires. She was in so much haste that she would have gone away without seei ng my palace. but will not promise to obtain it. with your approbation.' All this discourse of the Sultan of the Indies could not persuade Prince Ahmed. his court.' said he. she sai d to him. I have married the fairy you speak of. 'God prolong the sultan my father's life. he inquired after her health to avoid satisfying her. asks of you a pavilion large enough to shelter him.' The prince declined it a long time. she will not deny your request.' Here the fairy Pari Banou interrupted Prince Ahmed. How he has been informed of it I cannot tell. Remem ber what I told you of the woman who made you believe she was ill. but the sultan my father .' . if I had not. who. You know the care I have taken. But go on and tell me what is the necessi ty your father has imposed on you which has made you feel troublesome to me. th e reason was that I thought it was of no great importance to you to be informed of them. and was brought to take leave of me. But I can say nothing as to the infl uence your majesty believes I have over her.' replied the Sultan of the Indies. and finding that instead of answering her. who would rather he had asked anything than the risk of displeasing his dear Par i Banou. she pretended that the water had cured her. 'Madam. I have concealed from yo ur majesty what happened to me and what course I took after finding my arrow. I cann ot deny that your information is correct. which. the fairy. and said.' Prince Ahmed could not long withstand the fairy. only ask her. as I think. you could refuse her nothing. whi ch I desire you will be persuaded you can never be. and if I should not have the honour to come again to pay you my respects. given her to un derstand that it was worth her seeing. 'But I know. however. Go. for it must be very extraordinary if it is out of my power. therefore. protesting that nothing was the matter with him. but the sultan my father who asks this favour. after the two women whom I charged to take care of her ha d given her the water sovereign against all fevers. and consider that you yourself have reduced me to this extremity.ment what answer to make. by bidding my two women show it her. thinks it his duty to obey him in ever ything. and his army. to conceal from h im my happiness at home with you. It is she who has acquainted the sultan your father with what you took so much care to hide from him. to whom he had always before appeared with a cheerf ul countenance. if she lo ves you. 'I cannot bear to see y ou in this condition: tell me what makes you so uneasy. like me. and said. Think with yo urself. At last he replied.' 'Madam. that I may remove the ca use of it. I beg you. that he left the court two days sooner t han usual. I left him al ive. But the demand of a father is a command upon every child who. she had no o ccasion for. and in perfect health: therefore that is not the cause of the melancholy yo u perceive in me. on whom you t ook so much compassion. Once more remember it is not I.' 'Son. but I have taken care not to make tr ial of it. 'If. that she might go sooner to give an account of the success of her undertaking. from the violence of the weather. I love her. whatever it may be. When he returned. and bless him to the end of his days. when he takes th e field. 'I will answer your question when you have answered mine.

' Nourgihan returned presently with a p avilion. The prince. 'do you think I jest with yo u? You will see presently that I am in earnest. I commend you for it. and as I am perfectly sure that my health is dear to you.' said the fairy. which cures all sorts of fevers. Pari B anou burst out laughing. was in great surprise at the prince's diligence. But within himself he became more jealous than ever. if possib le. who gave it to Prince Ahmed to look at. who was persuaded that such a tent as he asked for was beyond all po ssibility. reduced it to its first size. As he thought this might be troublesome in use. Therefo re be easy. 'I am sorry that so small a matter should disturb you. which the fairy called the largest in her tr easury.' 'You see. therefore. notwithstanding his greatness and riches. I can do much more difficult things. and bring it me as a sovereign remedy. I am informed that the fairy your wife makes use of a certain water. to whom she said 'Nourgihan' (which was her name). and to show what a value he set on it. As to the first. The sultan. and found it large enough to shelter an army twice as large as he could bring into the fie ld. which I may make use of w hen I have occasion. Prince Ahmed told him that its size would alwa ys be proportionate to his army. accord ing to the army it is to cover. and for the second. and shall love you the better. and presented it to her mistress. The other. 'brin g me the largest pavilion in my treasury. He took it. found it large enough to shelter two armies as numer ous as that of the sultan his father. I do not doubt that you will ask her for a bottle of tha t water for me. but you must do one thing more for me. 'go and set it up. taking the tent out of Prince Ahmed's hands. In the evening. and th e prince came to pay his respects among the rest. to be content with lo ving me and being beloved by me. I have a lready expressed how much I am obliged to you for the present of the tent you ha ve procured me.'Prince. that the p rince may judge whether the sultan his father will think it large enough. he said to him: 'Son. called the water of the fountain of lions. which could not only be held but concealed in the palm of the hand when it was closed. consider ing that by the fairy's assistance the prince his son might perform things that were infinitely above his own power. but you are to observe that it becomes larger or smaller. whatever you may say. desiring him to return his thanks to the fairy Pari Ba nou. But when he had set it up in the great plain. and brough t it and put it into the prince's hands. and then said to Pari Banou. I shall always take gr eat pleasure in whatever you can desire me to do for your sake. his amazement was so great that he could not recover himself. he fancied she was joking. the law you have imposed upon yourself. He took the tent and admired its smallness. when the sultan was surrounded as usual by all his court. When Prince Ahmed saw the pavilion. more intent upon his ruin. and next day mounted his ho rse and went with the usual attendants to the sultan his father. who advised him to request the prince to bring him some of the water of the fou ntain of lions. and complete the duty of a good son tow . so far from thinking it small.' cried she.' Then the fairy sent for her treasurer. smiling. a nd. far from feeling worried. Do me this service. 'I ask my pri ncess a thousand pardons for my incredulity: after what I have seen. and make you so uneasy. To outward appearance the sultan expressed great obligation to the prince his so n for so noble a present. 'What! Prince. he ordered it to be carefully laid u p in his treasury. Nourgihan' said she to her treas urer. I do not doubt. which I look upon as the most valuable thing in my treasury. I see plainly two things have contributed t owards it: one is. he went to consult the magician again. and upon occasion. 'that the pavilion is larger than your father may hav e occasion for. without being touched. and carried it to such a dis tance that when she had set it up one end reached to the palace. and persuaded that.' The treasurer immediately went out from the palace. even the most dangerous. and his surprise appeared in his face.' The treasurer took down the tent again. was that you thought what your father asked of me was out of my power. and to deny yourself the liberty of asking me t he least favour that might try my power. I believe t here is nothing impossible to you. I must tell you that what the sultan your father asks of me is a trifle.' replied the fairy.

he shall find no fault with you or me. and then clap spurs to your horse. I leave you to your own discretion to gratify or reje ct this new desire. to the new request he had charged him to make. sir. and presenting it to Prince Ahmed.' 'No. When he was a little distance from the castle g ates. Fill your bottle without alighting. as the gates will be open. For this reason I dare not promise to bring the water. said.ards a tender father. though not without frightening all that saw them. After a long silence . and that he would not have imposed any new task upon him which might hazard the fairy's dis pleasure. and when he had done. When he arrived at the gates of the castle. and as she h ad by her several balls of thread. and killed to-day. But let not that frighten you. got to the fountain. laid the bottle at the sultan's feet. When it stops. 'whatever advice the magician can give h im (for I see that he hearkens to her). who had believed that the sultan his father would have been satisf ied with so singular and useful a tent as that which he had brought.' Prince Ahmed set out the next morning at the time appointed by the fairy. though they walked gently. and perceiving two of the lions coming after him. Set out early to-morrow mornin g. which will roll till it comes to the gates of the castle. The fountain of lions is situated in the middle of a c ourt of a great castle. Be not frightened.' The fairy Pari Banou was at that time hard at work with her needle. 'First take this ball of thread. she took up one. and then return with the same speed. he saw one of them turned off the road. throw before you the ball of thread. He approached the throne. and when you have passed the iron gate. and return ed as safe and sound as he went. but at the same time wish you such health that you may never h ave occasion to make use of it. In the second place. said. you must be provided with a bott le. but I wish it might not be by means of my wife . he said. which I will give you. and rising. but it will be with as great reluctance as when I asked f or the tent. 'I have broug ht you. no. but the lions never left him till they had conducted him to the gates of the sultan's palace.' . who fled or hid themselves. wake the other two. I will give you means to pass by them without any danger. Guarded in this manner he arrived at the capital of the Indies. All I can do is to assu re you I will ask her. and conduct ed him to the apartments of the sultan. and ride to the fountai n. which must be loaded with a sheep cut into four q uarters. But as he went forward. two of which sleep while the other two are awake alternately. The two that are awake will. and that the other stayed behind to fo llow. to bring the water in. He therefore put his sword again into its scabbard. he drew his sabre. T here is a great deal of wickedness in this demand. The lions will be so busy eating that they will let you pass. and fo llowed her directions carefully.' replied the fairy Pari Banou. was thunderstruck at this new request. A great many officers came to attend the prince while he dismounted. you must have two horses. who was at that time conversing with his favourites. notwithstanding the assurance s he had given him of granting him whatever lay in her power. as you will understand by wha t I am going to tell you. and prepared for defence. my princess. It shall be as you please. and related to h er sincerely and faithfully all that had passed at the sultan his father's court . after which they returne d the way they came.' The next morning Prince Ahmed returned to the fairy Pari Banou. one you will ride yourself . he turned round. and the other you will lead. by their roaring. and passing through the midst of them with haste. but throw each of them a quarter of the sheep. which he told her he received with the utmost gra titude. I will tell you presently the use of it. you will see the four lions. from the giving of the tent. the entrance into which is guarded by four fierce lions. he distributed the quarters of the sheep among the four lions. and showed no signs of fierceness.' Prince Ahmed. 'I beg of your majesty to be assured that there is nothing I would no t undertake to prolong your life. filled his bottle. but only to go before him. I only tell you this as a plain account of what passed between me and my father. the health-giving water which your majesty so much desired to keep in your treasury. In the third place. and showed by his head and tail that he did not come to do him any harm. he added: 'but. kis sed the rich carpet which covered the footstool.

his name is Ahmed. do you see him?' The prince immediately perceived Schaibar. on the other hand. 'do you say Schaibar is your brother? Le t him be ever so ugly or deformed. and consider him as my nearest relation. but there is no danger in finding this man. 'you ran a risk in fetchi ng the water of the fountain of lions for your father. who is so far from being like me. To which she replied: 'He is my husband. that he is of so violent a nature that noth ing can prevent his giving gory marks of his resentment for a slight offence. and sun k deep in his head.' 'Sir.' 'What! my queen.' The sultan showed outwardly all the demonstrations of joy. and asked Pari Banou who that man was. he is son t o the Sultan of the Indies. Schaibar. he had a hump behind and before. It is my brother. Next day the prince returned to the subterranean kingdom of Pari Banou. who did not believe that there was such a man in the world as his father described. thirty feet long. If Prince Ahmed had not known that Schaibar was Pari Banou's brother. he seeks my ruin.' replied Prince Ahmed. there arose a thick cloud of smoke. Some moments after. and who can speak. all the honour is due to the fairy my wife. the sultan next day said to the prince. and s ent for the magician.' Prince Ahmed. in the midst of all his courtiers. here comes my broth er. he waited for him with the fairy. How can he sup pose that I should get hold of a man so small. I will send for him. b ut secretly became more and more jealous.' The fairy ordered a gold chafing-dish to be set with a fire in it under the porc h of her palace. to bring me a man not above a foot and a half high. a lso for the great danger you have exposed yourself to upon my account. he is so good as to oblige any one in whatever they desire . or if there is such a man. I shall expect nothing more from your obedience. After conferring with her. prince.' replied Prince Ahmed. to whom he told his father's new demand. I am very much obliged to you for this valuable present.' added he. 'Prince. and throwing it into the fire. which. but do me the pleasure. after which. ye t. retired into an inner apartment. Taking some incense out of this. and told him that the fairy could do more incredible things. whose bea rd is thirty feet long. nor your influence with your wife . who was but a foot and a half high. and which makes him respected. would gladly have excused himself. which I h ave been informed of by the magician who knows the fountain of lions. The reason why I did not invite you to my wedding wa s that I was unwilling to divert you from the expedition you were engaged in. the sultan placed him on his right hand.' replied the fairy. He is made exactly as the sultan your father has described him.' continued he. and you shall jud ge of the truth of what I tell you. brother. but the sultan persisted in his demand. who carries upon his shoulders a bar of iron of five hun dredweight which he uses as a quarterstaff. which was of an enormous size. he said. an .After the prince had finished speaking. he would n ot have been able to look at him without fear. 'Son. This request is. as he came forward. s upported itself before him. though we both had the same father. and on which he wore a pointe d cap: besides all this. the fairy said to Prince Ahmed. he looked upon as more impossib le than the first two. looked at the prince with an eye that might have c hilled his soul in his body. I shall love and honour him. his beard. I have one thing more to ask of you. with a box of the same metal. and he has no other arms than a bar of iron five hundred pounds in weight. armed as he describes? What arms could I make use of to reduce him to submission?' 'Do not affright yourself. Schaibar. I merely followe d her good advice. 'for. c oming gravely with his heavy bar on his shoulder. almost covering his face: his eyes were very small. 'Son. 'to tell me by what incredible power you have been preserved. without which he ne ver stirs. 'I have no share in the compliment your majesty is pleased to make me. and prepare not to be frightened when you se e him. 'I cannot imagine that there is or can b e such a man in the world: either he has a mind to try whether I am silly enough to go and seek him. like a pig's. and then said. but knowing beforehand who he was . and received him without the least concern. and a pair of thick moustaches were tucked up to his ears.

who was to present him to the sultan. Schaibar. till th ey came to the palace. As for Prince Ali and Princess Nouronnihar. which h owever diminished neither his fierceness nor his savage look. instead of answering. Schaibar came out of the council-hall int o the midst of the court-yard with the iron bar on his shoulder. he set out with Prince Ahmed. not render ed motionless by fear. clapt his hands before his eyes. as it is desirable that you should know all that has passed between the Sultan of the Indies and Prince Ahmed since our marriage. without waiti ng to be introduced by Prince Ahmed. All that he could do was to prevent his killing the grand vizier. I will tell you this evening.' and as he prono unced these words. where the porters.' replied Pari Banou. who did not wait to look behind them. he said.' said Schaibar.' At these words. flatte rers and favourites of the sultan. 'This is not enough. and saying. and as soon as she was brought.' replied Schaibar. who owed his life to Prince Ahmed. After this he said. and imme diately afterwards he was proclaimed throughout the whole town Schaibar made him be clothed in the royal vestments. carrying his head erect. as they had no hand in the conspirac y against Prince Ahmed. therefore stay till to-morrow morning. 'it is too late to go to-day. 'Is there an ything. went fiercely up to the throne. and killed him before Prince Ahmed could int ercede in his behalf. and none escaped but they who. as they went along. sister. at the approach of Schaibar. to avoid the sight of so terrible an object. so that the prince and he advanced without any obstacle t o the council-hall. and shut their doors.' T he grand vizier immediately sent for her. looking at Prince Ahmed with a favourable eye. who sat not far from him on his right hand.' 'He need but lead the way. instead of preventing Schaibar from en tering. wh ile others took to their heels. and learn to feign illness again:' and left her dead on the spot. and made her acknowledged Sultaness of the In dies. Every time h e struck. after Schaibar had been informed of all that was proper for him to know. and accosted the Sultan of the Indies in th ese words: 'You have asked for me. 'I know there is a certain sorceress.d from which I heard with pleasure that you returned victorious. I will follow him. 'Sp eak then.' replied Pari Banou. insomuch that Schaibar and Princ e Ahmed. 'Take the reward of thy pernicious counsel. and communicated their fear to all they met. Schaibar was so much p rovoked at this uncivil and rude reception. whom he brought with great pomp. who is a greater enemy of the prince my brother-in-law than all those base favourites I have chastised. I will treat the whole city in the same manner. that he instantly lifted up his iron bar. 'who gave him bad advice. Prince Ahmed assigned t .' 'The sultan his father. When this terrible execution was over.' Next morning. he killed all the other viziers on the right and left. in which I can serve him? he has only to speak. abandoned their posts. 'These are they then. nor knew of any such conspiracy. It is enough for me that he is your husband. representing to him that he had always given the sultan his father good advice. and I desire he may be your guide to the Sultan's court. if they do not immediately acknowledge Prince Ahmed my brother-in-law f or their sultan. saved themselves by flight. and in the meantime. H ere likewise the officers. 'has a curiosity to see you. let her be brought to me at once. Schaibar. and Sultan of the Indies. also ran away. knocking her down with his iron bar. see. and looking at the grand vizier. 'Brother. here I am: what do you want with me?' The sultan. went and fetched his sister Pari Banou . after the Sultan had given him the t rouble to come so far. and after he ha d made all do homage and fidelity to him. said. the people no sooner saw Schaibar than they ran and hid themselves in their shops and houses. who were Prince Ahmed's enemies.' Then all that were present made the air ring with the repeated acclamations of 'Long life to Sultan Ahmed'. installed him on the throne. he killed some one or other.' let it fall on his head. found all the streets and squares deserted. but ran too. where the sultan was seated on his throne giving audience. and turned aw ay his head. When they arrived at the gates of the capital. on his account I have taken the liberty now to send for you. Schaib ar said.

and stood with his eyes fixe d on the ground. therefore.hem a considerable province. and so be prepared to receive your authori ty whenever in your discernment you shall think him qualified. and passing the remainder of my days in the satisfaction of seeing him reign. and he acquainted his grand vizier with his intentions.' The sultan found this advice of his prime minister highly reasonable. his youth may be corrupted in indolence. and when he came to a proper age. Your majesty fears. and saying that the only favour he desired was leave to live retired in the pl ace he had made choice of for his retreat. he saluted him with great respect. nor exert his paternal authority. wit hout being sent for. had thoughts of gi ving him a still greater one. After a few moments' silence. with great reason. At the end of the year he took him aside. He was brought up with all imaginable care. The sultan said no more to the prince: he admitted him into his council. s on.' said he. I did not expect such proposals to one so young as I am. When the prince had attained the age of fifteen years. therefore he summoned the prince to appear before him at the same time that he dismissed t he grand vizier. since I am advanced in age. As he grew up he learn ed all the knowledge which a prince ought to possess. in my humble opinion. and ought to think of retirement . He contented himself with tel ling him he would not force his inclinations. and it would not be. PRINCE CAMARALZAMAN AND THE PRINCESS OF CHINA.' 'I sent for you. Prince Camaralzaman. The prince. but tha t prince thought himself so happy in his solitude that he bade the officer retur n the Sultan his brother thanks for his kindness. said to him in a mild way. he rep lied. was a little startled at this summons. and to make him an offer of whichever province he liked best. bout twenty days' sail from the coast of Persia. yet would not charge him wi th disobedience. there lived a king who had an only son. but sought to modify his intentions. where they spent the rest of thei r lives. that he paused and knew not what answer to make. and think it is now proper for me to retire. with its capital.' said the sultan. advisable to burden him with the we ight of a crown so soon. It r equires time to determine on what your majesty requires of me. The sultan perceiving his constraint. I have undergone the fatigue of a crown a long while.' replied he. 'Do you know. therefore. the sultan. who loved him tenderly. Afterwards he sent an officer to Prince Houssain to acquaint him with t he change. and gav e him every reason to be satisfied. 'to inform you that I have an intention of pr oviding a proper marriage for you. but give him time to consider the proposal. He was not a little grieved to see what an aversion he had to marriage. when.' The grand vizier did not wholly dissuade the sultan from such a proceeding. 'God alone knows the heart. 'the prince is yet but young . and acquitted himself so w ell that he charmed all that saw him. by resigning to him his throne. he came before him. for what reason I have sent for you?' The prince modestly replied. assuring him of his submission . and particularly the sultan his father. an d said to him. and gave him every day new marks of his affection. where he would learn by degrees the art of reigning. I have thoughts of resigning the government to him. in the Islands of the Children of Khaledan. I shall hear it from yo ur majesty with pleasure. 'lest my son should los e in the inactivity of youth those advantages which nature and education have gi ven him. his fath er appointed him an experienced governor and able tutors.' Prince Camaralzaman's answer extremely afflicted his father. 'Sir. 'Sir. but to remedy that do not you think it would be proper to marry him? Your majesty might then admit him to your council. have you thoroughly considered what I proposed to you la st year about marrying? Will you still refuse me that pleasure I expect from you . 'I fear. what do you think of it?' Prince Camaralzaman heard this with great uneasiness: it so surprised him. I beseech you to pardon me if I seem surprised at the declaration yo u have made to me. 'My son. who had been accustomed to see his father only at certain times.

I would have you consider that you ought not to have refused this. 'patience brings many things about that before seemed impracticable. Prince Camaralzaman had but half-covered his face with the bedclothes. wi thout stopping. If. it is now a long while since I have exp ressed to you my earnest desire to see you married. and if he still contin ues averse to your proposal when this is expired. how I shall reclaim a disposition so rebellious t o my will?' 'Sir. not merely to oblige a parent. which has almost worn out my patience.' He stopped he re. and it is not likely he will refuse to comply before so grave an a ssembly. cried out. I have thought fit to propose the same thing on ce more to you in the presence of my council.' answered the grand vizier. your majesty may propose to hi m in full council that it is highly necessary for the good of the state that he should marry. and suffer me to die without it?' The prince seemed less disconcerted than before. than to oppose him so long. and carry him to an old tower that had been unoc cupied for a long while. 'Unnatur al son! have you the insolence to talk thus to your father and sultan?' He order ed the guards to take him away. and Maimo une perceived the finest young man she had seen in all her rambles through the w orld. so that I hope your majesty will pardon me if I presume to tell you it will be in vain to speak to me any further about marriage.' said he. but the sultan loved him. and went out without staying to hear what the sultan would answer.' The year expired.' The prince answered with so little reserve. with the same tranquility of mind as if he h ad been in the sultan's palace. Any other monarch would have been very angry at such freedom in a son. 'but Camaralzama n is further than ever from complying with my desires. He communicated this new cause of discontent to his prime minister. some books. and after havi ng read some chapters in the Koran. king or head of a legion of genies. and the generals of the army being present. over the slave who lay at the door. to wander about the world after her wonted custom. But after so long a resistance on your part. and one slave to attend him. I beseech you. thus deprived of liberty. he undressed himself and went to bed. and. the prime vizier. One day. It was about midnight when Maimoune sprang lightly to the mouth of the well. which served in the daytime for a retreat to a certain fairy. was nevertheless pleased that he had the freedom to converse with his books. who required nothing unreasonable of you. but after the maturest reflection find myself more confirmed in my resolution to co ntinue as I am. I have not neglected to consider your proposal. Camaralzaman. In the evening he bathed and said his prayers. where he was shut up. 'What crime can he have committed. He delivered his resoluti on in such free terms that it required all my reason and moderation to keep my t emper. but it may be this affair is of a nature not likely to su cceed in that way. and entered. where her curiosity led her. I may take the proper measures. the principal o fficers of the crown. Your majesty would have no cause to reproach yourself if you gave the prince another year to consider the matter. Sh e was surprised to see a light in Prince Camaralzaman's chamber. when ther e was a great council held. In this tower was a well. 'that a man of hi s high rank can deserve to be treated thus severely?' for she had already heard . that. enraged to see himself thwarted in full council. that the sultan. and I imagined you would hav e had more consideration for a father. Tell me. and was not long answering his father to this effect: 'Sir. named Maimoune. then. and the assembly here present joins with me to requi re it of you. with only a bed. and would have made him repent it. in this interval he ret urns to his duty. the well-being o f my dominions requires it. or rather with so much warmth. and that made him look on his imprisonment with indifference. daughter of Damriat. 'I have followed your advice. leaving hi s lamp burning by him all the while he slept.' said she to herself. a little furnitu re.r obedience. Prince Camaralzaman ga ve not the least proof of having changed his mind. which you honour with your presence. according to your answer. Declare yourself. you will have the greater satisfaction. the other viziers. to the great regret of the sultan. and preferred gentle methods before he proceeded to compulsion. therefore. the sultan beg an to speak thus to the prince: 'My son.

' 'Cursed genie. This genie. As for Maimoune. in the tone of a suppliant. said. cursed spirit. He has filled the garde ns with grass and flowers. intermixed with pieces of water. she heard a great flapping of wings. the third of fine st eel. is one of the largest and most powerful kingdoms of the earth. and where the sun never enters. which look on the last isl ands of this hemisphere.' '"Sir. have expressions strong enough.' Danhasch. 'Brave Maimoune.' replied Maimoune. but I will grant thee this favour. 'swear to me that you wil l not hurt me. the second of copper. father of this i ncomparable princess would scarcely be able to imagine the great respect and kin dness he shows her. till at length. the most extraordinary and magnificent that ever were known. 'go on and fear nothing. and the seventh of massy gold. who has an only daughter. has shown that he has spared no expense. whose name was Danhasch. The king of this country is at present Gai our. She could not forbear admiring the prince. Any one that did not know the king. Ki ng Gaiour. and treat thee as thou deservest. she belonged to that class whom the great Solomon comp elled to acknowledge him. and capable of breaking the sole mn oath I have made? Be sure you tell nothing but what is true. "you have an inclination to se e me married. but she was so near him that he must either figh t or yield. whence thou comest. who so trembled with fear at the sight of this fairy that he could hardly speak. 'Upon the fame of this incomparable princess's beauty. what thou hast seen. she too k her flight into the air. water-works. knew Maimoune. the ambassadors were forced to return as they came: they were perfectly satisf ied with the great honours and civilities they had received. I wi ll tell you nothing but what is strictly true. The country of China. No one has ever dreamed of such care as his to keep her from every one but the man who is to marry her: and.' answered Danhasch. and was seized with fear. and several great groves of trees. and I swear also on my part not to do you any harm. where the eye is lost i n the prospect. nor all our r espective genies. He would fain have avoided her. He therefore broke silence first. and all differently arranged. Neither you nor I. which made her fly that way. she knew it was a genie who made the noise.' 'Fair lady. The King of China recei ved them all in the same obliging manner.his story.' replied Maimoune. As she mounted high to the middle region. He has furnished these palaces most sumptuously. I come from the utmost limits of China.' said Danhasch. and have the same honours shown to me as are pai d to yourself. and what thou hast done this night. 'what hurt canst thou do me? I fear thee not. but it was one of those that are reb ellious. fountai ns. that the retreat which he has r esolved to place her in may not seem irksome to her. from whence I come. I will swear not to do thee any harm. But. 'My dear lady.' said he. the fifth of touchstone. and could hardly believe it. if you will but have the goodness to hear me. nor your class nor mine. Dost t hou think I am as perfidious an elf as thyself. or I shall clip thy wings. 'promise me at least that you will forgive me. 'you meet me at a good time to hear something ve ry wonderful. and as she did not like any of the suitors . each in a manner suited to the materials that they are built of. nor eloquence sufficient to de scribe this brilliant lady. to wh . Tell me then. having kissed him gen tly on both cheeks and in the middle of the forehead without waking him. the fourth of brass. the finest maiden that ever was seen in the world since it was a world. but where shall I find such stately palaces and delicious gardens as I have with your majesty? Through your good ple asure I am under no constraint. wandering spirit. and when she approached.' 'Go on. canals. a little heartened at the words of Maimoune. the most powerful neighbo uring kings sent ambassadors to request her in marriage. cascades. go on. be ing sensible how much power she had over him by her submission to the Almighty. and think to oblige me by it. and let me go on after I have satisfied your de mands. in a word. charming Maimoune. the sixth of silver. he has built for her seven palaces. but as he resolved not to compel his d aughter to marry without her consent. 'The first palace is of rock crystal. These are advantages I cannot expect to find anywhere else." said the princess to the king her father.

This p rince the King of China recommended to his daughter as her husband. and that is for you to bring your princess. and do it quickly.' 'Agreeable Maimoune. was astonished beyond measure. Maimoune burst out into violent laughter. unless y ou would have me plunge this poniard in my bosom. but. and I do no t care to be commanded. 'but the way to be convinced wheth er what I say is true or false is to accept the proposal I made you to go and se e my princess.' Danhasch consented to what Maimoune had proposed. after much importunity. in anger. 'there is anoth er way to satisfy us both. and Danhasch. she cried. said "Daughter." 'The king. urging many powerful arguments to show how much it would be to her advantage to accept him. my pretty lady. They flew together to the towe r. and after that I will go with you to your prince. And in order that the kings his neighbours. very good! you would have me believe all you have tol d me: I thought you intended to tell me something surprising and extraordinary. But Maimoune told him she must first show hi m the tower whither he was to bring the princess." said she. notwithstanding my natural inclination to mischief. but she intreated her father to dispense with her accepting him for the same rea sons as before. What would you say. and I ha ve not failed to go every day regularly to contemplate this incomparable beauty. Come and see her. The king his father would have married him against his will. till I have seen your prince. to let them know how averse his daughter was to marriage.' replied Danhasch. 'Go. he should.' 'I will not contend with you. and at last lost all the respect due to the king her father: "Si r.' answered Maimoune. for you shall find me here: but listen.' replied Danhasch. and not pretend to compare your choice with mine. "talk to me no more of this or any other match. he charged the m to make known in every court that if there were any physician that would under take to come and cure her. and determined to set out imme diately for China upon that errand. 'the same thing has happened to him as to your prince ss.' 'Hold thy tongue. good. greatly enraged. that no m ortal upon earth can come up to the beauty of my princess. and whence I came but just now from admiring him. For t his reason he is at this moment imprisoned in an old tower which I make my resid ence. and I will pay it if y ." In a word. it would be well worth your while. When she had laughed till she could laugh no mor e. and I must treat you as such. and place her in my prince's room. you must give me leave to be of opinion. if he succeeded. and you have been talking all this while of a mad woman. 'may I presume to ask you who is this pr ince you speak of?' 'Know. by this means it will be easy for us to compare them t ogether and determine the dispute.' said Danhasch. and when Maimoune had shown it to Danhasch." 'At last there came an embassy from the most rich and potent king of all. I doubt not that you would think yourself obliged to me for the sight of a p rincess unequalled for beauty. she cried. 'I tell thee once more that that can never be. 'all that I have told you is true. w ho had sent embassies to him on this account. and you have only to command me. I conjure you. he had her shut up in a single apartment of one of his palace s. and as he did not doubt that she was really mad. if you had seen the beautiful prince that I have just come from seein g? I am confident you would soon give up the contest. h e despatched envoys to them severally.' Instead of answering Danhasch. to whom I would be very sorry to do the least harm. you are mad. men love ever to be masters.atsoever husband I should give my hand.' continued Danhasch.' 'I will not absolutely contradict you. 'but. you shall pay the wager if my prince is more beautiful than your princess. not knowing what might be the occasion of it. marry her for his pains. 'Fair Maimoune. to deliver myself from your im portunities. fetch your prince ss. he frankly told him he would have nothing to do with a wife. cur sed genie. which l asted for some time. might not think any more of her.' 'There is no need I should take so much pains' replied Maimoune. the chief of whom had been her nurse. I am ready to wait on you as a guide. cursed sprite. and allowed her only ten old women to wait upon her and keep her company. 'Good.' replied Maimoune.

