SINBAD, THE SAILOR
HIS REMARKABLE TRAVELS
ON LAND AND
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N the reign of Haroun Aras- embalmed the air. Besides, lie heard from
i. chid there lived at Bagdad a within a concert of instrumental music,
poor porter called Hindbad. accompanied with the hiaronious notes of
'ij One day, when the weather was nightingales and other birds. This charnim-
.-cessively hot, hlie was employed ing melody, and the smell of several sorts
earry a heavy burden from one of savory dishes, made the porter con-
end of the town to the other. Being much clude there was a feast with great rejoic-
fatigued, he took off his load, and sat upon ings within. His business seldom leading
it, near a large mansion, him that way, lie new not to whom the
He was much pleased that he stopped mansion belonged; but he went to some
at this place; for the agreeable smell of of the servants, whom he saw standing at
wood of aloes and of pastils that came the gate in magnificent apparel, and asked
from the house, mixing with the scent of the name of the proprietor. "How," re-
the rose-water, completely perfumed and plied one of them, "do you live in Bag-
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dad and know not that this is the house
of Sindbad the Sailor, that famous voyager
who has sailed round the world ? The
porter lifted up his eyes up to heaven, and
said, loud enough to be heard, Alnighty
Creator of all things, consider the differ-
ence between Sindbad and me. I am
every day exposed to fatigues and calamni-
ties, and can scarcely get coarse barley-
bread for myself and my family, whilst
happy Sindbad profusely expends inm-
mense riches, and leads a life of continual
Whilst the porter was thus indulg-
ing his melancholy, a servant came out
of the house, and taking him by the
arm, bade him follow him, for Sind-
bad, his master, wanted to speak to
The servants brought him into a great
hall, where a number of people sat round
a table covered with all sorts of savory
dishes. At the upper end sat a comely,
venerable gentleman with a long white
beard, and behind him stood a number of
officers and domestics, all ready to attend
his pleasure. This person was Sindbad.
Hindbad, whose fear was increased at the
sight of so many people, and of a banquet
so sumptuous, saluted the company trem-
bling. Sindbad bade him draw near, and
seating him at his right hand, served him
himself, and gave him excellent wine, of
which there was abundance upon the
Now, Sindbad had himself heard the
porter complain through the window, and
this it was that induced him to have him
brought in. When the repast was over,
Sindbad addressed his conversation to
Hindbad, and inquired his name and em-
ployment, and said, I wish to hear from
your own mouth what it was you lately
said in the street."
At this request IIindbad hung down his
head in confusion, and replied: "My lord,
f confess that my fatigue put ime out of
humor, and occasioned me to utter some
indiscreet words, which I beg you to par-
don." Do not think I am so unjust,"
resumed Sindbad, as to resent such a
complaint. But I must rectify your error
concerning myself. You think, no doubt,
that I have acquired without labor and
trouble the ease and indulgence which I
now enjoy. But I did not attain to this
happy condition without enduring for
several years more trouble of body and
mind than can well be imagined. Yes,
gentlemen," he added, speaking to the
whole company, I assure you that my
sufferings have been of a nature so extra-
ordinary as would deprive the greatest
miser of his love of riches; and as an
opportunity now offers. I will, with your
leave, relate the dangers I have encoun-
tered, which I think will not be uninterest-
ing to you."
SINDBAD THE SAILOR.
THE FIRST VOYAGE OF SINDBAD. toward the Indies, through the Persian
My father was a wealthy merchant of Gulf, which is formed by the coasts of
much repute. He bequeathed me a large Arabia Felix on the right, and by those of
estate, which I wasted in riotous living. Persia on the left.
In our voyage, we touched at several
islands, where we sold or exchanged our
goods. One day, whilst under sail, we
'- were becalmed near a small island, but
S.... .. MA little elevated above the level of the water,
-and resembling a green meadow. The cap-
tain ordered his sails to be furled, and per-
--m .. itted such persons as were so inclined to
'"- land. Of this number, I was one.
W ,-- W But while we were enjoying ourselves
-.- .-.. *in eating andi ll;ilki.'-, and recovering
S-- 'ourselves from the fatigue of the sea, the
"- ,':? island on a sudden trembled and shook us
--- ." The trembling of the island was per-
%.-* ''-. ceived on board the ship, and we were
-- .' called upon to re-embark speedily, or we
-. .should all be lost; for what we took for
S-^ -"an island proved to be the back of a sea
monster. The nimblest got into the sloop,
-- --: ..others betook themselves to swimming;
Sbut as for myself, I was still upon the
"-island when it disappeared into the sea;
I quickly perceived my error, and that I and I had only time to catch hold of a
was misspending my time, which is of all piece of wood that we had brought out of
things the most valuable. I remembered the ship to make a fire. Meanwhile, the
the saying of the great Solomon, which I captain, having received those on board
had frequently heard from my father, A who were in the sloop, and taking up some
good name is better than precious oint- of those that swam, resolved to improve
ment; and again, Wisdom is good with the favorable gale that had just risen, and
an inheritance." Struck with these reflec- hoisting his sails pursued his voyage, so
tions, I resolved to walk in my father's that it was impossible for me to recover
ways, and I entered into a contract with the ship.
some merchants, and embarked with them Thus was I exposed to the mercy of the
on board a ship we had jointly fitted out. waves all the rest of the day and the fol-
We set sail, and steered our course lowing night. By this time I found my
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strength gone, and despaired of saving my I partook of some provisions which they
life, when happily a wave threw me offered me. I then asked them what they
against an island. The bank was high did in such a desert place ; to which they
and rig-il ; so that I could scarcely have answered that they were grooms belong-
got up had it not been for some roots of ing to the Maha-raja, sovereign of the
trees which I found within reach. When island, and that every year they brought
the sun rose, though I was very feeble, thither the king's horses for pasturage.
both from hard labor and want of food, I They added that they were to return home
crept along to find some herbs fit to eat, on the morrow, and had I been one day
and had the good luck not only to procure later I must have perished, because the in-
some, but likewise to discover a spring of habited part of the island was a great dis-
Stance off, and it would have been impos-
Ssible for me to have got thither without a
Next morning they returned to the
I..-:-- capital of the island, taki;ig me with them,
Sand presented me to the MIaha-raja. He
asked me who I was, and by what adven-
Sture I had come into his dominions. After
I had satisfied him, he told me he was much
'- -'- concerned for my misfortune, and at the
same time ordered that I should want for
*" -- B nothing; which commands his officers
were so generous and careful as to see ex-
*---I,,_ J o 'ctly fulfilled.
:.'.- Being a merchant, I frequented men of
"n--'--"-""--- 'my own profession, and particularly in-
quired for those who were strangers, that
excellent water, which contributed much perchance I might hear news from Bagdad,
to recover me. After this, I advanced or find an opportunity to return, for the
farther into the island, and at last reached Maha-raja's capital is situated on the sea-
a fine plain, where I perceived some horses coast, and has a fine harbor, where ships
feeding. I went toward them, when I arrive daily from the different quarters of
heard the voice of a man, who immedi- the world.
ately appeared, and asked me who I was. As I was one day at the port, the ship
I related to him my adventure,'after which, arrived in which I had embarked at Bus-
taking me by the hand, he led me into a sorah. I at once knew the captain, and I
cave, where there were several other went and asked him for my bales. "I am
people, no less amazed to see me than I Sindbad," said I, and those bales marked
was to see them. with his name are mine."
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When the captain heard me speak thus, it was ev-.iiii .. Sindbad sent for a purse
"Heavens he exclaimed, whom can of 100 sequins, and giving it to the porter,
we trust in these times ? I saw Sindhad said, "Take this, IIindbad, return to your
perish with my own eyes, as did also the home, and come back to-morrow to hear
passengers on board, and yet you tell me more of my adventures." The porter
you are that Sindbad. What impudencei .1 ,
is this and what a false tale to tell, in i
order to possess yourself of what does not f.f
belong to you "Have patience," re-
plied I; do me the favor to hear what I "I
have to say." The captain was at length
persuaded that I was no cheat; for there ''
came people from his ship who knew me, ,
paid me great compliments, and expressed
much joy at seeing me alive. At last he i
recollected me himself, and embracing me, g
"Heaven be praised," said he, "for your I J
happy escape I cannot express the joy
it affords me. There are your goods; --
take and do with them as you please." went away, astonished at the honor done
I took out what was most valuable in him, and the present made him. The ac-
my bales, and presented them to the Ma- count of this adventure proved very agree-
ha-raja, who, knowing my misfortune, able to his wife and children, who did not
asked me how I came by such rarities. I fail to return thanks for what Providence
acquainted him with the circumstances of had sent them by the hand of Sindbad.
their recovery. He was pleased at my Hindbad put on his best robe, next day,
good luck, accepted my present, and in and returned to the bountiful traveler,
return gave me one much more consider- who received him with a pleasant air, and
able. Upon this I took leave of him, and welcomed him heartily. When all the
went aboard the same ship, after I had guests had arrived, dinner was served, and
exchanged my goods for the commodities continued a long time. When it was
of that country. I carried with me wood ended, Sindbad, addressing himself to the
of aloes, sandals, camphire, nutmegs, company, said: "Gentlemen, be pleased to
cloves, pepper and ginger. We passed listen to the adventures of my second voy-
by several islands, and at last arrived at age." Upon which every one held his
Bussorah, from whence I came to .this peace, and Sindbad proceeded.
city, with the value of 100,000 sequins.
Sindbad stopped here, and ordered the THE Sl]ECONI) VOYAGE OF SI)DBAD.
musicians to proceed with their concert, I designed, after my first v,.%\,i..-. to
which the story had interrupted. When spend the rest of my days at Bagdad; but
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Sit was not long ere I grew weary of an in-
--- dolent life, and I put to sea a second time
T with merchants of known probity. We
embarked on board a good ship, and, after
recommending ourselves to God, set sail.
11 We traded from island to island, and ex-
I"'" changed commodities with great profit.
One day we landed on an island covered
with several sorts of fruit-trees, but we
could see neither man nor animal. We
walked in the meadows, along the streams
that watered them. Whilst some diverted
themselves with gathering flowers, and
S others fruits, I took my wine and provi-
sions, and sat down near a stream betwixt
two high trees, which formed a thick
Shade. I made a good meal, and after-
Sward fell asleep. I cannot tell how long I
i i slept, but when I awoke the ship was gone.
i In this sad condition, I was ready to die
with grief. I cried out in agony, beat my
Head and breast, and threw myself upon
S the ground, where I lay some time in de-
Sspair. I upbraided myself a hundred times
S for not being content with the product of
/,'I my first voyage, that might have sufficed
Sme all my life. But all this was in vain,
Sand my repentance came too late. At last
S I resigned myself to the will of God. Not
I l knowing what to do, 1 climbed up to the
'" top of a lofty tree, from which I looked
', about on all sides, to see if I could dis-
;iL....., I cover anything that could give me hopes.
S, "" When I gazed toward the sea, I could see
_-._ ..-nothing but sky and water; but looking'
^' Z over the land, I beheld somethingg white;
Sand coming down, I took what provision I
had left, and went toward it, the distance
being so great that I could not distinguish
JI^'..:.- / what it was.
As I approached, I thought it to be a
white dome, of a prodigious height and
extent; and when I came up to it, I
touched it, and found it to be very smooth.
I went round to see if it was open on any
side, but saw it was not, and that there
was no climbing up to the top, as it was
so smooth. It was at least fifty paces
By this time the sun was about to set,
and all of a sudden the sky became as
dark as if it had been covered with a thick
cloud. I was much astonished at this
sudden darkness, but much more when I
found it occasioned by a bird of a mon-
strous size that came flying toward me. I
remembered that I had often heard mar-
iners speak of a miraculous bird called the
roc, and conceived that the great dome
which I so much admired must be its egg.
In short, the bird alighted, and sat over
the egg. As I perceived her ciiiiii_'.. I
crept close to the egg, so that I had before
me one of the legs of the bird, which was
as big as the trunk of a tree. I tied my-
self strongly to it with my turban, in
hopes that the roc next morning would
carry me with her out of this desert island.
After having passed the night in this con-
dition, the bird flew away as soon as it
was daylight and carried me so high that
I could not discern the earth; she after-
ward descended with so much rapidity
that I lost my senses. But when I found
myself on the ground, I speedily untied
the knot, and had scarcely done so, when
the roc, having taken up a serpent of mon-
strous length in her bill, flew away.
The spot where it left me was encom-
passed on all sides by mountains, that
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seemed to reach above the clouds, and so I spent the day in walking about in the
steep that there was no possibility of get- valley, resting myself at times in such
ting out of the valley. This was a new places as I thought most convenient.
perplexity; so that when I compared this When night came on, I went into a cave,
place with the desert island from
the roc had brought me, I found
had gained nothing by the change.
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As I walked through this valley, I per-
ceived it was strewn with diamonds, some
of which were of a surprising bigness. I
took pleasure in looking upon them; but
shortly saw at a distance such objects as
greatly diminished my satisfaction, and(
which I could not view without terror,
where I thought I might repose in safety.
I secured the entrance, which was low and
narrow, with a great stone, to preserve me
from the serpents, but not so far as to ex-
clude the light. I supped on part of my
provisions, but the serpents, which began
hissing round me, put me into such ex-
treme fear that I did not sleep. When
day appeared, the serpents retired, and I
came out of the cave trembling. I can
justly say that I walked upon diamonds,
without feeling any inclination to touch
them. At last I sat down, and notwith-
standing my apprehensions, not having
closed my eyes during the night, fell
asleep, after having eaten a little more of
my provisions. But I had scarcely shut
my eyes when something that fell by me
with a great noise awaked me. This
was a large piece of raw meat; and at
the same time I saw several others fall
down from the rocks in different places.
I had always regarded as fabulous what
I had heard sailors and others relate of the
valley of diamonds; but now I found that
they had stated nothing but the truth.
