WITH LOVE AND GOOD WILL It hath reached me, O King of the Age, that when Alaeddin had come to his fifteenth year, it befel, one day of the days, that as he was sitting about the quarter at play with the vagabond boys behold, a Darwaysh from the Maghrib, the Land of the Setting Sun, came up and stood gazing for solace upon the lads and he looked hard at Alaeddin and carefully considered his semblance, scarcely noticing his companions the while. So after narrowly considering Alaeddin he said in himself, “Verily, this is the lad I need and to find whom I have left my natal land.” Presently he led one of the children apart and questioned him anent the scapegrace saying, “Whose son is he?” And he sought all information concerning his condition and whatso related to him. “O my son, haply thou art the child of Such-an-one the tailor?” and the lad answered, “Yes, O my lord, but ‘tis long since he died.” The Maghrabi, the Magician, hearing these words threw himself upon Alaeddin and wound his arms around his neck and fell to bussing him, weeping the while with tears trickling adown his cheeks. 1
But when the lad saw the Moorman’s case he was seized with surprise thereat and questioned him, saying: “What causeth thee weep, O my lord: and how camest thou to know my father?” “How canst thou, O my son,” replied the Moorman, in a soft voice saddened by emotion, “question me with such query after informing me that thy father and my brother is deceased.” 2
“THE LORD OF THE RING” “O my uncle, lend me thy hand and the Great, that it might be the means aid me to climb;” but the Moorman of Alaeddin’s escape. And whilst he answered, “O my son, give me the implored the Lord and was chafLamp and lighten thy load; belike ing his hands in the soreness of his ‘tis that weigheth thee down.” The sorrow for that had befallen him of lad rejoined, “O my uncle, ‘tis not calamity, his fingers chanced to rub the Lamp downweigheth me at all; the Ring when, lo and behold! Forthbut do thou lend me a hand and as right its familiar rose upright before soon as I reach ground I will give it him and cried, “Adsum; thy slave beto thee.” Hereat the Maroccan, the tween thy hands is come! Ask whatso Magician, whose only object was thou wantest, for that I am the thrall the Lamp and none other, began to of him on whose hand is the Ring, insist upon Alaeddin giving it to him the Signet of my lord and master.” at once; but the lad (forasmuch as He trembled at the terrible sight; he he had placed it at the bottom of his recovered his spirits and remembreastpocket and his other pouches bered the Moorman’s saying when being full of gems bulged outwards) giving him the Ring So he became could not reach with his fingers to brave and cried, “Ho thou; Slave of hand it over. By destiny of God the the Lord of the Ring, I desire thee to 31
527TH NIGHT set me upon the face of earth.â€? And suddenly the ground clave asunder and he found himself outside in full view of the world. 4 2
THE END OF MY DESIRE IS TO SEE HER “Indeed all the lieges talk of her beauty and loveliness and the end of my desires is to see her.” And Shahrazad was surprised by the dawn of day and ceased to say her permitted say. Alaeddin fell to contriving some means whereby he might look upon the Princess Badr al-Budur and at last judged best to take his station behind the Hammam door whence he might see her face as she entered. Now when the Sultan’s daughter had gone the rounds of the city and its main streets and had solaced herself by sight-seeing, she finally reached the Hammam and whilst entering she raised her veil, when her face rose before sight as it were a pearl of price or a sheeny sun, and she was as one of whom the describer sang, “Magic Kohl enchanteth the glances so bright of her.” We pluck roses in posies from cheeks rosy bright of her: Of night’s gloomiest hue is the gloom of the hair of her. And her bright brow uplighteth the murks of the night of her.” when the Princess raised from her face the veil and Alaeddin saw her favour he said. His strength was struck down from the moment he saw her and his thoughts were distraught; his gaze 5
“IN VERY TRUTH HER FASHION MAGNIFIETH HER ALMIGHTY FASHIONER AND GLORY BE TO HIM WHO CREATED HER AND ADORNED HER WITH THIS BEAUTY AND LOVELINESS” was dazed, the love of her get hold of the whole of his heart; and, when he returned home to his mother, he was as one in ecstasy. His parent addressed him, but he neither replied nor denied; and, when she set before him the morning meal he continued in like case; so Quoth she, “O my son, what is’t may have befallen thee? Say me, doth aught ail thee? Let me know what ill hath betided thee for, unlike thy custom, thou speakest not when I bespeak thee.” 6