I should not have offended him by my disobedience and passionate language to him in public. Maimou ne then changed herself into a gnat. charming Maimo une. 'Rise. he. and then rising up on one knee asked her what she would please to do with h im. He raised his head and leaned on his elbow. 'Wha t beauty! my heart! my soul!' In saying which he kissed her with so little cauti on that she would certainly have been awaked by it. the ear th opened.' Danhasch no sooner gave his consent than Maimoune stamped with her foot. I hope. Look there. and the earth had closed up. this shall not hinder my yielding to you. but if you compare them together without prejudice. was invisi ble. They were some time admiring and comparing them without speak ing: at length Danhasch broke silence. and flew towards China. and after he had considered them a good while. and by their conduct to decide which ought to be deem ed the most beautiful. but Maimoune skipped away.' said he. had she not slept sounder th an ordinary. whence he soon returned with inc redible speed.' Danhasch left Maimoune.' said Maimoune: 'I would not receive a fav our at the hand of such a wicked genie. I do not deny. 'Is not this she.our princess is more beautiful than my prince. but suddenly refrained himself. 'I could never chan ge my opinion. I refer the matter to an umpire. The princess is fair. in a sovereign degree. and introduced him into the tower of Prince Camaralzaman. and said to Maimoune. the prince chanced to let it fall on that of the Princ ess of China. admiration an d surprise. But if there be any difference. the beauty which is betwixt them. and time will not make me se e differently: however. 'that the sultan my father would have had me marry? He w as in the wrong not to let me see her sooner. In drawing back his hand. like those of the two genies. where they pl aced the princess still asleep.' Caschcasch looked at the prince and princess with great attention. squinting. asleep. the bett er to consider her. with s ix horns on his head. and tell me.' 'Convinced of it!' replied Maimoune. Maimoune recei ved him. bringing the fair princess along with him. 'Madam. She was so beautiful that he could not help crying out. which i s the handsomest of those two that lie asleep. and he would have spar ed himself the confusion which I have occasioned him. if I pretended to say that o ne was a whit handsomer than the other: the more I examine them. 'You see. now. you a re convinced of it. humpbacked. he turned to Maimoune. the better to observe what he would do. 'that the sultan my father has a mind to surprise me with this young lady. He was going to awaken her at that instant. I m ust confess I should deceive you and betray myself. 'I am not convinced of it. you will quick ly see the difference. my princess is handsomer than your prince. which. the young man or the young lady. and resumed her own form.' The prince began to repent sincerely of the fault he had committed. the more it see ms to me that each possesses. as I have already told you. and out came a hideous. Who knows but he has brought her himself.' This proposal of Caschcasch's pleased equally both Maimoune and Danhasch. Caschcasch. As soon as he had come fo rth. and claws on his hands and feet. 'I brought you hither to determine a differen ce between me and Danhasch.' 'Though I should compare them ever so often. At once there arose a great contest between the genie and the fairy about their respective beauty. and you must be blind if you cannot see that my prince is far handsomer. and leaping on the prince's neck stung him so smartly that he awoke. I saw at first sight what I see now. and said. 'It may be.' said he. without partiality. and if you will not consent I shall win by your refusal. reco llecting himself. and put up his hand to the place. and was once more upon the point of waking the Princess of China. if you desire it. was exceedingly surprised to perceive a l ady of the greatest beauty. and is hidden behind the . the best way to determine it is to awaken them one after the other. and lame genie. and on opening his eyes. through the enchantment of Danhasch. cast himself at her f eet.' said Danhasch. perceiving Maimoune. without being able to determine which was the handsomer.' said Maimoune.' 'Yield to me as a favour? I scorn it.

' said the prince. but do it quickly. Danhasch transformed himsel f. Another time believe me when I assert anyt hing. she seized his hand. who was still asleep. and finding he did not wake. and plunged him several times into the water. since I lay at the door?' 'You are a lying rascal. 'The prince must have l ost his senses through grief. you and Danhasch. and convey her back whence he has taken her. neck and heels. and from admiration to a transport of joy. I beg you to give me leave to go and change my clothes first. The slave brought a basin and wat er. he called the slave. How came that lady hither. 'What.' 'My lord. and which she was convinced was her own.' The prince drew the slave up. 'I thank you for your trouble. 'Ah.' said she. Wake then. by seeing she had another on her finge r instead of it. and Maimoune re tired to her well. 'I thought indeed this was a trick the king my father designed to play me.' answered the slave with great astonishment. ' I beseech your highness to spare my life. 'your highness must perceive that it is impossible for me to satisfy you in my present condition.' said the prince.' Then he waked the slave. and after he had washed and said his prayers. 'is it you the king my father has designed me for a husband? I am indeed most unfortunate for not knowing it before. When Maimoune saw that she could now speak without fear of awaking the princess. started up. and who brought her. and look you.' said he trembling. had not Maimoune increased his sleep by enchantment. I will content myself with this ring.' The slave. and I will tell you the truth. perplexed and half-dead. She shook hi m several times. then.' Danhasch and Caschcasch did as they were commanded. 'I swear I know of no such lady. 'and be sure you conceal not hing. and kissing i t eagerly. or rather. From surprise she proceeded to admiration. wake!' So saying. that was brought hithe r.' replied the slave. in a suppliant tone. without saying anything. said within himself.' 'My lord. he at length tied the well-rope under his arms. 'and in the plot to vex and provok e me the more.' cried he.' The slave went out. I am gla d I was aware of it.' Then turning to Caschcasch.' cried she. Prince Camaralzaman on waking next morning looked to see if the lady whom he had seen the night before were there. cursed genie dost thou not now see what thy contest has come to? Art thou not now convinced how much thy princess is inferior to my prince? But I pardon thee thy wager.' 'I speak. I will drown thee. After this.' 'I permit you. and how should sh e come in without my knowledge. perceived he had a ring upon his finger which greatly resembled hers. and having locked the door upon the prince. she soon fell asleep . As soon as Prince Camaralzaman was in a sound sleep. he took a book and read for so me time.curtains to make me ashamed of myself. As soon as he was out of the well. When he found she was gone. 'As for you.' replied the prince. and pressed him to tell him. and im mediately put on one of his own in its place. Tired with her fruitless endeavours to awaken the prince. ran to the palac . take the princess. She could not comprehend how this exchange could have been made . and went and bit the princess so rudely on the lip that she forthwith awoke. was not a little surprised to see a beautiful young prince.' He then gently drew off a fine ring which the princess had on her finger. he cried out. and said to him. After this he fell into a more pro found sleep than before through the enchantment of the genies. 'I know not what lady you r highness speaks of. and after having stamped upon him for some time.' cried he.' So saying. she took Prince Camaralzaman by the arm and shook him so that he woul d have awaked. 'Come hither. for then I should not ha ve made him so angry with me. and opening her eyes. do not tell me a lie. and who brought her?' 'My lord. 'My lord. 'of her that came. she cried to Danhasch. he gave him a box on the ear which knocked him down. as a remembrance of her. 'if thou dost not tell me speedily who this lady wa s. and bade hi m come and dress him.

and assure yourself his temper will abate. see what is the matter. 'Sir.' The grand vizier obeyed instantly. 'My lord. to whom he had just related the grief in which he had passed the night on accoun t of his son's disobedience and opposition to his will. Have but patience to let him continue a while in p rison. my lord. 'an d to tell me to my face that what I have told you is a dream?' At the same time he took him by the beard. 'could give my father alarm? I have much greater cau se to complain of that slave.' 'My lord. He endeavoured to pacify the prin ce by good words. The minister endeavoured to comfort his master by telling him that the prince himself had given him good cause to be angry. without entering at the door and walking over the body of your slave? I beseech you. 'I am very sorry to be the mes senger of ill news to your majesty. You know all this. and if you hesitate to obey me. or any other person in the world. The king was at that time in discourse with his prime vizier. 'Yes. and was thinking how to extricate himself. for I doubt not sh e has been to make her report to you. The prince is distracted. a nd come and give me an account. which he w as reading. who ought to know something of the matter.' Then he proceeded to tell all the particulars of what Pri nce Camaralzaman had said to him. She pretended to be asleep. very different from the hopes you g ave me just now: go immediately. and you will find it is only a dr eam which has made this impression on you. and begged of him. and loaded him with blows as long as he could stand. 'your majesty need not repent of having trea ted your son after this sort. but I was no sooner fallen into a slumber than she arose and left me.' replied the prince.' 'It may be.' said he. 'nothing of this has been done which you seem to reproach me with. by t he good temper I observe you in. give me leave to ask you who was that lady who was here last night?' The grand vizier was thunderstruck at this question. After mutual salutations.' said the prince. yes. neither your father nor I have sent this lady you speak of.e just as he was. the vizier sat down by him.' 'Prince.' replied the prince.' said the prince in a great rage.' 'Do you come to affront and contradict me. 'I have seen her. for I could no t get a word out of her.' The grand vizier had just made an end of speaking when the slave came in and cas t himself at the king's feet. and with a book in his hand. 'My lord. without loss of time. and said. and his treatment to me. in the most humble and guarded manner. 'My lord. and coming into the prince's chamber. but since you are come. She played the part you had given her admirably well.' 'I give no ear to what you say. raising his voice. The king. Is it possible that a lady. to t ell him if he had seen this lady. The poor grand vizier endured with respectful patience all the violence of his l ord's indignation. which I know must create you fresh afflictio n. t oo plainly proves it.' said he.' answered the prince. who did not expect to hear anything of this afflictive kind. he foun d him sitting on his bed in good temper. I myself find it to be false. 'Now am I in as bad .' answered the vizier. and am very well satisfied yo u sent her. said to t he prime minister. however. should penetrate by n ight into this place. recollect yourself.' 'What. be not surprised at my astonishment at your question. pe rmit me therefore to remind your highness once more that you have only seen this lady in a dream. 'that he did not make himself well understood. 'This is very melancholy. and he will submit to all you require. and could not help saying within himself.' At these stern words the grand vizier began to be in greater confusion than befo re. I wish that a slave of yours were punished for coming to frighten the king your father . I shall soon be able to force you to obey me. 'I must kno w of you absolutely what is become of the lady. he recovered himse lf and said. and the violence with which he had been treate d.' replied the vizier. indeed. 'God forbid that the news which he has told your father concerning you should be true. as you may see.

' The king was so perfectly convinced of the truth of what his son had been tellin g him. he added. 'in what condition did you find my son?' 'Sir.' said the grand vizier. which the king could not behold without concern . it was only to appease you: it must therefore be a mere dream. with a countenance that sufficien tly showed he had been ill-used. 'Sir. 'My son. but rather to oblige me by letting me have her in marriage: this young lady has charmed me.' The grand vizier made a profound reverence. esca pe from any further danger. like him. yet. after he had made his son the prince sit down by him. but you cannot be ignorant of the necessity a minist er is under to obey his royal master's orders. and the pains he took to awaken the lady without effect.' said the prince. remaining astonished for some time. as he thought. The king every now and then looked at the grand vizier. put several questions to him. Prince Camaralzaman received the king his father in the tower with great respect . the more concerned as he loved the prince with excessive tenderness. but I humbly beseech you at the same time to give a patient hearing to what I shall say to y ou. and shall think myself happy if I can. 'I beg of your majesty not to give me more vexatio n on that head. and bring me a speedy answer. 'I own.' The king was surprised at this answer of the prince. and went away. After this. 'what the slave reported to your majesty is but too true.' 'Sir. 'after what I have just heard. Wo . 'you fill me w ith the greatest astonishment imaginable by what you now say to me. not thinking himself altogethe r safe till he had got out of the tower. The king at length spoke of the lady to the prince. and shut the door upon the prince. I will go and tell him anything on your part that you shall think fit to command me. and. But how could she get into this tower without my consent? For what ever my grand vizier told you. and by what means he made his escape.' said he. the ill-treatment he had received from him. which the prince. your majesty must needs know my ring very well. if I did not give entire credit to what you are pleased to say.' In the midst of repeated blows he cried out for but a moment's audience. and what I see by the ring on your finger. how he had been used. that he had not a word to say. 'Well. 'I desire you to tell me what lady it was that came here. that is to devolve upon you after me. as I have been told. and if any such has come to you. I cannot doubt but that you have seen this lady. 'Son.' answered the vizier.' 'Sir. and no t being able to utter a syllable. f rom the good sense he had shown before. but to recover your sen ses. 'I should be for ever unworthy of your majesty's favo ur. but rather thought he had lost his. Do this quickly. my prince. He came and presented himself before the king. and I beg of you not to believe otherwise.' at length replied the king. The king sat down. which he answered with great good sense.' He then began to relate his interview with Camaralzaman. after he had nearly tired himself with b eating him. 'there is something in w hat your highness suspects. The king.' said he to him. and therefore proposed himself to go and see his son in the tower. if you will but be pleased t o set me at liberty. 'My son. I know not one word of t he lady you mention. as you have been almost made to believe.' said the king. and how he had made the exchange of his ring with that of the lady: showing the king th e ring. accompanied by the grand vizier. how he flew into a passion upon his endeavouring to persuade him it was impossible that the lady he spoke of should have got in. I hope you will be convinced that I have not lost my senses. I declare to you by my crown. so remote. I am ready to receive her at your hands with the dee pest gratitude. dissembling. you have seen it so often. as intimating that he did not fin d his son had lost his wits. and then to judge whether what I have the honour to tell you be a dream or n ot. r esolved to find out the truth of this matter.' replied the prince. consented to give.' Then Prince Camaralzaman related to the king his father after what manner he had been awakened. it was altogether without my knowledge.a condition as the slave. 'and tell him from me that if he pleases I will marr y the lady he sent me.' answered Camaralzaman.' 'Go then.

'we cannot understand your highness.' She then began to tell what had been the cause of all that violent pass ion in the princess.' said the princess 'whom I could not aw ake. and at last succeeded.' replied the nurse. when she went immedi ately.' answered the nurse. had carried the Princess of China back to the palace where the king her father had shut her up. 'let us go and be miserable togethe r.' proceeded he. Whilst matters passed thus. which was locked. desired to be informed what she would ple ase to have. without attending t o the affairs of his kingdom. 'your highness asks these questions to jest with us . to complain to the queen her mother. and spent many a day in weeping.' continued th e nurse. for we all slept about the door of your chamber. 'You shall tell me w here this young man is. and I had the key in my pocket. and after the castle. 'Your majesty must conclude from all this. the two genies. When she awoke the next morning. and even the people. he removed thither with the prince. I beseech you to rise.' said the princess. 'you see how the princess has treated me. but pass ed all his time by his son's pillow. exce pting the times that he gave audience. had been furnished.' 'Madam. and found by looking to the right and left that Prince Camaralzaman was not by.' 'I am in earnest.' he said. . H er nurse. who presented herself first. came one day and told him that the whole court. The queen was surprised to hear it. who was the only person that had admittance to him.' insisted the nurse. Danhasch and Caschcasch.' 'A young man. where you may give audience to your subjects twice a week only. she cried out with a loud voice to her women. with tears in her eyes. madam. and I shoul d be the happiest father in the world! But where shall I find her. he never left him. the kin g shut himself up with him.' The king then led his son out of the tower. if I had not had the good fortune to escape out of her hands. and how seek for her? How could she get in here without my consent? Why did she come? These t hings. I must confess. the best and most amiable. 'how any man could come without our knowledge we ca nnot imagine. 'to pay them some a ttention. 'what is become of the young man whom I love with all my soul?' 'Madam. she cried. my son. I am aware your majesty's company is a great comfort to the prince. prospect . or I will beat your brains out. 'that the princess is out of her senses.' The queen ordered the nurse to follow her. therefore. 'Tell me. that he will bear them with the less uneasiness. and if anything disagreeable had happened to her. she would ce rtainly have murdered me. began to murmur at not seeing him. and.' began the nurse. and conveyed him to the palace. unless you will be pleased to explain yourself. endeavouring to comfort him in sharing his grief. Permit me to propose to your majesty to remove with the prince to the castle in a little island near th e port. and took to his bed. who was not a little surprised to see her in this condition. and giving her two or three sound cuffs. 'Madam.' At this the princess lost all patience. and asked who had done this. as aforesaid. and taking the princ e by the hand. are past my finding out.' The nurse struggled to get from her.uld I knew who she was. where he had not resided for some time. and they went together to the princes s's palace that very moment. You will think so yourself if you go and see her.' So saying. old sorceress. and good air of the place. 'Come then.' said the princess.' The king approved this proposal. 'I humbly beg your majesty. during t hese absences the prince will be so agreeably diverted with the beauty. I ask you where he is?' 'Madam. and that he did not administer justice every day as he was wont to do. The prime minister. and catching her nurse by the hair of he r head. bu t then you must not run the risk of letting all be lost. and could not guess how she came to be so senseless as to take that for a reality which could be no oth er than a dream. wher e he no sooner arrived than in despair he fell ill. and I would make you happy from this moment. 'and I must know where this young man is.

'I consent. But that your ma jesty may not longer doubt whether I have seen this young man. 'Sir.' 'Daughter.' replied the princess.' replied the king. 'this is not right.' 'Daughter. 'I plainly perceive your majesty is come to mock me.' Then the princess lost all respect for the queen: 'Madam. 'Daughter. who was present at this council. and therefore I beg of your majesty to let him come to me again. that she should have tre ated her in the manner she had done.' said he. and whose fai th is plighted by the ring I wear. I know nothing of what you tal k of. and by whom my religion forbids me to let myself be seen.' She then reached forth her hand. exceedingly concerned at this indisposition of his daughter. however. I entreat you. who would not have suffered the princess to give her hand to any .The Queen of China sat down by her daughter's bed-side. he offered to cure the king's daughter. and yet run no risk on your part. the princess i nterrupted her. do not refuse me. an d make him heir to my dominions and crown after my decease. this ring. asked her if what he had just heard was true.' 'It is not.' said she. but I declare I will never let you rest till you consent I shall marry the y oung man. and after having ac quainted them with the condition she was in. 'I say to all others that shall come after y ou. She covered her face as soon as she saw them come in. or I will kill myself. and the king conducted him to where t he princess was. had a strange effect on an emir. it is only one of my emirs who is come to demand you in marriage. and cried out. for fear she might do violence to herself or somebody about her. 'how could any man come to you?' But instead of hearing her. 'you need not be scandalized. and what I say to you. with a good guard at the door. and flew out into such violence as obliged the queen to leave he r. The king hearing it had a mind likewise to be satisfied in person. the person that you have already given me. 'Daughter.' replied the princess.' replied the princess. al ready advanced in age. As he was well skilled i n magic. You must know where he is.' replied she. and after she had informed herself about her health. a nd a great princess like you should not suffer herself to be so transported by p assion. 'is capab le of undertaking her cure. 'If any of you. He was the finest and bes t made youth the sun ever saw. without succeeding. 'be not offended that I will never marry any other. allowing her only the nu rse to wait on her.' said she. I will give her to him in marriage. The king did not know what to make of all this. sought al l possible means to get her cured. and succeeds.' The emir expected the princess would have said or done some extravagant thing. ' the king my father and you persecuted me about marrying. and shut up more closely than before.' The desire of marrying a handsome young princess.' Here the queen endeavoured to calm the princess by soft words. and I will marry this young man I told you of. a nd was not a little disappointed when he heard her talk so calmly and rationally . and showed the king a man's ring on her finger. whether I did not do my utmost to awake him. and that is. accepted the condition. without saying anything more to her. for then he understood what was really the matter. if you please. and coming to his daughter's apartment.' 'Madam. she began to ask what had made her so angry with her nurse. he began to think her more mad than ever: therefore.' The emir. 'but I forgot to tell you one thing. The king. It would not be reasonable th at you should have so great a reward. see. and the hopes of one day gover ning so powerful a kingdom as that of China. immediately upon her arr ival in her apartment. but as he had shut her up as ma d. 'let us talk no more of that. and retire in great affliction to inform the king of all that had passed.' continued the king.' answered the queen. 'Your majesty surprises me by bringing with you a man whom I do not know. He assembled his council. and flattered himself he should succeed. that they may consider beforehand what they undertake. when I had no inclinati on. I perceive. I now have an inclination. th at if you do not succeed you shall lose your head.' said the king. 'you surprise me. I only beseech your majesty to grant me the favour that I may marry the young man. He dared not explain himsel f to the king. he had her chained.

and depended on being able to recover her by the secrets I have long been acquainte d with. a brass pot. by giving her in marriage the person whom she desires. He theref ore threw himself at his majesty's feet. a chafing dish. As he could not receive an answer to one inquiry without the other. to shut him up in this pot. 'After what I have heard and observed. but I soon found that your majesty alone is the physician who can cure h er.other than the person to whom he wished to give her with his own hand. and in the courts of th e princes his neighbours. Not content with what he had learned from masters. he returned to th e capital city of his native country. otherwise you may go about your business. and what you we re pleased to confirm to me yourself. to the effect t hat if there were any physician.' replied the princess. and coming home he demand ed for what reason they had been placed there. I shall be obliged to you. and throw him into the sea. and brought up with her. for which reason I humbly submit my life to your majesty's pleasure. The astrologer drew forth out of a bag he carried under his arm an astrolabe. he need only come. p hysicians. he travelled as s oon as he was able to bear the fatigue. Their friendship was so great during their childhood. and said. where seeing so many heads on the g ate by which he entered. 'Madam.' 'Madam. He had the same published i n the other principal cities and towns of his dominions. but more especially he inquired a fter the princess his foster-sister. believing that only the king your father can remedy your disaster. I shall desist from all endea vours. his majesty. he heard at length a general account with much sorrow. and all the time they had been together. very much concerned that he had s o easily undertaken to cure an imaginary malady. or magician. Coming to give an account to the king of what he had done. whom the king c aused to be conducted to the princess's prison. had from his youth been much addicted to jud icial astrology. and magicians all underwent the same fate. a hundred and fifty astrologers. caused him immediately to be beheaded. on condition of losing his head if he miscarried. and the like secret arts. China.' 'Foolish astrologer. was very much taken up with the princess . Some days afterwards. This Marzavan. unwilling to have it said that he had neglect ed his daughter's cure.' So pu tting up his apparatus again. he was exceedingly surprised. 'they are to exorcise the evil spirit that pos sesses you. astrologer. Not to make too long a story of it. and their heads were set u p on poles on every gate of the city.' The king was very much enraged at the astrologer. The first that presented himself was an astrologer and magician. and kept comp any with him long enough to obtain all the information he desired. The Princess of China's nurse had a son whose name was Marzavan. since I have no remedies suited to her malady. that t hey treated each other as brother and sister as they grew up. I thought the princess was distracted. it will be to no purpose for me to think of curing the princess. whom he had not forgotten. even some time aft er their separation. but am in my perfect senses. so great was his thirst after knowledge. 'I have no occasion for any of your preparations. wherein he became exceeding ly skilful. After several years' absence in foreign parts on this account. waiting till he could learn more from his mother. put forth a proclamation in his capital. for I have nothing to do with you. geomancy. sir. with many other things. who would undertake to restore the princess to her senses. he marched away. and had his head cut off upon the spot. and there was hardly any person of note in any science or art but he sought him in the most remote cities. enraged at his incapacity and the trouble he had given him. the princess's nurse. If your art ca n bring him I love to me. se veral sorts of drugs for fumigations.' The king. and who had bee n foster-brother to the princess. Although the nurse. 'if your case be so. The princess demanded what all these preparations were for.' answered the astrologer. and you alone are mad. mother to Marzavan.' said the astrologer. among other studies. and d esired he might have a fire lighted. and he should be employe d. a small sphere. he began thus boldly: 'According to what your majesty published in your proclamation.

embrace him. I cannot b ut rejoice that I am come seasonably enough to bring your highness that remedy o f which you stand so much in need. Marzavan arrived at Torf. and the officer verily believi ng it was her daughter. go and fetch your daughter. with great joy: 'come hither. Marzavan.' c ried she. The nurse. seeing him make all thes e preparations. he desired to know of his mother if she could not procure him a private sight of her royal mistress. newly arrived from his travels. which I do not in the least doubt.' The princess then began to relate to Marzavan all the particulars of her story. After some pause.. went to the princess.' So saying. I hope your highness will admit him to that honour. I do not despair of procuring you the satisfaction you desire. cried out. with tears i n her eyes. are you then one of those that believ e me mad? Undeceive yourself and hear me.' As soon as night came.' Marzavan saluted her with profound respect. and which she showed him. I should think myself fully recompensed. and he having a great desire to kiss your hand.' 'What! my brother Marzavan. when she. Nevertheless. even to the ring which was exchanged fo r hers. I will with p leasure do anything to oblige the princess. and her history. she no sooner heard that her dear son had returned than she found time to come out. This daughter has since been married. she told him she could say nothing for the present. from province to province. 'If it be as your highnes s says. before she presented Marzavan.' replied Marzavan. addressed herself to him. About four months afterwards. who she knew had been so lately appointed that he could know nothing of what had passed at the court of China. and having f ound him. without the king's knowing i t. 'Say no more. according to the account he had had f rom his mother of the princess's illness. and would fain see her. without omitting the least circumstance. and from island to is land. 'You know. but I must first entreat your highness to arm yourself with patience for some time longer. and the gate shall be open to you.' said she to him. The nurse knowing that none could approach the princess but herself without leav e of the officer who commanded the guard at the gate. this is not a woman I have brought to you. without giving him time to speak. After the princess had done speaking. but the officer cried.' Speaking these words. what a sad condition the princess was in. He travelled from city to city. for it is not unreasonable. and in every place he passed through he could hear of nothing but the Prin cess Badoura (which was the Princess of China's name). and set out next morning on his intended journey. the nurse went to look for her son Marzavan.' The nurse would have gone on. and you may likewise have heard that I had a daughter whom I brough t up along with her. 'I have brought up t he princess. she dressed him so artificially in women's clothes that nobody could k now he was a man.' 'Madam. She carried him along with her. and converse with him a little. be a ssured that the object of your wishes is not far off. and for what reason the ki ng her father had shut her up. continued for some time with his eyes fixed on the ground. or send for her about midnight. till I shall return after I have travelled over kingdoms which I have not yet visited. Having told him. that a br other and a sister should see each other without covering their faces. admitted them together. The princess. which he judged necessary to be used. but at length he lifted up his head and said. she would give him an answer. 'and take off that veil. after so m any years' absence without sending the least account all the while of your welfa re. and said. and when you hear of my return. without speaking a word. but without anybody's perceiving her coming in or out. yet the princess stil l does her the honour to love her. 'What! brother. great an . and though I should reap no other fruit of my studies and long voyage. filled with wonder and astonishm ent. even to your good mother. a seaport town. 'I am rejoiced to see you returned in good health. 'Madam . but if he would meet her the next day at the same hour. cried out. it is my son Marzavan in disguise. surely. Marzavan drew forth out of his pocket a book and other thi ngs. Marzavan took leave of the princess. 'I am infinitely obliged to your highness for your go odness in rejoicing at my health: I hoped to have heard a better account of your s than what to my great affliction I am now witness of.' said the princess.

and therefore said to him.' The first thing that struck Marzavan on entering the prince's chamber was to fin d him upon his bed languishing. he desired to see him. and had recovered. and embarking on board a merchant ship. where were at that time the king and his grand vizier. for it seems the princess and prince were much alike. his resistance and extraordinary aversion to marriage. he arrived sa fe in sight of the capital. and let Marzavan sit by him. who had se nt for him. and whose history very much resemble d hers. and concealed nothing. the king . therefore. This made him so joyful. After he had changed his clothes and been we ll treated. he represented so nicely what had happened to him with the Princess of China . who. just before it entered the port. who had a ready wit. and with his eyes shut. 'Follow me. and was infinitely r ejoiced to find that. his birth. and whence he came. one by lan d and sea. The king. his education. Th en his majesty demanded of him who he was. And upon Marzavan 's answering that he was a subject of China and came from that kingdom. and informed himself of t he place where the prince was to be found. where he no more heard of the Princess Badoura. He also gradually perceived th at he possessed a great deal of knowledge. Marzavan was extremely delighted to hear this. and could give him ti dings of her. and the Princess of China the lady. and immediately on the ship's sinking cast himsel f into the sea. and foundered. After Marzavan had finished his compliment in verse which surprised Prince Camar alzaman so agreeably. and taking Marzavan by the hand. and made his compliment in verse extempore: but in such a disguised manner. had exchanged a ring with him. I perceive you are no common man. without explai ning himself further to the vizier. The words of Marzavan excited the prince's curiosity so far that he opened his e yes and looked at him. who was ill. you have travelled a great way: would to God you had learned any secret for curing a certain sick person. the inclination th e king his father had to see him married early. he was introduced to the grand vizier. he could not help crying out. to go from the place where he was. his imprisonme nt. 'Was there ever a greater resemblance!' He meant to the Prince ss of China. by means of his shipwreck.' said the grand vizier . conceived a great esteem for him. Although he saw him in t hat condition. which gave him hopes of his son's speedy recovery. his pretended extravagancies in prison. overjoyed at this alteration. Marzavan gave great attention to all the grand vizier said. led him to it.d populous. the other by sea only. his disobeying his father in full council. Marzavan chose the latter. w ho has greatly afflicted this court for a long while!' Marzavan replied that if he knew what malady it was. and when he heard him give such just and fitting answers to what wa s asked of him. Marzavan. his highness took the liberty to make a sign to the king h is father. Marzavan could swim very well. who has already desired that I should in troduce you. 'From what I can understand. that the effects of it showed themselves in his eyes and looks. though. that neither the king nor grand vizier understood anything of the matter. which were afterwards changed into a violent madness for a certain unknown lady. for his part. It went down in sight of Prince Camaralzaman's castle. where he was soon re lieved by the grand vizier's order. that he might be bett er able to judge of his illness and its cure. laid hold of that opportun ity. he pretended. and got safe to the shore under the castle. There were two ways to it. quitted his place. this minister received him v ery civilly. he verily believed there was no such person in the world. the ship struc k against a rock through the unskilfulness of the pilot. but. that the prince had no reason to doubt that he knew her. he had so fortunately lighted o n the person he was looking after. which was the shortest way. Howev er. Then the grand vizier related to him the whole story of Prince Camaralzaman from its origin. and although the king his father was sitting by him. He saw no reason to doubt that Prince Camaral zaman was the man. Marzavan being a young man of good air and address. 'and you will find the king with him. he might perhaps find a rem edy for it. but where all the ta lk was of Prince Camaralzaman.

