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celebrated and of good memory.”
Having taken up the child he then went out and his mother, with a heavy heart and tearful eye, followed behind for the purpose, she said, “Of seeing the sanguinary monster that I may know by whose hand my tender blossom is bruised. God grant that he may fail of his bloody purpose.”
The husband and wife arrived at the mansion of the demon and found the savage still sharpening his dagger. He looked up at their approach and Diu Faz threw the infant before him. The monster placed a bason beneath the child’s throat and immediately putting a dagger to his throat, he separated his head from his body and received the blood in the bason. Diu Faz with the utmost difficulty beheld the horrid scene.
Not so the mother who unable to endure it exclaimed, “Alas this new blown flower is withered before it had time to mature itself in the garden of life,” and repeated these verses
How sweet a bud of rosy hue
Has even vanished from the view
The fairest of flowers of May
Is ever ever stolen away
Lep torn life was well begun
It never never saw the sun
Then with a sorrowful sigh, her soul departed to present itself before the all.
Just when Diu Faz saw this, he had almost put himself to death with his own hand but he reflected, “I am a servant and ought to perform my duty to the king who has entertained me in his service for such a juncture as this. God be praised that I have been able to accomplish this service. I will first inform him of my success and afterwards we shall see what is concealed behind the veil of futurity.”
Having left both bodies on the fatal ground, he turned his face towards the city with a heart full of grief and repeated these verses
Thou world most faithless and forsworn
Thus are my fondest hopes forborn
No gratitude to the I owe
No bread or salt didst thou bestow
Vile world my soul by grief opprest
“Curses the time she was thy guest.”
This he muttered as he passed along. The king’s spy, however, came up to him and entreated him not to mention that he had discovered that his motions were watched and then remained behind. Diu Faz came into the presence of the Shah who desired him to enter. He made his salutations.
The king said, “Warrior, you have been along time about this business. What was the occasion of the noise?”
He answered, “It was an old woman who had quarreled with her husband and I have reconciled them.”
The Shah perceived that Diu Faz was affected with profound sorrow and retained something on his mind. When the spy returned, the king asked what was the matter and heard the whole circumstances of the case.
The mind of the Shah was oppressed with this uncommon act of fidelity and he said, “O Diu Faz, you have done a deed which nobody ever said of before.”
Then, taking his hand, they set out together in quest of that ancient
man and arrived at his mansion among the tombs. The Shah there beheld an infant fair as the circle of the moon and a lady beautiful as the beams of the Sun lying lifeless on the ground. He uttered a profound sigh and began to express his gratitude when his attention was attracted from the distress of Diu Faz by the ancient man who arose and saluted him.
The Shah said, “Alas! What is this which you have done?”
The ancient man said, “Their destiny has come to pass.”
“Is there no remedy?” said the Shah, “for this man who has resigned himself to worse than destruction.”
“The remedy does not depend on me,” said the ancient man, “but a venerable sage resides on that mountain. If he can be prevailed on to come hither, he may take pity on your situation and offer up intercessory prayers for you. Perhaps too God may grant his prayer and restore these to life.”
The Shah was enchanted with the thought and instantly set out for the mountain which he soon reached and ascended.
There, the voice of a person unseen reached his ear
saying, “O sun visaged prince, you are welcome. I wished to have the pleasure of seeing you.”
The Shah advanced in the most respectful manner and beheld a venerable sage of radiant aspect throned on a seat of stone with his face turned towards the centre of devotion (Mecca) and nothing but his mat beside him. The Shah made him a profound reverence which he returned and the Shah advanced into his presence with profound respect. Then the sage enquired the cause of his coming.
“It is not concealed from you,” said the Shah.
“Then,” said the Shah, “in the name of God, arise and let us see what the Mercy of God will do.”
The Dervish and the Shah and his attendants set out for the mansion of the ancient man. When Diu Faz saw the e young warrior was drowned in tears. The sheik enquired who it was.
“This,” said the Shah, “is Diu Faz, oppressed with grief for the loss of his spouse and son.” The shick comforted him in a goodly manner
Now every star along the purpling sky
From midnight watching winks the drowsy eye
Like youth man’s luck the yellow mantled sun
Moved forth while night retreats with beams dun
As lighting waved air alis sabre dance
The morning beams air Shams fair regions ofance
In other words, it was now the time of morning prayer and the sheik prepared to perform his orisons.