For the fact is, that the merchants come
to the neighborhood of this valley, when
the eagles have young ones, and throwing
great joints of meat into the valley, the
namely, a great number of serpents, so diamonds, upon whose points they fall,
mon trous that tlh: least of them was ca- stick to them; the eagles pounce with
pable of swallowing an elephant. They great force upon those pieces of meat, and
retired in the daytime to their dens, where carry them t their nests to feed their
they hid themselves from the roc, their young; the merchants at this time run to
enemy, and came out only in the night. their nests, disturb and drive off the
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eagles by their shouts, and take away the never seen any of such size and perfection.
diamonds that stick to the meat. I prayed the merchant who owned the
Having collected together the largest nest to which I had been carried (for
diamonds I could find, and put them into every merchant had his own), to take as
the leather bag in which I used to carry my many for his share as he pleased. HIe con-
provisions, I took the largest of the pieces tented himself with one, and that, too,
of meat, tied it close round me with the the least of them.
cloth of my turban, and then laid myself The merchants had thrown their pieces
upon the ground, with my face downward, of meat into the valley for several days,
the bag of diamonds being made fast to and each of them being satisfied with the
my girdle. diamonds that had fallen to his lot, we
I had scarcely placed myself in this pos- left the place the next moriir.., and
ture when one of the eagles, having taken traveled near high mountains, where there
me up with the piece of meat to which I were serpents of a prodigious length, which
was fastened, carried me to his nest on the we had the good fortune to escape. We
top of the mountain. The merchants im- took shipping at the first port we reached,
mediately began their shouting to frighten and at last, having touched at several
the eagles; and when they had obliged trading towns of the continent, we landed
them to quit their prey, one of them came at Bussorah, from whence I proceeded to
to the nest where I was. Hie was much Bagdad. There I immediately gave large
alarmed when he saw me ; but recoverilngl presents to the poor, and lived honorably
himself, instead of inquiring how I came upon the vast riches I had bought and
thither, began to quarrel with me, and gained witl so much fatigue.
asked why I stole his goods. You will Thus Sindbad ended the relation of the
treat me," replied I, "with more civility, second voyage, gave IIindbad another
when you know me better. Do not be hundred sequins, and invited him to come
uneasy; I have diamonds enough for you the next day to hear the account of the
and myself, more than all the other mer- third.
chants togetlhe-. Whatever ihey have TII OYA SIN D.
they owe to chance; but I selected for
myself, in the bottom of the valley, those I soon again grew weary of living a life
which you see in this bag." I had scarcely of idleness, and hardening myself against
done speaking, when the other merchants the thought of any danger, I embarked
came crowding about us, much astonished with some merchants on another long voy-
to see me ; but they were much more sur- age. We touched at several ports, where
prised when I told them my story. we traded. One day we were overtaken
They conducted me to their encamp- by a dreadful tempest, which drove us
ment, and there, having opened my 1:.., from our course. The storm continued
they were surprised at the largeness of my several days, and brought us before the
diamonds, and confessed that they had port of an island, which the captain was
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very unwilling to enter; but we were side a heap of human bones, and on the
obliged to cast anchor. When we had other a vast number of roasting-spits. We
furled our sails, the captain told us that trembled at this spectacle, and were seized
this and some other neighboring islands with deadly apprehension, when suddenly
were inhabited by hairy savages, who the gate of the apartment opened with a
.1 /-- loud crash, and there came out the horrible
-4 figure of a black man, as tall as a lofty
S 'palm-tree. He had but one eye, and that
S'. in the middle of his forehead, where it
S blazed bright as a burning coal. His fore
l' teeth were very long and sharp, and stood
I .1A out of his mouth. His upper lip hung
i.' .,,' .1 down upon his breast. His ears resembled
'', ,, I' those of an elephant, and covered his
-.- .shoulders; and his nails were as long and
crooked as the talons of the greatest birds.
would speedily attack us; and though At the sight of so frightful a genie, we
they were but dwarfs, yet that we must became insensible, and lay like dead men.
make no resistance, for they were more in At last we came to ourselves, and saw
number than the locusts; and if we hap- him sitting in the porch looking at us.
opened to kill one, they would all fall upon When he had considered us well, he ;id-
us and destroy us. vanced toward us, and l.i ii,. his hand
We soon found that what the captain upon me, took me up by the nape of my
had told us was but too true. An in- neck, and turned me round, as a butcher
numerable multitude of frightful savages, would do a sheep's head. After having
about two feet high, covered all over with examined me, and perceiving me to be so
red hair, came swimming toward us, and lean that I had nothing but skin and bone,
encompassed our ship. They climbed up he let me go. He took up all the rest one
the side of the ship with such agility as by one, and viewed them in the same man-
surprised us. They took down our sails, ner. The captain being the fattest, he held
cut the cable, and, hauling to the shore, him with one hand, as I would do a spar-
made us all get out, and afterward carried row, and thrust a spit through him. He
the ship into another island, whence they then kindled a great fire, roasted, and ate
had come. As we advanced, we per- him for his supper. Having finished his
ceived at a distance a vast buildil.. and repast, lie returned to his porch, where
made toward it. We found it to be a he lay and fell asleep, snoring louder than
palace, elegantly built, and very lofty, thunder. HIe slept thus till morning. As
with a gate of ebony of two leaves, which for ourselves, it was not possible for us to
we opened. We saw before us a large enjoy any rest, so that we passed the night
apartment, with a porch, having on one iii the most painful apprehension that can
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be imagined. When day appeared, the
giant awoke, got up and went out, leaving
us in the palace.
The next night, we determined to
revenge ourselves on the brutish giant,
and did so in the following manner. After
he had again finished his inhuman supper
-on another of our seaman, he lay down on
his back, and fell asleep. As soon as we
heard him snore, we took each of us a spit,
.and putting the points of them into his
fire till they were burning hot, we thrust
them into his eye all at once, and blinded
him. The pain made him break out into
a frightful yell. He started up, and
stretched out his hands, in order to sacri-
fice some of us to his rage; but we ran to
such places as he could not reach; and
after having sought for us in vain, he
groped for the gate, and went out, howling
We immediately left the palace, and
came to the shore, where we made some
rafts, each large enough to carry three
men, with some timber that lay about in
great quantities. We waited till day in
order to get upon them, for we hoped if
the giant did not appear by sunml-ii_.
that he would prove to be dead; and if
that happened to be the case, we resolved
to stay in that island, and not to risk our
lives upon the rafts. But day had scarcely
appeared when we perceived our cruel
enemy, accompanied by two others, almost
of the same size, leading him; and a great
number more coming before him at a quick
We did not hesitate to take to our rafts,
and put to sea with all the speed we
could. The giants, who perceived this,
took up great stones, and, running to the
shore, entered the water up to the middle,
and threw so exactly that they sunk all
the rafts but that I was upon; and all my
companions, except the two with me, were
drowned. We rowed with all our might,
and got out of the reach of the giants. But
when we got out to sea, we were exposed
to the mercy of the waves and winds, and
spent that day and the following night
under the most painful uncertainty as to
our fate; but next morning we had the
good fortune to be thrown upon an island,
where we landed with much joy. We
found excellent fruit, which afforded us
great relief and recruited our strength.
At night we went to sleep on the sea-
shore; but were awakened by the noise
of a serpent of surprising length and thick-
ness, whose scales made a rustling noise as
he wound himself along. It swallowed up
one of my comrades, notwithstanding his
loud cries, and the efforts he made to ex-
tricate himself from it. Dashing him sev-
eral times against the ground, it crushed
him, and we could hear it gnaw and
tear the poor fellow's bones, though we
had fled a considerable distance. The
following day, to our great terror, we saw
the serpent again.
As we walked about, we saw a large,
tall tree, upon which we designed to pass
the following night for our security; and
having satisfied our hunger with fruit, we
mounted it accordingly. Shortly after, the
serpent came hissing to the foot of the
tree; raised itself up against the trunk of
it, and meeting with my comrade, who sat
lower than I, swallowed him at once, and
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I remained upon the tree till it was retired, but I dared not leave my fort
day, and then came down, more like a until the sun arose.
dead man than one alive, expecting the
same fate as my two companions. This
filled me with horror, and I advanced
some steps to throw myself into the sea;
but I withstood this dictate of despair, andi
submitted myself to the will of God, who
disposes of our lives at His pleasure.
In the mean time I collected together a
great quantity of small wood, brambles,
and dry thorns, and making them up into
fagots, made a wide circle with them
round the tree, and also tied some of them
to the branches over my head. Having
done this, when the evening came, I shut
myself up within this circle. The serpent
failed not to come at the usual hour, and
went round the tree seeking for an oppor-
tunity to devour me, but was prevented
by the rampart I had made; so that he
lay till day, like a cat watching in vain
for a mouse that has fortunately reached a
place of safety. When day appeared he
God took compassion on my hopeless
state ; for just as I was i i._,. in a fit of
desperation, to throw myself into the sea,
I perceived a ship in the distance. I called
as loud as I could, and, unfolding the
linen of my turban, displayed it that they
might observe me. This had the desired
effect; tile crew perceived me, and the
captain sent his boat for nm. As soon as
I came on board, the merchants and sea-
men flocked about me to know how I came
into that desert island; and after I had
related to them all that had befallen me,
the oldest among them said they had
several times heard of the giants that dwelt
in that island, that they were cannibals;
and as to the serpents, they added that
there were abundance in the island; that
they hid themselves by day, and came
abroad by night. After having testified
their joy at my escaping so many dangers,
they brought me the best of their pro-
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visions, and took me before the captain,
who, seeing that I was in rags, gave me
one of his own suits. Looking steadfastly
upon him, I knew him to be the person
who, in my second voyage, had left me in
the island where I fell asleep, and sailed
wood is obtained, which is much used in
From the isle of Salabat we went to
another, where I furnished myself with
cloves, cinnamon, and other spices.
In short, after a long voyage, I arrived
at Bussorah, and thence returned to Bag-
dad with so much wealth that I knew not
its extent. I gave a great deal to the
poor, and bought another considerable
estate in addition to what I had already.
Thus Sindbad finished the story of his
third voyage. He gave another hundred
sequins to Hindbad, and invited him to
dinner again the next day, to hear
THE FOURTH VOYAGE OF SINDBAD).
After I had rested from the dangers of
my third voyage, my passion for trade and
my love of novelty soon again prevailed.
I therefore settled my affairs, and provided
a stock of goods fit for the traffic I de-
signed to engage in. I took the route of
Persia, traveled over several provinces,
and then arrived at a port, where I em-
barked. On putting out to sea, we were
overtaken by such a sudden gust of wind
as obliged the captain to lower his yards,
and take all other necessary precautions
Sto prevent the danger that threatened us.
"Captain," said I, "look at me, and you But all was in vain; the sails were split
may know that I am Sindbad." "God be into a thousand pieces, and the ship was
praised said he, embracing me ; I Astranded ; several of the merchants and
rejoice that fortune has rectified my fault. seamen were drowned, and the cargo was
There are your goods, which I always lost.
took care to preserve." I had the good fortune, with several of
We continued at sea for some time,l the merchants and mariners, to get upon
touched at several islands, and at last some planks, and we were carried by the
landed at that of Salabat, where sandal- current to an island which lay before us.
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There we found fruit and spring water, a languishing distemper, which proved my
which preserved our lives, safety ; for the negroes, having killed and
Next morning, as soon as the sun was eaten my companions, seeing me to be
up, we explored the island, and saw some withered, lean and sick, deferred my death.
houses, which we approached. As soon Meanwhile I had much liberty, so that
as we drew near, we were encompassed by scarcely any notice was taken of what I
a great number of negroes, who seized us, did, and this gave me an opportunity one
shared us among them, and carried us to day to get at a distance from the houses and
their respective habitations. to make my escape. An old man who saw
I and five of my comrades were carried me, and suspected my design, called to me
to one place. Here they made us sit down, as loud as he could to return; but instead
and gave us a certain herb, which they of obeying him I redoubled my speed, and
made signs to us to eat. My comrades quickly got out of sight. At that time
not taking notice that the blacks ate none there was none but the old man about the
of it themselves, thought only of satis- houses, the rest being abroad, and not to
flying their hunger, and ate with greedi- return till night. Therefore, being sure
ness. But I, suspecting some trick, would that they could not arrive in time to pur-
not so much as taste it, which happened ., '
well for me; for in a little time after, I
perceived my companions had lost their .-" ';,
senses, and that when they spoke to me '-"'''', .
they knew not what they said. i
The negroes fed us afterward with ',:' '. '1'
rice, prepared with oil of cocoanut; and ,
my comrades, who had lost their reason, -, '" I"'
ate of it greedily. I also partook of it, -
but very sparingly. They gave us that
herb at first on purpose to deprive us of sue me, I went on till night, when I
our senses, that we might not be aware of stopped to rest a little, and to eat some of
the sad destiny prepared for us; and they the provisions I had secured; but I speedily
supplied us with rice to fatten us; for, set forward again, and traveled seven days,
being cannibals, their design was to eat us avoiding those places which seemed to be
as soon as we grew fat. This accordingly inhabited, and lived for the most part
happened, for they devoured my comrades, upon cocoanuts, which served for both meat
who were not sensible of their condition; and drink. On the eighth day, I came
but my senses being entire, you may near the sea, and saw some white people
easily guess that instead of growing fat, like myself gathering pepper, of which
as the rest did, I grew leaner every day. there was great plenty in that place. This
The fear of death under which I labored I took to be a good omen, and went to
turned all my food into poison. I fell into them without any scruple.
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The people who gathered pepper came sought to oblige me, so that in a very little
to meet me as soon as they saw me, and time I was looked upon rather as a native
asked me in Arabic who I was, and whence than a stranger.
I came. I was overjoyed to hear them As I paid my court very constantly to
speak in my own language, and satisfied the kinr, he said to me one day: Sind-
their curiosity by giving them an account bad, I love thee. I have one thing to
of my shipwreck, and how I fell into the demand of thee, which thou must grant.
hands of the negroes. I have a mind thou shouldst marry, that
I stayed with them till they had gath- so thou may'st stay in my dominions, and
ered their quantity of pepper, and then think no more of thy own country." I
sailed with them to the island from whence durst not resist the prince's will, and he
they had come. They presented me to gave me one of the ladies of his court,
noble, beautiful, and rich. The cere-
monies of marriage being over, I went and
S. dwelt with my wife, and for some time we
lived together in perfect harmony.