One thing still troubles me. all the world shall see how handsomely I will reward you. and what I have learned of your s. let not your highness be grieved at that. since too much exercise at first might impair his health. and this from all the reasons of mutual affection which we have borne to each other from our birth. The king gave his consent. one to mount. and having recommended the care of him to Marzavan. This would be a cruel disappointment to me.' This discourse had a marvellous effect on the prince. 'I foresaw this di fficulty. if he pleased. I burn with impatience to see the charming princess. besides the zeal and affection I otherwise owe her.' continued he. he let him go. if I did not do my best ende avour to effect her cure and yours. Think then immediately of the recovery of your health. daughter of Gaiour. he took Marzavan aside. but bade him be sure not to stay out above one night. and leave the rest to me.cried out. soon recovered his health. He orde red public rejoicings for several days together. and ask his leave to go out on a hunting party for two or three days wi th me. whilst he went and rejoiced with the grand vi zier. He omitted not to acquaint him how the king had treated those who had failed in their pretensions to cure the princess of her indisposition. alms to the poor. when he has done so. would go and hunt for two or three day s with Marzavan. and begged leave of his father to dress h imself. 'But your highness is the only person. and exert my utmost skill. He told the king he was desi rous to take the air. The king could not refrain from embracing Marzavan. and a too long absence create his majesty uneasiness. 'Heaven grant that you may be able to cure my son of this profound m elancholy.' Having said thus. My principal design in this voyage was to deliver the Princess of China from her malady. 'that can cure her effectually. and if we do not set out on o ur journey immediately I shall soon relapse into my former condition. I would h ave you perfectly recovered. and himself took particular care that nothing sho uld be wanting. and soon after went out of th e prince's chamber with the grand vizier to publish this agreeable news.' added he. He found such great relief that he felt he had strength to rise. However. therefore let the king your father understand you have a mind to take the air. Prince Camaralzaman. This I can assure your high ness from what she has told me of her adventure. You see he scarcely ever leaves me. When he fo und himself in a condition to undertake the voyage. and then we will take such measures as are necessar y. No doubt he will grant your request. he left the prince to converse at full liberty with the stranger. 'it is time you should cease to grieve.' Here he bega n to relate all that he knew of the princess's story. from the night of their ex traordinary interview. You have not stirred abroad for s ome time.' said he. and said. and I should be wanting in my duty to her. for I will undertake to prev ent it. to amuse the two grooms that led the fresh hor . his majesty embraced the prince. She has suffered no less on your account than you have on hers. and I shall be eternally obliged to you. it is now time to perform the promise you have made me. and gave great largesses to his officers and the people. and. with such an air as gave the old king incredible pleasure. though extremely weakened by almost continual want of sleep and long abstinence from almost all food. before you undertake so great a voyage. 'and that is the difficulty I shall meet with in getting leave of my father to go. This then is the means I have contrived to obtain your liberty. the other to change. when. He then ordered him to choose the best horses in his stable. Marzavan leaning down to the prince. if you do not contrive a way to prevent it. When all was ready. Prince Camaralzaman and Marzavan were soon mounted.' Next day Prince Camaralzarnan took his opportunity. spoke low in his ear. thus: 'Prince. and caused the prisoners to be set a t liberty throughout his kingdom. King of China. ' At these words the prince fell to weeping: and Marzavan said. 'Dear Marzavan. without inquiring into the m eans he had used to produce this wonderful effect. and may present y ourself without fear. The lady for whom you suffer is the Princess Badoura. order two good horses to be got ready. The joy was soon general in the capital and ev ery corner of his dominions.

came next morning to the gate of the king 's palace. I must confess. He told his highness he was sure the king his father would no sooner find that he did not return. M arzavan desired the prince to wait for him a little. 'They that come to this place. and am come to effect a cure on the estimable Princess Badoura. and we may have leis ure to continue our journey without fear of being followed. 'I am an astrologer. during which time Marzavan caused an astrolo ger's dress to be made for the prince. King of China. or sufficiently admire your conduct: I am under fresh obligations to yo u for it. arrived at length at the capi tal of China. and blooming youth made everybody that saw hi m pity him.' Besides the guards and porters at the gate. At daybreak they were in a forest.' said some that were nearest to him. then Marzavan a wakened the prince without awakening the grooms. which was brought in his ba ggage. instead of going to his lodgings. and provide d with all he wanted as an astrologer. he repeated the same cry with a boldness that ma de everybody tremble. No physician. 'thus to e xpose a life of such promising expectation to certain death? Cannot the heads yo u see on all the gates of this city deter you from such an undertaking? Consider what you do: abandon this rash attempt. nor magician had ap peared for a long time. sir. he besmeared it with blood and threw it into the highway. The prince's good mien. coming to the meeting of four roads.' con tinued Marzavan. astrologer. they set out as hard as their horses could go. 'What mean you. it was therefore thought that there were no more me n of these professions in the world. 'and find these blood-stained clothes. will conclude you are devoured b y wild beasts. and found no other obstacle but the length of time which it necessarily took up. however.' The prince and Marzavan. whom he loves so passionately. 'that this is a violent way of proceeding. this drew together a great number of people about Prince Camaralzaman. or else to lose my life for my fruitle ss and presumptuous attempt. and desired his highness to let him have his suit. and that I have escaped to avoid the king's anger. of his arrival. they made as if they would hunt. The prince demanded his reason for what he had done. they alighted at a carav ansera or inn. the prince put on his astrologer's habit. they mounted the fresh horses.' I cannot but approve such an ingenious st ratagem. when the grand vizier came in person. They tarried there incognito for three days to rest themselv es after the fatigue of the voyage. and went into the forest. . 'Let him alone.ses. and as he sa w nobody come to introduce him. and after Marzavan had take n one of the groom's horses by the bridle. H e then killed the groom's horse. and introduce d him to the King of China. and Marzavan left him to go and acquaint his moth er. God have mercy upon his youth and his soul!' He then proceeded to cry out a th ird time in the same manner. he is resolved to die . where they supped.' said he. where Marzavan. and be gone. or that there were no more so mad as those that had gone before them. to marry her if I succeed. The three days being expired. Then they all cried. and cried aloud. but his joy will be the greater when he hears you are alive and happy. to alarm an old fath er with the death of his son. Thus equipped. instructed by Marzavan as to what he was to do. deterred by the many tragic examples of ill success that appeared before their eyes. noble air. before the guards and porters. where. well provided with cash for their expenses. The king. carried the prin ce to a public inn. and immediately send people in quest of them. pers uading himself that you are dead will stop further pursuit. the Princess Badoura's nurse. notwithstanding all these remonstrances.' The prince continued firm. and come to know that he had departed without the grooms. Prince Camaralzaman. and to take another for himself. continued t heir journey both by land and sea. They.' replied the prince. and so got as far off the city and out of the road as was possible. on the conditions proposed b y his majesty. to the end that she might info rm the Princess. daughter of the most high and mighty monarch Gaiour. When night began to approach. than he would suspect something . and after having torn the prince's suit. which he had put off. and slept till about midnight.' 'Brave Marzavan.

who is to be my wife. but over all the world. after such great fatigues and dangers as I have undergone on t his account. The king. When the prince had finished his letter. Prince Camaralzaman stopt before he entered. and introduced him into a great hall. who saw himself so near the object of the wishes which had occas ioned him so many tears. that they would die if the y did not succeed.' said he. What would not the world say of m y fickleness. he folded it up. indeed. If I must die. When they came to a long gallery. and continuing h is pace. n otwithstanding your noble appearance and your youth you must lose your head. 'Young man.' replied the Prince. he bowed and kissed the gro und. with astonishing resolution and eagerness. without going any further?' The officer was amazed to hear the prince talk to him with such confidence: he l eft off insulting him. 'Whither away s o fast?' cried he. and where I am sure to find my happiness. followed the officer. with great concern. divided from it only by a piece of tapestry.' 'Sir. out of respect to you. I beseech y our majesty therefore to keep me no longer impatient to display the certainty of my art. whence was an ent rance into the princess's chamber. not only in this court. 'you cannot get in without me: and it would seem that you have a great desire for death thus to run to it headlong.' replied the prince. sir. I will deprive mys elf of that pleasure for a little while. if I had not been certain of the cure I propose. at this age. and the great goodness you show to a stranger. No t one of all those many astrologers and magicians I have introduced before made such haste as yourself to a place whither I fear you will come but too soon. taking him by the arm. that y ou may be witness of my skill: notwithstanding my impatience to see a princess o f her rank. yet. ink. I shall die with the satisfaction of not having lost your esteem after I have merited it. and got before the officer. had not seen one worthy to cast his eyes upon. you will get immortal honour by it. the prince. provided the business is done: cure her how you will. of all that had hitherto presumptuously exposed their lives on this occasion. but.As soon as the prince came into the king's presence. he reminded him once more that he was at liberty to renounce his design.' He had just spoken these words as he was at the door . The officer opened it. and enclosed in it the . I wish you may succeed. can have acquired experience enough to dare attempt the cure of my daughter. with much ado got up with him. and said seriously. 'It is no matter whether you do it he re or there. and paper out of his pocket. and would give her to you in marriage w ith all my heart. felt real compa ssion for Prince Camaralzaman on account of the danger he was about to undergo. he wrote a letter to the princess. speaking softly to the officer for fear of being heard in the princess's chamber. The officer.' Then the king commanded the officer who had the custody of the princess to intro duce Prince Camaralzaman into her apartment: but before he would let him go.' 'Friend. 'I am under infinite obligations to your majesty for the honour you design me. with the greatest joy. 'I can hardly believe tha t you.' The prince replied. I leave it to your own desire whether I should cure the princess in your presen ce. 'this was because none of the astrologers you speak of were so sure of their art as I am of mine: they were certain. or where we are. but I must declare to you at the same time. 'It will be best then to cure her without seeing her.' said he. looking earnestly at the officer. more willingly than I should have done to others that have offered themselves before you. I should abandon the enterprise? Even your majesty would soon lose that esteem you have conceived for me. yet the pr ince paid no heed. that if you do not succeed in your attempt. but I d esire your majesty to believe that I would not have come from so remote a countr y as I have done. nor youthful conceit in my undertaking. 'that there is neither presumption. But as he thought him more deserving than ordinary. if. but they had no certainty of their success. 'To convince you. a nd made him come and sit by him. nor whim. and taking pen. at the end of which was the princess's apartme nt. he showed him more honour. On this account t hey had reason to tremble on approaching the place whither I go. pushed on. the name of which perhaps may be unknown in your dominions.' He was furnished with everything suita ble for an astrologer to carry about him. who. redoubling his pace.

' The marriage was solemnized the same day.' Prince Camaralzaman thanked the king in the most humble tones. 'Happy stranger.' Then he told the king how he did it. as your majesty very judiciously guessed. which I will never part with. my father is Schahzaman. taking his hand.' The officer immediately went to tell the King of China what had happened. I cannot keep it without restoring yours. I will take care it shall be. 'the boldest astrologer that ever lived. it is impossible for me to believe that you are really what you appear to be. I will keep my word. When he had seale d it. or shall be. and give you my daughter to marry.' said he. child. 'carry it to your mistress. i f it does not cure her as soon as she reads it. though.' 'Daughter. 'As for my person. I was born a prince. friend.' said the king. who now reigns over the isl ands that are well known by the name of the Islands of the Children of Khaledan.' replied the king. your resolution is worthy of you: go. entering the Princess of China's chamber.' He awoke with a great sigh. and the original being deposited in my royal archives. I give you leave to tell everybody that I am the most ignorant and impudent ast rologer that ever was. saying.' said he. and finding him alone kissed his hand and thu s addressed herself to him: 'Sir. Nor was Marzavan forgotten: the king immediatel y gave him an honourable post in his court. who asked him the cause of it. 'This history is so ext raordinary that it deserves to be known to posterity. to show his joy. THE LOSS OF THE TALISMAN. without being able to speak for excess of joy: they looked on one another a long time. wondering how they met again after their first intervi ew. I wish he may prove nei ther a liar nor an impostor. that he might the better show his gratitude.' The Princess Badoura took the letter. and would have me belie ve you. neither can it be in better hands. He made use neither of schem es nor spells or perfumes. I give you leave. When the prince had done speaking. but cured her without seeing her. is. where the Princess Badoura gave the prince her ring. my son.' The officer. without letting the officer see what he did. ran to the door and opened it. and pretends that on reading this letter and seeing what is in it you will be cured. I have a favour to beg of your majesty. has arrived here. from what I see in you. and opened it with a great deal of indiffe rence. and held continual feastings for several months. gave her the packet he re ceived from Prince Camaralzaman. that I might succeed more easily in my ambition to be allied to the most potent monarch in the world.' said he. made them come into her chamber.princess's ring. who ran to the door with her. She k new the prince as soon as she saw him. or anything else. The princess's nurse. 'whoever you are. 'though I shall be very sorry to part with you for so long a time. the king said to him. . 'Madam. and. that my own kingdoms and the kingdoms around me may know it. and the son of a king and quee n. they at once embraced ea ch other tenderly. and a promise of further advancement . she r ose hastily. 'I must own I am not an astrologer. he gave it to him: 'There. it is that you will give me leave to go with the prince my husband to see King Schahza man. but when she saw the ring. The monarch was agreeably surprised at the news. she had not patience to read it through. my name is Camaralzaman. joined it to the princess's. broke the chain that held her. and the rejoicings for it were univers al all over the empire of China. has abandoned me. if I am not mistaken. which aroused the princess. whom I so tenderly loved. 'Take it. I only put on the habit o f one. and going forthwith to the princess's chamber embraced her: he afterwards embraced the prince. 'Sir. 'all the astrologers and doctors who have hitherto pretended to cure t he princess were fools in comparison with the last. oon after his marriage Prince Camaralzaman dreamt one night that he saw his fath er Schahzaman on his death-bed. ' He then told him his history. my father-in-law. I will spread copies of it abroad. and heard him speak thus to his attendants: 'My son.' said he. and he knew her. Next morning th e princess went to her own father. and sees what is inclosed in it.

sewed neatly on to the stuff. Prince Camaralzaman having seen all things in order came to the tent where the p rincess was sleeping. The King of China gave orders for preparations to be made for the journey. and looked at the diamonds and rubies one by one. he entered. he s aw a little purse hanging to it. Camar alzaman followed. and tied fast wit h a ribbon. th ought of returning to the camp. so he despaired of ever recoveri ng the Princess Badoura's talisman. he lay down under a tree. and took out a cornelian. the more eager he grew in pursuing her. and instead of perching at night on a bush where he might probably have taken her. . He did the same for ten days to gether. hunted all the way home. The prince. he accompanied the prince and princess several days' journey on their way. a bird darted down fr om the air and snatched it away from him. and found there was something solid inside it. or my princess would not carry it with so much care. in hopes she would drop it. as she said. to divert his thoughts. and tired with the pu rsuit. and went himself to give directions. 'This cornelian. and the prince ordered his ser vants to pitch their tents. When the bird came to the walls. 'but. and. followed her again that whole day. he felt it. and while he was holding it up in his hand. They parted at length with great weeping on all sides: the king embraced them. with no better success. she fl ew over them and the prince saw no more of her. and came near a great city. took a further fl ight: the prince still followed. intendi ng to take a nap himself.' said the prince to himself. ' The princess communicated the King of China's consent to Prince Camaralzaman. Thus the bird drew him along from hill to valley. the te nt being dark. and having desired the prince to be kind to his daughter. having swallowed the talisman. and cur sed his unseasonable curiosity. Desirous to know what it was. he left them to proceed on their journey. w eary with the fatigue of the journey. which the Queen of China had given her daught er as a charm. and keeping his eye upon her from morning to night. every step leading him further away from the field where he had lef t his camp and the Princess Badoura.' said he to himself. forming an agre eable shade. he t ook it up. from any harm as long as she had it abo ut her.but on condition that you stay no longer than a year in King Schahzaman's court. The princess. the further she flew. and w hen all things were ready. 'must be something very valuable. 'which way shall I re turn? Shall I go down the hills and valleys which I passed over? Shall I wander in darkness? and will my strength bear me out? How dare I appear before my princ ess without her talisman?' Overwhelmed with such thoughts. the bird took wing. The bird having got her prize settled on the ground not far off. The prince. and when she fell asleep. with the talism an in her mouth. The day being unusually hot. a nd to love her always. On the eleventh day the bird conti nued flying. safe from pu rsuit. and valley to h ill all day. and at last came to a meadow of great extent. vexed to the heart for taking so much pains to no purpose. the better to look at the talisman. wh o was transported with joy to hear it. her attendants left her by herself . They alighted in one of the finest spots. by which his dear princess had lost a treasure t hat was so precious and so much valued by her. Prince Camaralzaman and the Princess Badoura travelled for about a month. and the bird. to keep her. engraven wit h unknown figures and characters. pursuing the bird. Camaralzaman thought it best to encamp there. He awoke the next morning before the bird had left the tree. took it out to the light. but observing the princess's girdle lying by her. as he ap proached. and. she roosted on a high tree. The prince drew near.' It was Badoura's talisman. a lways lying under the tree where she roosted. where he passed the night. he opened the purse. In doing this. and settled again on the ground further off. He was more troubled at it than words can express. planted with tall trees. Imagine the concern and grief of Prince Camaralzaman when he saw the bird fly aw ay with the talisman. and sat down without making any noise. bade her women untie her girdle. eating nothing but herbs and fruits all the way. as soon as he saw her on the wing. but. which the y laid down by her.

He accepted the offer. and that he would bring it back with him. 'The ship departed. when she awoke. We must leave him in this place. Camaralzaman entered. he requested him to relate how he came there. unless those stran gers know how to beware of them. While they were talking to her. and lived with the gardene r till the time came that the ship was to sail to the Isle of Ebony. af ter wandering eleven days from the spot. Camaralzaman complied with his request. in a place where he had no acquaintances. you will be as welcome to it as to your own. 'how do I know she i s alive?' and so saying. such as it is.' said the gardener. she called her women. The princess slept a long time. as the gardener bade him shut the door. and will stay with me in my house. or to draw them into a snare. wondered that Prince Camara lzaman was not with her. Walking along the river-side. and it is a miracle that you ha ve escaped as you have thus far. saying. Ah!' continued he. She waited for him impatiently till night. went into the city. and had a fine port. Come in and rest. but the good man interrupted him. He spent hi s time in working all day in the garden. but did not see him go out a gain. tears and compl aints. or where to stop. 'I see you are a stranger newly arrived. The gardener replied that there was no possibility of his going thither by land. At last he came to the port. 'for it is in vain. in as g reat uncertainty as ever what he should do. she took up her girdle. she fell into violent grief. he must necessari ly pass through the countries of so many barbarous nations that he would never r each his father's. and must want to refresh yourself. fearing they would betray her if they had any know . demanded of t he gardener why he was so cautious. he per ceived the gate of a garden open. and the talisman gone. and when he had ended his story. she cursed the talisman. he walked up and down the streets with out knowing where he was. and all night in sighs. and to shut the door after him. and she could hear no news of him. which was b uilt by the seaside. 'for me to think of finding my princess where I left her. She did not doubt but that Camaralzaman had ta ken it to see what it was. and the man that made it. They told her they saw him enter the tent. The good man look ed up and saw that he was a stranger and a Mussulman. and after the prince had eaten heartily of w hat he set before him.' said he. he burst into tears. When it was quite dark.Camaralzaman. It was a year's journey from the city where he was to any cou ntry inhabited only by Mussulmans. these idolaters being very apt to fall upon the Mussulmans that are strangers. She could not imagine how her talisman should have caused the prince's separation from her: she did n ot however lose her judgment.' Camaralzaman thanked the honest gardener for his advice. the roads were so difficult and the journey so long. and could not imagine what made him stay away fr om her so long. and the safety he offer ed him in his house: he would have said more. and treat those few of us that are here with g reat barbarity. 'Because.' replied the old man. for his men were asleep in their tents. and asked them if they knew where he was. found the little p urse open. besides. and he might take that opportunity of returning to those islands. 'but a few days ago: if you had come a little sooner you migh t have taken your passage in it. and. If you will wait the year round until it makes the voyage again. whence he might easily transport himself to the Isles of th e Children of Khaledan: a ship sailed from the port every year to Ebony. 'You are weary. the quickest passage for him would be to go t o the Isle of Ebony. The princess. She only and her women knew of the prince's being gone. who have a mortal aversion to us Mussulmans. so he asked him to come in . and a M ussulman.' Prince Camaralzaman was glad he had met with such a place of refuge. whose grief was beyond expression. to return to the princess.' He conducted him into his little hut. I suppose you did not know this. whom we left asleep in her tent. he aske d him which was the nearest way to the king his father's territories. and an old gardener at work. thinking of his dear Princess Badoura. and this city is inhabited for the most part by idolaters. and. and came to a courageous decision as to what she s hould do.

Instead of going home. He showed her all possible honour. lest. she was not sure whet her she might not find Prince Camaralzaman in the court of King Schahzaman his f ather. she herse lf mounting on horseback. which the king took for a sign of modesty.' The King of the Isle of Ebony's generous offer to bestow his only daughter in ma rriage. 'I cannot accept this great alliance on any other con dition than that your majesty will assist me with your counsel. next morning summoned his council. whom he still took for Prince Camaralzaman . 'Sir. the journey under the name of Camaralzaman. King Armanos. The persons who first lan ded gave out that the ship carried Prince Camaralzaman. and put on on e of Prince Camaralzaman's. They travelled for several months by land and sea. and to own that she was not Prince Camaralzaman.ledge of it. and dare not refuse. and met the princess just as she was landing. his men took her for him. where a king reigned whose name was Armanos. and spoke to her in this manner: 'You see. and going to the lodging that had been taken for her. whose part she had hitherto acted so well. and charged them to continue to keep the secr et. She thought it would not become a princess of her rank to undecei ve the king.' continued she. on the Princess Badoura. the Princess Haiatalnefous whose beauty cannot be better matched than wi th a prince of your rank and accomplishments. which I cannot pretend to merit. when she had assured him that she was he himself. Besides. and. that I am old. and he might attempt something even against her life. understanding that the princess. to my great mortification. she with blushes. and when all things were ready. in case she found him again. being so like him that next day. his kindness might turn to aversion and hatred. She commanded them to pack up their baggage and begin their march. so after having stood silent for some minutes. she ordered one of her women to go into her litter. with my crown. King Arma nos. and nothing could be a greater pleasure to me in my retirement th an to see my people ruled by so worthy a successor to my throne. rejoicing that he had got a son-in-law so much to his satisfaction. She was also afraid refuse the honour he offered her. assuring them that the Princess Badoura consen ted. They went to the capital of the Isle of Ebony. The King of the Isle of Ebony. and the news of his arrival was presently carried to the court. moderated her grief. as he was m uch bent upon the marriage. talked of going on board again to proceed on her voyage. He received her as the son of a king who was his fr iend. charmed with the air and qualities of such an accomplished prince as he took her to be. determined her to accept the proposa l of King Armanos. and that I do no thing without first having your approbation. 'But. In the mean time Princess Badoura gave notice to her officers. and the great favour you offer me. prince. w ho still took her for Prince Camaralzaman. At the end of this time. stay and ma rry her from my hand. These considerations. seized an opp ortunity when she was alone. It is time f or me to rest. and cannot hope to live long. and with her his kingdom. and have lodg ed in a private house. answered. Heaven has only blest me with one da ughter. accompanied by most of his courtiers. the ceremony was put off till next day. I am infinitely obliged to your majesty for your good opinion of me. for the honour you do me. though she would fain have excused herself. and forbade her women to say or do anything th at might create the least suspicion. and marry his daughter. which I resign in your favour. They took the Isle of Ebony on their way to the Isles of the Children of Khaledan. went immediately to meet the prince. and entertained her fo r three days with extraordinary magnificence. sir.' The marriage treaty being thus concluded and agreed on. when she came out. the princess continuing. and riding by her side. and acquainted them with h . but his wife. She then laid aside her robe. who was returning from a long voyage and was driven in there by a storm. of what she was going to do so that t hey might not be surprised at it. She talked also to her women. I h ave not a son to whom I may leave my crown. put her into unexpect ed perplexity. where an apartment was prepared for her a nd all her attendants. added to the prospect of obtaining a kingdom for the princ e her husband. and conducted her to the palace.

ascended it. and casting his eyes on the scattered entrai ls of the bird that was last killed. and because they abstain from all work themselves. and struggling to escape. should be shortened by so unaccountable an accident. the more do I . When they had filled up the grave with the earth they flew away. so I have the less reason to complain of that which thou didst to me: but the greater it was. and having made him sit down by his side. the Princess Badoura told the Princess Haiatalnefous the secret. so as to spend the time in their assemblies and public rejoicings. They killed the murderer with their beaks. two other large birds. tore out the entrails .' said Haiatalnefous. he descended from his throne. so happy as yours was. left the body on the spot unburied. It will be to me the greatest pleasure in the world to be the only person in the great kingdom of the Isle of Ebony wh o knows what and who you are. saying. after which they dug a grave with their talons. instead of going out to take part in the pub lic joy of the city. whom he introduced to them. and after a thousand expressions of mutu al friendship lay down to rest. 'thou tookest delight in doing mischief. 'Princess. 'This day is a great f estival among the idolaters. wh ich had cost him so much pain and sorrow and so many sighs since the bird snatch ed it out of his hand. cam e from the other side of the garden. and. with more than usual violence. In a very little while one of them fell do wn dead at the foot of a tree. shaking their heads in token of grief. f ighting one another with their beaks.' The gardener put on his best clothes. He drew near the tree. bringing with them the bird that had committed the murder. was preparing t o work in the garden. and flew away. the bird that was victorious took wing again. and swear fealty to him. and there sacrificed it in just revenge for the murder it had committed. Pr ay heaven you may meet with your husband again soon. He walked up and down the garden sighing and groaning. that had seen the fight at a distance. Camaralzaman remained in great astonishment all the time that he stood beholding this sight. I will go and see some of my friends. the gardener prevented him. and flew away. a nd buried it. while you go on governing the people as happily as you have begun. When Prince Camaralzaman was alone. I only ask of you at present to be your friend. still looking at the bird. and found it was his beloved Princess Badoura's talisman. 'your fortune is indeed strange. 'Ah. the o ne holding one of its wings in its beak. that a marriage . and required them to acknowledge him for king. and pitched on the ground one at the feet a nd the other at the head of the dead bird: they looked at it some time. till the noise which two birds made on a neighbouring tree tempted him to lift up his head. and the Princess Badoura . While these things were taking place in the court of the Isle of Ebony. and begged her to keep it. In an instant. They then opened it. cruel monster!' said he to himself. the new king was p roclaimed through the city. and returned in a few minutes. You will have nothing to do to-day: I leave you here. The y carried it to the grave of the bird which it had lately sacrificed to its rage .is design of marrying his daughter to Prince Camaralzaman. the loss of his dear princess. they will not let the Mussulmans work. the solitude he was in brought to his mind. and went out. and se cure you a passage in it. One morning when the prince was up early. and stop to see what was the matter. and be sure that I will rel igiously keep the secret committed to me. who had offered h im his house till the ship sailed. told them he resigned the crown to the prince. and cour iers despatched all over the kingdom to see the same ceremonies observed with th e same demonstrations of joy. rejoicings were appointed for several days. As soon as the council broke up.' Then the two p rincesses tenderly embraced each other. by his order. which she promised faithfully to do. As soon as they were alone. Camaralzaman was surprised to behold a furious battle between these two birds. he spied something red hanging out of its b ody. the crim inal all the while crying out in a doleful manner. As the time approaches in which the ship is accust omed to sail for the Isle of Ebony. Having said this. He took it up. Prince C amaralzaman stayed in the city of idolaters with the gardener. and the other one of its legs. as he used to do. Their shows are worth seeing.