He ordered the two bodies to be placed near each other and lifted the hands of Petition in devotion and said, “merciful and beneficent father, lord of heaven and earth, I trust thou in thy clemency will behold the distress of thy servant and restore the lives of these copses.”
While he was yet speaking, they revived by the command of the author of life and both threw themselves at the feet of the Sheik. The Shah chose him for his spiritual father, but that instant the sheik vanished from the eyes of man. The Shah and Diu Faz with his wife and child then returned to the city and soon after, the latter was created Vizier to the great satisfaction of his sovereign and spent the rest
of his life in joy and pleasure.
Sequel of the adventures of Roshen Zemir
When Roshen Zemir had arrived so far in the story, Semen Ruh interrupted him.
“But tell me, my excellent young man, whether the lady ever returned to her father and mother.
He answered, “perhaps not.”
The Sheik asked Semen Ruh how she was and how she found herself.
“By God’s favour,” said she, “I am pretty well and monstrously sleepy. Be quick with the story that I may get a nap.”
The Sheik looked towards Azar Shah and said, “this sleepiness bodes well. By God’s favour, she will be quite recovered by the time the story is finished.”
Azar Shah instantly fell at the feet of the Sheik.
“Cannot you be patient till the story is done?” said Semen Ruh, “and do not interrupt us. Besides I feel myself still a little uneasy. Let us proceed.”
“Blessed be the mask,” said Azar Shah.
“I see that the lady is recovering her senses. Go on with the rest of your story,” said the Sheik to Roshen Zemir, who immediately resumed his narration.
Where am I now no mortal force
My speech can bridle in its course
But like a plaint round the sun
I start again my race to sun24
Well as I was saying, after the serpent had left the Caravan, the chief of the Caravan related this story and afterwards we proceeded on our journey. After sometime had elapsed, we arrived at the city of Mise where I took up my residence and every one turned his attention to his own affairs. I generally kept within doors in my own house till six months were expired and then I began to think what was the necessity of my running my nose into adventures and trumping a month’s journey for the express purpose besides. After all, who knows what whim may get into the serpents noddle in the end?
Reasoning in this manner, I set my mind at rest on the subject, but the seventh month had not elapsed before the said snake arrived on the confines of Mir, where a mighty uproar immediately arose on all sides and every one began to fly for his life. I also took
my own road and travelled on till I arrived at a city where everybody had but one leg. I stared at them in utter astonishment, and they in their turn began to look to one another and sneer at me.
“There goes a pretty fellow on two legs since one will not serve him! Look at how he gets along.” I enter the city and arrived at the royal hall of audience where the king was seated and all the rest were standing. I likewise took my stand on one side, and the king observing me said, “Ho! You man of an odd, make whence come you.”
“As it pleases your Majesty,” said I, “I perceive that I am a very odd fellow. To be sure God forgive me.”
I answered all his Majesty’s questions with due respect, but as we were in the midst of our conversation, a great uproar and tumult arose and every person in the fields came hopping into the city.
Lord have mercy, thought I, if the serpent has come here fore in quest of me, it is needless to try to hide myself, and it would be very improper for the sake of my single self to distress all the poor souls. So I even turned on my heel of my own accord and went to meet him. When the snake saw me coming, he
stood still and waited for me.
And when I come to him, he mounted me on his neck. As I was seating myself, down fell my bow and arrows. The snake very obligingly lifted them up for me and took the road for Mirr.
When we arrived at Mirr, I told him that I was both hungry and thirsty. He let me down from this back and when I produced some bread and water, I returned to him. And having mounted, he took the road to his residence and set me down at the mouth of the den.
I presently saw a yellow scorpion making at me and struck it with an arrow, but it only advanced with greater impetuosity. I aimed another arrow at its head and it received a mortal wound. At the blow of the third arrow, I observed that each of the arrow by the violence of the poison moldered like rotten wood.
The snake, when he saw his enemy dead, began to leap for joy and cut a thousand capers. The ancient sage now made his appearance. I made him a salutation. Then taking me by the hands, he conducted me up to the top of the mountain and showed me the young snakes. He gave me a mirror
and requested me to enter into a certain place and break the enchantment.