S. At this time the wife of one of my
/ ''' i neighbors, with whom I had contracted a
i ". very strict friendship, fell sick and died.
I went to see and comfort him in his afflic-
-"tion, and finding him absorbed in sorrow,
/. I said to him as soon as I saw him, "God
Preserve you and grant you a long life."
i Alas replied he, "how do you think 1
should obtain the favor you wish me? I
--- have not above an hour to live, for I must
their king, who was a good prince. He be buried this day with my wife. This is
had the patience to hear the relation of a law in this island. The living husband
my adventure, which surprised him; and is interred with the dead wife, and the
he afterward gave me clothes, and com- living wife with the dead husband."
manded care to be taken of me. While he was giving me an account of
The island was very well peopled, this barbarous custom, the very relation
plentiful in everything, and the capital a of which chilled my blood, his kindred,
place of great trade. This agreeable re- friends and neighbors came to assist at the
treat was very comfortable to me after my funeral. They dressed the corpse of the
misfortunes, and the kindness of this woman in her richest apparel and all her
generous prince completed my satisfaction. jewels, as if it had been her wedding-day;
In a word, there was not a person more in then they placed her on an open bier, and
favor with him than myself, and conse- began their march to the place of burial.
quently every man in court and city The husband walked first, next to the
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dead body. They proceeded to a high siderable time, till at last I perceived a
mountain, and when they had reached the light, resembling a star. I went on, some-
place of their destination, they took up a times lost sight of it, but always found it
large stone which formed the mouth of a again, and at last discovered that it came
deep pit, and let down the body with all through a hole in the rock, which I got
its apparel and jewels. Then the husband, through, and found myself upon the sea-
embracing his kindred and friends, suffered shore, at which I felt exceeding joy. I
himself to be placed on another bir with- prostrated myself on the shore to thank
iout resistance, with a pot of water and
seven small loaves, and was let down in
the same manner. The ceremony being
over, the month of the pit was again
,covered with the stone, and the company
I mention this ceremony the more par-
ticularly, because I was in a few weeks' time
to be the principal actor on a similar oc-
casion. Alas! my own wife fell sick and
died. I made every remonstrance I could
to the king not to expose me, a foreigner,
to this inhuman law. I appealed in vain.
The king and all his court, with the most
considerable persons of the city, sought to
soften my sorrow by honoring the funeral
ceremony with their presence; and, at the
termination of the ceremony, I was lowered
into the pit, with a vessel full of water
and seven loaves. As I approached the
bottom, I discovered, by the aid of a little
light that came from above, the nature of
this subterranean place. It seemed an
.endless cavern, and might be about fifty
fathoms deep. I lived for some time
upon my bread and water, when one day,
just as it was on the point of exhaustion,
I heard something tread, and breathing or
panting as it moved. I followed the
sound. The animal seemed to stop some-
times, but always fled and breathed hard
as I approached. I pursued it for a con-
God for this mercy, and shortly afterward
I perceived a ship making for the place
where I was. I made a sign with the
linen of my turban, and called to the crew
as loud as I could. They heard me, and
sent a boat to bring me on board. It was
fortunate for me that these people did not
inspect the place where they found me,
but without hesitation took me on board.
We passed by several islands, and,
among others, that called the Isle of Bells,
about ten days' sail from Serendib with a
regular wind, and six from that of Kela,
where we landed. After we had finished
our traffic in that island, we put to sea
again, and touched at several other ports.
At last I arrived happily at Bagdad.
Here Sindbad made a new present of
one hundred sequins to IIindbad, whom
he requested to return with the rest the
next day, at the same hour, to dine with
him, and hear the story of his fifth voyage.
THE FIFTH VOYAGE OF SINDBAD.
All the troubles and calamities I had
undergone could not cure me of my in-
clination to make new voyages. I there-
fore bought goods, departed with them for
the best seaport; and there, that I might
not be obliged to depend upon a captain,
but have a ship at my own command, I
remained till one was built on purpose
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at my own charge. When the ship was the dexterity of the steersman it missed
ready, I went on board with my goods; us, and fell into the sea. The other so
but not having enough to load her, I exactly hit the middle of the ship as to
agreed to take with me several merchants split it into pieces. The mariners and pas-
of different nations, with their merchan- sengers were all crushed to death, or fell
disc. into the sea. I myself was of the number
We sailed with the first fair wind, and, of the latter; but, as I came up again, I
after a long voyage, the first place we fortunately caught hold of a piece of the
touched at was a desert island, where we wreck, and swimming, sometimes with one
found an egg of a roc, equal in size to that hand and sometimes with the other, but
I formerly mentioned. There was a young always holding fast to the plank, the wind
roc in it, just ready to be hatched, and its and the tide favoring me, I came to an
beak had begun to break the egg. The island, and got safely ashore.
merchants who landed with me broke the .,
egg with hatchets, and made a hole in it, V ,-!i
pulled out the young roc piecem eal, and II,,-"I III I 11 1
roasted it. I had in vain entreated them I
not to meddle with the egg. a
Scarcely had they finished their repast. i
when there appeared in the air, at a con- .
siderable distance, two great clouds. The I
captain of my ship, knowing by experience
what they meant, said they were the male ..
and female parents of the roc, and pressed -
us to re-embark with all speed, to prevent ;: --- -
the misfortune which he saw would other- -
wise befall us. When I was a little advanced into the
The two rocs approached with a fright- island, I saw an old man, who appeared
ful noise, which they redoubled when very weak and infirm. IIe was sitting on
they saw the egg broken and their young the bank of a stream, and at first I took him
one gone. They flew back in the direction to be one who had been shipwrecked like
they had come, and disappeared for some myself. I went toward him and saluted
time, while we made all the sail we could ihim, but he only slightly bowed his head. I
to endeavor to prevent that which un- asked him why he sat so still; but instead
happily befell us. of answering me, lie made a sign for me to
They soon returned, and we observed take him upon my back, and carry him
that each of them carried between its over the brook.
talons an enormous rock. When they I believed him really to stand in need
came directly over my ship, they hovered, of my assistance, took him upon my back,
and one of them let go his rock ; but by and having carried him over, bade him get
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down, and for that end stooped, that he and eat fruit. He never left his seat all
might get off with ease ; but instead of day; and when I lay down to rest at night,
doing so (which I laugh at every time I he laid himself down with me, holding
think of it), the old man, who to me still fast about my neck. Every morning
appeared quite decrepit, threw his legs he pinched me to make me awake, and
: -- .- afterward obliged me to get up and walk,
.- -*',. A i .and spurred me with his feet.
.7 ~~O'"O .ne lay I found several dry calabashes
i .." that had fallen from a tree. I took a
SIl... largee one, and, after cleaning it, pressed
i into it some juice of grapes, which abound-
-- ed in the island ; having filled the calabash,
'' I put it by in a convenient place, and going
-"' thither again some days after, I tasted it,
-' and found the wine so good that it gave
S.-~_i me new vigor, and so exhilarated my
-''_ spirits that I began to sing and dance as
I carried my burden.
''' -'", The old man, perceiving the effect which
... "' this had upon me, and that I carried him
--* '' ".*.: with more ease than before, made me a
-s ign to give him some of it. I handed
him the calabash, and the liquor pleasing
his palate, he drank it off. There being
J--M A i?'. a considerable quantity of it, he soon be-
S^'l',';-' ,' gan to -in.., and to move about from side
.. to side in his seat upon my shoulders, and
nimbly about my neck. He sat astride by degrees to loosen his legs from about
my shoulders, and held my throat so tight me. Finding that he did not press me as
that I thought he would have strangled before, I threw him upon the ground,
me, and I fainted away. where he lay without motion; I then took
Notwithstanding my f;.iitii;,_. the ill- up a great stone and slew him.
nature old fellow still kept his seat upon I was extremely glad to be thus freed
my neck. When I had recovered my for ever from this troublesome fellow. I
breath, he thrust one of his feet against now walked toward the beach, where I
my side, and struck me so rudely with the met the crew of a ship that had cast
other that he forced me to rise up against anchor to take in water. They were sur-
my will. Having arisen, he made me praised to see me, but more so at hearing
carr\ him under the trees, and forced me the particulars of my adventures. "You
now and then to stop, that he might gather fell," said they, into the hands of the
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old man of the sea, and are the first who
ever escaped strangling by his malicious
embraces. He never quitted those he had
once made himself master of till he had
destroyed them, and he has made this
island notorious by the number of men he
has slain." They carried me with them to
the captain, who received me with great
kindness. He put out again to sea, and, Comari, where the best species of wood
after some days' sail, we arrived at the of aloes grows. I exchanged my cocoa in
harbor of a great city, the houses of those two islands for pepper and wood of
which overhung the sea. aloes, and went with other merchants
One of the merchants who had taken a-pearl-fishing. I hired divers, who brought
me into friendship invited me to go along me up some that were very large and pure.
with him. He gave me a large sack, and I embarked in a vessel that happily arrived
having recommended me to some people at Bussorah; from thence I returned to
of the town, who used to gather cocoa- Bagdad, where I realized vast sums from
nuts, desired them to take me with them. I my pepper, wood of aloes, and pearls. I
" Go," said he, "follow them, and act as gave the tenth of my gains in alms, as I
you see them do; but do not separate from
them; otherwise you may endanger your
life." Having thus spoken, he gave me
provisions for the journey, and I went with
We came to a thick forest of cocoa-trees,
very lofty, with trunks so smooth that it
was not possible to climb to the branches
that bore the fruit. When we entered the
forest, we saw a great number of apes of
several sizes, who tied as soon as they per-
ceived us, and climbed to the tops of the
trees with amazing swiftness.
The merchants with whom I was
gathered stones, and threw them at the
apes on the trees. I did the same; and
the apes, out of revenge, threw cocoanuts
at us, so fast, and with such gestures, as
sufficiently testified their anger and resent-
ment. We gathered up the cocoanuts,
and from time to time threw stones to
provoke the apes; so that by this strata-
gem we filled our bags with cocoanuts. I
thus gradually collected as many cocoa-
nuts as produced me a considerable sum.
Having laden our vessel with cocoanuts,
we set sail, and passed by the islands
where pepper grows in great plenty.
From thence we went to the Isle of
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had done upon my return from my other
voyages, and rested from my fatigues.
Sindbad here ordered one hundred
sequins to be given to Hindbad, and re-
quested him and the other guests to dine
with him the next day, to hear the account
of his sixth voyage.
THE SIXTH VOYAGE OF SINDBAD.
After a year's rest, I prepared for a
sixth voyage, notwithstanding the entreat-
ies of my kindred and friends, who did all
in their power to dissuade me.
Instead of taking my way by the Per-
sian Gulf, I traveled once more through
several provinces of Persia and the Indies,
and arrived at a seaport, where I embarked
in a ship, the captain of which was bound
on a long voyage, in which he and
the pilot lost their course. Suddenly we
saw the captain quit his rudder, uttering
loud lamentations. Hie threw off his tur-
ban, pulled his beard, and beat his head
like a madman. We asked him the reason;
and lie answered that we were in the most
dangerous place in all the ocean. "A
rapid current carries the ship along with
it, and we shall all perish in less than a
quarter of an hour. Pray to God to
deliver us from this peril; we cannot
escape if He do not take pity on us." At
these words, he ordered the sails to be
lowered; but all the ropes broke, and the
ship was carried by the current to the foot
of an inaccessible mountain, where she
struck and went to pieces; yet in such a
manner that we saved our lives, our pro-
visions, and the best of our goods.
The mountain at the foot of which we
were was covered with wrecks, with a vast
number of human bones, and with ah in-
credible quantity of goods and riches of
all kinds. These objects served only to
augment our despair. In all other places
it is usual for rivers to run from their
channels into the sea ; but here a river of
fresh water runs from the sea into a dark
cavern, whose entrance is very high and
spacious. What is most remarkable in
this place is that the stones of the moun.
tain are of crystal, rubies, or other pre-
cious stones. Trees also grow here most
of which are of wood of aloes, equal in
goodness to those of Comari.
To finish the description of this place, it
is not possible for ships to get off when
once they approach within a certain dis-
tance. If they be driven thither by a
wind from the sea, the wind and the cur-
rent impel them; and if they come into it
when a land wind blows, which might
seem to favor their getting out again, the
height of the mountain stops the wind,
and occasions a calm, so that the force of
the current carries them ashore ; and what
completes the misfortune is, that there is
no possibility of ascending the mountain,
or of escaping by sea.
We continued upon the shore, at the
foot of the mountain, in a state of despair,
and expected death every day. On our
first landing, we had divided our provisions
as equally as we could, and thus every one
lived a longer or shorter time, according to
his temperance and the use he made of
I survived all my companions; and
when I buried the last I had so little pro-
visions remaining that I thought I could
not long survive, and I dug a grave, resolv-
ing to lie down in it, because there was no
one left to pay me the last offices of re-
spect. But it pleased God once more to
take compassion on me, and put it in my
mind to go to the bank of the river which
ran into the great cavern. Considering its
probable course with great attention, I
said to myself: "This river, which runs
thus underground, must somewhere have
an issue. If I make a raft, and leave my-
self to the current, it will convey me to
some inhabited country, or I shall perish.
If I be drowned, I lose i.Htliiii'-, but only
change one kind of death for another."
I immediately went to work upon large
pieces of timber and cables, for I had a
choice of them from the wreck, and tied
them together so strongly that 1 soon
made a very solid iaft. When I had fin-
ished, I loaded it with some chests of ru-
bies, emeralds, ambergris, rock-crystal, and
bales of rich stuffs. Having balanced my
cargo exactly, and fastened it well to the
raft, I went on board with two oars that
I had made, and leaving it to the course of
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the river, resigned myself to the will of
As soon as I entered the cavern, I lost
all light, and the stream carried me I knew
not whither. Thus I floated on in perfect
darkness, and once found the arch so low
that it very nearly touched my head, which
made me cautious afterward to avoid the
like danger. All this while I ate nothing
but what was just necessary to support
nature ; yet, notwithstanding my frugality,
all my provisions were spent. Then I be-
came insensible. I cannot tell how long I
continued so; but when I revived, I was
surprised to find myself in an extensive
plain on the brink of a river, where my
raft was tied, amidst a great number of
negroes. I got up as soon as I saw them,
and saluted them. They spoke to me, but
I did not understand their language. I was
so transported with joy that I knew not
whether I was asleep or awake; but being
persuaded that I was not asleep, I recited
the following words in Arabic aloud:
"Call upon the Almighty, IIe will help
thee; thou needest not perplex thyself
about anything else: shut thy eyes, and
while thou art asleep God will change thy
bad fortune into good."
