Abou-Hassan, or, Caliph for a day

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Abou-Hassan, or, Caliph for a day an eastern story
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Caliph for a day
Marcus Ward & Co ( Publisher )
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Marcus Ward & Co.
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[5] leaves : ill. ; 27 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Children's poetry -- 1880 ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1880
Children's poetry ( lcsh )
poetry ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
England -- London
Northern Ireland -- Belfast
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )


General Note:
"Marcus Ward's Japanese picture stories"
General Note:
Title from cover.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

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University of Florida
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001861530 ( ALEPH )
28901064 ( OCLC )
AJT5990 ( NOTIS )

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The four naughty old men then arrived in the
And knelt trembling, their necks in a noose, While the Caliph's grand hangman, symmetric
and tall,
Stood with scimeter ready for use.
Then said Hassan, " I'll teach these old gossips
to talk 1
Take them out, bastinado their feet,
And, because they may then be unable to walk,
On a camel give each a back seat;
"And have them escorted by fifty good sabres,
L et the crier proclaim as regards them,'These are men who were always defaming their
Caliph Hassan thus justly rewards them."'
All this time the true Caliph was watching behind,
From a window concealed in the wall,
And was pleased to hear Hassan thus speaking
his mind,
While he sat on the throne in the Hall.
-Then he went to the banqueting room in full state,
There were meats, drinks, and fruits all exotic: So Abou was heartily pleased with the fate
Which had made him a monarch despotic.
Theih the fair Morning-star, and the Cluster-ofpearls
Danced before His Sublimity, lightly; Nahouzatoul-Oonadat, sweetest of girls,
Gave him goblets of wine most politely.
Then Nahouzatoul-Gonadat, lovely and wily,
Said she'd pledge him in one goblet more,
And contrived as the Caliph had taught her, full
iTo give him a dose, as before.
In the midst of his prettiest speech he stopped
And fell back, sound asleep, on the floor;
And the Caliph came out, well pleased at the
And saw him borne off to his door.
They took him safe home on the back of a man,
And into his house, sleeping sound,
Like a bundle of luggage, upon his divan,
Laid him down, where his mother him found. "Get up Hassan, my son, why not yet gone to bed ?
When did you come home, for I thought

You had gone out too late, and had broken your
Or another's, and chanced to be caught ?
"I'm the Caliph of Bagdad! Where is Nahouzatou.iOonadat, and the rest of my court ?"
"Oh! my son," she replied, " you are mad or a
fool !
Or perhaps you are only in sport."
But she could not convince him he wasn't the
Caliph :
He called for Mesrour and the ladies;
And at last she was forced to send out for a bailiff,
Who took him away *to the Cadi's.
There they said he was mad, and they locke-d
him up close
In the Bedlam, or Bagdad Asylum,
And gave him, as medicine, a score of hard
And called him " The King," to revile him. Till it came to the Caliph's own ears at the last,
How this. son of the widow declared
He was Caliph of Bagdad, though tied up so
In the asylum's refractory ward.
The Caliph he laughed when he heard the
strange tale :
He sent for Abou to the Palace,
And laughed when he saw him so sad and so
For the feelings of Caliphs are callous.
They brought Hassan chained: he dared hardly
look up
At first, half expiring with fear,
When he saw the same merchant he'd asked in
to sup,
With Mesrour and Jaffir the Vizier.
The Caliph, still laughing, desired them to take
Off the chains from his legs and his arms,
And begged him to pardon the joke, for his sake,
That had caused him so many alarms.
He put a gold chain round his neck, and a dress
Of embroidery, fit for such glory,,
And took him to visit the chief Caliph-ess,
Who laughed like her lord at the story.
So they soon made him merry, and then, to
crown all,
They said they'd provide him a wife: Nahouzatoul-Oonadat, blushing, they call,
And make Hassan happy for life,

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N1UI'CUS Ward's New version OF Abou, 'Ha~ssa Caliph Fo Dajjx

While Haroun al Rasehid was king in Bagdad,
A merchant, with riches in plenty,
Died, and left all he had to a prodigal ladAbou Hassan-his son about twenty. As soon as he'd settled his father's affairs,
And had counted his fortune, he parted
The whole sum in two, half invested in shares,
The other half spent open-hearted.
Abou Hassan soon came to the end of his store,
And his friends, when he gave them no feast, S eemed quite to forget his street number, and door;
One by one, all their visits they ceased.
From this time he went, at the close of each day,
And brought home, to sup with his mother, Any stranger he met in a casual way;
One only, and each day another.
So as Hassan was sitting one fine Summer day,
On the bridge at his usual station,
The Caliph, disguised as a merchant, passed by,
And "accepted his kind invitation,"~
He took Haroun home to his softest divan,
And sat down himself on another;
And the slaves in and out with the hot dishes ran,
As they quickly were cooked by his mother. Then they drank, and they joked, and they sang,
and they laughed,
And the Caliph full quickly succeeded
In drawing from Hassan, with much wily craft,
All he had done, and wished for, and needed. "There are four holy men," said Abou Hassan,
"1They're called. holy, at least, by the people, Who spend all their time every quarrel to fan,
And each secret proclaim from the steeple; "They make mischief and law-suits,,set neighbours to fight;
And I wish for one day that I had,
To punish them well the sceptre and might
Of our sovereign, Haroun of Bagdad."
Al Raschid he laugh'd, said 'twas late, he must
But would pledge him in one parting glass, He put in it a powder he'd hid in his sleeve,.Double essence of chloroform gas. Then Hassan fell back in a trance, and the Caliph
Looked out of the'door for a minute,
And silently beckoned Mesrour, his chief bailiff,
Who watched near the house, to come in it.
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They carried him off, and put him to bed, In the palace, in one of the rooms,
Where he snored all unconscious, with down 'neath his head,
Surrounded with gold and perfumes.
And Mesrour, and Jaffir, and slaves without Surrounded the bed till he woke, [number, When they asked had his Majesty finished his
And bowed to the earth as they spoke.
They attempted, in vain at the first, to convince
He wasn't the same as last night; [him, Till he begged of the maiden who seemed the .most winsome
To prove him awake with a bite!
Which she did, with a will, on his ear till he
Though he thought it uncommonly strange,, Abou Ha~ssan should prove of Bagdad the sole Without being aware of the change. [Lord "Then where, if I'm Caliph, is my Grand Vizier?"
" Here, your Majesty, please you," replied The prime minister, bowing (his name was Jaffir, And he stood Bailiff Mesrour beside). "Well, if I am Caliph, I bid you to haste, No delay, to the mother of Hassan,
Whose house you should know, and to pay her, at least,
A thousand gold crowns, all good cash in;
"And as you return, which please do like a comet, If you wish to continue Vizier,
just call at the mosque of the blessed Mahomet, And bring the four Imaums straight here."
Then Abou got dressed, feeling all very strange With the gold, and the jewels, and ladies; He feared to behold the whole scenery change, And himself locked up tight at the Cadi's:
Then Mesrour, low bowing, conducted him straight,
Walking backwards himself like a crab,
To the great Presence Hall, where they set him in state
In the throne, on a great marble slab.
Then Jaffir approached. "1Have you done as I Asked Hassan. "Your Majesty, yea: [told?" I have given the lady the thousand in gold; The four Imaums are just on the way." Peservd.]