I received the mirror from him and she told me, “when you reach the door of the palace, invoke the name of God and Snake yourself. Be ready for an archer will first advance and take aim at you. As soon as you see him, draw your sabre and fear nothing. He is fated to fall before you.”
When I arrive at the door of the palace, I acted accordingly and began with killing the archer. Having repeated the great names of God (Surei fatteha ushlass) in the chapter of victory, I entered and saw a magnificent building, but quite empty. Having traversed it, I reached at last a chamber where sat a fair damsel, beautiful as the light of the Sun, but looking miserably then and of a yellow completion. When she saw me, she saw a young man.
“Were you weary of your life, that you come here?”
I answered, “not in the smallest days, but in conformity to the will of God and at the order of the venerable, I have come here to break the enchantment.”
“If that be your intention,” said the lady, “conceal yourself in a corner till the time that the Diu arrives.”
I asked her who she was and how she came there.
She replied, “I am the daughter of the King of Herman and a certain Diu has brought me here by violence.”
I remained concealed in a corner till a loud uproar arose and the Diu arrived. He seated himself by the lady like a mountain in size and whenever he attempted to touch her she said, “I am sick do no lay your hands on me.”
When I saw this, I pulled out my mirror and consulted it there. I saw my direction.
“This is a Diu hold the gloss before him and having seized him by the throat with both your hands destroy him by kicks and buffets, but touch not your scymiter.”
At this sign of victory I come forth from my hiding place and the Diu attacked me. I seized him firmly by the neck and presented the mirror when all his fangs instantly lost their force. I followed up my attack with kicks and buffets and made a violent struggle till he was almost quite exhausted. I then laid hold of my scymiter when all at once five
thousand demons sprung up and attacked me on all sides.
Again, I consulted my mirror where I saw written: say aloud may you all be consumed by the Power of Suliman the prophet
When I had uttered these words, fire fell on all their bodies and they all fled in a blaze of flame. I thanked God and, taking the lady by the hand, came out of the palace. I came before the sage and saluted him.
He replied, “Thank God you may now return. I commit you over to the divine protection, but pray conduct this lady back to her own residence and be careful of your conduct for many demons will assail you.”
“Most venerable sage, have the goodness to inform me of your name,” said I.
He answered, “my name is Khalifah and I am one of the vicegerents of Suliman the prophet.”
After taking leave of the sage, I traveled on for twenty days and nights till I arrived at a certain city. Enquiring its name, I was told it was situated on the confines of Herman.
The lady was delighted when she heard the name of Herman. She gave thanks to
God and requested me to inform the Governorof the city that the daughter of the king who was carried away by the demon arrived and desired to see him. I went and delivered the Message.
The Governor came with all speed and made a respectful salutation to the princess. Having mounted her on an elephant in a splendid powder adorned with gold, he conducted her with great pomp into the city where he prepared a feast and ordered great sums to be distributed in charity. This continued for three days.
On the fourth, having taken splendid presents and innumerable multitude of attendants with him, he attended the princess and walked on foot before her stirrup.
The princess said to me, “come along. Accompany me till we arrive in the presence of my father.”
I requested her to permit me now to take my leave of her and go about my own business. As she had now attained her desire, the princess declared it was impossible for her to leave me. I mounted on an elephant which carried me
along with her.
When we proceeded several leagues from that city, I was overcome with sleep. When I awoke, a lake was near us and I resolved to bathe. I descended to the lake and undressed myself accordingly when the demons, having taken the mirror from my garments, bound me hard and fast and instantly attacked the company and killed and consumed the whole party with fire.
They were then proceeding to destroy the princess when one of the demons was moved to compassion.
“It is a pity,” said he, “to kill so fair a damsel. Let her be our cupbearer.”
Night came on and they bound me fast to a tree. Terribly frightened and quite at a loss as to what device to fall on, I fortunately recollected the ancient sage. In that instant, he presented himself. He repeated a powerful prayer and breathed over the host of demons and having taken the mirror from them, gave it into my hand saying, “Considerate man be prudent and consult the mirror.”