One of the negroes, who understood
Arabic, hearing me speak thus, came
toward me, and said, "Brother, be not
surprised to see us; we are inhabitants
of this country, and water our fields from
this river, which comes out of the neigh-
boring mountain. We saw your raft, and
one of us swam into the river and brought
i. hither, where we fastened it, as you see,
until you should awake. Pray tell us
your history. Whence did you come ?"
I I.-_.1 of them first to give me some-
thing to eat, and then I would satisfy their
curiosity. They gave me several sorts of
food, and when I had satisfied my hunger,
I related all that had befallen me, which
they listened to with attentive surprise.
As soon as I had finished, they told me, by
the person who spoke Arabic and inter-
preted to them what I said, that I must go
along with them, and tell my story to
their king myself; it being too extraordi-
nary to be related by any other than the
person to whom the events had happened.
They immediately sent for a horse, and
having helped me to mount, some of them
walked before to show the way, while the
rest took my raft and cargo and followed.
We marched till we came to the capital
of Serendib, for it was in that island I
had landed. The negroes presented me to
their king; I approached his throne, and
saluted him as I used to do the kings of
the Indies; that is to say, I prostrated
myself at his feet. The king ordered me
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to rise, received me with an obliging air,
and made me sit down near him.
I concealed nothing from the king; but
related to him all that I have told you. At
last my raft was brought in and the bales
opened in his presence. He admired the
quantity of wood of aloes and ambergris;
but, above all, the rubies and emeralds,
for he had none in his treasury that
Observing that he looked on my jewels
with pleasure, and viewed the most remark-
able among them, one after another, I fell
prostrate at his feet, and took the liberty
to say to him: Sire, not only is my person
at your majesty's service, but the cargo of
the raft, and I would beg of you to dispose
of it as your own."
He answered me with a smile, Sindbad,
I will take nothing of yours; far from les-
sening your wealth, I design to augment
it, and will not let you quit my dominions
without marks of my liberality."
He then charged one of his officers to
take care of me, and ordered his people to
serve me at his own expense. The officer
was very faithful in the execution of his
commission, and caused all the goods to
be carried to the lodgings provided for me.
I prayed the king to allow me to return
to my own country, and he granted me
permission in the most obliging and honor-
able manner. He would force a rich pres-
ent upon me; and at the same time charged
me with a letter for the Commander of the
Faithful, our sovereign, saying to me, "I
pray you give this present from me, and
this letter, to the Caliph Haroun Alra-
schid, and assure him of my friendship."
The present consisted, first, of one single
ruby made into a cup, about half a foot
high, an inch thick, and filled with round
pearls of half a drachm each. 2. The skin
of a serpent, whose scales were as bright as
an ordinary piece of gold, and had the
virtue to preserve from sickness those who
lay upon it. 3. Fifty-thousand dracihms
of the best wood of aloes, with thirty
grains of camphire as big as pistachios.
And 4. A female slave of great beauty,
whose robe was covered over with jewels.
The ship set sail, and after a very suc-
cessful navigation we landed at Bussorah,
and from thence I went to the city of
Bagdad, where the first thing I did was to
acquit myself of my commission.
I took the King of Serendib's letter, and
went to present myself at the gate of the
Commander of the Faithful, and was im-
mediately conducted to the throne of the
caliph. I made my obeisance, and pre-
sented the letter and gift. When he had
read what the King of Serendib wrote to
him, he asked me if that prince were really
so rich and potent as he represented him-
self in his letter. I prostrated myself a
second time, and rising again, said, Com-
mander of the Faithful, I can assure your
majesty he doth not exceed the truth.' I
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then gave him a particular account of the
magnificence of his palace and of the
riches of his kingdom.
The caliph was much pleased with my
account, and sent me home with a rich
Here Sindbad commanded another hun-
dred sequins to be paid to Hindbad, and
1 Ie-.-'1 his return on the morrow to hear
his seventh and last voyage.
THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINDBAD.
one thousand sequins for the expenses of
I prepared for my departure in a few
days. As soon as the caliph's letter and
present were delivered to me, I went to
Bussorah, where I embarked, and had a
very prosperous voyage. Having arrived
at the Isle of Serendib, I was conducted to
the palace with much pomp, when I pros-
trated myself on the ground before the
king. Sindbad," said the king, you
are welcome; I have many times thought
On my return home from my sixth voy- of you; I bless the day on which I see
age, I had entirely given up all thoughts you once more." I made my compliments
of again going to sea; for, besides that my to him, and thanked him for his kindness,
age now required rest, I was resolved no and delivered the gifts from my august
more to expose myself to such risks as I master.
had encountered, so that I thought of The caliph's present was a complete suit
nothing but to pass the rest of my days in of gold, valued at one thousand sequins;
tranquillity. One day, however, an officer fifty robes of rich stuff; a hundred of
of the caliph's inquired for me. "The white cloth, the finest of Cairo, Suez, and
caliph," said he, has sent me to tell you Alexandria; a vessel of agate, more broad
that he must speak with you." I followed than deep, an inch thick, and half a foot
the officer to the palace, where, being pre- wide, the bottom of which represented in
sented to the caliph, I saluted him by bass-relief a man with one knee on the
prostrating myself at his feet. "Sind- ground, who held a bow and an arrow,
bad," said he to me, "you must carry my ready to discharge at a lion. He sent
answer and present to the King of Seren- him also a rich tablet, which, according to
dib." i tradition, belonged to the great Solomon.
This command of the caliph was to me The King of Serendib was highly grati-
like a clap of thunder. Commander of fled at the caliph's acknowledgment of his
the Faithful," I replied, I am ready to friendship. A little time after this audi-
do whatever your majesty shall think fit ence I solicited leave to depart, and with
to command; but I beseech you most much difficulty obtained it. The liil._,
humbly to consider what I have undergone. when he dismissed me, made me a very
I have also made a vow never to leave considerable present. I embarked im-
Bagdad." Perceiving that the caliph in- mediately to return to Bagdad, but three
sisted upon my compliance, I submitted, ior four days after our departure we were
and told him that I was willing to obey. attacked by pirates, who easily seized upon
He was very well pleased, and ordered me our ship because it was not a vessel ot
SLVI)BAD THE SAILOR.
war. Some of the crew offered resistance, we notice." Having spoken thus, he left
which cost them their lives. But for my- me victuals, and returned to the town, and
self and the rest, who were not so impru- I continued upon the tree all night.
dent, the pirates saved us, and carried us I saw no elephant luring the night, but
into a remote island, where they sold us. next in. i n lir., at break of day, I perceived a
I fell into the hands of a rich merchant, great number. I shot several arrows among
who, as soon as he bought me, took me them, and at last one of the elephants fell,
to his house, treated me well, and clad me when the rest retired immediately, and left
handsomely as a slave. Some days after me at liberty to go and acquaint my
he asked me if I understood any trade. I patron with my success. When I had in-
answered that I was a merchant, and that formed him, lie commended my dexterity,
the pirates who sold me had robbed me of and caressed me highly. We went after-
--- ;~- _- -: -: ward together to the forest, where we
-- .- : dug a hole for the elephant; my patron
S~ ..i designing to return when it was rotten,
and take his teeth to trade with.
-" -"I continued this employment for two
a- -"- months. One morning, as I looked for
-the elephants, I perceived with extreme
4-. amazement that, instead of passing by me
Across the forest as usual, they stopped,
and came to me with a horrible noise, in
such numbers that the plain was covered
and shook under them. They surrounded
S' -: the tree in which I was concealed, with
-their trunks uplifted, and all fixed their
all I possessed. Tell me," replied he, eyes upon me. At this alarming spectacle
" can you shoot with a bow ? I answered I continued immovable, and was so much
that the bow was one of my exercises terrified that my bow and arrows fell out
in my youth. He gave me a bow and of my hand.
arrows, and, taking me behind him on an i My fears were not without cause ; for
elephant, carried me to a thick forest some after the elephants had stared upon me
leagues from the town. We penetrated some time, one of the largest of them put
a great way into the wood, and when he his trunk around the fo"t_ of the tree,
thought fit to stop, he bade me alight; plucked it up, and threw it on the ground.
then showing me a great tree, Climb up I fell with the tree, and the elephant, tak-
that," said he, "and shoot at the elephants ing me up with his trunk, laid me on his
as you see them pass by, for there is a back, where I sat more like one dead than
prodigious number of them in this forest, alive, with my quiver on my shoulder.
and if any of them fall, come and give He put himself at the head of the rest,
S1NDBAD THE SAILOR.
who followed him in line, one after the
other, carried me a considerable way, then
laid me down on the ground, and retired
with all his companions. After having
lain some time, and seeing the elephants
gone, I got up, and found I was upon a
long and broad hill, almost covered with
the bones and teeth of elephants. I
doubted not but that this was the burial-
place of the elephants, and that they
carried me thither on purpose to tell me
that I should forbear to kill them, as now
I knew where to get their teeth without
inflicting injury on them. I did not stay
on the hill, but turned toward the city;
and after having traveled a day and a
night, I came to my patron.
As soon as my patron saw me, Ah!
poor Sindbad exclaimed he, I was in
great trouble to know what was become of
you. Pray tell me what befell you." I
satisfied his curiosity, and we both of us set
out next morning to the hill. We loaded
the elephant which had carried us with as
many teeth as he could bear; and when
we were returned, my master thus ad-
dressed me: Hear, now, what I shall tell
you. The elephants of our forest have
every year killed a great many slaves,
whom we sent to seek ivory. God has
delivered you from their fury, and has
bestowed that favor upon you only. It is
a sign that IIe loves you, and has some use
for your service in the world. You have
procured me incredible wealth; and now
our whole city is enriched by your means,
without any more exposing the lives of
our slaves. After such a discovery, I can
treat you no more as a slave, but as a
brother. God bless you with all happi-
ness and prosperity. I henceforth give
you your liberty; I will also give you
To this I replied: Master, God preserve
you. I desire no other reward for the
service I had the good fortune to do to
you and your city but leave to return to
my own country." "Very well," said he,
"the monsoon will in a little time bring
ships for ivory. I will then send you
home." I stayed with him while waiting
for the monsoon; and during that time
we made so many journeys to the hill
that we filled all our warehouses with
The ships arrived at last, and my master
himself having made choice of the ship
wherein I was to embark, loaded half of
it with ivory on my account, laid in pro-
visions in abundance for my passage, and
besides obliged me to accept a present of
some curiosities of the country of great
value. After I had returned him a thou-
sand thanks for all his favors, I went
We stopped at some islands to take in
fresh provisions. Our vessel being come
to a port on the mainland in the Indies,
I realized vast sums by my ivory, bought
several rarities, which I intended for
presents, and set out in company with
a large caravan of merchants. I was a
long time on the journey, and suffered
much, but at last arrived safe at Bag-
dad, and immediately waited upon the
caliph, to give him an account of my
embassy. He loaded me with honors
and rich presents, and I have ever since
devoted myself to my family, kindred,
THE MERCHANT AND THE GENE.
THE MERCHANT AND THE GENIE.
-: HERE was formerly a mer-
,'--- chant, who was possessed of
k great wealth, in land, merchan-
lise, and ready money. Having
li tie day an affair of great impor-
: tnce to settle at a considerable dis-
tance from home, he mounted his horse, and
with only a bag behind him, in which he
had put a few biscuits and dates, he began
his journey. He arrived without any
accident at the place of his destination;
and having finished his business, set out
on his return.
On the fourth day of his journey, he
felt himself so incommoded by the heat of
the sun that he turned out of his road in
order to rest under some trees. He alight-
ed, and, tying his horse to a branch of the
tree, sat down on its bank to eat some
biscuits and dates from his little store.
When he had satisfied his hunger, he
amused himself with throwing about the
stones of the fruit with considerable veloc-
ity. When he had finished his frugal
repast, he washed his hands, his face, and
his feet, and repeated a prayer, like a
He was still on his knees, when he saw
a genie, and of an enormous stature, advanc-
ing toward him, with a scimitar in his
hand. As soon as he was close to him, he
said in a most terrible tone: Get up, that
I may kill thee with this scimitar, as thou
hast caused the death of my son." The
replied in trembling accents: How can I
have slain thy son ? I do not know him,
nor have I ever seen him." "Didst thou
not," replied the giant, "take some dates
from thy wallet; and after eating them,
didst thou not throw the stones about on
all sides ?" "This is all true," replied the
merchant; "I do not deny it." Well,
then, I tell thee thou hast killed my
son; for while thou wast throwing about
the stones, my son passed by; one of them
struck him in the eye, and caused his
death." Ah, sire, forgive me cried the
merchant. "I have neither forgiveness
nor mercy," added the giant; "I must
destroy thee, as thou hast my son !" At
these words, he took the merchant in his
arms, and having thrown him with his
face on the ground, he lifted up his sabre
in order to strike off his head.
When the merchant perceived that the
genie was about to execute his purpose, he
cried aloud, "One word more, I entreat
you; have the goodness to grant me a
little delay; give me only one year to go
and take leave of my dear wife and chil-
dren, and I promise to return to this spot,
and submit myself entirely to your pleas-
ure." "Take Allah to witness of the
promise thou hast made me," said the
genie. "Again I swear," replied lie; "and
you may rely on my oath." On this the
genie left him near the fountain, and
merchant, alarmed by the horrible figure The merchant, on his reaching home,
of this giant, as well as the words he heard, related faithfully all that had happened to
THE MERCILANT AND THE GENIK
him. On hearing the sad news, his wife al.l..-ari'.; they saw the genie, who, with-
and children made the house resound with out noticing them, went toward the mer-
their grief; while the father, overcome by chant with his scimitar in his hand, and
affection, mingled his tears with theirs, taking him by the arm, Get up," said
The year quickly passed away. The good e, that I may kill thee." Both the mer-
merchant, having settled his affairs, and chant and the two old men, struck with
made provision to the best of his ability terror, began to weep and fill the air with
for his wife and family, tore himself away their lamentations. When the old man
amidst the most frantic expressions of who conducted the hind saw the genie lay
grief, and arrived at the destined spot on hold of the merchant, he threw himself at
the very (lay he had promised. While he
was waiting for the arrival of the genie,
there suddenly appeared an old man lead-
ing a hind.