ea ch with a cover over it. 'this happy minute. For fourscore years. and fearing lest the talisman. The g ood man. in punishing thee for the m urder of one of their own kind. He opened them all. which restores to me a treasure so precious to thee. on account of the d ifference of age between him and the prince). 'it is not enoug h that you have got this treasure. and the labour he had done for so many years. and at the bottom saw a ca vity about six yards square. 'Son. and spent the rest of the day in packing up the gold and the olives in the fifty pots. perhaps even sooner t han I think. by which the prince guessed that he brought him good news. At last the prince solemnly protested that he would ha ve none of it. where you will make a good use of it. unless the gardener would divide it with him and take half. Camaralzaman took an axe. is without doubt a presage of our meeting again. He came out of the cave. His friend promised to let him know the day. and am in no want of anything. he found that his axe struck against something that resisted the blow and mad e a great noise. and discovered a broad plate of brass. I have done nothing but dig in this garden. he went to get his answer. Providence has bestowed it upon you.' The prince led the gardener to the place where he had rooted up the tree. and could not dis cover this treasure. and I will get them carried to the ship when you embark.' So saying. He retu rned with a joyful countenance. and there was no t one of them which was not full of gold-dust. for the ship will then certainly set sail: I have arranged with t he captain for your passage. and when he was there showed him what a treasure he ha d discovered. Having thus divided it.' 'In my present situation. I have also tidings that will be as welcome to you. take what you will. wrapped it up in a ribbon. made h im go down into the cave. and went to the gardener for orders. In cutting off a branch of the roo t. with fifty brass urns placed in order around it. we must now contrive how to carry it so priva tely on board the ship that nobody may know anything of the matter. just when you are returning to that country which will one day be you r own. h is trouble always keeping him awake. come along with me. and rooted up the tree against the gardener's return. put on his worki ng clothes. rather than me: I have one foot in the grave. There are no olives in the Isle of Ebony. fill fifty pots. consented. an d while Camaralzaman was rooting up the tree. and ea ch had twenty-five urns. and began his work.' Prince Camaralzaman would not be outdone in generosity by the gardener. It suits a prince like you. 'What do you mean?' replied the gardener: 'do you imagine I will take these rich es as mine? They are yours: I have no right to them. which is a sign that it was destined for you. He removed the earth. The gardener had learned the day before that the ship which was bound for the Is le of Ebony would sail in a few days. so they parted it between them. 'you could not bring me more ag reeable news. you know I have plenty of them. 'Son. wh . if he called upon him on the morrow. since you hav e been permitted to find it. but the next night he slept soundly: he ros e somewhat later the next morning than he was accustomed to do. otherwise yo u will run the risk of losing it. and those that are exported hence are wanted there. They had a long dispute about it. Till now he had been almost every night a stranger to rest. one after another. since my father's death.' said the gardener to the prince. and in return. he kissed the talisman. and you shall see what good fortune heaven has in store for you.' said the old man (so he always called him. He went down.' replied Camaralzaman. and thanked Providence for rewarding his virtue. and half with oliv es. half with the gold dust. rejoicin g that he had found such a vast treasure: he put the brass plate over the stairc ase.' continue d he to himself.' Camaralzaman followed this good advice. but the exact time was not yet fixed.' It is impossible to express Prince Camaralzaman's joy: 'Dear princess. and tied it carefu lly about his arm. and prepare to embark in three days. The good man bade him root up a n old tree which bore no fruit. to please the prince. un der which was a staircase of ten steps. 'be joyful.wish well to those that revenged my quarrel on thee.

which he filled up with olives. when the gardener expired in his presence. to give i t to the landlord. might be lost again. who died without heirs. Camaralzaman went to the gardener. or rather the Princess Badoura. and on the thi rd day. or had exhausted himself too mu ch that day. The princess. and as he had nobody to assist him it was almost evening before he had put him in the ground. having a fair wind. and that he might not l ose the other half of the treasure. he grew worse the next day. Whether the old man was quite worn out with age. Under presence of inquiring what merchandise was on board. and the captain bade the prince mak e haste. and thank him for all his good offices: but he found him in the agonies of death. and the wind standing fair. asked what vessel it was. He hired a boy to help him to do some part of the drudgery. the capta in dared not stay any longer. 'I am he. and tal king together. But the greatest affliction of all was his having let go the Princess Badoura's talisman. and resolved t o go down to the ship and meet him. she was told that it came annually from the city of the idol aters. and was generally richly laden. with all her flags flying. espying the ship as she was entering the port. and fo llow you. When the captain and his men were gone. which he now gave over for lost. and arrived at the port just a s the captain came ashore. to ta ke leave of him. and rode to the port. and choosing the most va luable. The prince answered. that he might leave it when he was gone. which came to him by the death of the garden er. and had scarcely time to bid him rehearse the articles of his faith. carrying with him the key of the garden. deploring his misery and misfortunes. and having the first sight of the goods. t he ship. sorrow and impatience. When he came to the port. They asked him where the passenger was that was to go with him . When they were all ready to be shipped. and what good or bad fortune . accompanied by several officers in waiting. and let your men carry those pots of olives and my baggage aboard. continued her voyage to the Isle of Ebony. The prince being under the necessity of embarking immediately hastened to pay th e last duty to the deceased. and Camaralzaman o pened it to them. he related to him the battle of the birds. how long he had been on his voyage. imagined that the prince might be on board. to distinguish it from the rest. buried him in his own garden (f or the Mahometans had no cemetery in the city of the idolaters. was so ill that it was plain he was near his end. where they were only tolerated). As soon as day broke. marking it with a particular mark. the captain of the ship came in person with sever al seamen to the gardener's. I will only take leave of the gardener. if he had time. It is easy to imagine that Prince Camaralzaman was exceedingly grieved to be for ced to stay longer in a country where he neither had nor wished to have any acqu aintance: to think that he must wait another twelvemonth for the opportunity he had lost. otherwise to deposit it in some trusty person's hand before a witness. he had a very bad night. intending. and t o continue to cultivate it by himself. which she mounted.' The seamen took up the pots and the baggage. The palace being by the sea-side. he was told the ship had sailed several hours before he came and was already out of sight. they knocked at the garden-door. when the prince was to embark.ich he wore on his arm. for the wind being fair they were waiting for nothing but him. and cannot be spoken with: come in. she commanded a horse to be brought. The gardener was equally surprised and joy ful to hear it for his sake. the gardener who arranged with you for my passa ge is ill. While Prince Camaralzaman began another year of labour. the new king. It had waited three hours for him. to be ready against the time of the ship's return. who always had Prince Camaralzaman in her mind amidst the glories which surrounded her. which all good Mussulmans do before they die. As soon as he had done it he ran to the water-sid e. the prince retired with the gardener. The only course that was le ft for him to take was to return to the garden to rent it of the landlord. and asked w hence he came. and happ ily arrived at the capital. and how he had found t he Princess Badoura's talisman again. he put the gold-dust into fifty other pots. he carefully put it into one of the pots. She ordered him to be brought before her. He washed his body.

' Her curiosity increasing. 'Sir. or show them to any one else. there are fifty great pots of olives. I arranged f or his passage with a very old gardener.' said she to Haiatalnefous. as soon as they were gone. I told him what haste I was in. ordering the fifty pots of olives to b e brought thither.' The captain sent his boat aboard. Night was drawing on when the princess withdrew into the inner palace. camphor. musk. and in a little time it returned with the pots of olives. replied. paid. 'Princess. 'Sire. and let me see them before they dis pose of them. so I foresee it will be the means of our meeting again soon. and for that reason I t old your majesty he was poor.' 'If what you say is true. 'What can this mean?' said she.' replied the Princess Badoura. which do you take care to give him. and as to passengers. tell the merchants to bring them to me. and went to the Princess Haiatalnefous' apartment. but not being willing that the Princess Haiatalnefous's women. ambergris.' replied the princess.he had met with: if he had any stranger of quality on board. when she saw that the olives in all of them were mixed with gold-dust. but your and their lives shall answer for his. I w ill order you a thousand pieces of gold for him.' The captain. the finest linens painted and plain. else I will not only confiscate all your goods and those of your mercha nts. and waite d a long time. diamonds. He showed me the place. she was so surprised that she fainted away.' said the captain. she ordered Haiatalnefous' women to open and empty all the pots in her presence. and particularly wi th what his ship was laden.' The next day. 'the merchant is very poor.' The money was accordingly. but when she saw her talisman drop out of that into which the prince had put it. and poured them into a dish. spoke to him myself in the garden. The Princess Haiatalnefous and her women res tored the Princess Badoura by throwing cold water on her face. 'No matter. to let the Princess Haiatalnefous taste them. Great was her astonishment when she found the oliv es mingled with gold-dust. she sent for the captain of the ship. and the pots carried to the palace in her presence. who is my debtor. 'you. 'you must set sail this very day for the city of idolaters. I think you told me you had left him behind you in the city of the idolaters: can you tell me wha t he is doing there?' 'Yes. and when he came she spoke to him thus: 'I want to know something more of the merch ant to whom the olives belong. and so set sail. bring them ashore. She opened one. I was afraid of lo sing it. drugs. should hear what she said. she took the talisman and kissed it again and again. The captain gave a satisfactory answer to all her demands. we will make a bargain for them. sire. 'it is wonderful beyo nd comprehension. and cannot be mistaken in the man. olives. who were used to co me every year and bring rich stuffs from several parts of the world to trade wit h. but as it was that which caused our separation. and many other articles. but they belong to a merchant whom I was forced to leave behind. the fatal cause of my losing my dear husband Prin ce Camaralzaman. who were ignorant of her disgu ise. but as he did not come. as soon as it was light. where he worked under him. 'I can speak on my own knowledge. The princess demanded how much the fifty pots might be worth in the Isle of Ebony. who have heard my story. When she recovere d her senses. which shall not be taken off till you bri . she said. 'Land them. I went there to call him. that I bought of you yesterday. I gave him notice myself that I was waiting for him. and her wonder was still greater. I will take them off your hands: as to the other go ods. spices. assured her that there were none but merchants in his ship.' replied the captain. she dismissed them. This is the talisman. cive t.' 'To satisfy him.' The princess answered. taking her for the King of the Isle of Ebony. and the wind was good. I have ordered my seal to be put on the warehouses where they are. The Princess Badoura loved olives extremely: when she heard the captain speak of them. surely guessed that it was at the sight of the talisman that I fainted. and your maj esty will do him a singular favour if you give him a thousand pieces of silver. 'and because you tell me he is poor. and fetch me that gardener's man. who told me I should find him in his ga rden.

she came out to speak to him. whom she was now to reward for the important service he had done her. where he arrived i n the night. to whom he was to answer for an imaginary debt. H is separation from the fair Princess of China his wife afflicted him as usual. he would not cast anchor. and to give h im the kingdom.ng me that man.' The captain could make no reply to this order. as he thought her. that she rejoic ed and entered fully into the plan. She bade him besides keep the t housand pieces of gold she had given him for the pots of olives. The Princess of the Isle of Ebony was so far from betraying her. I never had anything to do with him in my life. As for the prince. 'You should know that better than I. you will talk to him yourself in a little while: till then. If the princess had followed the dictat es of her inclination. who tre mbled in the presence of a king. and taking Prince Camaralzaman with him hastened to the palace. whom he recognized. she knew him in his gardener's clothes. they set sail immediately. but she put a constraint on herself. for whom she had shed s o many tears. and his men had not said a word to one anoth er.' Though it was night when he cast anchor in the port. believing that it was for the interest of both that she should act the part of a king a little longer before she made herself known. praying her to keep the secret still. When he was as near to the city as he thought convenient. as soon as sh e had heard of the captain's return and Camaralzaman's arrival. at last the prince broke silence. 'I do not kno w him. the captain landed immediat ely. She commanded him to be i ntroduced into the council. the captain. she would have run to him and embraced him. she turned to th e captain. They were so diligent. She commanded another officer to go immediately and take the seal off the wareh ouse where his and his merchants' goods were. Though it was about midnight when he arrived there. when he heard somebody k nock at the garden door. telling him she would make up the account with the merchant herself. and asked the captain. She contented herself for the present with putting him into the hands of an officer . and so to the ship. half-dressed as he was. stay here and have patience. to whom she communicated her joy.' The captain answered. and they hast ened him away as fast as they could after he had laid in a stock of provisions a nd fresh water for his voyage. and going into his boat. When the Princess Badoura had provided for Prince Camaralzaman. and never set foot in his kingdom. who was then in waiting. go. however. and gave him a rich diamond. where his fine person and majestic air drew all the . he landed a little way off the port. and made the best of their way to the I sle of Ebony. with a charge to take care of him till the next day. where he de manded to be introduced to the king. The next morning the Princess of China ordered Prince Camaralzaman to be apparel led in the robes of an emir or governor of a province. As soon as she set her eyes on the prince. He told them about it. it did not enter into his head that the person whom he so ea rnestly desired to see stood before him. and do as I command you. the disobeying of which would be a very great loss to him and his merchants. why they had taken him away by force? The captain in his turn demanded of the p rince whether he was not a debtor of the King of Ebony? 'I the King of Ebony's debtor!' replied Camaralzaman in amazement. Thus did he pass those hours which are devoted to rest. but he ha d no sooner opened it. the prince was not asleep. that he set sail the same day. worth much more than the expense of both his voyages. He ran hastily to it. she retired to the Princess of the Isle of Ebony's apartment. This is all I have to say to you. and as soon as he was s afely lodged. w ith six of his stoutest seamen. and car ried him by force on board the boat. She told her ho w she intended to manage to reveal herself to Prince Camaralzaman. than the captain and his seamen took hold of him. He had a prosperous voyage to the city of the idolaters. The Princess Badoura had withdrawn into the inner palace. whence he w ent directly to Camaralzaman's garden. Hitherto Camaralzaman. H e cursed the minute in which his curiosity tempted him to touch the fatal girdle . but let the ship ride off the shore. This done.

by his uprightness and bounty. but never once imagined that he owed it to the Princess of China. saying. When she addressed herself to the council. The Princess Badoura herself was charmed to see him again. He prostrated himself before the throne of the king. having ordered the prince to take his seat among the emirs. a stable full of fine horses. The Princess Badoura had no sooner made this decision with the Princess Haiataln efous. There were very few courtier s who knew that she had ever been called Camaralzaman. and that he should only keep the door shut. a nd took that of Armanos. I have known enough of him in my travels to answer for him. however. and desiring that he should owe the discovery to herself only. and grieved that he could hear no tidings of her. and leave word at home that you wil l not return. Camaralzaman would have been the happiest man in the world. much less for his dear princess. whom he was far from taking for a woman. 'I must talk with you ab out an affair.' . and her pleasure inspired her to speak the more warmly in his praise. but on her accession to the throne she changed it. When the prince and princess entered the chamber she shut the door. this emir whom I have advanced to the same dignity with you is not unworthy the place assigned him. did not disconcert him. he fetched such deep sighs as could be addressed to nobody but her . she spoke to them thus: 'My lords. while he thought himself certain that he had never se en him before in his life. Then the steward of his household brought him a str ong box full of gold for his expenses. which name she assumed wh en she arrived at the court of the Isle of Ebony. as handsome as she ha d often seen him.eyes of the lords there present upon him. saying. and. which the Princess Badoura had ordered to be fitted up for him. name him. 'Sire. the Princess Badoura. Those praises. a nd in a more distinguished post. especially in a country where she must necessarily have come on her way to his father's court after their sep aration. in honour of the old king her father-in-law. He behaved himself in his new charge with so much integrity. taking the talisman out of a little box. gave it to Camaralzaman. that she had no occasion for his servi ce. Two or three days after. that he not only gained the friendship of the great but al so the affections of the people.' From the council-board the prince was conducted to a palace. He would have suspected something had the Princess Badoura still gone b y the name of Camaralzaman. Camaralzaman. She herself also lived under such constraint that she could endure it no longe r. which office had latel y become vacant. you being skilful in all things. the more he admired i t. and I can assu re you he will make his merit known to all of you.' said he. resolved to put an end to her own torment and his. may perhaps tell me its use. than she took Prince Camaralzaman aside.' Camaralzaman was extremely amazed to hear the King of the Isle of Ebony. and everything suit able to the rank of an emir. though he rec eived them with such modesty as showed that he did not grow vain. She was no w known only by the name of the young King Armanos. she took him into a different ap artment. and declare that he knew him. ye t obliging everybody. nor had Camaralzaman so much a cquaintance with any of them yet as to learn more of her history. f or she had observed that as often as she discoursed with him about the affairs o f his office. which requires much consideration. and rising again. made him high treasurer. Come hither in the evening. she took him with her into the inner apartment. I will take care to provide you a bed. 'I wan t words to express my gratitude to your majesty for the honour you have done me: I shall do all in my power to render myself worthy of your royal favour. The princess fearing he might do so in time. 'It is not lo ng since an astrologer presented me with this talisman. and on which I w ant your advice. where he found officers and domesti cs ready to obey his commands. In the midst of his good fortune he never ceased lamenting her. if he had had his pr incess with him. and having told the chief cham berlain. The less he understood whence came his great good fortune. that he might be nearer to her. who was preparing to follow her.' Camaralzaman came punctually to the palace at the hour appointed by the princess . He was much more surprised when he heard him praise h im so excessively.

Alas! it is only good to kill me with grief and despair. As soon as h e recollected it. and tenderly embraced her. 'Yesterday I was king. The princess on finishing it said to him. if I do not quic kly find the most charming and lovely princess in the world to whom it belonged. in t he field where they encamped the last time they were together. ' Sire. and then sent the chief chamberlain to King Armanos. if she did not quit it out of love to you. I have nothing more to do but to ask you if you are willing to marry my daughter and accept the crown.' replied the princess. embracing him in her turn. through a deceit of which I cannot complain. which the Princess Badoura would deservedly wear as long as she lived. give it her. I hope you wil l not condemn me for putting an innocent deceit upon you. and to-day I am the Princess of China.' They sat down. 'Son. after she has kept my secret so generously. He sat down and asked where the king was. The princess answered. she entered the chamber. and having the girdle round her whi ch she wore on the day of their separation. whose loss it occasioned by a strange adventure. and drew near a lamp to look at it. and when she had done.' Camaralzaman was proclaimed king. I would. and content my self with the second place. I can refuse her nothing. and I will expl ain this enigma to you. and in a few minutes dressed herself like a woman. and the princess told the prince the resolution she came to. If your majesty will have the patience to hear both our stories. if you would h ave patience to hear it.' The king bade her go on.' At these words she went into her dressing-room. in our religion men may have severa l wives. assures me that she is willing. the true son of King Schahzaman. The Princess Badoura and Prince Camaralzaman rose next morning as soon as it was light. 'How much I am obliged to the king. with tears in her eyes. 'Sir. however . who was not permitted to come with in the inner palace. I will with all my heart yield up to her the rank and quality of queen. Prince Camaralzaman immediately knew his dear princess. wife of the true Prince Camaralzaman.' 'You shall tell me that another time. and how she found the talisman in the pots of olives mingled with the gold dust.' replied the princess. stay here a little. since the Princess Badoura your wif e. When the king entered the chamber.' 'Sir. who has so agreea bly surprised me!' 'Do not expect to see the king any more.' replied Prince Camaralzaman. yet the obligation I am under to your majesty and the Pr incess Haiatalnefous are so weighty. whom I have all along thought to be my son-in-law. and heard her discourse from the beginning to the end with astonishment. ran to her. put off her royal turban. 'you see him in me: sit down. and the high treasurer with her. and I will return t o you in a moment. sir. . she dress ed herself in the dress of a woman.' said he to the princess. her father-in-law to desire he would be so good as to come to her apart ment.Camaralzaman took the talisman. saying. If this precedence was not her due. he was amazed to see there a lady who was unk nown to him. but the princess would no more put on her royal robes as king. where she had been obliged to marry the Princ ess Haiatalnefous. crying out. as soon as she pe rceived that she waited for him to no purpose. and how the finding it was the cause of her sending for him to t he city of the idolaters. with an astonishment which gave the princess great pleasure. and married the same day with all possible demonstrations of j oy. if your majesty will consent to give your daughter the Princess Haiatal nefous in marriage to Prince Camaralzaman. how she went through with it till she arrived at the Isle of Ebony. and accept the crown which King Armanos offered her as a cond ition of the marriage: how the princess. 'though I desire nothing so earnestly as to see the king my father. turned to Prince Camaralzaman. whose merit she highly extolled. had ke pt the secret. the very recital of which will move your majesty to pity such an unfortunate husband and lover. 'I am very glad to tell you I know something of it already. 'your majesty asked me what this talisman is goo d for.' King Armanos listened to the princess with astonishment. which of right belongs to her.

and soon cleared the Persian gulf. she told me with tears how inhumanly her husband had dealt with her. they were resolved to marry. followed their husbands and left me alone. 'But. where I bought a ship ready fitted for sea. to hazard somewh at by trade. 'Dear sisters. and when she died she left each of us a t housand sequins. an d we lived together as we did formerly. and on my inquiring into the cause of her sad condition. Some time after. and as much at your disposal as my own . After our father's death. you are the elder. and sent her away. where they lived in great happiness for the remainder of their lives . the two elder (for I am th e youngest). and I esteem you as my mother: during your absence. and the employ ment I follow of feeding and bringing up silk-worms.' We lived very comfortably together for some months. and b e very welcome to stay with me. and spok e to her thus: 'Sister. 'and much wiser than we. and were very affectionately disposed towards me. These two black dogs and myself were sisters. where they were fortunate enough to find the old Kin g Schahzaman still alive and overjoyed to see his son once more. her husband had treated her aft er the same manner: and I received her likewise with the same affection as I had done the other. but if you will vouchsafe to receive us once more into your house and account us your slav es. having suffered incredible hardships by the way. I answered them. s he came home in as bad a condition as the elder. where her husband.' My answer was. THE STORY OF ZOBEIDE TOLD BY HERSELF he following story is one of the strangest that ever was heard. I am sure it will very much surpr ise me: after the experience you have had of the small satisfaction there is in marriage. told me they intended to marry again. my two sisters. She returned to this city. Believe what I say. If you do. and finding himself reduced to poverty. being married. he found a pretext for divorcing my sister. who was still alive. we shall never commit such a fault again. is it possible you dare venture a second time? You know how rare it is to meet with a husband that is a really honest man. and after sever al months' rejoicing.' All my persuasion was in vain. Assure yourself that there is nothing I have but is at your service. and with that money and my sister's portion they both went into Africa. and let us live together as comfortably as we can. To this end I went with my two sisters to Balsora. King Camaralzaman and the two queens returned to the Islan d of Ebony. Some time after. and laded her with such merchandise as I brought fro m Bagdad. I h ave not altered my mind with respect to you since we last parted from one anothe r. came to me in so lamentable a condition that it would have moved the hardest he art to compassion. and I shall acquaint you by what strange accident they came to be metamorphosed. But after some months were past they c ame back again.' Upon this I embraced them again. 'I rather beli eve you have a mind to marry again. for what I had would be sufficient to maintain u s all three in a manner suitable to our condition. by riotous l iving. and one day as we were disco ursing together about our third sister. the es tate that he left was equally divided among us. and. I received her with all the tenderness she could expect. and w . and wondering we heard no news of her. that if their put ting me to expense was all the reason they might lay those thoughts aside. come again and take part of what I have.' said I.' said they. and seeing that God had increased my small stock. my eldest sister's husband sold all that he had. 'You are our youngest sister. As soon as we received our portions. I was so much concerned at her misfort une that it drew tears from my eyes: I clothed her with my own apparel. God has blessed the portion that fell to my share. on the ground that they would not be an expense to me. I projected a voyage by sea. Two black dogs l ong dwelt with me in my house. We set sail with a fair wind.Not long afterwards they all resumed the long interrupted journey to the Isles o f the Children of Khaledan. spent all. We continued thus a whole year in perfect love and tranquillity. My two sisters and myself stayed with our mother. and begged my pardon a thousand times for not following my advic e. and so they did.

I knew it to be the queen by the crown of gold that hung over her head. however. where there stood several blac k chamberlains turned into stone. but perceiving they had no motion. but I could not find it. and being very much astonished that I h ad not met with one living creature. raised several steps above the floor and enriched with large emeralds. I had not patience to stay till my sisters were ready to go with me. which were full of infinite riches. I also saw a lamp hanging over the ga te. which were all lined with India n stuff or gold. I went from thence into a room richly hung and furnished. the couch. all petrified. to get aboard my ship. I surveyed some other apartments tha t were as fine as those I had already seen. I looked up to the chimneys. but all motionless and petrified. which made me conjecture that the inhabitants both within and without were all turned into stone. and passed through seve ral other apartments richly furnished. I en tered the town and passed through the several streets. where was a throne of massive gold. and a necklace of pearls about her neck. Being curious to know from whence it came. and to depart the next morning betimes. I was for returning by the way I came in. my whole design was to satisfy my curiosity. On that side where t he merchants lived I found most of the shops shut. and on the twenti eth day saw land. some sitting. for I could not believe that these torches continued thus bu rning of themselves. and lifting up my head. and a bed upon the throne of rich stuff embroidered with pe arls. and did not think of my ship or my sisters. which put me in mind that it was time to retire. I lost myself among the apartments. I too k courage. wherein men stood everywh ere in various attitudes. Being come into a vast square in the heart of the city. t he large diamond. some standing. not so much as with their eyes. it was so pure that I could not find the least blemish in it. the two doors of which stood open. I looked into the offices and storerooms. and having a fresh wind we soon reached the harbour. After I had well considered. and went into a large hall. and in such as were open I li kewise found the people petrified. I went out of the chamber where the petrified queen was. and then found they were all turned into stone. where I perceived a lady. I crossed over a large court where I saw a stately building just before me. and went nearer. not without some dread of being alone in a desolate plac . On each side of the bed's head there stood a lighted torch. and. or but half shut. I went up close to her to view it. What surprised me more than all the rest was a sparkling light which came from above the bed. ly ing upon a low stool. at the foot of which we saw a gre at town. and never beheld a finer sight. I stood some time and admired the riches and magnificence of the room. but above all. I perceived a great gate covered with plates of gold. The doors being all open. the windows of which were enclosed with gates of massive gold: I supposed it to be t he queen's apartment. I entered the gate. the cushions and the sofas. the footcloth. and at last came into a vast room. and it sparkled so brightly that I could not endure the lustre of it when I saw it by daylight. each of t hem as big as a nut. and they had all such dreadful countenances that it frighte ned me. I saw there a great number of men on guard. and some lying.hen we got into the ocean we steered our course to the Indies. I laid myse lf down upon the couch. I mounted the ste ps. and the torches stood. It was a very high mountain. with st icks in their hands. some sitting and others standing. I went thither in hopes to find some one. and finding I was come back again to that large room where the throne. and was still more surprised when I saw none but the guards i n the porches. but for what use I c ould not comprehend. but went as hore in the boat by myself. where we cast anch or. I made no doubt but that it was the palace of t he prince who reigned over that country. as big as the egg of an ostrich. making directly for the gate of the town. Meantime night came on. and a curtain o f silk stuff seemed to be drawn before it. with pictures of men and beasts in silver admirably executed. I resolved to take my night's lodging t here. and I was so much taken with the sigh t of all the wonderful things that I forgot myself. it made me imagine that there was some living crea ture in this place. but saw no smoke . I saw a diamond.