He immediately vanished and when I looked into the mirror, I saw
written: cry aloud may you all be cut to pieces by virtue of the power of God and the prophet Suliman
Instantly by the power of almighty God, their hands and their feet were separated and their heads tumbled from their bodies. Those of our company that remained alive were filled with joy and wonder. Then having mounted the lady, we proceeded on our journey.
After some days, we arrived in the vicinity of Herman and the King being informed of his daughter’s arrival sent all the city out to meet her. The princess entered the city amid their conratulations and threw herself at the feet of her father and related from first to last all that had befell her. The Shah sent for me into his presence and entreated me with the highest honor.
I remained some days with him and then requested permission to take my leave.
The princess said to her father, “by no means permit him to depart, but unite him to me in marriage.”
When I heard this proposition, I was totally confounded and almost lost my sense. I instantly left the city and when I had
proceeded some way from it, the ancient sage appeared before me. I saluted him respectfully.
He said, “my son, return me now the mirror which is of the utmost importance to my welfare.”
I kissed the mirror and returned it. He received it and instantly vanished from my view.
When Roshen Zemir had proceeded thus far with the story, Semen Ruh gave thanks to God. The venerable Sick Seiman asked her how she was now.
The princess answered, “I am now quite well and only want to hear the conclusion of Melech Mahommed’s story so that I may now know how the luckless lover succeeded at last.”
Danadil then came forward and resumed his narrative.
Conclusion of the story of Gheti Afroz and Melech Mahommed with the Fifth Transformation of the Dog also the Transformation of King Anu Shah into a cat and the Concession of the History of Azar Shah.
In the presence of princes he present who will
A man may step forward with science and skill
Another with pockets well furnished with gold
As for may aspire and not yet be too bold
But there still comes a third who that honour may watch
The man who can cleverly handle his spuch
Of science or wealth I pretend no to bray
But try me I beg if my tongue cannot wag
Attend to me O Seimen Rush
Gheti Afroz after the marriage of her brother requested permission of her mother and father to take her leave.
Her father said, “though I know you will not remain here, yet have patience for few days.”
She saw that it was necessary to comply with her father’s request and therefore put the best face possible on the matter. As it happened, the Shah, in few days, fell sick and in consequence of that sickness exchanged his habitation in this unreal world for a mansion in the world of reality.
In life’s sad grave all mortals must confess
They gain and lose as in the game of chess
One eager draws the lines his game to play
Another sweeps from the board away
The elder brother of Gheti Afroz sat in the throne of her father and after the funeral ceremonies were over, he said to his sister,
“Let us have no trouble here with your wish to reside her among us. Dismiss this poor despicable creature of mortal extraction. It is not proper for him to remain here.”
Gheti Afroz answered, “it is quite impossible that my heart should forget my faithful lover. I will forsake you all first, but him I will not forsake.”
She instant rose and having taken the hand of her lover, mounted her car and set out on her journey.
Now comes the hour of perfect bliss
No happiness can equal this
Whether they bid me swim or sink
I reck not what people think
They arrived at her residence in the twinkling of a feather and the was illumined by the light of her footstep. Melech Mahommed thanked God that he had Got safely back again.
“Bring the Ruby wine,” said the princess to Ruh Afza and at the word the goblet began to circulate to the melody of soft music. The time passed away in mirth and song. On a certain day that had been spent in joy and mirth in wine and music in
kissing and caressing. What time the sun the sultan of Rum advanced against the kingdom of Mugrub and the sable monarch of Languibar introduced the moon. The evening found them with their arms mutually entwined around each other’s necks and Melech Mahommed repeating to himself
I am thine and thou art mine
Affection never equaled thine25
The languid Narcisuss-like eye of Gheti Afroz gradually yielded to slumber and she fell asleep on the sofa with Melech Mohammed at her side. Everyone had now retired and a part of the night was passed but Melech Mohammed remained devoid of rest. From the violence of passion he snatched kiss after kiss and perceived that Gheti Afroz was immersed in profound sleep and in an unguarded position
Bless sweet flower of wine he cries
That seals so sound her lovely eyes
Unable to restrain himself, he stretched out his hand and laid hold of the girdle of desire. That instant, the fair awoke and opened her seditious tempting eyes and