They saluted one another; after which
the old man said to him, "Brother, may I .,
ask you why you are come into this desert "
place, which is possessed solely by evil .
spirits, and where consequently, you can- .f "
not be safe? To look upon these fine l -_
trees, indeed, one would think the place J"' "
inhabited; but it is in reality a wilderness, '' -."
where it is not safe to remain long." -
The merchant satisfied the old man's -
curiosity, and told him the adventure --
which obliged him to be there. The old b--
man listened with astonishment, and when
he had done, cried out, This is the most -
surprising thing in the world ; and you are
bound by an inviolable oath; however, I the monster's feet, and, said: "Lord Genie,
will be witness of your interview with I humbly entreat you to hear my history,
the genie." He had scarcely finished his and that of the hind, which you see; and
speech, when another old man, accompa- if you find it more wonderful than the
nied by two black dogs, came in sight, adventure of this merchant, whose life you
and having heard the tale of the merchant, wisl to take, may I not hope that you will
determined also to remain to see the event, at least pardon one half part of the
Soon they perceived, toward the plain, offence of this unfortunate man ? After
a thick vapor or smoke. This vapor meditating some time, the genie answered,
approached them, and then suddenly dis- "Well, then, I agree to it."
THE FIRST OLD AAAN- AND THE HIND.
THE FIRST OLD MAN AND THE HIND.
S.'," HE hind whom you, Lord learn any tidings of him. In order to
Genie, see here, is my wife. I celebrate the festival of the great Bairam,
married her when she was which was approaching, I ordered my
twelve years old, and we lived bailiff to bring me the fattest cow I pos-
t,.r"e-ther thirty years, without hav- sessed for a sacrifice. He obeyed my com-
.- ing any children. At the end of mands. Having bound the cow, I was
that time I adopted into my family a son, about to make the sacrifice, when she
whom a slave had borne. This act of mine lowed most sorrowfully, and the tears even
excited against the mother and her child fell from her eyes. This seemed to me so
the hatred and jealousy of my wife. She extraordinary, that I could not but feel
availed herself, during my absence on a compassion for her, and was unable to give
journey, of her knowledge of magic, to the fatal blow. I therefore ordered her
Sto be taken away, and another brought.
My wife, who was present, seemed very
Sangry at my compassion, and opposed my
.- I then said to my steward: "Make the
S. "\ sacrifice yourself; the lamentations and
S tears of the animal have overcome me."
S.-_:.' .- The steward was less compassionate, and
-- -sacrificed her. On taking off the skin we
-found hardly anything but bones, though
change the slave and my adopted son into she appeared very fat. "Take her away,"
a cow and a calf, and sent them to my said I to the steward, and if you have
farm to be fed and taken care of by the another very fat calf, bring it in her
steward, place." He returned with a remarkably
Immediately on my return, I inquired fine calf, who, as soon as he perceived me,
after my child and his mother. Your made so great an effort to come to me,
slave is dead," said she, "and it is now that he broke his cord. He lay dow n at
more than two months since I have beheld my feet, with his head on the ground, as
your son; nor do I know what is become if he endeavored to excite my compassion,
of him." I was sensibly affected at the death and to entreat me not to have the cruelty
of the slave ; but, as my son had only dis- to take away his life.
appeared, I flattered myself that he would Wife" answered I, I will not sacri-
soon be found. Eight months, however, fice this calf, I wish to favor him; do not
passed, and he did not return ; nor could I you, therefore, oppose it." She, however,
THE FIRST OLD MAN AND THE HIND.
did not agree to my proposal, and contin- Since this my son has become a widower,
ued to demand his sacrifice so obstinately and is now traveling. Many years have
that I was compelled to yield. I bound )pased since I have heard anything of him;
the calf, and took the fatal knife to bury I have, therefore, now set out with a view
it in his throat, when lie turned his eyes, to gain some information; and as I did
filled with tears, so persuasively upon me
that I had no power to execute my inten-
tion. The knife fell from my land, and I
told my wife I was determined to have "
another calf. She tried every means to "
induce me to alter my mind ; I continued (]' .
firm, however, in my resolution. '
The next morning my steward desired ..
to speak with i:e, i private. ie informed
me that his daughter who had some knowl- I 1 .. I
edge of magic, wished to speak with me. 'i ,
On being admnitte.l to my presence, she in- .
formed me that, during my absence, my
wife had turned the lave and my son into :
a cow and calf; that I had already sacri- --
ficed the cow, but that she could restore
my son to life, if I would give himi to Iher
for her husband, and tllow her to visit my '
wife with the punishment her cruelty had
deserved. To these I)noposals I gave my
consent. not like to trust my wife to the care of
The damsel then took a vessel full of any one during my search, I thought proper
water, and pronouncing over it some words to carry her along with me. This is the
I did not understand, she threw the water history of myself and this hind; can any-
over the calf, and he instantly regained his thing be more wonderful ?" "I agree with
own form. Vyo," said the genie, "and, in consequence,
My son my son I exclaimed, and I agree to pardon one-half of the offense of
embraced him with transport; "this damn- this merchant."
sel has destroyed the horrible charm with As soon as the first old man had finished,
which you were surrounded. I am sure lthe second, who led the two black dogs,
your gratitude will induce you to marry made the same request to the genie for a
her, as I have already promised for you." half of the merchant's blood, on the con-
He joyfully consented; but before they edition that his tale exceeded in interest the
were united the damsel changed my wife one that had been just related. On the genie
into this hind. signifying his assent, the old man began.
THIE SECOND OLJ jAA AND )THE TWO 7 LAK DOGS.
THE SECOND OLD MAN AND THE TWO BLACK
N-b EAT prince of the genies, purpose of traffic, and at the end of five
I",- you must know that these y ears I yielded to their repeated solici-
;' two black dogs, which you stations. On consulting on the merchan-
S--ee here, and myself are three dise to be bought for the voyage, I discov-
I others. Our father, when he ered that nothing remained of the thou-
S.l-d, left us one thousand sequins sand sequins I had given to each. I did
,each. With this sum we all embarked in not reproach them; on the contrary, as my
business as merchants. My two brothers capital was increased to six thousand
determined to travel, that they might trade sequins, I gave them each one thousand
sequins, and kept a like sum myself, and
concealed the other three thousand in a
S. corner of my house, in order that if our
S-- voyage proved unsuccessful, we might be
S- able to console ourselves and begin our
:- .' former profession. We purchased our
S goods, embarked in a vessel, which we
Ourselves freighted, and set sail with a
:- favorable wind. After sailing about a
S : : month, we arrived, without any accident,
S ".--- at a port, where we landed, and Ihad a
-- most advantageous sale for our merchan-
S --dise. I, in particular, sold mine so well,
Si-""--.' that I gained ten for one.
-- About the time that we were ready to
-" embark on our return, I accidentally met,
in foreign parts. They were both unfor- on the seashore, a female, of great beauty,
tunate, and returned at the end of two but very poorly dressed. She accosted
years in a state of abject poverty, having me by kissing my hand, and entreated me
lost their all. I had in the mean while most earnestly to permit her to be my
prospered, and I gladly received them, wife. I stated many difficulties to such
and gave them one thousand sequins each, a plan; but at length she said so much
and again set them up as merchants. My to persuade me that I ought not to regard
brothers frequently proposed to me that I her poverty, and that I should be well
should make a voyage with them for the satisfied with her conduct, I was quite
THE SECOND) OLD MAN AND TIE TWVO BLACK DOGS.
overcome. I directly procured proper ously, and I am therefore delighted in
dresses for her, and after marrying her in showing my gratitude, and I trust, my
due form, she embarked with me, and we husband, that in saving your life I have not
set sail. ill rewarded the good you have done me,
During our voyage, I found my wife but I am enraged against your brothers,
possessed of so many good qualities that nor shall I be satisfied till I have taken
I loved her every day more and more. In their lives."
the mean time, my two brothers, who had I listened with astonishment to the dis-
not traded so advantageously as myself, course of the fairy, and thanked her, as
and who were jealous of my prosperity, well as I was able. But, madam," said
began to feel exceedingly envious. They I to her, "I must entreat you to pardon
my brothers." I related to her what I
had done for each of them, but my account
: only increased her anger. I must instantly
S'' -, fly after these ungrateful wretches," cried
she, "and bring them to a just punish-
..,.- ment; I will sink their vessel, and pre-
S,' ecipitate them to the bottom of the sea."
No, beautiful lady," replied I; "for
,,. .. heaven's sake, moderate your indignation,
".": and do not execute so dreadful an inten-
tion ; remember they are still my brothers,
.' and that we are bound to return good for
---- -No sooner had I pronounced these words,
-. "than I was transported in an instant from
--- the island where we were, to the top of
even went so far as to conspire against my own house. I descended, opened the
my life; for one night, while my wife and doors, and dug up the three thousand
I were asleep, they threw us into the sea. sequins which I had hidden. I after-
I had hardly, however, fallen into the ward repaired to my shop, opened it, and
water, before my wife took me up and received the congratulations of the mer-
transported me into an island. As soon chants in the neighborhood on my arrival.
as it was day she thus addressed me : When I returned home, I perceived these
"You must know that I am a fairy, and two black dogs, which came toward me
being upon the shore when you were with asubmissive air. I could not imagine
about to sail, I wished to try the good- what this meant, but the fairy, who soon
ness of your heart, and for this purpose appeared, satisfied my curiosity. My
I presented myself before you in the dis- dear husband." said she, "be not surprised
guise you saw. You acted most gener- I at seeing these two dogs in your house;
they are your brothers." I have con-
demned them to remain under this form
for ten years, as a punishment for their
perfidy." Then informing me where I
might hear of her, she disappeared.
The ten years are now completed, and
I am traveling in search of her. This,
0 Lord Genie, is my history; does it not
appear to you of a most extraordinary
nature?" "Yes," replied the genie, "I
confess it is most wonderful, and therefore
I grant you the other half of this mer-
chant's pardon," and having said this, the
genie disappeared, to the great joy of the
merchant and of the two old men.
The merchant did not omit to bestow
many thanks upon his liberators, who,
bidding him adieu, proceeded on their
travels. He remounted his horse, and
returned home to his wife and children,
and spent the remainder of his days with
them in tranquillity.
...A. T ,- -
i' '- HERE was formerly an aged nets for the fourth time. Again he sup-
fisherman, so poor that he posed he had caught a great quantity of
S could barely obtain food for fish, as he drew them with as much diffi-
himself, his wife, and his three cult as before. Ie nevertheless found
-iildren. HIe went out early every none; but discovered a heavy vase of
S. O during to his employment; and yellow copper, shut up and fastened with
he had imposed a rule upon himself never lead, on which there was the impression
to cast his nets above four times a day. of a seal. I will sell this to a founder,'
On one occasion, he set out before the said lie, with joy, and with the money I
morning had appeared. When he reached shall get for it I will purchase a measure
the sea-shore, he undressed himself, and of corn."
cast his nets. In drawing them to land' He examined the vase on all sides; he
three times in succession, he fe
from their resistance and weight,
had secured an excellent draught
instead of which, he only found,
It sure, shook it, but could hear nothing; and this,
that he together with the impression of the seal
of fish; on the lead, made him think it was filled
on the with something valuable. In order to
first haul, the carcass of an ass; on the find this
second, a large pannier filled with sand open. I
and mud ; and on the third, a large quan- ward, an
tity of heavy stones, shells, and filth. It nothing
is impossible to describe his disappoint- before hi
ment and despair. The day now began observing
to break, and ha;-iii2', like a good Mussul- a smoke
man, finished his prayers, he threw his a few p
out, he took his knife and cut it
[e directly turned the top down-
id was much surprised to find
come out. He then set it down
im, and while he was attentively
g it, there issued from it so thick
that lie was obliged to step back
)aces. This smoke, by degrees,
and spreading against the sovereignty of God. Solomon,
itself over both the water and the shore,
appeared like a thick fog. The fisherman,
as may easily be imagined, was a good
deal surprised at this sight. When the
smoke had all come out from the vase, it
again collected itself, and became a solid
body, and then took the shape of a genie
of a gigantic size. The genie, looking at
the fisherman, exclaimed: Iumble thy-
self before me, or I will kill thee "And
for what reason, pray, will you kill me ?"
answered the fisherman ; have you already
forgotten that I have set you at liberty ? "
" I remember it very well," returned he;
" but that shall not prevent my destroy-
ing thee; and [ will only grant thee one
favor." "And pray what is that ? said
the fisherman. "It is," replied the genie,
"to permit thee to choose the manner of
thy death. I can treat thee no other-
wise, and to convince thee of it, you may
hear my history:
"I am one of those spirits who rebelled
rose almost to the clouds,
the son of David, the prophet of God,
commanded me to acknowledge his author-
ity, and submit to his laws. I haughtily
refused. In order, therefore, to punish me,
he inclosed me in this copper vase ; and,
to prevent me forcing my way out, lie put
upon the leaden cover the impression of his
seal, on which the great name of God is
"This done, he gave the vase to one of
those genies who obeyed him, and ordered
him to cast me into the sea.
"During the first century of my captiv-
ity, I swore that if any one delivered me
before the first hundred years were passed,
I would make him rich. During the sec-
ond century, I swore that if any one re-
leased me I would discover to him all the
treasures of the earth. During the third,
I promised to make my deliverer a most
powerful monarch, and to grant him, every
day, any three requests he chose. These
centuries passed away without any deliver-
ance. Enraged at last to be so long a
prisoner, I swore that I would, without
mercy, kill whoever should in future release
me ; and that the only favor I would grant
him should be, to choose what manner of
death he pleased. Since, therefore, thou
hast come here to-day, and hast delivered
me, fix upon whatever kind of death thou
The fisherman was in great distress at
finding him thus resolved on his death,
not so much on his own account, as for his
three children, whose means of subsistence
,would be greatly reduced by his death.