' At these words he shut the Koran. and why I alone am safe and sound in the midst of such a terrible disaster. I had the good fortune in my youth to have a governess who was a good Mussulman. all of a sudden. she expl ained to me all the heads of this excellent book. and grant my r equest. reading with great devot ion the Koran. nowise doubting that it came from thence. did reign. I learned the Koran by heart . let me know by what miracle you alone are left alive among so many persons that have died in so strange a manner. and told him how much I was struck b y the frightful desolation which I had seen in all places as I came along. About midnight I heard a voice like that of a man reading the Koran. there were also lamps hung up. I passed from one chamber to another on that side where the voice came from: I cam e to a door. what happened to me. "Dear prince. where I stood still. The door being only half shut. a niche that shows where we must turn to say our prayers. 'And though I had an idolatrous father and mother. an d I abhor the false god Nardoun. I se t down my torch upon the ground. and this fear hindered my sleep. worshippers of fire. He. sir. and standing upright bef ore the niche. what made me undertake the voyage. abandon the worship of Nardoun. and perceived so much good-nature and beauty in him that I felt strange emotion. and my curiosity cannot be satisfied too soon: therefore pray. and I did not doubt but that there was something in it very extraordinary. who rebelled against God. my father. which lay before him upon a desk. I said this prayer aloud: 'Praise be to God. 'My dear lady. his whole court. unknown to my father or anybody else. and infused piety into my mind . After her death I persisted with constancy in this belief. and all his other subjects were magi. In short. and understood the explanation of it perfectly. and. after the s ame manner and in the same tone as we read in our mosques. pray let me know w ho you are. I got up immediately. At the sight of this I was tran sported with wonder. "there is but one true God.' said the young man.' I told him in few words from whence I came. The words were these: "Inhabitants. 'have patience for a moment.' The young man cast his eyes upon me. and looking through a window I found it to be a n oratory. the inhabitants of the city. and the book she gave me to pra ctice upon was the Koran. Being extremely glad to hear it. the ancie nt king of the giants. taking a torch in my hand to light me. a nd how I had safely arrived at the port after twenty days' sailing. and what has brought you to this desolate city. and when I h ad done I prayed him to fulfil his promise. and before he bega n his discourse I could not forbear saying to him. who has favoured us with a happy voyage." She taught me to read Arabic. but not before she had instructed me in all that was necessary to convince me of the truth of the M ussulman religion. I will acquaint you with the most remarkable effect of His greatness and power. and two candles ticks with large tapers of white wax burning. As soon as I was capable of understanding it. I opened it and went in. O Lord.' said the young man. an . 'Sir. I wondered how it came to pass that he should be the only l iving creature in a town where all the people were turned into stones. You mu st know that this city was the metropolis of a mighty kingdom. and laid it in the niche. I wi ll tell you who I am.' 'Madam. it had. He made me sit down by him. 'you have given me to understand that you have a kn owledge of the true God by the prayer you have just now addressed to Him. 'My good lady. and. through the whole city that nobody could miss he aring it. so distinctly. and said. over which the ki ng." would she often times say. and a comely young man sat upon this carpet. and of Nardoun. and the adoration of fire. put it into a rich case. like those we have to kneel upon when we say ou r prayers. and may He be graciously pleased to protect us in the same manner until we arrive again in our own country.e. take heed that you do not acknowledge and adore any other. as we have in our mosques. why the inhabitants of this city are reduced to that state you see them in. Hear me. I took th at opportunity of observing him. I can scarcely have pat ience to wait for an account of all those wonderful things that I have seen sinc e the first time I came into your city. I saw a little carpet laid down. 'It is about three years and some months ago that a thundering voice was heard. in return. She happened to die.

The young prince. every one in the same condition and pos ture they happened to be then in. and actually was a flat on the coast. seemed to be land. where we foun d my sisters. dear lady. 'I am the only person that did not suffer under that heavy judgment. that He has sent you hither for my comfort. but nobody was converted: so on the last day of the year. and embarking instead all the precious things in the palace. his story.' 'Prince. As soon as it was day we left the palace. fo r as soon as we come to Bagdad I design to do you all the service that is in my power and to resign myself wholly to your commands. 'I will take him for my husband'.' said I. but in the night. but alas! this good understanding did not last long.d of fire. all the inhabitant s were changed in an instant into stone. as he is to be seen in this palace. 'there is no doubt that Providence hath brought me into your p ort to present you with an opportunity of withdrawing from this dismal place. where you may absolutely command as you think fit. or rather miracle. where I have also left a considerable estate.' The prince answered. This renowned prince lives at Bagdad. my father. but for m y own part I seriously declare. go ld and money. we might arrive the day following. The seamen were taken up several days in unlading the merchandise I had brought with me. consider ing the fair wind. my sisters and myself enjoyed ourselves for some time very agr eeably. jewels. 'I know not. etc. I swam for some minutes in the water. and came aboard my ship. They did the sa me to the prince. which consisted of an infinite qu antity of plate. I went towards a black plac e. and ever si nce I have continued to serve God with more fervency than before. We had come into the Persian Gulf. so far as I could discern in the dark. we took such provisions and water aboard as were necessary for our voyage (for we had still a great deal of those provisions left that we had taken in at Balsora): at last we set sail with a wind as favourable as we could wish. and as soon as he is infor med of your arrival in his capital. all very much troubled at my absence.. I soon felt ground. and t he queen. It is impossible you can stay any longer in a city where all th e objects you see must renew your grief: my vessel is at your service. and upon that. as my lady and mistress. whether you be in jest or no. I soon dried my clothes in the sun. for which I render Him infinite thanks. 'Sir. turning my self to the prince. whom you acknowledge. that from this moment I heartily accept your offer.' At these words my sisters changed colour ." 'This voice was heard for three years successively. how I had met with the young prince. you will find that it is not vain to implore his assistance. When day came. my mother. had the same fate. and worship the only God that shows mercy. not far from Balsora. and I could perceive afterwards that they did not love me as formerly. Th e ship that I came in may in some measure persuade you that I am in some esteem at Bagdad. when I w as asleep. resolving to put it off with a je st. who is vi ce-regent to our Prophet. shows you the honour that is due to your merit. and I dare engage to pr omise you sanctuary there. who was drowned.' He accepted the offer. I found it to be a desert island. The king. After I had presented my sisters to the prince. but by good fortune. Nor will I preten d to have any power over your actions. and as I wa . I am persuaded . where I hoped. After we had laden the vessel with what we thought fit. 'I humbly beg of you to give your consent. therefore. and maliciously asked me o ne day what we should do with him when we came to Bagdad. and we discour sed the remaining part of the night about our sailing. and the cause of the desolation of so fine a city. for he was metamorphosed into a black stone. I told them what had hindered m y return to the vessel the day before. I answered them. had the like destiny. lying about twenty miles from Balsora. and the slaves. before these ladies your sisters. because our vessel could not carry it. I perceived immediatel y why they put this question to me. for it would have required several vessels more to carry all the riches to Bagdad that we might ha ve chosen to take with us. until the mighty Commander of the Faithful. for my sisters grew jealous of the friendship between the prince and me. madam. for I must own that this solitary life is very unpleasant. that. the captain.' said I. at four o'clock in the morning. my sisters watched their time and threw me overboard. We left the furniture and goods.

I sat up and asked her who she was. No sooner was I able to read and write than I learned the Koran from the beginning to the end by heart. and to release me from the cruel duty that I had alway s unwillingly performed. to their proper shape. Now the fairy had left with me a bundle of hair. and lived happily for the rest o f their lives. who held. When I awoke. THE STORY OF THE KING'S SON. and afterwards sunk it. fairies l ike myself. was scarcely past my infancy when the king my father perceived that I was endowe d with a great deal of sense. that admirable book which contains the foundation . Before she left me she del ivered the two dogs. which made me think he was ill. and then. Desirous at length to see the fairy and beg her to restore the two black dogs. and hangi ng out his tongue. and then sprinkled the w ater upon the dogs. to revenge you on them. but by doing what I have done. and threw it with all my strength at the great serpent. 'I am. and carried me to my house in Bagdad. m y sisters. I order you to give each of your sisters every night a hundred lashes with a rod. I looked a long while afte r him in the air. 'the serpent whom you delivered not long since from my mortal enemy. I besought her. but he flew out of sight. But this punishment is not sufficient. whom I hit on the head. and. holding him by the tail. and killed him. tied together in her hand. and instead of flying away.' said she. and th rew the whole bundle of hair into it. she would be with me in a moment. We have carried into your storehouses at Bagdad all your lading that was in your vessel. and the rules of our religion. I laid myself down in the shade and soon after I saw a winged serpent. and the fairy appeared in the form of a lady very richly dressed. which gave me some hope of preserving my life.lked along I found several sorts of fruit. as soon as I was set at liberty b y your generous assistance I called several of my companions together. 'These two black dogs are your sisters. and that I might be thoroughly in structed in it. as an extraordinary thing. I gave evidence by my tears with how much sorrow and reluctance I must perform thi s cruel duty. I h ad compassion on him. For many months I whipped them every night. The house began to shake at that very inst ant. to restore my sister s to their natural shape. finding himself at liberty. 'If you will not be changed into a dog as they are. if I only burnt two tufts of this hair . and fell asleep. I knew the treachery of your sisters. and spared nothing in improving it. They soon after married the sons of kings. he employed al l the men in his dominions that excelled in science and art to be constantly abo ut me. I had the boldness and courage to take up a stone that by chance lay by me. The other. and desired a bowl of water to be brought. for the punishment of the crime they have committed against your person and the young prince whom they drowned. I knew not how to acknowledge th e great kindness you did me. saying withal that her presence would one day be of use to me. though she were beyond Mount Caucasus. for I will have you treat them after suc h a manner as I shall direct. I caused fire one day to be brought in. I arose. The fairy at length consented. whom I have transformed into this shape. of lively an d agreeable looks. and likewise fresh water. where I found in my storehouse s all the riches which were laden on board my vessel. and endeavouring to devour him. very larg e and long.' At those words the fairy took me fast under one of her arms. with every form of entreaty I could employ. and saw a larger ser pent following him. two dogs of the same col our. took to his wings and flew away. and the two dogs in the other. and I recognised in them the sisters to whose human form I had so long been a stran ger. she pr onounced over it some words which I did not understand. and told me.' I was forced to promise that I would ob ey her order. though with regret. by whose commenta . They immediately became two ladies of surprising beauty. I read the works of the most approved authors. wriggling to the right and to the left. the precepts. and I lay down again in another place in the shade. judge how surprised I was to see by me a black woman. coming towards me.

in the works of poets. and finding that I was not pursued. 'For what reason would you have us show any respect to the sultan your master? We are none of his subjects. and under that we very soon saw fifty horsemen. coming towards us at full gallop. I defended myself as long as I could. we told them that we were ambassadors belonging to the Sultan of the Indies. I made use of what strength was yet remaining in my horse. wounded. who. and in a strange country: I d urst not betake myself to the high road. The tailor listened with attention to my words.ries it had been explained. chronology. destitute of help. that it enjoyed perpetua l spring. . and stayed there that night with little satisfaction. desirous to see me. I walke d on for the rest of the day. and fell down dead. and addressed myself to a tailor that was a t work in his shop. as it was surrounded with several rivers. sent an ambassad or with rich presents to demand me of my father. an d rode away as fast as he could carry me. but finding myself wounded. which was not dangerous. i nstead of giving me any consolation. I appli ed myself to geography. I got r id of him in a trice. who was also very much wounded. but after a month's time.' Having spoken thus. I added to this study that of all the traditions col lected from the mouth of our Prophet by the great men that were contemporary wit h him. my shoes and stockings were quite worn out. after I had eaten some fruits that I gathered by the way. these robbe rs came boldly up to us. because of the length and difficulty of the jou rney. Here you see me alone. thinkin g by this means to save our equipage and our lives. and in versification. they surrounded and fell upon us. and seeing the ambassador with his serva nts and mine lying on the ground. and he was v ery glad to gain the friendship of the Indian sultan. that were ro bbers. separated myself from the crowd. for she not only spread the renown of m y talents through all the dominions of the king my father. I entered into the town to learn where I was. well inhabited. my clothes were all in rags. he was persuaded that nothing could be more commend able in a prince of my age than to travel and visit foreign courts. Fame did me more honour than I deserved. When we had travelled about a month. and to speak our Arabic tongue in its purity . My face. and hoped they would attempt nothing contrary to that respect which is due to him. and situated so ad vantageously. hands and feet were black and sunburnt. but after I had done speaking. so that I was forced to walk bare-footed. made me sit down by him. perceiving by my air that I was a person of more note t han my outward appearance bespoke me to be. I departed with the ambass ador. it made me judge that the robbers were not willing to quit the booty they had got. and suspended for a time the sorrow with which I was overwhelmed to find myself in such a condition. and. owin g to my long journey. I made myself perfect in polite learning. through weariness and loss of blood. I was not satisfied with the knowledge of all that had any relation to ou r religion. we discovered at a distance a great cloud o f dust. who was extremely glad of this embassy for several reasons. Not being in a position to make any resistance. well armed. wherein I surpassed all the writing masters of our kingdom that had acquired the greatest reputation. I came to a large town. but carried it as far as the Indian court. lest I might fall again into the hands of these robbers. and my retinue was but small. But the robbers most insolently replied. where I per ceived a passage into a cave: I went in. I continued my journey for several days without finding any place of abode. The pleasant objects which then presented themselves to my eyes afforded me joy. whose potent monarch. he augmented my sorrow. but he happened all of a sudden to giv e way under me. and what had brought me thither? I did not conc eal anything that had befallen me. and. but made also a particular search into our histories. and arrived at the foot of a mountain. but with no great retinue. and asked m e who I was. nor are we upon his territories. from whence I came. besides. As we had ten horses laden with baggage and presents that I was to carry to the Indian sultan from the king my father. But one thing which I was fond of and succeeded in to a special degree was to form the characters of our written language. When I had bound up my wound.

in such a condition as I then presented to her eyes. both divine and human. I continued this way of living for a whole year. but seeing a lady of a noble and free air and extremely beautiful coming towards me . made me agree to this proposal. which offers me an occasion of consolation in the midst of my afflicti on. the base and capitals of massy gold. and the first day I brought in as much upon my head as earned me half a piece of gold. and returne d him thanks for his good advice: and as he believed I could not but be hungry. which I accepted. I made haste to me et her. when he named the prince. When I came to the bottom of the stairs. give me leave to tell you that I am infinitely pleased with this unexpected meeting. 'By all this. 'What are you. before I have the honour to satisfy your curios ity.' I made no doubt of the tailor's sincerity. w ith my axe in my hand. and as I was saluting her with a low bow. my eyes were taken off from beholding any other object but her alone. I will take care to supply you with a rope and a hatchet.' said he. 'dress yourself in a labourer's frock. an d since you appear to be strong and of a good constitution.' 'By what adventure. and oblige you to conceal your birth . above all. he asked me if I had lea rnt anything whereby I might get a livelihood. in this country. when by chance I h ad gone farther into the wood than usual. and perhaps it may give me an opportunity to make you also more happy than y ou are. that I understood writing perfectly. for few or none would be at the t rouble to go and cut it. Being desirous to spare the lady the trouble of coming to me.' Her great beauty. yet it was very scarce there. and. and offered me at the same tim e a lodging in his house. which is the money of that country. and never saw any man but yourself during that time. where I began to cut down wood. which you may bring to the market to be sold. she asked me. I took away the earth that covered it. I gained a good sum of money in a short time. he ordered something to be brought for me to eat. 'Madam. down which I went.' said she. a man or a genie?' 'A man. to purchase your self one morsel of bread. Some days after. I found myself in a large palace. because of a great light which appeared as cle ar in it as if it had been above ground in the open air. embo ldened me to say to her. a nd I can assure you it will turn to such good account that you may live by it. and having lifted it up. and a short coat. w ithout dependence upon any man: and by this means you will be in a condition to wait for the favourable moment when Heaven shall think fit to dispel those cloud s of misfortune that thwart your happiness. and reflecting that most princes of our religion applied themselves to some art or c alling that might be serviceable to them upon occasion.' said he. 'how you discover to any person what you have now declared to me. for though the wood is not far distan t from the town. that I was a gram marian and poet.' said I: 'I have no correspondence with genies. and recommended me to some poor people who gained their bread after the same man ner. fetching a deep sigh. which put me into great consternation. nothing is of less use here than those sciences: but i f you will be advised by me.' I gave her a true account by what strange accident she saw me. and repai d my tailor what he had advanced for me. They conducted me to the wood. saw stairs. 'you will not be able. The day following the tailor bought me a rope. the son of a king. and in pulling up the root of a tree. finding me pretty w ell recovered from the fatigue I had endured by a long and tedious journey. fastened to a trap-door of the same metal. I went forward along a gallery supported by pillars of jasper. I espied an iron ring. 'are you come hither? I hav e lived here these twenty-five years. and how fortune . and one day. notwithstanding all the hardships that attended it.' said he. and he will certainly do you some mischief when he comes to hear of your being in this city. madam.'Take heed.' The fear of being known. a hatchet. and the necessity I was under of getting a livelihood. you shall go into th e next forest and cut fire-wood. I happened to light on a very pleasant place. for the prince of this country is the greatest enemy that the king your father has. and not be burdensome to any one? I told him that I understood the laws. that they might take me into their company. and the sweetness and civility wherewith she received me.

The next day. as soon as I touch a talisma n which is at the entrance into my chamber. and broke it in several pieces. which was the most sumptuous that could be imagined. King of the Isl e of Ebony. and resign the last to the genie. my father. for my part. I must conf ess. 'Fair princess. 'Every ten days.' said she. I will make him feel the weight of my arm: I swear. and out of co mplaisance she drank some part of it with me. and my fears were so great that I forgot my hatchet and c ords.' said I. and without any concern for her own misfortune. sighing once more. who knew the consequences. We ate together.' said I. of the folly I had committed. and how brave or redoubtable soever he be. I value him so little that I will break his talisman in pieces. the m ost charming place in the world being no way delightful when we are detained the re contrary to our will. and why did you call me?' . I fainted at the same moment. 'you have just cause to believe thi s rich and pompous prison cannot be otherwise than a most wearisome abode.' said she. The talisman was no sooner broken. you may stay five days and keep me company. We s at down on a sofa covered with rich tapestry. and soon after she covered a table with several dishes of delicate meats. before I was given to my husband . but time and necessity have accustomed me to the genie. I found myself in this place. 'Princ ess. if out of ten days yo u will grant me nine. if you do not escape immediately. solemnly that I will extirpate all the genies in the world. Twenty-five years. instead o f my own clothes. and was ready to fall with a hideous noise like thunder. 'stop this discourse.' cried I. 'what means all this?' She answered in a fright. so called from that precious wood. and I do not expect him before the end of six more. a bottle of old wine. when the enchanted palace opened. and wh en I came to myself again. 'for that would be a means. I will expect him. with cushions to lean upon of the rarest Indian brocade. if I have occasion for him by day or night.' I followed her advice. Mea nwhile. but in the midst of the rejoicing at the court. where. and him first. and lost my senses. at dinn er.' The princess. This terrible noise in a moment dispelled the fumes of m y wine. as I told you before.' 'Princess. and enjoy the real day. if you please. and made me sensible. When my head grew hot with the agr eeable liquor. co njured me not to touch the talisman. and also everythin g that can satisfy a princess fond of dress and fashions. the genie appears. 'to ruin both you and me: I know what belongs to genies better than you. It is now the fou rth day since he was here. s o. 'the genie comes hither to see me. had chosen for me a husband. The princess made me go into a bath. the fairest day that eve r was would be nothing in my esteem. and passed the remaining part of the day with much satisfaction. from which you have been deprived so many years. which I did not esteem so mu ch for its richness as because it made me look worthy to be in her company. but I gave the talisman a kick with my foot.' I thought myself too fortunate in having obtained so great a favour without aski ng it to refuse so obliging an offer.directed that I should discover the entrance into that magnificent prison where I had found her according to appearances in an unpleasant situation. I was for a long time i nconsolable. Let him come. a prince that was my cousin. which it produces in abundance: I am the princess his daughter. and abandon this false light that you have here. with a smile. the most excellent that ever was tasted. I have everything that I can wish for necessary to life.' 'Prince. and made a passage for the genie: he asked the princess. a genie took me away. she brought in. as she contrived every means to please me.' The fumes of the wine did not suffer me to hearken to her reasons. but too late. 'What has happened to you. 'Alas! you are undone. You have heard of the great Epitimarus.' continued the princess. I had scarcely got to the stairs by which I came down. than the palace began to shake. and when I came forth. I found another very costly suit. I have continued in this place. and I will endeavo ur to entertain you according to your rank and merit.' replied she. 'you have been too long thus buried aliv e: follow me. 'Alas! prince. in great anger. 'it is the fear of the genie that makes you speak thus. 'The king. accompanied with flashes of lightnin g and a great darkness.

I was afraid somebody had discovered you: God be thanked for your return. it may be. but not a word durst I say of what had passed. 'I am a genie. and a liar: h ow came that axe and those cords there?' 'I never saw them till this moment. but.' While I was thus giving myself over to melancholy thoughts. distracted with sorrow and compassion. But alas. she wanted nothing that could make her happy. and so brought them hither without your knowing it. I could not endure to hear the pitiful cries and shouts of the princess. 'has disquieted me very much. brings me here your hatchet and cord s. 'would you have me tell a lie on purp ose to ruin him?' 'Oh then. when I came out of the bath . . My landlord. after he had treated her with the utmost barbarity. 'Perfidious wretch. before the fair princess of the Isle of Ebony. which is broken. an d returned to the city with a burden of wood. as he tells me. more dead than alive. I made haste upstairs. as I had been th e cause of so great a misfortune. and so sank down at once. who had thus disguised himself. 'I do not know h im. 'she has been a prisoner these twentyfive years.' said the princess. 'Your absence. he gave me no time to answer. what a spectacle was there! I saw what pierced me to the heart . take the scimitar and cut off his head. which he found in his way. 'Your coming in such an impetuous manner has. covered it again with earth. so much had his terrible aspect disordered me. 'whom I do not know. and began to tremble. my chamber door opened. pulling out a scimitar.' At this answer the furious genie told her. 'son of the daughter of Eblis.' The genie made no other answer but reproaches and blows of which I heard the noi se. this poor princess was weltering in her blood upon the ground. and that is all. and fell upon the talisman. 'It is true. I had already laid off the suit she made me put on. where I reproached myself a thousand times for my exces sive imprudence. which I bound up without knowing w hat I did. which I had laid on the stairs the day before. was very much rejoiced to see me. 'he is the cause of thy being in the condition thou art justly in.' At this discourse I changed colour. and answered mournfully. carried me up to the skies with such swiftness that I was unable to take notice of the w ay he carried me. He grasped me b y the middle. 'Nothing. for he will deliver them to none but yourself. 'made me fetch this bottle which you see here. the tailor came in. I retired to my chamber. 'An old man. the tailor.' said the princess.' said the genie to her. nor wa s it in my power. While the tailor was a sking me the reason. I never saw him till this moment. He descended again in like manner to the earth. 'could have paralleled the princess's good f ortune and mine had I forborne to break the talisman. For by sacrificing the fairest princess on ear th to the barbarity of a merciless genie. and mounting into the air.' said he. and yet darest thou say thou dost not know him?' 'If I do not know him. This was the genie.'A qualm. and presenting it to the princess. the ravisher of the fair princess of the Isle of Ebony. and by mischance made a false step. and are not these your cords?' After the genie had put the question to me. so great was my trouble and sorrow. so cruelly abused. and understood from your comrades that you lodge here.' said he. out of which I drank twice or thrice. 'who is this?' She cast her languishing eyes upon me. because you had entrusted me with the secret o f your birth. with her cheeks bathed in tears. 'You are a false woman. and brought upon her the cruelty of a n unmerciful monster. Is not this your hatchet. liberty excepted. and taken my own. I was become the most criminal and ung rateful of mankind. come out and speak to him. which on a sud den he caused to open with a stroke of his foot. and I knew not what to think.' I thanked him for his zeal and affection. and the old man appeared to us with my hatchet and cords. nor the reason why I came back w ithout my hatchet and cords. dragged me out of the chamber. p rince of genies.' said the princess.' 'What!' said the genie.' said I. pointing at me. 'if you never saw him before.' I let down the trap-door.' said I.' said he. forced them up in some place as you came along. where I found myself in the enchanted palace.' continued the genie. My folly has put an end to her happiness.

as one of the best men in the world. and l eft me alone. and threw it upon me. 'that you both outbrave me. some wo rds which I did not understand.' cried I.' said he. When I was near enou gh to be known. 'How sh ould I know her?' 'If it be so. 'sufficiently informs me of your crime. 'Look you. 'is. and alighted upon the ri dge of a mountain. a pe. which she signified by an obliging look. 'I should for ever. t he sight of which threw me into a fit. I cannot obey your barbarous commands. how should I have the heart to take away the life of an innocent man?' 'This refusal. There he took up a handful of earth. 'Quit the shape of a man. and all of them looked upon me with great astonishment. and expect it as the greatest favour you can show me. and not knowing whether I was near or far from my father's dominions. overwhelmed with sorrow in a strange coun try.' said the genie. It happened to b e then a great calm. and pronounced. not to take your life: do not flatter yourself that I will send you back safe and sound. what I am capable of doing. and advanced near the ship.' At these words the mo nster took up the scimitar and cut off one of her hands. 'Oh genie. therefore I answered the genie.' said he to me. if I had not shown myself as faithful to the princess as she was to me wh o had been the cause of her misfortunes. I will leave it to yourself . transformed into an ape. When I was come to myself again. I expost ulated with the genie as to why he made me languish in expectation of death. and ca rried me across the vault of the subterranean palace. sinc e I am in your power. by the treatment I give you. and took the scimitar in my hand.' He vanished immediately.' said he. I must let you feel what I a m able to do by my enchantments. Upon this I stepped back. 'for I am ready to receive the mortal blow.' said he. and threw the scimitar on the ground. which left her only so much life as to give me a token with the other that she bid me adieu for ever. I broke off a large branch from a tree. as thou sayest. Then he flew up with me so high that the earth seemed to be only a littl e white cloud. 'be hateful to all mankind were I to be so base as to murder a lad y like this.' 'Alas!' replied the princess.' These words gave me some hope to mollify him. 'dost thou not know her ?' I should have been the most ungrateful wretch.' So saying. as much as possible. and if I could. the seamen and passengers that were upon the deck thought it an extraordinary sight. or rather muttered.' said the genie to the princess. I sha ll always remember you. understood my meaning.' 'With all my heart. I launched out in this posture. and were I certain that she had put any further affront upon me. who is ready to give up the ghost: do with me what you please. 'how genies treat their wives whom they suspect: she has received you h ere. from thence he came down like lightning. and then I came to the seaside. which I carried with me to the seaside.' said I to the genie. with a s tick in each hand to serve me for oars. lion.' said he. and since you will not take away my life. The princess. Take your choice of any of these. notwithstanding her pain and sufferi ng.' 'I see. for then I shall be convinced that thou didst nev er see her till this very moment. In .' Upon which.' But instead of agreeing to that. or bird. he laid violent hands on me. 'and take on you that of an ape. which took me a month's time to travel through. and set myself astride upon it. 'St rike. I would not refus e to sacrifice mine for hers. if you pardon me.' replied I. 'take the scimitar and cut off her head: on this conditi on I will set thee at liberty. I would pu t you to death this minute: but I will be content to transform you into a dog.' 'All that I can do for you. which opened to give him p assage. that as s he had shown her resolution to sacrifice her life for my sake. and I espied a vessel about half a league from the shore. 'And thou. 'my strength is so far spent that I cannot lift up my arm. but both of you shall know. 'moderate your passion. But I did it only to demonstrate by my behaviour. U nwilling to lose this good opportunity. I went down from the top of the mountain and came into a plain. give it me generously. turning to me. and the most perfidious of all ma nkind.' said I.

with the richest harness. these hands were not written by a man. and he himself made very much of me. and since he can never behold his writing without admiration. nor could be per suaded that I was more ingenious than other apes. 'Let him alone. 'I will shoot an arrow thro ugh him'. which was so much to his liking that he said to the officers. This actio n. The merchants. I found myself in great perplexity. but brought us safe to the port of a fine city. as I hope he will . and took the roll out of the gentleman's hand. the capital of a powerful State.' t ill they saw how properly I held the roll. while I on my part. then they were of another opinion.' said he . 'I will knock him down with a handspike'. I jumped upon the deck. where we came to anchor. I thr ew myself at his feet. because I never saw an ape so clever and ingenious and so quick of apprehensio n.' 'What do you say?' said the sultan. I had one that had not half the w it that he has. so that he took me under his protection. I venture to say. but by an ape. I advanced. are they not wr . every one of you. but the captain took my part once more. and was ready to punish them.' said one. I promise you that I wil l punish him on the spot. and laying hold of a rope. he writes well. 'suffer him to write. but. My writing did not only excel that of the merchants. The wind that succeeded the calm was gentle and favourable. well peopled. believed I should occasi on some mischief to their voyage if they received me. who came to congratulate their friends upon their safe arrival. However. to write some lines upon this roll of paper. 'Those admirable characters. desiring to speak with the mercha nts in the name of the sultan. The sultan took little notice of any of the other writings. I do declare that I will own him as my son. till they told him. and their fear turned into admirati on. When I had done. but all the people. but he carefully con sidered mine. cried out. 'Sir. Many people have presented their writings. esp ecially the merchants. 'He will tear it. 'Tak e the finest horse in my stable. besides having a great capacity to manage affairs. or to inquir e for those they had left behind them in the country from whence they came.' Perceiving that nobody opposed my design. and a robe of the mos t sumptuous brocade to put upon that person who wrote the six hands. together with the tears which he saw gush from my eyes. or o ut of curiosity to see a ship that came from a far country. or throw it into the sea. This minister is lately dead. they tried to snatch the roll out of my hand. since they had never seen an ape that could write. After they had done. moved his compassion. You must know that we had a prime vizi er who. said another. showed all possible signs of gratitude by my gestures.' Some of them would not have failed to do so. and made a sign that I would write in my turn. If. if I had not got to that side where the captain was. and bring h im hither to me. bu t having lost my speech. and took him by the coat in a begging posture. at which the sultan is ve ry much troubled. said a third. one of the officers told them. we humbly beg your majesty's pardon. threatening to be revenged on him that would do me the least hurt. and prays you to take the trouble. Amongst the rest.' Those merchants that believed they could write well enough to aspire to this hig h dignity wrote one after another what they thought fit. no body in all this empire has been judged worthy to supply the vizier's place. 'therefore. The s ultan grew angry at their boldness.' At this command the officers could not forbear laughing.the meantime I got aboard. so far. and did not change f or fifty days. on the contrary. and c arried it to the sultan. being both superstitious and scrupulous. understood writing to the highest perfection. I took the pen and wr ote six sorts of hands used among the Arabians. and each specimen contained an e xtemporary verse or poem in praise of the sultan. some officers came on board. but. our master. hath commanded us to acquaint you that he is gla d of your safe arrival. and indeed the risk I ran then was nothing less than when I was at the mercy of the genie. The merchants appearing. and of great trade. 'Let us throw him into the sea. 'The sultan. Our vessel was speedily surrounded with an infinite number of boats full of peop le. though I had no power to speak. he has made a solemn vow not to give the place to any man but to him who can wri te as well as he did. they had not before seen any such fair writing in that country. the officers took the roll. If he only scribbles the paper.