"Alas!" lie cried, have pity on me:
remember what I have done for thee "
SLet us lose no time," cried the genie ; the shore, in which I will live, to warn all
"your arguments avail not. Make haste ;fishermen that shall come and throw their
tell me how you wish to die !" nets not to fish up so evil a genie as thou
Necessity is the mother of invention; art, who makest an oath to kill the man
and the fisherman thought of a stratagem. who shall set thee at liberty."
''Since, then," said he, "I cannot escape The genie tried every argument to move
death, I submit to the will of God ; but
before I choose the sort of death, I con-
jure you, by the great name of God, which
is graven upon the seal of the prophet .
Solomon, the son of David, answer me ., ,/
truly to a question I am going to put to ,
you." The genie trembled at this adju-
ration, and said to the fisherman, "Ask "
what thou wilt, and make haste." .... ,
"Dare you, then, to swear by the great,, .
name of God that you really were in that '.
vase? This vase cannot contain one of -I -
your feet; how, then, can it hold your
whole body ? "I swear to thee, notwith- .!
standing," replied he, that I was there
just as thou seest me! Wilt thou not
believe me, after the solemn oath I have .
taken ?" "No, truly," added the fisher- J-
man; "I shall not believe you unless I -
were to see it."
Immediately the form of the genie began
to change into smoke, and extended itself, -
as before, over both the shore and the sea;
and then, collecting itself, began to enter
the vase, and continued to do so in a slow the fisherman's pity, but in vain. "You
and equal manner, till nothing remained are too treacherous for me to trust you,"
without. The fisherman immediately took returned the fisherman; I should deserve
the leaden cover and put it on the vase to lose my life if I put myself in your
" Genie he cried, "it is now your turn power a second time. You would, most
to ask pardon. I shall throw you again likely, treat me as the Greek king treated
into the sea, and I will build, opposite the Douban the physician. Listen, and I will
very spot where you are cast, a house upon tell you the story."
THE GREEK KING AND DOUBAN THE PHYSICIANS.
THE GREEK KING AND DO UIBAN THE
I'T iIERE once lived a king who Douban returned to his house, and made
-i- \ was sorely afflicted with a lep- a sort of racket or bat, with a hollow in
S rosy, and his physicians had the handle, to admit the drug he meant to
unsuccessfully tried every rem- use. That being done, the following day
1vy they were acquainted with, he presented himself before the king, and,
u \\wli, a very ingenious physician, prostrating himself at his feet, kissed the
called Douban, arrived at the court. He ground.
was well acquainted with the good and bad Douban then arose, and told the king
properties of all kinds of plants and drugs, that he must ride on horseback to the
--- place where he was accustomed to play at
: rackets. The king did as he was desired;
and, when lie had reached the racket-
-( ground, took the bat, and spurred his
horse after the ball till he struck it. It
was sent back again to him by the offi-
cers who were playing with him, and he
s struck it again. And thus the game con-
tinued for a considerable time, till he
found his hand, as well as his wholebody,
in a perspiration, which made the remedy
.:-?-- in the bat operate as the physician had
S said. The king then left the game, re-
turned to the palace, bathed, and observed
very punctually all the directions that had
been given him.
He soon found the good effects of the
Prescription; for on the next morning he
As soon as he was informed of the king's perceived, with equal surprise and joy, that
illness, he dressed himself in his robe of his leprosy was cured, and that his body
ceremony, and obtained permission to be was as clear as if lie had never been
presented to the king. Sire," said he, attacked by that malady. As soon as he
" I know that all your physicians have was dressed, he went into the audience-
been unable to remove your leprosy; but, room, where he mounted his throne and
if you will, I will cure you without either received the congratulations of all his
internal doses or outward applications." courtiers.
THE' ISICBAND AND TiE PARROT
Douban entered, and prostrated himself
at the foot of the throne. The king made
him sit by his side, and afterward placed
imm; and yet further, toward evening,
when the counties were about to depart,
him at his own table to dine only with
him; and yet further, toward evening,
when the courtiers were about to depart,
he put on him a rich robe, and give him
two thousand sequins. The following
days he did nothing but caress him, and
confer on him fresh proofs of his gratitude.
The king had a grand vizier, who was
avaricious, envious, and capable of every
species of crime. lie observed with pain
the presents which had been bestowed
upon the physician, whose ruin lie was
determined to accomplish. IIe went to
the king and said : Sire, in bestowing all
this kindness upon Douban, how do you
know but that lie may be a traitor, who
has introduced himself to the court in
order to assassinate you."
No, no, vizier," interrupted the king;
" I am sure this man, whom you consider
as a traitor, is one of the best of men;
there is no one whom I regard so much.
You know how lie cured me of my lep-
rosy; and if he had sought my life, why
did he thus sa e it. His virtue excites
your envy, but I shall not suffer myself to
be prejudiced against him unjustly. I will
tell you what a vizier said to King Sind-
bad, his master, to prevent him giving
orders for the death of his son.
THE HUSBAND AND THE PARROT.
'-T'IIHERE lived once a good man, its presence. The husband took it home
.--J who had a beautiful wife, in a cage, and 1 ........ his wife to keep it
whom he loved so much that in her chamber, and take great care of it
lie could scarcely bear to have during his absence; after this he set out
Shri- out of his sight. One
,, \ -when obliged to leave her, he pur-i On his return, he did not fail to interro-
chased a parrot, which possessed the rare gate the parrot on what had passed while
gift of telling everything that was done in he was away; and the bird very expertly
THE HUSBAND AND THE PARROi:
related a few circumstances, which occa- stroyed it. You, vizier, through envy of
sioned the husband to reprimand his wife. Douban, who has done you no evil, wish
She supposed that some of her slaves had me to order his death, but I will take good
exposed her, but they all assured her they care lest, like the husband who killed his
were faithful, and agreed in charging the parrot, I should afterward repent."
parrot with the crime. Desirous of being Sire," replied the vizier, "the loss of
convinced of the truth of this matter, the the parrot was of little importance, nor do
wife devised a method of quieting the sus- I think that his master could long have
picions of her husband, and at the same regretted it. But on what account should
time of revenging herself on the parrot, if
he were the culprit. The next time the
husband was absent, she ordered one of ,
her slaves, during the night, to turn a -, i:.
hand-mill under the bird's cage, and an- ''- --
other to throw water over it like rain, and
a third to wave a looking-glass before the ...
parrot by the light of a candle. The slaves A I'
were employed the greatest part of the .
night in doing as their mistress had or- ----',."
dered them. .
The following day, when the husband
returned, he again applied to the parrot to
say what had taken place. The bird re- the dread of oppressing the innocent pre-
plied: My dear master, the li_,]itii._. the vent you from destroying this physician ?
thunder, and the rain have so disturbed Ought lie not to (lie when he is accused of
me the whole night, that I cannot tell you a design against your life ? When a king's
how much I have suffered." The husband, life is in question, bare suspicion ought to
who knew there had been no storm that pass for certainty ; and it is better to sacri-
night, became convinced that the parrot flee the innocent than to spare the guilty.
did not always relate facts; and that hav- But, sir, this is not an uncertainty; the
ing told an untruth in this particular, lie physician Douban has clearly a mind to
had also deceived him with respect to his assassinate you. It is not envy that makes
wife. Biil-, therefore, extremely enraged me hostile to him; it is my zeal which in-
with it, he took the bird out of the cage, duces me to give my advice on so import-
and, dashing it on the floor, killed it. IHe, ant an occasion. If my information is
however, afterward learnt from his neigh- false, I deserve the same punishment that
bors that the poor parrot had told no false- a certain vizier underwent formerly, of
hood in reference to his wife's conduct, whom I will tell, if you will have the
which made him repent of having de- goodness to hear me.''
THE VIZIER W11O 1WAS )PU-(NSIIE)D.
THE VIZIER WHO WAS PUNISHED.
".i 'ANY years ago there was a off as fast as possible. He fortunately dis-
"M .'' king whose son was passion- covered the right road, and arrived safely
i ately fond of hunting. His at home, and related to his father the
father indulged him in this di- great danger he had encountered through
S version, but gave orders to his the neglect of the grand vizier; upon
I..y grand vizier always to accompany which the king, being incensed against
him. that minister, ordered him to be iitme-
One hunting day, the huntsmen roused diately strangled.
a stag, and the prince, thinking that the Having finished this story, the vizier
vizier was following him, pursued the again directed the attention of his master
game so eagerly, and galloped so far, that to the physician Douban. He has cured
he at last found himself quite alone. He you," he said; but, alas! who can as-
immediately stopped, and riding about on sure you of that ? Who can tell whether
all sides without getting into the right his remedy in the end will not produce
track, he met a beautiful lady, who was the most pernicious effects ?
weeping most bitterly, because, as she told The king was not able to discover the
him, she had fallen from her horse, which wicked design of his vizier, nor had he
had run away. The young prince was firmness enough to persist in his first
sorry for her misfortune, and requested opinion. The conversation -ta._:ered him.
her to get up behind him, which she wil- Vizier," said lie, thou art in the right.
lingly did. lie may be come on purpose to take my
As they passed by an old ruined build- life, which he can easily do by his drugs.
ing, the lady made some excuse to alight; Indeed, I ought to prevent his designs."
the prince, therefore, assisted her to get Having said this, he called one of his
down. He also alighted, and walked attendants, and ordered him to go for the
toward the building, holding his horse physician, who, knowing nothing of the
by the bridle. Imagine, then, what was king's change of mind toward him, came
his astonishment, when he heard these to the palace in haste.
words from within the walls: "Be 1'7,, "Knowest thou," said the king, when
my children ; I have brought you a young he saw him, "why I sent for thee ?" "No,
man for your repast ; and other voices sire," answered Douban; and I wait till
which answered, Where is he, for we are you are pleased to inform me." I sent
ve, y hIungry." for thee," replied the king, "to free my-
The young prince trembled with fear, self from thy snares, and to take thy
and instantly mounted his horse and rode life."
THE VIZIER WHO WAS PUNISHED.
It is impossible to express the surprise Al, sire, prolong my life, lest, if you kill
of the physician when lie heard the words me, you also should be treated after the
of the king. Sire," said he, why would same manner." No, no," said the king;
your majesty take. my life ? What crime I must of necessity cut you off, otherwise
have I committed ? I am informed," you may slay with as much art as you
replied the king, "that you came to my cured me."
court only to attempt my life; but to pre- The physician being on his knees, his
vent that, I will first deprive you of yours. eyes bandaged, and ri:ad y to receive the
Strike," added he, to an officer who was I fatal blow, once more addressed the king:
by, and deliver me from a treacherous Since your iiaj,-t- sire, will not revoke
stranger, who has introduced himself here the order for my death, I entreat ,ou at
only to assassinate me." 'least to give me leave to return home to
When the physician heard this cruel arrange my funeral, to take a last fare-
order, he readily judged that the honors well of my family, bestow some charity,
and presents lie had received had procured and leave my books to those who will
him enemies, and that the weak prince know how to make a good use of them.
was imposed upon. Is it thus," he cried, One of them, particularly, I would present
"that you reward me for curing yon ? to your majesty. It is a very precious
THE VIZIER WHO 1 WAS PUNISHED.
book, and worthy being kept in your
treasury with the greatest care." What
book can there be," replied the king, so
valuable as you mention ? Sire," an-
swered the physician, "it contains many
singular and curious properties, and one
of them is, that if you will take the trouble
to open the book at the sixth leaf, and
read the third line on the left-hand page,
my head, after being cut off, will answer
every question you wish to ask." The
king was so desirous of seeing such a won-
derful thing, that he put off his death till
the next day, and sent him home under a
The physician then arranged all his
affairs; and as the report got abroad that
an unheard-of prodigy was to happen after
his execution, the viziers, emirs, officers of
the guard-in short, all the court-flocked
the next day to the hall of audience.
The physician Douban was brought in,
and advancing to the foot of the throne
with a book in his hand, he called for a
basin, and laid upon it the cover of the
volume, and then, presenting the book to
the king : Take this," said he, and after
my head is cut off, order that it be put
upon that cover. As soon as it is there
the blood will cease to flow; then open
the book, and my head will answer your
The head was cut off at one stroke, and
it had hardly been placed on the cover an
instant before the blood stopped. Then, to
the astonishment of the king and all the
spectators, it opened its eyes, and said;
" Sire, will you now open the book ? The
king did so, and finding that the first leaf
stuck to the second, he put his finger to
his mouth, and wetted it, in order to turn
it over more easily. lie went on doing so,
still putting his finger frequently to his
mouth. The prince then felt himself sud-
denly agitated in a most extraordinary
manner; his sight failed him, and he fell
at the foot of the throne in the greatest
When the physician Douban, or rather
his head, saw the king fall back, Tyrant,"
he said, "the book is poisoned. Thy death
is certain. Now you see how princes are
treated who abuse their power and slay
the innocent. Scarcely had the head
spoken these words, when the king fell
down (lead ; and the head itself lost what
life it had.
As soon as the fisherman had finished
the history of the Greek king and the
I..' ' ..,. _
,, ,".'-2 ' ,,,,
THE VIZIER WHO WAS PUNISHED.
physician Douban, he applied it to the
genie. "If," said he, "the king had per-
mitted Douban to live, he would have
prolonged his own life. Such is the case
with thyself, 0 genie! Could I have pre-
vailed on thee to grant me my life, I
should now take
pit I t-e
but ,ow I 7,
turn t, e ha',l-
C11-1 il til rat,"
e ',-, the -,-.. -
' I will tvac .
VIM t..- i 3' h a -
'. -i lb l s ." ,
The hope of no longer being in want at
once disarmed the fisherman, and he opened
the vase. The smoke instantly ascended,
and the genie, resuming his usual form,
kicked the vase into the sea. Be of good
heart, fisherman," cried he; "I have thrown
the vase into the sea only to see whether
you would be alarmed; but to show you
that I intend to keep my word, take your
nets and follow me." They passed by the
city, and went over the top of a mountain,
from whence they descended into a vast
plain, which led them to a lake, situated
between four small hills.
When they were arrived on the borders
of the lake, the genie said to the fisher-
man: "Throw your nets, and catch fish."
The fisherman saw a great quantity in the
lake; and was greatly surprised at find-
ing them, four different colors-white, red,
blue, and yellow. He threw his nets and
caught four, one of each color. As he
had never seen any similar to them, he
could hardly cease admiring them; and
judging that he could dispose of them for
a considerable sum, lie expressed great
joy. Carry these fish to the palace,'
said the genie, "and present them to the
sultan, and he will give you more money
than you ever handled in all your life.
You may come every day and fish in this
lake, but beware of casting your nets more
than once each day; if you act otherwise,
you will repent: therefore, take care. This
is my advice, and if you follow it exactly,
you will do well." Having said this, he
struck his foot upon the ground, which
opened, and having swallowed him up,
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE FISHERMAN:
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE
';'HE fisherman went back to
T..-(- the tow n, and presented his
S fish at the sultan's palace.
SThe sultan was much surprised
when he saw the four fish brought
S- hiim by the fisherman. He took
them one by one, and observed them most
attentively; and after admiring them a
long time, he said to his first vizier: Take
these fish, and carry them to the cook;
and give the fisherman four hundred
pieces of gold. The fisherman who was
never in possession of so large a sum of
money at once, could not conceal his joy,
and thought it all a dream, until he ap-
plied the gold in relieving the wants of
As soon as the cook had cleaned the
fish, she put them upon the fire in a frying-
pan, with some oil; and when she thought
them sufficiently done on one side, she
turned them. She had hardly done so
when, wonderful to relate, the wall of the
kitchen opened, and a young lady of won-
derful beauty appeared. She was dressed
in a satin robe, embroidered with flowers,
and adorned with ear-rings and a necklace
of large pearls, and gold bracelets set with
rubies, and held a rod in her hand. She
moved toward the frying-pan, to the great
amazement of the cook, who remained
motionless at the sight, and, striking one
of the fish with her rod, she said : Fish,
fish, art thou doing thy duty?" The four
fish all raised themselves up, and said very
distinctly: "Yes, yes, if you reckon, we
reckon; if you pay your debts, we pay
ours; if you fly, we conquer, and are con-
tent." As soon as they had spoken these
words, the damsel overturned the frying-
pan, and went back through the open wall,
which innnediately closed up, and was in
the same state as before.
The cook, having recovered from her
fright, went to take up the fish, which had
fallen upon the hot ashes, but found them
blacker than coal, and not fit to send to
the sultan. At this she began to cry.
"Alas!" said she, "what will become of
me ? I am sure when I tell the sultan
what I have seen he will not believe me,
but will be enraged with me "
While she was in this distress, the grand
vizier entered, and asked if the fish were
ready. The cook then related all that
had taken place, at which he was much
astonished ; but without speaking a word
of it to the sultan, he invented an excuse
which satisfied him. He then sent directly
to the fisherman for four more fish, who
promised to bring them the next morning.
The fisherman set out before it was day,
and went to the lake. He threw his nets,
and drawing them out, found four more
fish, like those he had taken the day before,
each of a different color. He returned
directly, and brought them to the grand
vizier. The minister took them and car-
ried them to the kitchen, where he shut
himself up with only the cook, put them
THE FURTHER AD VENTUI,'L'. OF THlE FI1/E.AI:I.1.1.
on the fire as she had done the others the pieces of money to be given to the fisher.
day before, when the grand vizier wit- man.
nessed an exact repetition of all that had As soon as the sultan had got the fish,
been told him by the cook. he had them taken into his own cabinet,
"This is very sunrri:inr_," he cried, "and with all that was necessary for frying
too extraordinary to be kept secret from I them. Here he shut himself up with the
the sultan's ears. I will myself go and grand vizier, who began to cook them, and
inform him of this prodigy." put them on the fire in the pan. As soon
The sultan, being much astonished, sent as they were done on one side, he turned
for the fisherman, and said to him: Canst them on the other. The wall of the cabi-
thou not bring me four more such fish? net immediately opened ;but, instead of the
"If your majesty," answered the fisher- beautiful lady, there appeared a black,
man, will grant me till to-morrow, I will dressed in the habit of a slave, of a very
do so." He obtained the time he wished, large and gigantic stature, and holding a
and went again, for the third time, to the large green staff in his hand. lie advanced
to the frying-pan, and touching one of the
fish with his rod, he cried out in a terri-
S- ble voice, "Fish, fish, art thou doing thy
"[ 1 1-dp duty? At these words, the fish lifted
i. nup their heads, and answered, Yes, yes,
Swe are; if you reckon, we reckon; if you
.-. :', pay your debts, we pay ours; if you fly,
'' ;we conquer, and are content." The fish
A. had scarcely said this, when the black over-
cabinet, and reduced the fish to a coal;
--and having done this, he retired fiercely,
:-"'and entering again into the aperture, it
closed, and the wall appeared just as it
The sultan being convinced that these
fish signified something very extraordinary,
-- and having learnt from the fisherman that
_t-- -J -i3 -- he caught them in the lake situated in the
midst of the four small hills, not more than
lake, and caught four fish of different three hours' journey from the palace, con-
colors at the first throw of his nets, and handed all his court to take horse and to
took them directly to the sultan, who ex- set out for the place, with the fisherman as
pressed the greatest pleasure at seeing a guide.
them, and ordered four hundred more The sultan halted on the side of the
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE FMISIERMAN.
lake; and, after observing the fish with polished black marble, and covered with
great admiration, demanded of his court- fine steel, as bright as crystal. Delighted
iers if it were possible that they had never with having so soon met with something
seen this lake, which was within so short a worthy his curiosity, he stopped before the
distance of the city. They all said they front, and then advanced toward the fold-
had never so much as heard of it. Since
you all agree, then," said he, that you have
never heard of it, and since I am not less
astonished than you are at this novelty, I
am resolved not to return to my palace
till I have found how this lake came here,
and why all the fish in it are of four colors."
Having thus spoken, he ordered his court ":: i I:
to encamp on the borders of the lake. "
When night came, the sultan retired to
his pavilion, and talked with his grand '
vizier. '"My mind," said he, "is much ".
disturbed; this lake, suddenly placed _
here; this black, who appeared to us in .
my cabinet; these fish, too, whom we ,. "
heard speak-all this so much excites my
curiosity, that I cannot conquer my im- .
patience to be satisfied. I shall go quite -
alone from my camp, and order you to __'
keep my departure a profound secret.
Remain in my pavilion, and when my
emirs and courtiers present themselves at ing-doors, one of which was open. He
the entrance to-morrow liInii.I'. send waited some time, but finding no one, he
them away, and say I have a slight indis- was exceedingly surprised. "If there be
position, and wish to be alone; and day no one in it," said he to himself, '"I have
by day make the same report till I re- nothing to fear; and if it be inhabited, I
turn." IIe put on a suit fit for walking, have wherewith to defend myself."
and took his scimitar; and as soon as he At last he entered, and when he was in
found that everything in the camp was the porch, he called out as loud as he
quiet, went out alone. could ; still there was no answer. This
He bent his course toward one of the silence increased his astonishment. He
small hills, which he ascended without passed on to a spacious court, and could
much difficulty. He then came down into not discover a living creature. He then
a plain, in which, when the sun rose, he entered and passed through some large
perceived a magnificent palace, built with halls, the carpets of which were of silk,
THIE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE FISHIERMANl
the alcoves and sofas of stuffs of M-.-.-,, vent toward the spot whence the voice
and the door-curtains of the richest shawls issued, and, drawing the door-curtain aside
of India. HIe went on, and came to a saw a young man very richly dressed seated
superb saloon, in the middle of which was upon a sort of throne, raised a little from
a large fountain, the ground. Deep sorrow was impressed
The castle was surrounded by a garden on his countenance. lThe sultan ap-
full of all kinds of flowers, and furnished preached, and saluted him. The young
with a multitude of birds, which filled the man blnt his head very low, but did not
air with the sweetest notes-nets being rise. My lord, I should rise to receive
thrown entirely over the trees to prevent you, but am hindered by sad necessity;
their escape. you will not, therefore, I trust, take it ill."
I feel myself highly honored, sir," replied
S_ the sultan, "by the good opinion you ex-
press of me. Whatever may be your
motive for not rising, I willingly receive
-your apologies. I come to offer you my
:-_- help. But inform me of the meaning of
--- the lake near this castle, where the fish are
-- "of four different colors; how, also this castle
...... came here, and why you are thus alone."
-- ---- Instead of answering these questions,
the young man began to weep bitterly,
The sultan walked a long time from and lifting up his robe, the sultan per-
room to room, where everything was grand ceived he was a man only to his waist,
and magnificent. Being tired with walk- and that from thence to his feet lie was
ing, he sat down in a veranda, which changed into black marble.
looked into the garden, when suddenly a What you show me," said he to him,
plaintive voice, accompanied by the most "fills me with horror. I am impatient to
heartrending cries, struck his ear. lHe learn your history, with which I am per-
listened attentively, and heard these mel- suaded that the lake and fish have some
ancholy words: 0 Fortune, thou hast connection. Pray, therefore, relate it; for
not suffered me long to enjoy a happy lot! the unhappy often experience relief in
Cease to persecute me, and by a speedy communicating their sorrows." "I will
death put an end to my sufferings." not refuse your request," replied the young
The sultan immediately rose up, and man, and narrated the following story.
THE YOUNG KING OF THE BLACK ISLES.
THE YOUNG KING OF THE BLACK ISLES.
:,! -:THIS is the kingdom of the tended to awake without having heard the
"-.-' _Black Isles, of which my conversation.
i "' father, named Mahmoud, was The queen returned from the bath, and,
.,. 1king. It takes its name from before we went to bed, she presented me
tl four small mountains which the cup of water which it was usual for
N- w're formerly isles. The capital me to take; but instead of drinking it, I
where the king my father resided was approached a window that was open, and
situated on the spot now occupied by the threw it out without her perceiving me. I
lake you have seen. On the death of my then returned the cup into her own hands,
father, I succeeded him on the throne, and that she might believe I had drank the
married a lady, my cousin. We lived contents. We soon retired to rest, and
happily together for five years, when I shortly after, supposing that'I was asleep,
began to perceive that the queen no longer she got up, and said aloud, "Sleep, and
loved me. imayest thou never wake more." She
One day, after dinner, while she was at dressed herself quickly, and left the
the bath, I lay down to sleep upon a sofa. chamber.
Two of her ladies came and sat down, one As soon as the queen was gone, I dressed
at my head, and the other at my feet, with in haste, took my scimitar, and followed
fans in their hands to moderate the heat, her so quickly that I soon heard the sound
and to prevent the flies from disturbing of her feet before me, and then walked
me. They thought I was asleep, and softly after her, for fear of being heard.
spoke in whispers; but as I only closed She passed through several gates, of which
my eyes, I heard all their conversation, the locks fell off upon her pronouncing
One of them said to the other, "Is not some magical words, and the last she
the queen w .it_.. not to love so amiable a opened was that of the garden, which she
prince ? Certainly," replied the other; entered. I stopped at this gate; then look-
" and I cannot conceive why she goes out ing after her, I saw her enter a little wood,
every night and leaves him. Does he not whose walks were guarded by a thick
perceive it?" low should e ? re- hedge. I went thither by another way,
sued the first; she mixes in his drink and, concealing myself behind the hedge
every night the juice of a certain herb, of one of the paths, I perceived that she
which makes him sleep all night so soundly was walking with a man.' Enraged at
that she has time to go wherever she likes ; this, I drew my scimitar, and struck him
and when at break of (lay she returns to in the neck, and he fell. I retired in haste
him, she awakes him by the smell of some and secrecy to the palace. Although I
scent she puts under his nostrils." I pre- had inflicted a mortal wound, yet the
THE YOUNG KING OF THE BLACK ISLES.
queen, by her enchantments, contrived to myself to the tomb which the queen had
preserve in him that trance-like existence built, and hearing her address the inani-
which can neither be called death nor life. mate body in words of passionate affection,
On her return to her chamber, when the I lost all patience, and drew my scimitar
day dawned, she was absorbed in grief, and raised my arm to punish her. Mod-
and requested my permission to build a erate thy rage," said she to me, with a dis-
tomb for herself, within the bounds of dainful smile, and at the same instant pro-
the palace, where she would continue, she nounced some magic words, and added, "By
told me, to the end of her days. I con- my enchantments I command thee to be-
sented, and she built a stately edifice, come half marble and half man." Immedi-
crowned by a cupola, and called it the Pal- ately, my lord, I became what you see me,
ace of Tears. When it was finished, she a (lead man among the living, and a living
caused her lover to be conveyed thither: man among the (lead.
she had hitherto prevented his dying, by As soon as the cruel sorceress had thus
potions which she had administered to transformed me, and by her magic had
him, and she continued to convey them to conveyed me to this apartment, she de-
him herself every day after he came to the stroyed my capital; she annihilated the
Palace of Tears. After some time, I went p'al'aces, public places, and markets, and
THE YOUNG KING OF THE BLACK ISLES
reduced the site of the whole to the lake of Tears. He found it lighted up with an
and desert plain you have seen. The infinite number of flambeaux of white wax,
fishes of four colors in the lake are the and perfumed by a delicious scent issuing
four kinds of inhabitants of different reli- from several censers of fine gold. As soon
gions which the city contained. The white as he saw the couch on which the inan-
are the Mussulmans; the red, the Persians, imate form of the lover was laid, he drew
who worship fire; the blue, the Christians; his scimitar, destroyed the little remains
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all; her revenge not being satisfied with
the destruction of my dominions and the
injury to my person, she comes every day
and gives me on my naked back a hundred
lashes with a whip, until I am covered
with blood. When she has finished this
part of my punishment, she throws over
me a coarse stuff of goat's hair, and over
that this robe of brocade, not to honor,
but to mock me.