sir. The whole assembly admired me.' 'Nay. and asked me. The sultan dismissed his courtiers. and houses were filled with an infinite number of people of all sorts. Whereupon they clothed me with t hat rich brocade robe and carried me ashore. but I won the second and third. He went from his chamber of audience into his own apartment. In short. who had her face unc overed. I arrived at the pala ce of the sultan.' The sultan caused them to bring in a chess-board. which I made a sign sho uld be brought me: having got it. I made my bow thr ee times very low. 'Bring me speedily that wonderful ape. and would play with him. and s aid to the sultan.' The sultan was too much surprised at this not to desire a sight of me. When the table was uncovered. who m he gathered together to do me the more honour. terraces. The cavalcade having begun. but that they made up a peace toward s the evening. He won th e first game. I espied a writing-desk. on whom the chief of the chamberlains. for the rumour was spread in a moment that the sultan had chosen an ape to be his grand vizier.' replied the officers. the chamberlain your attendant and myself. and perceiving he was somewhat dis pleased at it. but having a daughter. 'Sir. by a sign. your majesty must needs have forgotten yourself: I am v ery much surprised that your majesty has sent for me to appear among men. 'A man that was capable of doing so much would be above the greatest of men. and aft erwards sat down in the posture of an ape.' The chamberlain went. he determined not to be t he only witness of those prodigies himself. of which he caused them to give me a glass. and wrote upon it some new ve rses. and immediately brought the princess. who have the li berty to see your face. if I understood the game. sat down at table. which explained the state I was reduced to after many sufferings. who answ ered that the sultan's commands must be obeyed. So many circumstances appearing to the sultan far beyond whatever any one had ei ther seen or known of the cleverness or sense of apes.' The officers returned to the vessel and showed the captain their order. and said. I drank. I found the prince on his throne in the midst of the grandees. waited. a young slave. 'we do assure your majesty that it was an ape. they brought him a particular liquor. 'Go. and blame me for having sen . windows . and none remained by him but the chief of th e chamberlains. and myself. I kissed the ground. Before the table was uncovered. the public places. who flocked from all parts of the city to see me.' said the sultan. an d after having served for a spectacle to the people. in which I told him that two potent armies had been fighting furiously all day. stood up. whi lst the sultan waited for me at his palace with a great number of courtiers. where they set me on horseback. and yet you lower your veil. and ate with discretion and moderatio n.' said the sultan to him. daughter. palaces. where he ordered dinner to be brought. and he himself was more astonished than any one. The sult an read them likewise. and passed the remaining part of the night very peaceably togethe r upon the field of battle. signified that I was ready to receive that honour. then present. As he sat at tabl e he gave me a sign to come near and eat with them: to show my obedience I kisse d the ground. the usual ceremony of the audience would have been complete could I have added speech to my behaviour: but apes never speak. and the advantage I had of having been a man did not allow me that privilege. the streets. 'and bid your lady come hither: I am desirous she shoul d share my pleasure. which increased his asto nishment. the harbour. and there fore said. who could not forbear to ex press their surprise by redoubling their shouts and cries.itten by the hands of a man?' 'No. but she had no sooner come into the room than she put on her veil. called the La dy of Beauty. and at last kneeled and kissed the ground before him. and co uld not comprehend how it was possible that an ape should understand so well how to pay the sultan his due respect. 'you do not know what you say: here is nobody but the little slave. and laying my hand upon my head. who wrote them in our presence. which testified my acknowledgment to the sultan. I wrote upon a large peach some verses after m y way. I made a poem to pacify him.

after having cruelly taken away the life of the Princess of the Isle of Ebony. by pronouncing three or four words. 'these things are curious and worth knowing.' said the princess. and others of those which they call the characters of Cleopatra. By this science I know all enchanted persons at first sight. is a y oung prince. appea r on a sudden in the shape of a lion of a frightful size.' said the sultan. so that we lost sight o . has maliciously done him this wrong. I had an old lady to wait upon me.' said the princess. leaped backward. the Lady of Beauty. sir.' 'Sir.' 'Do it then. 'How do you know that th is prince has been transformed by enchantments into an ape?' 'Sir.' replied the lion. where she made a great cir cle.' 'Since it is so. 'you can dispel the prince's enchantment.' said she. son of a great king. 'I can restore him to his first shape again. who finding himself worsted. 'Thou shalt quickly have thy reward for the trouble thou hast given me to return. and pursued him. or beyond Mou nt Caucasus. from that which hinders him from appearing in your sight what he naturally is. he has been metamorphosed into an ape by encha ntment. where she began spells. The air grew insensibly dark. and myself.' 'Sir. but the serpent at the same time took also the shape of an eagle that was black and much stronger. I know who they are.' said the sultan. 'art thou not afraid to break the treaty which was solemnly made and confirmed between us by oath.' 'Yes. and the head only was left.t for you hither. some of them an cient. As soon as the princess perceived this monster. 'I am ready to obey you in all that you may be pleased to command me. A genie. went into her apartment.' 'Sir. the little slave. the master of the chamberlains. as if it had been night and the whole worl d about to be dissolved. got time to pull out one of her hairs and. Therefore do not be surpris ed if I should forthwith relieve this prince. but she. though he has the shape of an ape. and repeated verses out of the Koran.' The lion answered fiercely. in spite of the enchantments. 'I can justly reproach thee wi th doing so. That ape you see before you. and flew away.' replied the princess. and this fear i ncreased the more when we saw the genie. but in plain words if it was true what his daughter said? Seeing I could not speak.' The princess. dare you present yourself in this shape. 'your majesty may remember that when I was pa st my infancy. she was a most expert magician . by virtue of which I can transport your capital city into the midst of the sea in the twinkling of an eye. for I will have him to be my vizier. wherewith she cut the lion through the middle in two pieces. and by whom they have been enchanted. I put my hand to my head to signify that what the princess spoke was true. but I think I ought not to boast of them. 'instead of creeping before me.' replied the Lady of Beauty. astonished at this discourse. and ran at her to devour her. thinking to fright en me?' 'And thou. and fought the scorpion. The two parts of the lion vanished.' The sultan. she made the s ultan. took the shape of an e agle. not to wrong or to do one anoth er any hurt?' 'Oh! thou cursed creature!' replied the princess. which had some Hebrew words engraven on the blade.' said the sultan. being on her guard. changed it in to a sharp sword.' 'Daughter.' With that he opened his terrible throat. she placed her self in the centre of it. and taught me seventy rules of magic. the son of the daughter of Eblis. 'you cannot do me a greater pleasure. and within it she wrote several words in Arabic characters. from whence she broug ht in a knife. we found ourselves struck with a panic. and there left us under a gallery that went rou nd it. which changed it self into a large scorpion. daughter to the King Epitimarus. 'You dog. She placed herself in the middle of the court.' said the princess. go down int o a private court of the palace. When she had finished and prepared the circle as she thought fit. turned towards me and asked no more by signs. Immediately the princess turned herself into a serpe nt. Upon this the sultan said again to his daughter. the son of the daughter of Eblis. 'I did not believe you to have understood so much. and he shall marry you. 'your majesty shall soon understand that I am not in t he wrong.

f them both. Some time after they had disappeared, the ground opened before us, and out of it came forth a cat, black and white, with her hair standing upright, and mewing i n a frightful manner; a black wolf followed her close, and gave her no time to r est. The cat, being thus hard beset, changed herself into a worm, and being nigh to a pomegranate that had accidentally fallen from a tree that grew on the side of a canal which was deep but not broad, the worm pierced the pomegranate in an instant, and hid itself. The pomegranate swelled immediately, and became as big as a gourd, which, mounting up to the roof of the gallery, rolled there for som e space backwards and forwards, fell down again into the court, and broke into s everal pieces. The wolf, which had in the meanwhile transformed itself into a cock, fell to pic king up the seeds of the pomegranate one after another, but finding no more, he came towards us with his wings spread, making a great noise, as if he would ask us whether there were any more seeds. There was one lying on the brink of the ca nal, which the cock perceived as he went back, and ran speedily thither, but jus t as he was going to pick it up, the seed rolled into the river, and turned into a little fish. The cock jumped into the river and was turned into a pike that pursued the small fish; they continued both under water for over two hours, and we knew not what had become of them. All of a sudden we heard terrible cries, which made us tremb le, and a little while after we saw the genie and princess all in flames. They t hrew flashes of fire out of their mouths at each other, till they came to close quarters; then the two fires increased, with a thick burning smoke, which mounte d so high that we had reason to fear it would set the palace on fire. But we ver y soon had a more urgent reason for fear, for the genie, having got loose from t he princess, came to the gallery where we stood, and blew flames of fire upon us . We should all have perished if the princess, running to our assistance, had no t by her cries forced him to retire, and defend himself against her; yet, notwit hstanding all her exertions, she could not hinder the sultan's beard from being burnt, and his face spoiled, nor the chief of the chamberlains from being stifle d and burnt on the spot. The sultan and I expected nothing but death, when we he ard a cry of 'Victory, victory!' and on a sudden the princess appeared in her na tural shape, but the genie was reduced to a heap of ashes. The princess came near to us that she might not lose time, called for a cupful o f water, which the young slave, who had received no damage, brought her. She too k it, and after pronouncing some words over it, threw it upon me, saying, 'If th ou art become an ape by enchantment, change thy shape, and take that of a man, w hich thou hadst before.' These words were hardly uttered when I became a man as I was before. I was preparing to give thanks to the princess, but she prevented me by addressi ng herself to her father, thus: 'Sir, I have gained the victory over the genie, as your majesty may see; but it is a victory that costs me dear. I have but a fe w minutes to live, and you will not have the satisfaction of making the match yo u intended; the fire has pierced me during the terrible combat, and I find it is consuming me by degrees. This would not have happened had I perceived the last of the pomegranate seeds, and swallowed it as I did the others, when I was chang ed into a cock; the genie had fled thither as to his last entrenchment, and upon that the success of the combat depended, without danger to me. This slip oblige d me to have recourse to fire, and to fight with those mighty arms as I did betw een heaven and earth, in your presence; for, in spite of all his redoubtable art and experience, I made the genie know that I understood more than he. I have co nquered and reduced him to ashes, but I cannot escape death, which is approachin g.' The sultan suffered the princess, the Lady Or Beauty, to go on with the recital of her combat, and when she had done he spoke to her in a tone that sufficiently testified his grief: 'My daughter,' said he, 'you see in what condition your fa ther is; alas! I wonder that I am yet alive!' He could speak no more, for his te ars, sighs and sobs made him speechless; his daughter and I wept with him. In the meantime, while we were vieing with each other in grief the princess crie

d, 'I burn! I burn!' She found that the fire which consumed her had at last seiz ed upon her whole body, which made her still cry 'I burn,' until death had made an end of her intolerable pains. The effect of that fire was so extraordinary th at in a few moments she was wholly reduced to ashes, like the genie. How grieved I was at so dismal a spectacle! I had rather all my life have contin ued an ape or a dog than to have seen my benefactress thus miserably perish. The sultan, being afflicted beyond all that can be imagined, cried out piteously, a nd beat himself on his head, until being quite overcome with grief, he fainted a way, which made me fear for his life. In the meantime the officers came running at the sultan's cries, and with very much ado brought him to himself again. Ther e was no need for him and me to give them a long narrative of this adventure, in order to convince them of their great loss. The two heaps of ashes, into which the princess and the genie had been reduced, were sufficient demonstration. The sultan was hardly able to stand, but had to be supported till he could get to hi s apartment. When the news of the tragical event had spread through the palace and the city, all the people bewailed the misfortune of the princess, the Lady of Beauty, and were much affected by the sultan's affliction. Every one was in deep mourning fo r seven days, and many ceremonies were performed. The ashes of the genie were th rown into the air, but those of the princess were gathered into a precious urn t o be kept, and the urn was set in a stately tomb which was built for that purpos e on the same place where the ashes had lain. The grief which the sultan felt for the loss of his daughter threw him into a fi t of illness, which confined him to his chamber for a whole month. He had not fu lly recovered strength when he sent for me: 'Prince,' said he, 'hearken to the o rders that I now give you; it will cost you your life if you do not put them int o execution.' I assured him of exact obedience, upon which he went on thus: 'I h ave constantly lived in perfect felicity, and was never crossed by any accident: but by your arrival all the happiness I possessed is vanished; my daughter is d ead, her attendant is no more, and it is through a miracle that I am yet alive. You are the cause of all those misfortunes, for which it is impossible that I sh ould be comforted; therefore depart from hence in peace, without farther delay, for I myself must perish if you stay any longer: I am persuaded that your presen ce brings mischief along, with it. This is all I have to say to you. Depart, and beware of ever appearing again in my dominions; no consideration whatsoever sha ll hinder me from making you repent of it.' I was going to speak, but he stopped my mouth with words full of anger; and so I was obliged to leave his palace, re jected, banished, an outcast from the world, and not knowing what would become o f me. And so I became a hermit. THE FIRST VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR. My father left me a considerable estate, the best part of which I spent in rioto us living during my youth; but I perceived my error, and reflected that riches w ere perishable, and quickly consumed by such ill managers as myself. I further c onsidered that by my irregular way of living I had wretchedly misspent my time w hich is the most valuable thing in the world. Struck with those reflections, I c ollected the remains of my furniture, and sold all my patrimony by public auctio n to the highest bidder. Then I entered into a contract with some merchants, who traded by sea: I took the advice of such as I thought most capable to give it m e; and resolving to improve what money I had, I went to Balsora and embarked wit h several merchants on board a ship which we jointly fitted out. We set sail, and steered our course towards the East Indies, through the Persian Gulf, which is formed by the coasts of Arabia Felix on the right, and by those of Persia on the left, and, according to common opinion, is seventy leagues acro ss at the broadest part. The eastern sea, as well as that of the Indies, is very spacious: it is bounded on one side by the coasts of Abyssinia, and is 4,500 le agues in length to the isles of Vakvak. At first I was troubled with sea-sicknes s, but speedily recovered my health, and was not afterwards troubled with that d isease.

In our voyage we touched at several islands, where we sold or exchanged our good s. One day, whilst under sail, we were becalmed near a little island, almost eve n with the surface of the water, which resembled a green meadow. The captain ord ered his sails to be furled, and permitted such persons as had a mind to do so t o land upon the island, amongst whom I was one. But while we were diverting ourselves with eating and drinking, and recovering o urselves from the fatigue of the sea, the island on a sudden trembled, and shook us terribly. They perceived the trembling of the island on board the ship, and called us to r e-embark speedily, or we should all be lost, for what we took for an island was only the back of a whale. The nimblest got into the sloop, others betook themsel ves to swimming; but for my part I was still upon the back of the whale when he dived into the sea, and had time only to catch hold of a piece of wood that we h ad brought out of the ship to make a fire. Meanwhile, the captain, having receiv ed those on board who were in the sloop, and taken up some of those that swam, r esolved to use the favourable gale that had just risen, and hoisting his sails, pursued his voyage, so that it was impossible for me to regain the ship. Thus was I exposed to the mercy of the waves, and struggled for my life all the rest of the day and the following night. Next morning I found my strength gone, and despaired of saving my life, when happily a wave threw me against an island. The bank was high and rugged, so that I could scarcely have got up had it not b een for some roots of trees, which fortune seemed to have preserved in this plac e for my safety. Being got up, I lay down upon the ground half dead until the su n appeared; then, though I was very feeble, both by reason of my hard labour and want of food, I crept along to look for some herbs fit to eat, and had the good luck not only to find some, but likewise a spring of excellent water, which con tributed much to restore me. After this I advanced farther into the island, and came at last into a fine plain, where I perceived a horse feeding at a great dis tance. I went towards him, between hope and fear, not knowing whether I was goin g to lose my life or save it. Presently I heard the voice of a man from under gr ound, who immediately appeared to me, and asked who I was. I gave him an account of my adventure; after which, taking me by the hand, he led me into a cave, whe re there were several other people, no less amazed to see me than I was to see t hem. I ate some victuals which they offered me, and then asked them what they did in such a desert place. They answered that they were grooms belonging to King Mihra ge, sovereign of the island, and that every year they brought thither the king's horses. They added that they were to get home to-morrow, and had I been one day later I must have perished, because the inhabited part of the island was at a g reat distance, and it would have been impossible for me to have got thither with out a guide. Next morning they returned with their horses to the capital of the island, took me with them, and presented me to King Mihrage. He asked me who I was, and by wh at adventure I came into his dominions? And, after I had satisfied him he told m e he was much concerned for my misfortune, and at the same time ordered that I s hould want for nothing, which his officers were so generous and careful as to se e exactly fulfilled. Being a merchant, I frequented the society of men of my own profession, and part icularly inquired for those who were strangers, if perhaps I might hear any news from Bagdad, or find an opportunity to return thither, for King Mihrage's capit al was situated on the edge of the sea, and had a fine harbour, where ships arri ved daily from the different quarters of the world. I frequented also the societ y of the learned Indians, and took delight in hearing them discourse; but withal I took care to make my court regularly to the king, and conversed with the gove rnors and petty kings, his tributaries, that were about him. They asked me a tho usand questions about my country, and I, being willing to inform myself as to th eir laws and customs, asked them everything which I thought worth knowing. There belonged to this king an island named Cassel. They assured me that every n ight a noise of drums was heard there, whence the mariners fancied that it was t he residence of Degial. I had a great mind to see this wonderful place, and on m

'for your happy escape. I also knew the captain. pepper. a nd in return offered him part of my goods as a present. acknowledged his honesty. and among t hem unfortunate Sinbad. 'whom can we ever tru st now-a-days? There is no faith left among men. As I was one day at the port after my return. that occasi on more fear than hurt. and those bale s are mine. resolving to forget the miseries I had suffered. who. I found my own. that had heads like owls. My inclination to trade revived. a ship arrived. for there came people from his ship w ho knew me. about a cubit in length. and built me a great house. being near an island. He was soon persuaded that I was no cheat. and at last arr ived at Balsora. asked me how I came by such rarities. who brought m e to his court.' replied I. which he generously refu sed. A t last he knew me himself. for they are so timid that they will fly at the rattling of two sticks or boards. as we thought. and the merchants on board ordered their goods to be carried into the warehouse. and embracing me. after my first voyage. an d dived under water: most of the persons who were upon him perished. nu tmegs. but being persuaded that he b elieved me to be drowned.' 'Very well. to whom I may return the profit. I saw Sinbad perish with my own eyes. What impudence is this! To look at you. I bought goods suited to the commerce I intended. 'I am that Sinbad whom you thought to be dead. Upon this I took leave of him. they began to unload her. to spend the rest of my days at Bagdad. We passed by several islands. with merchants of known probity. and by what adventure I met with the grooms of King Mihrage. and expressed much joy to see me alive. paid me great compliments. Those bales belonged to him. and went aboard the same ship. and excha nged commodities with great profit. and l ooked at the name. 'Heaven be praised. I bought slaves and fine lands.' 'Have patience. I carried with me wood of aloes. and yet you tell me you are that Sinbad. He replied : 'They belonged to a merchant of Bagdad. he went ashore with several other passengers upon this supposed island. I cannot enough express my joy for it: there are your goods. 'O heaven. and the passengers on board saw it as well as I. and to enj oy the pleasures of life. As I cast my eye upon some bales.' said he. accepted my p resent. He was mightily pleased at my good luck. My family and I received one another with transports of sincer e friendship. I acquainted him with the whole story. and ginger. I went and asked him whose bales they were. set sail. but one day. but it was not long ere I grew weary of a quiet life. camphor. One day we landed on an island covered with . and gave me one much more considerable in return. and yet you tell a horrible falsehood. And th us I settled myself. after I had exchanged my goods for the c ommodities of that country. and perceived the bales to be the same that I had embarked at Balsora. 'speak. I am ready to hear you. with the value of one hundred thousand sequins. knowing my misfortune. cloves. from whence I came to this city. but as soon as he felt the heat of t he fire they had kindled on his back to dress some victuals he began to move. called Sinbad. one would take you to b e a man of honesty. THE SECOND VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR designed. I saw likewise other fishes. and after rec ommending ourselves to God.' When the captain heard me speak thus.' said I.y way thither saw fishes of one hundred and two hundred cubits long. captain. I took out what was most valuable in my bales. and put to sea a second time.' said he. ' 'Captain. We embarked on board a good ship. We traded from island to island. in order to possess y ourself of what does not belong to you.' said he. which was only a monstrous whale tha t lay asleep upon the surface of the water. who came to sea with us .' Then I told him how I esc aped. and presented it to King Mihrage. take and do with them what you will. and as soon as she cast anchor.' I thanked him. 'do me the favour to hear what I have to sa y. sandal. and I am resolved to trade with them until I meet with some of his family.

and which I could not look upon without terror. from whence I looked about on all sides to se e if there was anything that could give me hope. and sat over t he egg to hatch it. When I looked towards the sea. coming down from the tree. By this time the sun was ready to set. and. but saw it was not. I speedily untied the knot. and so full of steep rocks that there was no possibility of getting out of the valley. I was much astonished at this su dden darkness. resting myself at times in such pla ces as I thought most suitable. but so unpeopled. I got up and looked about every where. where they hid themselves from the roc. and carried me so hig h that I could not see the earth. beat my head and breast. and that ther e was no climbing up to the top of it. in hopes that when the roc flew away next morning she would carry me with her out of this desert island. which was as big as the trunk of a tree. I took my wine and provisions. I thought it to be a white bowl of a prodigious height and b igness. I upbraide d myself a hundred times for not being content with the produce of my first voya ge. the bird really flew away next morning. I found that I had gained nothing by the change. the distance being so great that I could not distinguish wha t it was. As I perceived her coming. I took a great deal of pleasure in looking at them. so that I had before me one of the legs of the bird. having taken up a serpent of a monstrous length in her bill. I crept close to the egg. I made a v ery good meal. but speedily I saw at a distance such objects as very much diminished my satisfaction. which I so much admired. It was at least fifty p aces round. and others with gathering fruits. This was a new perplexity. that I had often heard mariners speak of. with so mu ch rapidity that I lost my senses. so big and so long that the least of them was capable of swa llowing an elephant. As I walked through this valley I perceived it was strewn with diamonds. and did not come out but in the night-time . and conceived that the great bowl. which formed a curious shape. But all this was in vain. Then she descended all of a sudden. encompassed on all sides wit h mountains. but looking towards the land I saw someth ing white. some of which were of surprising bigness. In short. At last I perc eived the ship under sail. that we could see neither man no r beast upon it. I was r eady to die with grief: I cried out sadly. but w hen I awoke the ship was gone. I remembered a fowl. I cannot tell how long I slept. and afterwards fell asleep. of a mons trous size. I was very much surprised to find the ship gone. it was so smooth. where I lay some time in a terrible agony. that came flying toward me. and my repentance out of season. When I came nearer.several sorts of fruit trees. must needs be its egg. I took up what provision I had left a nd went towards it. I could see nothing but sky and water. and along th e streams that watered them. We went to take a little fresh air in the meadows. I clim bed up to the top of a great tree. and found it to be very smooth. and when I came up to it I touched it. they were a great number of serpents. but when the roc was settled. Whilst some diverted themselves with gathering flow ers. The place where she left me was a very deep valley. and could not see one of the merchants who landed with me. I leave you to guess at my melancholy reflections in this sad condition. and all of a sudden the sky became as dar k as if it had been covered with a thick cloud. so that when I compared this place with the desert island fro m which the roc brought me. flew away. but much more when I found it was occasioned by a bird. I went round to see if it was open on any side. as soon as it was day. where I t . I tied myself strongly to it with the cloth that went round my turban. the bird lighted. And after having passed the night in this condition. I spent the day in walking about the valley. so high that they seemed to reach above the clouds. and sat do wn by a stream betwixt two great trees. called roc. At last I resigned myself to the will of God. and I found mys elf upon the ground. and threw my self down upon the ground. and had scarcely done so when t he bird. When night came on I went into a cave. and not knowing what to do. that might well have served me all my life. but at such a distance that I lost sight of her in a very little time. They retired in the day-time to their dens. their enemy.

the eagles. and when I pressed him to take more. 'I am very well satisfied with this. and then laid myself upon the ground. in reality. and of the stratagems made use of by some merchants to get jewels from thence. 'You will trea t me. I afterwards took t he largest piece of meat I could find. I showed them to him. and that too the least of them. with a great stone. And this stratagem they m ake use of to get the diamonds out of the valley. I prayed the merchant to whom the nest belonged (for every merchant h ad his own). and put them i nto the leathern bag in which I used to carry my provisions. but not so exactly fit ted as to hinder light from coming in. which was low and straig ht. which are stronger in this countr y than anywhere else. thos e merchants come to the neighbourhood of this valley when the eagles have young ones.hought I might be in safety. upon whos e points they fall. wi thout fear of doing me any injury. not having shut my eyes during the night. to take as many for his share as he pleased. I could not moderate my joy w hen I found myself delivered from the danger I have mentioned. and notwithstanding my uneasiness. I supped on part of my provisions.' said he. and throwing great joints of meat into the valley. I fell asleep. and when they had obliged them to quit their prey. I thought I was i . to whom I told my story a second time. they were surprised at the largeness of my diamonds. he began to quarrel with me. more than all the other m erchants together. it is by chance. I began to gather together the largest diamonds that I could see. 'No. At last I sat down. with a piece of meat on my back. instead of inquiring how I came thith er. I had always looked upon it as a fable when I heard mariners and others discours e of the valley of diamonds. Each of them seized a piece of meat. and I came out of the cave trembling. f or the satisfaction of those who had not heard it. but now I changed my mind. but I chose myself in the bottom of the valley all those which you see in this bag'. but now I found it to be true. and at the same t ime I saw several others fall down from the rocks in different places. He was very much afra id when he saw me. I can justly say that I walked a long time upon diamonds without feeling an inclination to touch any of them. but they were much mor e surprised when I told them my story. w hich I looked upon as my grave. hissing about in the meantime. and car ry them to their nests upon the top of the rocks to feed their young with. when the other mer chants came trooping about us. This was a great piece of fresh meat. 'with more civility when you know me better. I had scarcely done speaking. and one of the strongest having taken me up. frighten the eagles by their noi se. which is valuable enough to save me the trouble of making any more voyage s to raise as great a fortune as I desire. and asked why I stole his goods. They took me to the place where they were staying all together. with my face downward.' replied I. running to their nests. which is surrounded with such precipices that nobody can enter it. He contented himself w ith one. the bag of diamonds being tied fast to my girdle. Do not trouble yo urself. For. carried me to his nest on the top of the mountain. so that it could not possibly drop off . I stopped the mouth of it. to frighten the eagles. much astonished to see me. and take away the diamonds that stick to the meat. When day appeared t he serpents retired. I have diamonds enough for you and myself too. and confess ed that in all the courts where they had been they had never seen any that came near them. I believed till then that it was not possible for me to get out of this abyss. Yet they did not so much admire my strata gem to save myself as my courage to attempt it. one of them came to the nest where I was. pounce with great force upon those pieces of meat.' I spent the night with those merchants. but I had scarcely shut my eyes when something that fell by me with great noise awakened me. tied it close round me with the cloth of my turban. which began to appear. and there having opened my bag. The merchants fell str aightway to shouting. If they have any. I had scarcely laid me down before the eagles came. and having spoken tho se words. stick to them. the diamonds. but th e serpents. at wh ich time the merchants. but recovering himself. after having eaten a little more of my provisions. to preserve me from the serpents. put me into su ch extreme fear that you may easily imagine I did not sleep. for the falling in of those pieces of meat put me in hopes of a way of saving my life.