When he came to this part of his narra-
tive, the young king could not restrain his
tears, and the sultan was himself greatly
affected. "No one, prince," said he, "could
have experienced a more extraordinary
fate than yourself. One thing only is
wanting to complete your history, and that
is, for you to be revenged; nor will I leave
anything untried to accomplish it." The
sultan, having informed the prince who
he was, and the reason of his entering
the castle, consulted with him on the best
means of obtaining a just revenge; and a
plan occurred to the sultan, which lie
directly communicated, but the execution
of which they deferred till the following
day. In the mean time, as the night was
far advanced, the sultan took some repose.
Next morning the sultan arose with the
dawn, and prepared to execute his design.
Hiding his upper garment, which might
encumber him, he proceeded to the Palace
outer court, threw it into the well. After
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this, he went and lay down in the bed,
placed his scimitar under the covering, and
waited to complete his design.
The queen arrived shortly after in the
chamber of her husband, the king of the
Black Islands. On her approach, the un-
fortunate prince filled the palace with his
lamentations, and conjured her in the most
affecting tones to take pity on him. She,
however, ceased not to beat him till she
had completed the hundred stripes. As
soon as she had finished, she threw the
coarse garment made of goat-skin over him,
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THE YOUNG KING OF THE BLACK ISLES.
and then the robe of brocade. She next
went to the Palace of Tears, and on enter-
ing, began to renew her lamentations.
"Als cried she, addressing herself to
the sultan, whom she took for her lover,
"wilt thou always, light of my life, pre-
serve this silence ? Utter at least one
word, I conjure thee."
The sultan then, lowering his voice as
if in great weakness, spoke a few words.
The sorceress gave a violent scream
through excess of joy. "My dear lord,"
she exclaimed, "is what I hear true ? Is
it really you who speak ? Wretched
woman !" replied the sultan, art thou
worthy of an answer ? "What! cried
the queen, dost thou reproach ime ?"
" The cries, the tears, the groans of thy
husband," answered the supposed lover,
" whom you every day beat with so much
cruelty, continually prevent my rest: I
should have been cured long since, if you
had disenchanted him." "Well, then,"
:said she, "would you have me restore
him ? "Yes," replied the sultan ; "make
haste to set him at liberty, that I be no
longer disturbed by his lamentations."
The queen immediately went out from
the Palace of Tears, and, taking a vessel
of water, proceeded to the apartment
where the young king was. "If the
Creator of all things," said she, throwing
the water over him, hath formed thee as
thou now art, do not change; but if thou
art in that state by virtue of my enchant-
ment, re-assume thy natural form, and
become the same as before." She had
hardly concluded, when the prince, re-
covering his first shape, rose up with all
possible joy, and returned thanks to God.
"Go," said the enchantress, addressing
him, hasten from this castle, and never
return on pain of death." The young king,
without replying a word, retired to a
remote place, where he patiently awaited
the return of the sultan. Meanwhile, the
enchantress returned to the Palace of
Tears, and supposing that she still spoke
to her lover, said, Dear love, I have done
what you required." The sultan, still dis-
guising his voice, answered in a low tone,
"What you have done is not yet -.ilti.ieit.
for my cure. You have destroyed only a
part of the evil. I allude to the town,
and its inhabitants, and the four islands,
destroyed by thy enchantments. The fish
every night at midnight raise their heads
out of the lake, and cry for vengeance
against thee and me. This is the true
cause of the delay of my cure. Go speed-
ily, restore things to their former state,
and at thy return I will give thee my
handle, and thou shalt help me to arise."
The enchantress, inspired with hope
from these words, cried out in a transport
THE YOUNG KING OF TIE BLACK ISLES.
of joy, "My heart, my soul, you shall soon whom I owe so much," replied the king,
be restored to your health." Accordingly "you think, then, that you are near your
she went that instant, and when she came capital." Yes," said the sultan, I know
to the border of the lake, she took a little it is not above four or five hours' journey."
water in her hand, and scattered it about. It is a whole year's journey," said the
She had no sooner done so, and pronounced prince. I do, indeed, believe that you
certain words, than the city instantly ap- came hither from your capital in the time
peared. The fish became men, women, you mention, because mine was enchanted;
and children-Mohammedans, Christians, but since the enchantment is taken off,
Persians, and Jews-freemen or slaves; in ,, .. ...,
short, each took his natural form. The -.. '
houses and shops became filled with inhab-
itants, who found everything in the same- -
state as it was previous to the change. The
officers and attendants of the sultan, who
were encamped where the great place or :, :
square happened to be, were astonished at: ,. '
finding themselves on a sudden in the midst
of a large, well-built, and inhabited city. W --
But to return to the enchantress: as '
soon as she had completed this change, :'- '
she hastened back to the Palace of Tears. '
My dear lord," she cried, on entering, "I 'lI,.I ,
have done all you have required of ime; !. :I.
arise, and give me your hand." Come .._ '
near, then," said the sultan. She did so. He --
then rose up, and seizing her by the arm,
with a blow of his scimitar cut her in two, things are changed. This, how-ever, shall
so that one half fell one way, and the not prevent my following you to the ends
other another. This done, lie left the of the earth. You are my liberator; and
Palace of Tears, and returning to the to show you my gratitude as long as I live,
young king of the Black Isles, Prince," I shall freely accompany you, and resign
said he, rejoice; you have now noth- my kingdom without regret."
ing to fear; your cruel enemy is dead. The sultan, extremely surprised to un-
You may henceforward dwell peaceably derstand that he was so far from his
in your capital, unless you will accompany dominions, replied: "It is no matter; the
me to mine, which is near; you shall there long journey to my own country is suffi-
be welcome, and have as much honor and ciently recompensed by acquiring you for a
respect shown you as if you were in your son; for since you will accompany me, as I
own kingdom." "Potent monarch, to have no child, I will make you my heir."
THE FIVE LADIES OF BAGDAD.
After three weeks, the sultan and the horseback, perfectly well mounted and
young prince began their journey, with a dres.sed. They had a pleasant journey,
and when the sultan, who had sent cour-
,,-_ iiers to give notice of his c..minil, and to
'.. 'explain the reason of his delay, drew near
to his capital, the principal officers came
,to receive hii. The inhabitants, also,
S' '" crowded to meet him, and welcomed him
with demonstrations of joy, which lasted
for several (lays.
'' The day after his arrival, the sultan
.., .. assembled his courtiers, and declared to
~'.. *H ,.* them his intention of adopting the king of
-- the Four Black Isles, who had left a large
kingdom to accompany and live with him;
:and at last he bestowed presents on all,
according to their rank and station.
hundred camels laden with inestimable The sultan did not forget the fisherman,
riches from the treasury of the young and made him and his family happy and
king, followed by fifty men-at-arms on comfortable for the rest of their days.
THE FIVE LADIES OF BAGDAD.
_'-_' ARLY in the reign of Caliph They then passed on till they reached a
..- -, Haroun al Raschid, there was magnificent house, at the door of which the
i7 ~i;, at Bagdad a porter, who was lady knocked, and they were admitted by
7,. a fellow of infinite wit and hu- another handsome lady, and as soon as
? mir. One morning as he was at they entered, the porter saw another lady
G-: .;t tlh place where he usually waited still more handsome than the other two.
for employment, with a great basket be- The porter sat down his basket, and so
fore him, a handsome lady accosted him, entertained them with his wit that they
and said : Hark you, porter, take your invited him to supper, and after supper
basket and follow me." The delighted they enjoyed themselves with stories and
porter took his basket immediately, set it songs. While they were thus employed,
on his head, and followed the lady, who they heard a loud knock at the gate, and
stopped at several shops and purchased upon opening it two men entered and
a variety of things, all of which the porter asked for shelter, which was readily
put in his basket. granted.
THE FIVE LADIES OF BAGDAD.
A short time after this, the ladies all
became very serious, and the eldest said :
"I have now a duty to perform." She
went to another room and came back with
two black dogs, which she whipped with
a rod till she was out of breath.
Now the two men who had last entered
were Iaroun al Raschid and his grand
vizier, who often went out at night in dis-
guise. When the Caliph saw the strange
action of the lady, he disclosed himself,
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and demanded the reason for it, upon
which the lady related the following:
portions they married ; but their husbands,
having spent all their fortunes, found some
pretext for divorcing them, and put them
away. I received them into my house, and
gave them a share of all my goods. After
this I determined to engage in a commer-
cial speculation. For this purpose I went.
with my two sisters to Bussorah, where I
bought a ship ready fitted for sea. and
laded her with such merchandise as I had
carried with me from Bagdad. We set
sail with a fair wind, and soon cleared the
Persian Gulf. When we had reached the
open sea, we steered our course to the
Indies, and the twentieth day saw land.
Having a fresh gale, we soon reached the
harbor, and cast anchor.
I had not patience to wait till my sisters
were dressed to go along with me, but
went ashore alone in the boat. Making
directly to the gate of the town, I saw
there a great number of men upon guard,
some -;ili!i_. and others standing; and
they had all such dreadful countenances
that I was greatly alarmed ; but perceiving
they remained stationary, I took courage
and went nearer, when I found they were
all turned into stones. I entered the town
Commander of the faithful, the two and passed through several streets, where
black dogs and myself are sisters by the at different intervals stood men in various
same father and mother. The two ladies attitudes, but all motionless and petrified.
who are now here are also my sisters, but Having reached a vast square, in the
by another mother. After our father's heart of the city, I perceived a large fold-
death, the property that he left was equally ing gate, covered with plates of gold, which
divided among us. My two half-sisters stood open. I made no doubt but it was
left me, that they might live with their the palace of the prince who reigned over
mother. My two sisters and myself re- that country ; and being much astonished
sided with our own mother. At her death that I had not met with one living creat-
she left us three thousand sequins each. ure, I entered in hopes to find some. The
Shortly after my sisters had received their wonders that everywhere appeared so
THE FIVE LA DIES OF BAGDAiD.
wholly engrossed my attention that I ago, a thundering voice was suddenly
thought of nothing but gratifying my sounded so distinctly through the whole
curiosity. In the mean time night came city, that nobody could miss hearing it.
on, and I tried to return, but lost myself The words were these: 'Inhabitants, aban-
among the apartments. don the worship of fire, and worship the
About midnight I herd a man reading
the Koran, in the same tone as it is read a
in our mosques. I immediately arose, and "
taking a torch in my hand passed from one -
chamber to another, on that side from ,, i.',l,
whence the voice proceeded, until, looking"
through a window, I found it to be an
The door being only half shut, I opened .,-'
it, went in, and standing upright before the j
niche, I exclaimed: Bismillah Praise be A iS.
to God !" A young man turned toward I V
me, and, having saluted me, inquired what -
had brought me to this desolate city. I
told him in a few words my history, and I
prayed him to tell me why he alone was
left alive. At these words he shut the
Koran, and thus addressed me: "Know
that this city was the metropolis of a
mighty kingdom, over which the sultan,
who was my father, reigned. That prince,
his whole court, the inhabitants of the
city, and all his other subjects, were magi,
worshipers of fire instead of God.
"But though I was born of an idolatrous
father and mother, I had the good fortune
in my youth to have a nurse who was a only God who shows mercy." This voice
good Mussulman, believing in God and in was heard three years successively, but no
his prophet. She taught me to study one was converted. On the last day of
the Koran. She died, but not before that year, at the break of day, all the in-
she had perfectly instructed me in the habitants were changed in an instant to
Mussulman religion. After her death, I stone, every one in the condition and post-
persisted in worshiping according to its ure he happened to be in. The sult:in, my
directions. father, and the queen, my mother, shared
"About three years and some months the same fate.
THE FIVE LADIES OF BAGDAD.
"I am the only person who did not suf- situation of the first serpent excited my
fer under that heavy judgment, and ever pity; and, instead of retre;tii._. I took up
since I have continued to serve God with a stone and threw it with all my strength
more fervency than before.' at its pursuer, whom I hit upon the head
On hearing these words, I said: Prince, and killed. The other, finding itself at
stay no longer in a city where you can only liberty, took wing and flew away. I
renew your grief; my vessel is at your ser- looked after it for some time till it disap-
vice." lie accepted the offer, and went peared. I then sought another shady spot
aboard my ship, where we found my sis- for repose, and fell asleep.
ters much troubled at my absence. After Judge what was my surprise, when I
I had presented my sisters to the prince, I awoke, to see standing by me a black
told them what had hindered my return the woman of agreeable features, who held
day before, how I had met with the young in her hand two dogs of the same color,
prince, and the cause of the desolation of fastened together. I sat up and asked
so fine a city. her who she was. I am," sa'd she, "the
After we had laden the vessel with what serpent whom you lately delivered from
we thought the most valuable, we at last my mortal enemy, and I wish to requite
sail with a favorable wind. the important service you have rendered
The young prince, my sisters, and my- me. These two black dogs are your
self passed our time very agreeably. But, sisters, whom I have transformed into this
alas this good understanding did not last shape. But this punishment will not suf-
long, for my sisters grew jealous of the fice, and my will is that you treat them
friendship between the prince and myself. hereafter in the way I shall direct."
We entered the Persian Gulf, when, in As soon as she had thus spoken, the
the night while I was asleep, my sisters fairy took me under one of her arms, and
watched their opportunity and threw me the two black dogs under the other, and
overboard. They did the same to the conveyed us to Bagdad, where I found in
prince, who was drowned. [ floated some my storehouses all the riches with which
minutes on the water, and then felt land, my vessel had been laden. Before she
which, when day appeared, I found to left me, she delivered to me the two dogs,
be a desert island. I soon dried my and said. "If you will not be changed
clothes in the sun, and as I walked into a similar form, I command you to
along I found several kinds of fruit, and give each of your sisters every night
likewise fresh water, which gave me some one hundred lashes with a rod, as a pun-
hopes of preserving my life. ishment of the crime they have com-
I had just laid myself down to rest in a fitted against yourself and the young
shade, when f perceived a very large prince." I was forced to promise obedi-
winged serpent coming toward me pur- ence. Since that time I have whipped
sued by a larger serpent, which was en- them every night, though with regret,
-deavoring to devour it. This perilous whereof your majesty has been a witness.