strange to relate. made us all g et out. he pleasures of the life which I then led soon made me forget the risks I had ru n in my two former voyages. for a reason you shall hear anon. covered all over with red hair. This discourse of the captain put the whole company into a great consternation. and though they were but dwarfs. They spoke to us as they came near. that a hundred men may easily sit under its shade. runs his horn into him. which made us lose our course. it has a horn upon its nose about a cubit long. but we were ob liged to cast anchor there. and made towards it. where t he trees grow that yield camphor. We made a long voyage . The merchants had thrown their pieces of meat into the valley for several days. and in a little time encompass ed our ship. but. which we thrust open. In short. and very lofty. well built. As we went on we perceived at a distance a great pile of building. for they were more in number than the locusts . THE THIRD VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR. where we saw before us a . w here there were serpents of a prodigious length. and travelled near high mountains. but we expected nothing but death. We fo und it to be a palace. and touched at several ports. came swimming towards us. it bein g very dangerous to stay there. We took ship at the nearest port and came to the Isle of Roha. and cleft in the middle from one end to the other. We beheld all this with mortal fear. Here I exchanged some of my diamonds for good merchandise. The juice of which the ca mphor is made runs out from a hole bored in the upper part of the tree. We went forward into the island. and. where the captain was very unwilling to enter. t hey took down our sails. we were attacked by a horrible tempest. but we understood not their lan guage. representing the figure of a man. a creature less than the elephant. This tree is so large. being then in the flower of my age I grew weary of living without business. they climbed up the sides of the ship with an agility that surprised us. with a gate of ebony with dou ble doors. and afterwards carried the ship into another island. and becomes what we call camphor. we landed at Balsora. and hardening myself against the thought of any dan ger I might incur. and the juice thus drawn out the tree withers and dies. from whence they ha d come. which we had the good fortune t o escape. and at last. cut the cable. an innumerable multitude of frightful savages. having touched at several trading towns of the main land. and there are up on it white lines. that what he had told us was but too true. this ho rn is solid. When we had furled our sails the captain told us tha t this and some other neighbouring islands were inhabited by hairy savages. be ing out in the main ocean. to Balsora: there I embarked again with the merchants. the roc comes and carries them both away in her claws to be food for her young ones. from whence I went to Bagdad. and brought us before the port of an island. and carries him off upon his head. with the richest commodities of the count ry. There I immediately ga ve great alms to the poor. yet our misfortune wa s that we must make no resistance. From thence we went t o other isles. where it grows thick. One day. The tempest continued several days. We entered the court. and could scarcely believe myself to be out of danger. and we found very soon. a nd about two feet high. The rhinoceros fights with the elephant. and then. is recei ved in a vessel. hauling to the shore. All travellers carefully avoided that island where they left us. but the blood of the elephant running into his eyes and making him blind. and each of them being satisfied with the diamonds that had fallen to his lot. but we were fo rced to bear our affliction with patience. to our cost.n a dream. I went from Bagdad. without daring to offer to defend ourselves . but g reater than the buffalo. where we drove a considerable trade. and if we happened to kill one of them they would all fall upon us and destroy us. and its branches so thi ck. and lived honourably upon the vast riches I had gaine d with so much fatigue. There is in this island the rhinoceros. where we found some fruits and herbs to prolong our lives as long as we could. who would speedily attack us. w e left the place next morning all together. he falls to t he ground. or to speak one word to divert them from their mischievous design.

so that we were forced. and fell asleep. and the giant arrived a little while after. he lay down on his back. The sun had set. and then went out and left us as formerly. but if w e do. went out. We returned to the palace towards evening. our legs failed under us: we fell to the ground. he returned to his porch. got up. it was not poss ible for us to enjoy any rest.' said I. we broke the melancholy silence we had kept a ll night. I communicated the same to my comrades . but even i f it were lawful. and supped once more upon one of our companio ns. In the meantime we will execute the design to deliver ourse lves from the giant. rather than die so strange a death. but found none. W hen he had considered us well. and ate him in his apartment for his supper. but if it happen to miscarry . and. When we thought him at a distance. But at last we rev enged ourselves on the brutish giant thus. submitting to what it should please God to order concerning us. H is fore-teeth were very long and sharp. he advanced towards us. 'Brethren. leave them there till we think fit to make use of them. on e by one. Those wh o were of this mind argued with the rest to follow their example. and l eft us in the palace. that by exposing ourselves to the fury of the waves. but determined nothing. and saw him sitting in the porch. After he had made an end of his curse d supper. and the captain being the fattest. and perceiving me to be so lean that I had nothing but skin and bone. w e sought for a place to lie down in. he took me up by the nape of my neck. As soon as we heard him snor . to return to the palace. and we made ra fts capable of carrying three persons each. we spent the day in running about the island for fruit and herbs to sustain our lives.vast apartment with a porch. Having thought of a project for that end. He had but one eye. snoring louder than thunder. and every one grieving more than another. bei ng weary with travelling. and on th e other a vast number of roasting spits. if you will be advised by me. roasted. and that in the middle of his forehead. and put to sea. is it not better to be buried in the sea than in the entrails of this mons ter. where he lay and fell asleep. and viewed them in the same manner. his upper lip hung down upon his breast. whe ther we would or not. and lay a long time motionless. we made the palace resound w ith our complaints and groans. so that. I confess. When evening came. and we had but one enemy. He took up all the rest. and his nails were as lon g and crooked as the talons of the greatest birds. and whilst we were in the lamentable condition just mentioned. We were forced to see another of our comrades roasted. as high as a tall palm tree. as I might a sparrow. This being done. so that we passed the night in the most cruel fea r that can be imagined. he let me go. who has already devoured two of us?' My advice was relished. The giant failed not to come back. the giant awoke. and if it succeed. and when they are done. and laying his hand upon me. we had not at first the presence of mind to think of delivering o urselves from him by his death. after which he slept. We thought of several other things. He slept thus till morning. Our condition was so very terrible that several of my comrades designe d to throw themselves into the sea. and covered his shoulders. seize d with deadly fear. we run a risk of losing our lives. and thrusting a spit through h im. upon which one of the company answered that we were forbidden to destroy ourselves. and there came out the horr ible figure of a black man. and lay like men dead. After having viewed me well. he held him with one hand. At last we came to ourselves. and turned me round as a butcher would do a sheep's head. and snored till day. his ears rese mbled those of an elephant. let us make several raft s that may carry us. looking at us. Though there were a great many of us. We trembled at this spectacle. having on one side a heap of men's bones. 'you know there is a great deal of timber floating upon the coast. the gate of the apartment opened with a great noise. it was more reasonable to think of a way to rid ourselves of t he barbarous tyrant who designed so cruel a death for us. For our parts. where it looked as red as a burning coal. At the sight of so frightful a giant we lost all our senses. we will speedily get to our rafts. kindled a great fire. and stood out of his mouth. which was as deep as that of a horse. we may stay here with patience till some ship pass by to carry us out of this fatal island. who approved it. Day being come.

But day had scarcely appeared when we perceived our cruel enemy. and submitted myself to the will of God. swallowed him at once. to our great terror. w e mounted it accordingly. and if that happened to be the case. and after having sought for us in vain.' As we walked about we saw a large tall tree. more like a dead man than one alive. and running to the shore entered the water up to their waists. The pain occasi oned him to make a frightful cry. and wen t out. We rowed with all our might. When day appeared he retired. and gave over his ho wling. and all my companions. so that he lay till day. and rowe d off from the shore. who disposes of our lives at His ple asure. and got out of the r each of the giants. were drowned. The giants. took up great stones. but we hoped that if he did not appear by sunrise. and crushed him. which we still heard. and myself. that gave us grea t relief. upon which we designed to pass the following night. but we ran to places where he could not find us. We found excellent fruit there. we were exposed to the mercy of the waves and winds. but nature prompting us to a desire to live as long as we can. an d dry thorns. and putting the points of them into the fire till they were burnin g hot. we thrust them into his eye all at once. and blinded him. so that I was going to throw myself into the sea. and sometimes on a nother. and meeting with my comrade. In the meantime I gathered together a great quantity of small wood. We went out of the palace after the giant. brambles. for our security. and threw so exactly that they sank all the rafts but that I was upon. This filled me wit h horror. and came to the shore. but got immediately upon our rafts. but was prevented by the rampart I had made. notwithstanding his loud cries and t he efforts he made to rid himself from the serpent. He swallowed up one of my comrades. and making them up into faggots made a great circle with them roun d the tree. and having satisfied our hunger with fruit. raised itself up against the trunk of it. where we landed with much joy. and to get up and stretch out his hands in ord er to sacrifice some of us to his rage. In the evening we fell asleep on the bank of the sea. howling dreadfully. A little while after. when we had fled a great distance from him. according to his custom. The serpent failed not to come at the usual hour. expecting the same fate as my two companions. nine of the boldest among us. when the evening came I shut myself up within this circle. took each of us a spit. who sat lower than I. he would die. that I had neglected nothing which could preserve me from the cruel destiny with which I was threatened. and not to risk our lives upon the rafts.e. and a great number more coming befo re him with a very quick pace. to what dang ers are we exposed! We rejoiced yesterday at having escaped from the cruelty of a giant and the rage of the waves. except the two with me. where we had l eft our rafts. seeking for an opportunity to devour me. we made no delay. and then came down. the serpent came hissing to the root of the tree. Having done thus. who perceived this. and I cried out. We waited till day in orde r to get upon them. but I dared not to leave my fort until the sun a rose. which shook him several time s against the ground. whose scales made a rustling as he crept along. I staid upon the tree till it was day. I was fatigued with the toil he had put me to. Next day we saw the serpent again. sometimes on one side. he groped for the gate. 'O heaven. but were awaked by the noi se of a serpent as long as a palm tree. and tossed about. and went round the tree. and suffered so much from his poi . with this mela ncholy piece of satisfaction. but next morning we had the good luck to be thrown upon an island. When we saw this. so that we pretty well recovered our strength. but when we got out to sea. and spent that night and the following day under a cruel uncertainty as to our fate. and went off. and we could hear him gnaw and tear the p oor wretch's bones. and now are we fallen into another danger alt ogether as terrible. I withstood this temptation to despai r. we resolved to stay in the island. in case the giant came towards us with any guide of his own species. and also tied some of them to the branches over my head. and put them immediately into the sea. like a cat watching in vain for a mouse that has retreated to a place of safety . accompanied by two others almost of the same size leading him.

death seeming preferable to me than the horror of such a con dition. with the names of the me rchants to whom they belonged. I intend to dispose of them for the benefit of his heirs. who believed me to be dead. and sa id. seeing that I was all in rags. I could not wonder at his not knowin g me. having considered me attentively. which I always took care to preserve and to make the best of at every port wher e I touched.' replied he. cinnamon. and showing them to me. We were at sea for some time. and as to the serpents. 'God be praised that fortune has supplied my defect. and embarked on boar d my ship at Balsora. captain. I saw another which had the shape and colour of a camel. and taking the linen from my turban. displayed it that they might o bserve me. for just as I was going to throw myse lf into the sea. neither I nor the merchants perceived it till fou r hours after.' said I. I ran towards the sea.' I could not hear myself named without some emotio n. and s et sail without me. i n order to sell or exchange them. he added.' I took them from him. and the captain. I have here a parcel of goods that belonged to a merchant who sail ed some time on board this ship. and when I awoke I found all the company gone. the oldest among them said they had several times heard of the giants that dwelt in that island. he was so much altered since I saw him. where there grows sanders. From the Isle of Salabat we went to another. This had the desired effect. in m y second voyage. As soon as I came aboard. 'Enter them. when I know them. and from thence returned to this city . 'Certainly. a fter a long voyage.' answered he. a wood of great use in physic. was so generous as to give me one of his own suits. there were abundance in the isle that hid themselves by day and came abroad by night. had left me in the island where I fell asleep by a brook. knew me at last embraced me. and not thinking on the resignation I had mad e to the will of God the preceding day. 'There are the goods. In short. I perceived a ship at a considerable distance. As we sailed from that island we saw a tortoise t hat was twenty cubits in length and breadth.' The captain. 'But. I hope you will t ake care to sell them.' 'You believe him then to be dead?' said I. and when he asked the captain in whose name he sh ould enter those he gave me the charge of. and at the same time acknowledged how much I owed to him.' said I. I called as loud as I could. One day. I arrived at Balsora. And as for him. and without sending to look for me.' said the captain. they brought me the best of what they had to eat. 'Brother. 'look upon me. and you may know that I am Sinbad. that they were cannibals and ate men ra w as well as roasted. and after I had told them of all that befell me. and its skin is so hard that they usually make buck lers of it.sonous breath that. We had the wind in our stern and so fresh a gale that it was not then possible for us to tack about for him. with the profit I have made on them. I came down from the tree. and gave milk. We observed also a fish which looke d like a cow. We en tered the port. where I furnished myself with clove s. God took compassion on my desperate state. he came from Bagdad. 'No.' The bales he spoke of lay on th e deck. 'was the merchant's name to whom those goods belon ged Sinbad?' 'Yes. 'that was his name. I restore them to you. and you shall have a commission. and other spices. I know not by what mistake I set sail without observing that he did not re-embark with us. There are your goods. 'in t he name of Sinbad the sailor.' I thanked him that he g ave me an opportunity to employ myself. when we landed at an island to take in water and other refreshments. After having testi fied their joy at my escaping so many dangers. The clerk of the ship took an account of all the bales. and said. the merchants and seamen floc ked about me to know how I came to that desert island. I fell asleep by a brook. and he being dead. whom yo u left in that desert island. I knew him to be the person who. all the crew perceived me. and at last landed at that of Salabat. touched at several islands. But I could not remember him at first. he said. because I hated to be idle. and the capta in sent his boat for me. captain. The merchants began to unload their goods. In the meantime the captain came to me. with a design to throw myself into it headlong. and came to anchor. and looking steadfastly on the captain.

I set out on my journey. when I stopped to rest a l ittle. and quickly got out of sight. I therefore settled my affairs. as soon as the sun was up. I ate of it also. We set sail. and fell to eating with greediness: but I. and bought another great estate in addition to what I had already. I was again prevailed upon by my passion for traffic and curiosity to see new things. I fell in to a languishing illness which proved my safety.of Bagdad. Meanwhile. I redoubled my pace. and were overtaken by a sudden gust of wind that obliged the captain to furl his sails. . lean. we walked from the shore. to which we went. called to me as loud as he could to return. Next morning. and suspected m y design. who seized us. and this gave me an opportunity one day to get at a distanc e from the houses. I had a great deal of liberty. The black men fed us afterwards with rice. not taking notice that the black men ate none of it themselves. therefore. and t hat when they spoke to me they knew not what they said. which happened well for me. that we might not be aware of the sad destiny prepared for us. seeing me to be withered. the rest being away. saw some houses. without consulting what we should do . deferred my death till another time. I had the good fortune. and went to them without any scruple. so that there was scarcely any notice taken of what I did. and as soon as we came thit her we were encompassed by a great number of black men. they made us sit down immed iately. and they gave us rice on purpose to fatten us. our misfortune had dispirited us so much. gathering pepper. would not so much as taste it. avoiding those places which seem ed to be inhabited. so that a great many of the merch ants and seamen were drowned. and the ship was stranded. and advancing into the island. and then arr ived at a port. for the black men having killed and eaten up my companions. of which there was great pl enty in that place. for. At that time there was none but the old man about the houses. On the eighth day I came near the sea. But all was in vain. their desi gn was to eat us as soon as we grew fat. and m y comrades. and living for the most part upon cocoanuts. and all of a su dden saw white people like myself. and to eat some of the provisions I had taken care to bring. but I speedi ly set forward again. An old man who saw me. which they made signs to us to eat. who had lost their reason. and carried us to their respective habitations. for in a little time I perceived my companions had lost their senses. you may easily guess that instead of growing fat. w ho were not aware of their condition. ate of it greedily. I and five of my comrades were carried to one place. being cannibals. suspecting some trick. we put out to sea. and we were carried by the current to an island which lay before us: there w e found fruit and spring water. which was pretty usual with them. the sails were torn into a thousand pieces. but my senses being entire. The black men gave us that herb at first on purpose to deprive us of our senses. with several of the merchants and mariners. prepared with oil of cocoanuts. consulted o nly the satisfying of their own hunger. to get a pla nk. of which I travelled over several provinces. and gave us a certain herb. I gave a great deal t o the poor. but very sparingly. and the cargo lost. which served me for both meat and drink. which preserved our lives. he pleasures I took after my third voyage had not charms enough to divert me fro m another. being sure that they could not come in time to pursue me. and to make my escape. and having provided a stock of goods fit for the places where I designed to trade. a nd to take all other necessary precautions to prevent the danger that threatened us. I grew leaner every day. where I embarked. We stayed all night n ear the place where the sea cast us ashore. but instead of obeying him . I went on till night. and not to come home til l night. My comra des. I t ook the way of Persia. our endeavours had no effect. with so much riches that I knew not what I had. and travelled seven days. and having touched at several por ts of the mainland and some of the eastern islands. This I took to be a good omen. and sick. as the rest did. They did accordingly eat my comrades. Th e fear of death under which I laboured turned all my food into poison. shared us among them. THE FOURTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR.

beautiful. as a mark of my obedience to your majesty. 'God preserve you and grant you a long life. and satisfied their curiosity by giving them an account of my shipwreck. who made me a bridle according to the pattern I showed him. and asked me in Arabic who I was. and how I fell into the hands of the black men. for I mus t be buried this day with my wife. that he testified his satisfaction by large presents to me. th e king himself not excepted.' said I. he said to me one day. I could not avoid making several others for his ministers and the principal officers of his household. 'how do you think I should obtain that favour you wish me? I have not above an hour to live. His majesty mounted immediately. I observed one thing which to me appeared very extraordinary. a noble. whose power over me is absolute. there was not a person more in favour with him than myse lf. that I talked to him of things which nobody knew the use of in his dominions.The people who gathered pepper came to meet me as soon as they saw me. and finding him swallowed up with sorrow. I hope it will not be so. and for some time we lived together in perfect harmony. 'Sinbad. 'do not entertain such a melancholy thought. The ceremonies of marriage being over . fell sick and died. and put them upon one of his horses. who all of them made me presents that enriched me in a little tim e. and to return to Bagdad. and by what miracle did you escape their cruelty?' I told them the same story I now tell you. When that was done.' answered I. in consequence. and so he gave me one of the ladies of his court. which surprised him. and all my subjects who know thee treat thee according to my example. every one must submit to this law. rode their horses without bridle or stirrups. I went to see and comfor t him in his affliction. I went immediately to a workman. and therefo re designed to make my escape on the first occasion. every man in court and city sought to oblige me. and then sai led with them to the island from whence they came. with whom I had contracted a very close friendship. and embroidered it with gold. and think no more of thy own country. The island was very well peopled. but for me my days are at an end. I stayed with them till they had gathered their quantity of pepper. His maje sty answered.' I dared not resist the prince's will. and the living wife with the dead husband. and whence I came. who was a good prince. I afterwards went to a locksmith. As I paid court very constantly to the king.' 'I have a mind thou shouldst marry.' While he was entertaining me with an account of this barbarous custom. and rich lady. I was overjoyed to hear them speak i n my own language. While I was thinking on this. and he afterwards gave me clothes. however. Nothing can save me. but that I shall enjoy your company for many years. and. 'there is nothing but I will do. at which they were wonderfully surpri sed. 'are cannibals. the wife of one of my neighbours.' said he.' 'I wish you. 'a long life. All the people. 'that so thou mayst stay in my dominion. how advantageous soever. I was not. wh ich my present settlement. This made me one day take the liberty to ask the king how that came to pass. and then he made me also some s tirrups. and always observed inviolably. and was so pleased with them.' 'Pray. This agreeable retreat was very comfortable to me after m y misfortune. In a word. I also made some for the people of best quality in the city. I presented them to the king. very well satisfied with my condition. I said to him as soon as I saw him. I went and dwelt with the lady. so tha t in a very little time I was looked upon rather as a native than a stranger.' 'Alas!' replied he.' replied he. They presented me to their ki ng. which gained me great reputation and regard. I covered it myself with velvet and leat her.' 'Sir. could not make me forget. I have one thing to demand of thee. the very . plentiful in everything. 'Those black men. He had the patience to hear the relation of my advent ures. and the kindness of this generous prince towards me completed my s atisfaction. and the capital was a place of great trade. The living husband is interred with the dead wife. This is a law which our ancestors established in this island.' r eplied they. I l ove thee. and commanded care to be taken of me. When I had all things completed. which thou must grant. and gave him a model for making the stock of a saddle.

hearing of which frightened me cruelly. as if it had been her wedding-day. However. the fatal ceremony being performed. suffered himself to be put into another open coffin without resista nce. nay. and let down the c orpse. They went up to a high mountain. As I came near the bottom.' I went home very melancholy at this answer. the corpse w as put into a coffin. it was a vast long cave. 'they are not exempte d. as second actor in this doleful tragedy. When all was ready for the ceremony. took up a great stone. and lifting it up. and then to all th ose who were round me. and. I addressed myself to the king. but alas! in a li ttle time my fears came upon me all at once. if she die first. whereas the rest were scarcely moved at it. I immediately left my coffin. and submit to the will of God. to be interred alive seemed to me as deplorable an e nd as to be devoured by cannibals. and m ight be about fifty fathoms deep. and died in a few days. I fancied that I heard some of them sigh out their last.' said I. at every little indisposition of my wife. Then the husband. I discovered. They put on the corpse the woman's richest apparel. lay down upon the ground. with all its apparel and jewels. 'may I presume to ask your majesty if strangers be obliged t o observe this law?' 'Without doubt. art not thou thyself the cau se of thy being brought to die so strange a death? Would to God thou hadst peris hed in some of those tempests which thou hast escaped! Then thy death had not be en so lingering and terrible in all its circumstances. and dressed her with all her jewels . his kindred. they made haste to let d own my wife's corpse into the pit. and seven little loaves. You may judge of my sorrow. and returned. I prayed them to have compassion upon me. The ceremony being over. and seen many countries. then they put her into an open coffin. they covered the hole again with the stone. The husband walked at the head of the company. and was let down in the same manner as they let down his wife. friends and neighbours came in a body to assist at the funerals. 'It is true. and followe d the corpse. I have been a great traveller. getting at a distance from the corpses.' It was to no purpose for me t o speak thus. they covered up the mouth of the pit. however. bewailing my deplorable fate. 'it is a common law. But thou hast drawn all t . smiling at my question. Then reflecti ng on my sad lot. for she fell ill. ' that I am a stranger. b ut never heard of so cruel a law. no soul was moved at it. with my eyes full of tears. and the most considerable people of the city would do the like. and when they came thither. when I got down. which covered the mouth of a very deep pit. poor Sinbad. and put me down the next moment in an open co ffin.' s aid I. It is needless to say that I was the only melancholy spectator of this funeral. by help of the little light that came f rom above. in the first place. with a vessel full of water and seven loaves. and ought not to be subject to this rigorous law. with a pot of water. 'Sir.' 'But. Before I came to the mountain. notwithstanding the exce ss of my grief and my lamentable cries. but. and reached to t he sea. if they are married in this island. I shall be inter red with the queen. But there was no remedy: I must have patience. I could not forbear speaking my thoughts on this matter to the king. and bowing before them to the earth to kiss the border of their garments. and. Sinbad?' said the king. I immediately smelt an insufferable stench pro ceeding from the multitude of corpses which I saw on the right and left. In short. the nature of this subterranean place. I went next to the corpse. my wife. on the contrary. the king and all his court would honour the funeral with their presence. embracing his kindred and friends. bathed in tears. with all her jewels and magnificent apparel. and that I have another wife and child in my own country. occasioned me very mortifying reflections . 'that God disposes all things according to the decrees of His providence. But I must submit. sir. began their march to the place of burial. 'I cannot but wonder at the strange custom in this country of burying the living with the dead. The mountain was pretty long. for the fear of my wife dying first. I trembled. and my being interred alive with her.' 'What do you mean. the practice was so customary to the m.' replied the king. where I stayed a long time. The cavalcade began. 'Consider.' said I.' said I.

when the mariners asked by what misfortune I came thither. and sent a boat to bring me on board. and the Isle of Bells. the captain was so well pleased to have saved me. I went on towards that light. but without any passage or way to communicate with the latter. I found that the thing which I had followed and heard puff and blow was a creature which came out of the sea. where we landed. Upon this I stopped some time to rest myself. of which it is needless to trouble you with the detail. nor inquire into the probability of what I told them. without fear of rain. that he also took the story of my pretended shipwreck upon trust. I returned thither again. and exc ellent camphor. about ten days' sail from Serendib. As I was thinking of death. and rich stuffs I could find. as if it had been running away fr om me. and so much taken up with hi s own affairs. which being all used up at last I prepared for death. and f ound myself upon the shore of the sea. whi ch is about two days' journey in extent. rubies. Out of thankfulness to God for His mercies. and perceived it to be situated betwixt the sea and the town. and upon my approach the thing puffed and blew harder. They heard me. and six from that of Kela. and blowing or panting as it walked. I followed it so long and so far that at last I p erceived a light resembling a star. and the thing seemed to stop sometimes. but without any more ado took me on board with my goods. and quietly enjoyed the fruits of thy labour?' Such were the vain complaints with which I made the cave echo. with a better appetite than I had done since m y interment in the dark hole. I followed the noise. but always found it again. and called to them as loud as I could. I must tell you that. and to do all I could to prolong my days. I went groping about. and made shift to get asho re with the goods they saw. and abandoning myself to the most afflicting thoughts. I made a sign with the linen of my t urban. I examined the mountain. Ah! unfortunate wretch. and the cave seemed to be more spacious and ful ler of corpses than it appeared to me at first. among others the one called th e Isle of Bells. the rocks on the side of the sea were so rugged and steep. and was convinced of the truth of the matter. it was such that I could scarce persuade myself of its being real. But when I had recovered from my surprise. I advanced towards that side from whence I heard the noise. The king of the Isle of Kela is very rich and potent. tying them up neatly into bales with the cords that let down t he coffins. pearls. I heard something walking. and sometimes lost sight of it. and took some of it. The inhabitants are so barbarous that they still eat human flesh. is also subject to him. for it was not then the season. This island produces lead from its mines. These I brought t o the shore. and groped about among the biers for all the diamonds. with my nose stopped. I leave you to guess the excess of my joy . and afterwards entered the cave again to fetch bread an d water. and was accustomed to enter at that hole to feed upon the dead carcasses.his upon thyself by thy cursed avarice. shouldst thou no t rather have stayed at home. and. gold bracelets. Indian canes. which I did by daylight. I fell down upon the shore to t hank God for this mercy. When I came to the ship . Nevertheless. instead of calling death to my ass istance in that miserable condition. being much fatigued with pursuing this discovery so fast. We passed with a regular wind by several islands. I laid them together upon the bank to wait till some ship passed by. beating my head a nd breast out of rage and despair. I lived for some days upon my br ead and water. At last I arrived happily at Bagdad with infinite riches. yet I always found my coffin again. and at last discovered that it came through a hole in the rock large enough for a man to get out at. After we had finished our com merce in that island we put to sea again. and generously refused some jewels which I offered him. and touched at several other ports. It was happy for me that those people did not consid er the place where I was. but always fled and blew as I approached. I told them that I had suffered shipwreck two days ago. Though the d arkness of the cave was so great that I could not distinguish day and night. for the bread and water that was in my coffin. I ga . I felt still an inclination to live. Afterwards coming up to the hole I went out at it. After two or three days I perceived a ship that had but just come out of the har bour and passed near the place where I was.

he pleasures I enjoyed again had charm enough to make me forget all the troubles and calamities I had undergone. with their merchandise. to our misfortune. ordered them to be packed up and loaded. or sunk. There was a young roc in it just ready to be hatched . after whi ch I got up. and streams of fresh pure water. In the meantime the two rocs approached with a frightful noise. THE FIFTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR. I overcame that difficulty however. The mariners and passe ngers were all killed by the stone. two great clouds. but as I came up again I fortunately caught hold of a piece of the wreck. I came to an island. which I found excellent. and falling by the s ide of the ship into the sea. broke t he egg with hatchets. from whence they pulled out the you ng roc piece by piece. I sat down upon the grass. and went into the island to view it. and drank of the water. that I might not be obliged to depend upon a captain. to prevent the misfortune which he saw would otherwise befall us. they hovered. I waited till one w as built on purpose at my own expense. The merchants whom I had taken on board my ship. but they would not listen to me. I had earnestly persuaded them not to med dle with the egg. and the bill of it began to appear. We sailed with the first fair wind. but not without apprehensi ons of danger. or rather rocks. it missed us. the first place we touched at was a desert island. but always holding fast to my board. which they redou bled when they saw the egg broken. and in making merry with them. I went on board with my goods. and we observed that each of them carried between their talons st ones. where we found an egg of a roc. they flew back towards the place from whence they came. But having a mind t o avenge themselves. equal in size to that I formerly mentioned. I ate o f the fruits. The other roc. who turned the ship with the rudder. I lay down upon the grass in a convenient place enough. I took on board with me severa l merchants of different nations. and roasted it. but daylight dispersed these melanchol y thoughts. where the be ach was very steep. to recover myself a little from my fatigue. Night being come. but I could not sleep for an hour at a time. The captain whom I hired to manage my ship. some of them bearing green and others ripe fruit s. and set sail with all possible diligence. which was very pl easant. but by the dexterity of the st eersman. but have a ship at my own command. cried that it was the cock and hen roc that belonged to the young one. and made a hole in it. Scarcely had they made an end of their feast. and employed myself wholly in enjoying the society of my kindred and frie nds. divided the water so that we could see almost to t he bottom. and after a long voyage. I myself had the last fate. We mad e haste to do so. my mind was so disturbed with the fear of being alone in so desert a place. I saw an old man who appeared very . threw the stone so exactly upon the middle of the ship that it split into a thousand pieces. and there. and pressed us to re-embark with all speed. When they came directly over my ship . They returned. and one of them let fall a stone. when there appeared in the air. When I was a little advanced into the island. and swimming sometimes with one hand and sometimes with the other. without curing me of my inclination to make new voyages. with pleasant windings and turnings. and disappeared for some time. that I be gan to form a design against my own life. and for the subsistence of the poor. at a considerable distance from us. and who landed with me.ve great alms for the support of several mosques. of a monstrous size. When the ship was ready. These reflections carried me so far. and got ashore. and walked among the trees. while we made all the sail we could to prevent that which unhappily befell us. knowing by experience what it meant. but not having enough to load her. and I got up. It seemed to be a delicious ga rden. rather t han undertaking this last voyage. and reproached myself for my imprudence in not staying at home. Therefore I bought goods. I found trees everywhere. and their young one gone. and set out with them for the best seaport. Thus I spent the best part of the night in fr etting. the wind and the tide favouring me.

He became drunk immediately. where I met the crew of a ship that had c ast anchor to take in water to refresh themselves. I set it in a convenie nt place. He gave me a great bag. perceiving the effect which this drink had upon me. I gave him the calabash. and that I carr ied him with more ease than I did before. and having recommended me to some people of the town. and so light-hearted that I began to s ing and dance as I walked along. We came to a great forest of trees. but grow vigorous. I went towards him and saluted him. who were used to gather cocoa-nuts. He put out again to sea. and having carried him over. he laid himself down with me. asked me to go along with him.' After having informed me of these things they carried me with them to the ship. where he lay witho ut motion. and I went with them. and. and pressed me with his feet. and do as you see them do. to be loaded with such a burden as I could by no means rid myself of. so took him upon my back. and took me to a place appointed as a retreat for foreign merchants. and he loosened his legs from about me by degrees. The old man. the captain received me with great satisfaction when they told him what had befa llen me. 'into the hands of the old man of the sea. and at first I took him to b e one who had been shipwrecked like myself. he made me walk under the trees. They were extremely surprised to see me. 'You fell. 'follow them. He sat upon the bank of a stream. One of the merchants of the ship. made a sign for me to give him some of it. One day I found in my way several dry calabashes that had fallen from a tree. pressed into it some juice of grapes. He never left me all day. and when I lay d own to rest by night. I took up my calabash. I took a large one. always holding fast about my neck. I asked him what he did there. the fright of which made me faint away and fall down. and held my throat so tight that I thought he would have strangled me. their trunks so smooth that it was not possible for any man to climb up to the branches that bo . he thrust one of his feet against my stomach. signifying that it was to gather fruit. and forced me now and then to stop. after cleaning it. but opened his legs a little to give me time to recover my breath. extremely straight and tall. and to dance upon my shoulders. he desired them to take me with th em to do the like: 'Go.' Having thus spoken. which abounded in the island. and d o not separate from them. Every morning he pushed me to make me wake. and for that end stooped that he mi ght get off with ease: but instead of that (which I laugh at every time I think of it). When I had d one so. Having g ot up. bade him get down. I threw him upon the ground. who to me had appeared very decrepit. and then I took up a great stone.weak and feeble. otherwise you endanger your life. and to hear the particulars of my adventures. and the liquor pleasing his palate. he drank it al l off. and walked along the shore of the sea. the old man. and then I perceived his skin to resemble that of a cow. and he has made this island famous for the number of men h e has slain. Having filled the calabash. but he only bowed his head a little. so finding tha t he did not press me as before. He never left those he had once made himself master of ti ll he destroyed them. so that the merchants and mariners who landed upon it dared not adv ance into the island but in numbers together. the ill-natured old fellow kept fast about my neck. where the houses were built of good stone. His jolting about made him sick. and after some days' sail we arrived at the ha rbour of a great city. and coming hither again some days after. and struck me so rudely on the side with the other. with which I crushed his head to pi eces. to g ather and eat fruit such as we found. and the fumes getting up into his head he be gan to sing after his manner. who had taken me into his friendship. I believed him really to stand in need of my help. clasped his legs nimb ly about my neck.' said they. and afterwards obliged me to get up and walk. He sa t astride upon my shoulders. You may judge then what trouble I was in. but instead of answering he made a sign for me to take him upon my back and carry him over t he brook. that he forced me to rise up against my will. Notwithstanding my fainting. and se tting it to my mouth found the wine to be so good that it presently made me not only forget my sorrow. he gave me provisions for the journey. and are the first that has ever esca ped strangling by him. I was extremely rejoiced to be freed thus for ever from this cursed old fellow.' said he.

and escaping so many dangers. and w hose inhabitants have made it an inviolable law to drink no wine themselves. who did all that was possible to prevent me. Then I embarked joyfully in a vessel that happily arrived at Balsora.' At these words he ordered the s ails to be changed. where I made vast sums by my pepper. as I had done upon my return from other voyages. 'God has done what pleased Him. But be that as it will. but he could not embark with me because he had not finished his business. We asked him the reason. and pearls . and gathered together as many cocoa-n uts as amounted to a considerable sum. yet so that we saved our li ves. could I resolve again to try my fortune. the captain said to us. The merchants with whom I was gathered stones. I gave the tenth of my gains in alms. We set sail towards the islands where pepper grows in great plenty. When we had gathered our number. and cry out. wood of aloes. until you have money enough to carry you home. I embarked on board the same all the cocoa-nuts that belonged to me. I did the same. and h e answered that he was in the most dangerous place in all the sea. and bid the world adieu. who fetched me up those that were very large and pure. The vessel in which I came sailed with merchants who loaded her with cocoa-nuts. I travell ed once more through several provinces of Persia and the Indies. fter being shipwrecked five times. threw cocoa-nut s at us as fast and with such gestures as sufficiently testified their anger and resentment: we gathered up the cocoa-nuts. All the trees were cocoa-nut trees. and from time to time threw stones t o provoke the apes. I hired divers. so that by this stratagem we filled our bags with cocoa-nuts . and went with other merchants pearl-fishin g. It was very long indeed. which it had been impossible for us to do otherwise. We were all seized with extraordinary fea r when we saw the captain quit his post. He threw off his turban. and the apes.re the fruit. and threw them at the apes on the top of the trees. the captain of which was resolved on a long voyage. 'A rapid curr ent carries the ship along with it.' he said. and must certainly have been induced to it by my stars. that fled as soon as they perceived us. and the best of our goods. and arrived at a sea-port. but we had no reason to rejoice at it. where she ran ashore. out of revenge. and beat his head like a madman.' said he. we c annot escape it if He does not take pity on us. Pray to God to deliver us from this danger. our provisions. without its being poss ible to help it. I exchanged my cocoa-nuts in those two islands for pepper and wood of aloes. and was broken to pieces. This being over. and we embraced each other with tears in our e . and knew not where they were. 'and do the like every day. from thence I re turned to Bagdad. nor to suffer any kind of improper conduct. notwithstanding the entreaties of my kindred and friends. we may every man dig our grave here. was carried by the current to the foot of an inaccessible mount ain. 'Go on . and climbed up to the top of the trees with surprising swiftness. Instead of taking my way by the Persian Gulf. after a year's rest I prepared for a sixth voyage . They found it at last. I expected the arrival of another.' I thanked him for his good advice. where the merchant who sent me to the forest gave me the value of the cocoa-nuts I had brought. and expose myself to new hardships? I am astonished at it myself when I think of it. p ulled his beard. a nd when she was ready to sail I went and took leave of the merchant who had been so kind to me. whose merchants landed speedily for the like loading. for we are all in so fata l a place that none shipwrecked here have ever returned to their homes again. and when we entered the forest we saw a great number of apes of all sizes. 'and we shall all of us perish in less than a quarter of an hour. we returned to the city. and endeavoured to ease myself from my fatigue by diversions of all sor ts.' H is discourse afflicted us sorely. where I embarked on board a ship. but at the same time so unfortunate that the captain an d pilot lost their course. but all the ropes broke and the ship. THE SIXTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR. where the best sort of wood of aloes grows. From thence we went to the Isle of Comari.

but only change one kind of death for another. notwithstanding this frugality. nor did I stop at reflections only. considering th e river with great attention. and leave myself to the current. I res igned myself to the will of God. I went on board it with tw o little oars that I had made. To finish the description of this place. and then vomit up again. and put it in my mind to go to the bank of the river which ran into the great cave. Here also grow trees. bewailing our deplorable lot. I made it of large pieces of timber and ca bles. emeralds. If they are driven thither by a wind from the sea. and expected death ev ery day. and rich stuffs. and thus eve ryone lived a longer or shorter time. and. most of which are wood of aloes. At first we divided our provisions as equally as we could. all my provi . Here is also a sort of fountain of pitch or bitumen. and which filled us with horror. Whereas in all other places rivers run from their channels into the sea. which might seem to favour their getting out again. and if I get out of this fatal place. the height of the mountain stops the wind. that runs into the sea. Having balanced a ll my cargo exactly and fastened it well to the raft. whose entrance is very high and large. As soon as I came into the cave I lost all light. upon my getting off this dangerous shelf. to compensate my shipwreck with interest?' I immediately went to work on a raft. the wind and the current ruin them. and. I had so little remaining that I thought I could not hold out long: so I dug a gra ve. and that which completes the misfortune is that there is no possibility to get to the top of the mountai n. like men out of their senses. here a great river of fresh water runs out of the sea in to a dark cave. which runs thus und er ground. Those who died first were interred by the rest. yet when I buried the last. or to get out any manner of way. and occasions a calm. and this the waves throw up on the beach in great quantities. and tied them together so strongly that I had ma de a very solid little raft. All these objects ser ved only to augment our grief. where. Thus I floated for some days in perfect darkness. and if they come into it when a land-wind blows . resolving to lie down in it. Who knows but fortune waits. or other precious stones. which I did not share with my comrades. I had provision o f my own. rock-crystal. or drown me. where they are broken to pieces. The mountain at the foot of which we were cast was the coast of a very long and large island.yes. and the use they made of their provisions. according to their temperance. It is also impossible to tell what a quantity of goods and riches we found cast ashore there. I said to myself. leaving it to the course of the river. turned into am bergris. equal in goodness to those of Coma ri. yet. since nothing ever returns from it--it is not possible for ships to get away again whe n once they come near it. as ours was. rubies. but perhaps find some new occasion of enriching myself. it will bring me to some inhabited country. must come out somewhere or other. for I had choice of them. and once found the arch so low that it well nigh broke my head. and repented that I had ever un dertaken this last voyage. but had well nigh hastened my own death. ambergris. I paid the las t duty to all my companions. I shall not only avoid the sad fate of my comrades . for my part. and the stream carried me I kn ew not whither. If I make a raft. we conclu ded that abundance of people had died there. All this while I ate nothing but what was jus t necessary to support nature. and began to tear my hands with my teeth. 'This river. If I be drowned I lose nothing. What is most remarkable i n this place is that the stones of the mountain are of crystal. But it pleased God once more to take compassion on me. so that the force of the current runs the m ashore. for besides that I h usbanded the provision that fell to my share better than they. which the fishes swallow. which may well be called a gulf. because there was none left to inter me. I must confess to you at the same time that while I was thus employed I could not but reflect upon myself as the cause of my own ruin. Nor are you to wonder at this. which made me very cautious af terwards to avoid the like danger. When I had finished it I loaded it with some bales of rubies. We continued upon the shore. This coast was covered all over with wrecks. and from the vast num ber of men's bones we saw everywhere.

but I did not understand their language. and I am a citizen of Baghdad. and his majesty was so surprised and charmed with it. until you should awake. the rubies and emer alds.' He answered me with a smile. not only my person is at your majesty's service. who understood Arabic. be not surprised to see us. I prostrated myself at his feet. but being persuaded that I was not aslee p. amidst a great numb er of negroes. I went every day at a set hour to pay court to the king. he wi ll help thee. the story was too extraordinary to be told by any other than the person to whom it happened. and the bales opened in his presence: he admired the quantity of wood of aloes and ambergris. and then I would satisfy the ir curiosity. received me with an obliging air. for it was in that island I landed. and sit down near him. so that the da . at the bank of a river. He first asked me my name. and tell it to their king myself. some of them walked before me to show me the way. came towards me and said. but. and viewed the most remarka ble among them one after another. that is to say.' All the answer I returned was prayers for the prosperity of this prince. I got up as soon as I saw them and saluted them. and perceiving your ra ft. 'Sinbad. Observing that he looked on my jewels with pleasure. We marched thus altogether. where we fastened it. The blacks presented me to their king. 'how came you into my dominions. and came hither to-day to water our fields. As soon as I had finished my discourse. The prince ordered me to r ise up. we are inhabitants of this coun try. that it was one of t he most surprising stories they ever heard.sions were spent. but t he cargo of the raft. above all. I told them I was ready to do wha tever they pleased. The officer was ve ry faithful in the execution of his orders. I cannot tell how long it continued. how did you venture into this river. which they listene d to with wonder. but when I awoke. as you see. and caused all the goods to be carri ed to the lodgings provided for me. I will take care not to covet anything of yours.' 'But. and ordered people to serve me at his own charge. which comes out of the neighbouring mountain. and will not let you go out of my dominions without marks of my liberality. I gave them a true account of all that had befallen me. I told him all that I have now told you. and I would beg of you to dispose of it as your own. and I answered. and took the lib erty to say to him. and from whence came you las t?' I concealed nothing from the king. A t last my raft was brought in. by digging little canals from t his river. They immediately sent for a horse. I approached his th rone. they told me. I was surprised to find myself in the middle of a v ast country. and that I must go along with them. till we came to the city of Serendib. went speedily to find out what it was. and laid up in the archives of his kingdom. and th e rest took my raft and cargo. Then a pleasing sleep fell upon me. that he commanded my adventure to be written in letters of gold. 'They call me Sinbad the sailor . nor to take anything from you that God has given you. and com mendations of his generosity and bounty. hearing me speak thus. and while thou art asleep. 'Brother. and saluted him as I used to do the kings of the Indies. and made me come up. thou needest not perplex thyself about anything else. and when I had satisfied my hu nger. I was so transported with joy that I knew not whether I was asleep or awake. by the p erson who spoke Arabic and interpreted to them what I said. because of the many voyages I have undertaken. I recited the following words in Arabic aloud: 'Call upon the Almighty. Pray tell us your history. far from lessening your wealth. which was brought in a little time. and havin g made me get upon him. and followed me. where my raft was tied. one of us swam into the river. 'Sir. The Isle of Serendib is situated just under the equinoctial line. and what was most worthy of notice. God will change thy bad fortune into good. and whence did you come?' I begged of them first to give me something to eat. We saw something floati ng upon the water. for he had none in his treasury that came near them.' One of the blacks. and kissed the earth. and brought it hither. shut thy eye s. I design to augment it. They spoke to me .' replied he. They gave me several sorts of food. I fell prostrate at his feet. and spent the rest of my time in seeing the city. for it must be ex traordinary. He charged one of his officers to take care of me.

'Commander of the Faithful. and who possesses twenty thousand crowns of diamonds. a she-slave of ravishing beauty. because of its being so scarce. whose scales were as large as an ordinary piece of gold. he ga ve me one much more valuable. and of a yellowish colour. When the prince appears in public. and mounted on elephants richly caparisoned. on the top of which there is an emerald half a foot long a nd an inch thick. clad in cloth of g old and silk. where the first thing I did was to acquit my self of my commission. When I came back to the city. an officer carries a golden lance in his hand. and had the curiosity to go to the top of it. receive it as a brother and a friend. in consideration of the hearty friendship which we bear to you.' said I. I took the King of Serendib's letter. The capital city stands at the end of a fine valley formed by a mountain in the middle of the island. and assure him of my friendship. an inch thick. 'I pray you give thi s present from me and this letter to Caliph Haroun Alraschid. And fourthly. with thirty grains of camphor as big as pistachio s. a nd rising again. I gave an account of the reason of my coming. the p otent and redoubtable Sultan of the Indies. and after a short speech gave him the letter and present. and when I went to take my leave of him. and went to present myself at the gate of the Commander of the Faithful. which he granted me in the most obliging and honourable manner. considering that we believe it to be our merit. and other peop le of his court. by way of devot ion. saying to me. There is nothing more capable of raising a man's admiration than the magnificence of his palace. and had the virt ue to preserve from sickness those who lay upon it. and was immediately conducted to the throne of the caliph. I prostrated myself a second time. followed by the beautiful slave and such of my ow n family as carried the presents. We desire the same part in your friendsh ip. of one single ruby made into a cup. and marches betwixt two ranks of his ministers. which is the highest in the world. We conjure you this in the rank of a brother. Farewell. our sovereign. whose apparel was covered all over with jewels. I prayed the king to allow me to return to my coun try. fifty thousand drac hms of the best wood of aloes. and the island is eighty pa rasangs in length. before him march a guard of a thousand men. Thirdly. before whom march a hundred elephants. upon the same elephant. who stands upright w ith a column of gold. this prince sent for the captain and the mer chants who were to go with me. I made my reverence. from thence I went to Bagdad. before him. and who has in his treasury tw enty thousand crowns enriched with diamonds. 'While the king is on his march. and p romised his majesty punctually to execute the commission with which he was pleas ed to honour me. 'I can assure your majesty he doth not exceed the truth on that head: I am witness of it. he asked me if that prince were really so ric h and potent as he had said in this letter. The letter from the King of Serendib was written on the skin of a certain animal of great value. When he had read what the King of Serendib wrote to him. whose palace is covered with a hundr ed thousand rubies. and after a very long and successful voyage. favourites. He would ne eds force a rich present upon me. being of the same dignity wi th yourself. and the contents as follows:-'The king of the Indies. a pilgrimage to the place where Adam was confined after his banishment from Paradise. the skin of a se rpent. Before I embarked. to Caliph Haroun Alraschid: 'Though the present we send you be inconsiderable. the officer behind the throne cries in his turn. who lives in a p alace that shines with a hundred thousand rubies.ys and nights there are always of twelve hours each. about half a fo ot high. . and ordered them to treat me with all possible re spect. Secondly. I made.' I took the present and letter in a very respectful manner." After he has pronounced these words. and as many in breadth. The writing was azure. "Behold the great monarch. and of which we are willing to give you proof. and filled with round pearls. and behind the throne there is another.' The present consisted first. the officer who is before him on the same eleph ant cries from time to time. The ship set sail. with a loud voice. we landed at Bal sora. and at the same time charged me with a letter for the Commander of the Faithful. he has a throne fixed on the back of an elep hant.

for. He was very well pleased at it. the King of Serendib is so just that there are no judges in his domini ons.' I followed the officer to the p alace. But you must go. "Praise be to Him who lives for ever. but I beseech you most humbly to consider what I have undergone. a hundred others of white cloth. which he had the patience to hear out. must die.' replied I. which. to be indebted to the king of that island. and prayed them to get me speedy audience. Th e caliph's letter was as follows: 'Greeting in the name of the Sovereign Guide of the Right Way. after his ancestors of happy memory: 'We received your letter with joy. After that you are at liberty to return. one of my servants came and told me that an officer of the caliph ask ed for me. He sent him als o a rich table. Suez. His people have no need of them. and went to him. It is but jus t I should return his civility. eing returned from my sixth voyage. THE SEVENTH AND LAST VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR. and Alexandria. You have nothing to do but to go to the Isle of Serendib. 'The caliph. and a second of anot her fashion. a nd after having thanked him for his kindness to me. 'Sinbad. yet you must for my sake undertake this voyage which I pro pose to you. whom God hath set in the place of honour. to the potent and happy Sultan. 'has s ent me to tell you that he must speak with you. 'I confess. where I salu ted the king by prostration. the finest of Cairo. for you know it would be indecent. fifty robes of rich stuff. and half a foot wide. and testified very great joy to see me. and after what you tell me I must confess that his wi sdom is worthy of his people. the bottom of which represented in bas-relief a man with one knee on the ground.' Perceiving that the caliph insisted upon it. The caliph's present was a complete set of cloth of gold. and I was conducted to the palace in an honourable manner. They did so. you must do me t he service to carry my answer and present to the King of Serendib.' Having s poken thus he dismissed me. I submitted. where. Cusa. 'The wisdom of this king. 'Commander of the F aithful. from Abdallah Haroun Alraschid.' said he. must die. 'that the things you tell me ar e very extraordinary. I delivered the caliph's let ter and present. an inch thick. as I was treating some of m y friends. One day. a vessel of agate broader than deep. and not suitable to my dignity. belonged to the great Solomon. 'I stand in need of you. I was resolved no more to expose myself to such risk as I had run. 'O Sinbad.' said h e. a royal crimson bed. I went to Balsora. I prepared for my departure in a few days. and ordered me a thousand sequins for the expense of my journey. ready to let fly at a lion. according to custom. and told him that I was willing to obey. and deliv er the commission which I give you. They understand and observe justice of the mselves. 'I am ready to do whatever your majesty shall think fit to command me." And the officer in front replies.' Here I took occasion to give him a large and particular account of all my adventures. being presented to the caliph. and as soon as the caliph's letter an d present were delivered to me. 'appears in his letter. I swear to you I have many times thought of you since you went hence." 'Further. That prince knew me immediatel y. I arrived at the Isle of Serendib.' I made my compliment to him. must die. and his people deserve so wise a prince. according to tradition.' said he. who held a bow and an arrow.' This command of the caliph to me was like a clap of thunder.' said he. so that I thought of nothin g but to pass the rest of my days in quiet. and send you this from the council of our por . As soon as I had finished. I saluted him by prostrating myself at his feet. valued at one thousand sequins.' The caliph was much pleased with my discourse. I rose from the table. and sent me home with a rich present. and had a v ery happy voyage. where I acquainted the king 's ministers with my commission.' said he to me. besides that my years now required rest. I absolutely laid aside all thoughts of trav elling any farther. I h ave also made a vow never to go out of Bagdad. I bless the day upon which we see one another once more."This monarch so great and so powerful. where I embarked. which he received with all imaginable satisfaction. 'you are welcome .

I answered that I was no mechanic. which cost them their lives. and was so much frightened that my bow and arrows fell out of my hand.' Having spoken t hus. carried me to a vast forest some leagues from the town. one of the largest of them put his trunk round the root of the tree. you will find ou r good intention. Then he gave me a bow and arrows. I did not stay on the hill.' replied he. and clad me handsomely for a slave. they stopped. then showing me a great tree. Farewell. My fears were not in vain. A little time after this audience. One morning. who. I saw a great number: I shot several arrows among them. he asked me if I understood any trade. etc. and be pleased with it. who were not so imprudent. 'Climb up that tree. and caressed me highly. and to take the teeth. Some days after. but turned towards the city. and shook under the m. We afterwards went togeth er to the forest. I obtained it. and I continued upon the tre e all night. when you look upon it. I continued this game for two months. as soon as he bought me. and had much di fficulty to obtain it. when he di smissed me. covered all over with the bones and teeth of elephants. When I had told him the news. God ordere d it otherwise. but a merchant. and at last one of the elephants fell. which m . treated me well. I fell into the hands of a rich merchant. come and give me notice of it. the pirates saved us on purpose to make slaves of us. and retired with all his companions. and killed an elephant every day.' said he. laid me on his back. commended my dexterity. Some of the crew offered resistance. instead of passing by me across the forest as usual. he left me victuals. if you can. where we dug a hole for the elephant. and the king. the garden of superior wits. At this frightful spectacle I remained immoveable. for after the elephants had stared upon me for some t ime. 'and shoot at the eleph ants as you see them pass by. carried me to his house. I doubted not but that this was their burying place. the rest retired immediately. the condition I was in: I thought myself to be in a dream . and that they carried me thither on purpose to tell me that I should forbear to persecute them. after having travel led a day and a night. and came to me with a horrible n oise. and the elephant taking me up with his trunk. We were all stripped. and carried me to a place where he laid me down on the ground. however. where they sold us. and seeing the elephants gone. with my quiver on my shoulder: then he put himself at the head of the rest. and left me at liberty to go and a cquaint my patron with my booty. and. and. at last. and that the pirates who sold me had rob bed me of all I had. he gave me a good meal. an d carried us into a remote island. and I had not yet f orgotten it. since I did it only for their teeth. I saw no elephant during that time. and pu lled so strong that he plucked it up and threw it on the ground. and instead of our own clothes they gave us sorry rags. but next morning. and found I was upon a long and broad hill.t.' The King of Serendib was highly pleased that the caliph returned his friendship. and sometimes upon another. for there is a prodigious number of them in this f orest. we were attacked by pirates. 'But tell me. I solicited leave to depart. where I sat more like one dead than alive. in such a number that the earth was covered with them. Conceive. after having lain some time. who followed him in troops. We hope. to trade with. not knowing who I was. I perceived with an extreme amazement that. and. but had not the good fortune to arrive there as I hoped. I fell with the tree. at last. my patron intending to r eturn when it was rotten. as I looked fo r the elephants.. I got up. as soon as the sun was up. I came to my patron. 'can you shoot with a bow?' I answered that the bow was one of my exercises in my youth. Three or four days after my departure. made me a very considerable present. if any of them fall. I embarked immediately to retur n to Bagdad. They encompassed the tree where I was with their trunks extended and their ey es all fixed upon me. getting sometimes upon one tree. I met no elephant on my way. and where he thought fit to stop he bade me alight. I confess to you that this furnished me with abundance of r eflections. taking me behind him upon an elephant. But as for me and the rest. who easily s eized upon our ship. and returned to the town. I admired the instinct of those animals. We went a gre at way into the forest.

and during that time we made so many journeys to the hill that we filled all our warehouses with ivory. and the other narrat ives I had given him. and give you wherewith to pay your expenses. You have procured me incredible gain . I made vast sums by my ivory. and lay them up in his treasury.' I thank ed him again for my liberty. from serpents. laid in provisions in abundance for my passage. I bought several ra rities. he fou nd to his great joy that what I had told him was true. I will send you home then. God preserve you. from pirates. That prince told me he had been uneasy. All these fatigues ended at last. to be so curious that he ordered one of his secretaries to write them in characters of gold. After I had returned him a tho usand thanks for all his favours. God bless you with all happiness an d prosperity. I could engage all our city to contribute towards making your fortune. for it could not be long concealed from them. and I came safe to Bagdad. I was in great trouble to know what had become of you. I had it continually in my thoughts.' said my patron--'for I will treat you no more as my slave--after hav ing made such a discovery as will enrich me. but endured all with patience. but I wil l have the glory of doing it myself. and has bestowed that favour upon you only. As soon as my patron saw me: 'Ah.' To this obliging discourse I replied. and not being willing to venture by sea to Balsora. I will also give you considerable riches. I declare before Him that I give you your liberty. 'Patron. . and when my equipage was ready. and after having sought for you in vain I despaired of ever seeing you more. family. We loaded the elephant up on which we came with as many teeth as he could carry. which I intended for presents. by reason that I was so long in returning. He reckoned this story. I retired ve ry well satisfied with the honours I received and the presents which he gave me. and when we had returned. Your giving me my liberty is enough to discharge what you owe me.ade me think they had retired farther into the forest.' said he. The other merchants who traded in it did the same thing. he loaded half of it with ivory on my account. those crafty animals killed them one time or other. he seemed to be much surprised at it. We could not have ivory formerly but by exposing the lives of our slaves. and a bow and arrows on the ground. 'Brother. I was a long time on the way. I concealed fro m you what I am now going to tell you. God has delivered you from their f ury.' I satisfied his curiosity.' 'Very well. we touched there. and now our whole city is enriched by your means. 'the monsoon will in a little time bring ships for ivory. It is a sign that He loves you. When I told him the adventure of the elephant s. Notwithstanding all the cautions we could give them. but that he a lways hoped God would preserve me. and gave him an account of my embassy. resolving to proceed on my journey by land. when I considered that I h ad nothing to fear from the seas. curiosities of the country of great value. and obliged me besides to accept as a pr esent. kindred and friends. and by what good hap you are still alive. I went on board. and his good intentions towards me. and my patron himself having made choice of the ship wherein I was to embark. I landed my proportion of the ivory. Our vessel being come to a port on the main land in the Indies. I have been at the forest. and after that I gave myself up wholly to my. I went immediately to wait upon the caliph. Do not think I pretend to have rew arded you by giving you your liberty. and going both of us next morning to the hill. I stayed with h im until the monsoon. We stopped at some islands to take in fresh provisions. and I desire no other reward for the service I had the good fortune to do to you and your city. nor from the othe r perils I had undergone. to leave me at liberty to come back to the hill without any hindrance. than leave to return to my own country. and as the adven ture which procured me this liberty was very extraordinary. The ships arrived at last. a nd suffered very much. and would never have given any credit t o it had he not known my sincerity. and has use for your service in the world. poor Sinbad. 'The elephants of our forest have every year killed a great many slaves. whom we sent to seek ivory. I set out in the company of a large caravan of merchants. where I found a tree newly pulled up. We set sail. Pray tell me what befell you.' said he.

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