So Alaeddin patiently awaited the lapse of the three months after which the Sultan had pledged himself to give him to wife his daughter; but, as soon as ever the term came, he sent his mother to the Sultan for the purpose of requiring him to keep his covenant. So she went to the palace and when the King appeared in the Divan and saw the old woman standing before him, he remembered his promise to her concerning the marriage after a term of three months, and he turned to the Minister and said “O Wazir, this be the ancient dame who presented me with the jewels and to whom we pledged our word that when the three months had elapsed we would summon her to our presence before all others.” So the Minister went forth and fetched
“THIS IS THY TIME TO MARRY MY SON ALAEDDIN WITH THY DAUGHTER THE LADY BADR AL-BUDUR.” 7
her and when she went in to the Sultan’s presence she saluted him and prayed for his glory and permanence of prosperity. Hereat the King asked her if she needed aught, and she answered, “O King of the Age, the three months’ term thou assignedst to me is finished, and this is thy time to marry my son Alaeddin with thy daughter, the Lady Badr al-Budur.” The Sultan was distraught at this demand, especially when he saw the old woman’s pauper condition, one of the meanest of her kind; and yet the offering she had brought to him was of the most magnificent, far beyond his power to pay the price. Accordingly, he turned to the Grand Wa knew naught of the Lamp and of the knew naught of the Lamp and of thezir and said, “What device is there with thee? In very sooth I did pass my word, yet meseemeth that they be pauper folk and not persons of high condition.” And Shahrazad was surprised by the dawn of day and ceased to say her permitted say.
“WHILST HIS RIBS WERE WRUNG WITH COLD” The Slave appeared in presence of her; and when day broke the Slave Alaeddin, he was bidden to bring restored the pair to their own place, him the Sultan’s daughter togethleaving Alaeddin filled with delight at er with her bridegroom as on the the state of the Minister’s son. Now past night ere the Wazir’s son could when the Sultan woke up amorn he abate her maidenhead. So the Marid resolved to visit his daughter and without stay or delay evanished for see if she would treat him as on the a little while until the appointed past day; so shaking off his sleep he time, when he returned carrying the sprang up and arrayed himself in his bed whereon lay the Lady Badr alraiment and, going to the apartment Budur and the Wazir’s son; and he did of the Princess bade open the door. with the bridegroom as he had done Thereat the son of the Wazir arose before, to wit, he took him up and lay forthright and came down from his him at full length in the jakes and there bed and began donning his dress left him dried up for excess of fear and whilst his ribs were wrung with cold; trembling. Then Alaeddin arose, and for when the King entered the Slave placing the scymitar between himself had but just brought him back. and the Princess, lay down beside 9
‘TIS MY DESIRE TO EDIFY, FOR THE LA A PAVILION, B
But after they had eaten and drunken and the trays were removed, the King bade summon the Kazis and witnesses who presently attended and knitted the knot and wrote out the contract-writ between Alaeddin and the Lady Badr al-Budur. And presently the bridegroom arose and would have fared forth, when his father in law withheld him and asked, “Whither away, O my child? The bride-fÛtes have begun and the marriage is made and the tie is tied and the writ is written.” He replied, “O my lord the King, ‘tis my desire to edify, for the Lady Badr al-Budur, a pavilion befitting her station and high degree, nor can I visit her before so doing. But, Inshallah! the building shall be finished within the shortest time, by the utmost endeavor of thy slave and by the kindly regard of thy Highness, and, although I do (yes indeed!) long to enjoy the society of the Lady Badr al- Budur, yet ‘tis incumbent on me first to serve her and it becometh me to set about.
E LADY BADR AL- BUDUR N, BEFITTING HER STATION AND HIGH DEGREE.’
ALAEDDIN’S PAVILION HE SAW NAUGHT Now the Lady Badr al-Budur knew Lamp when suddenly appeared to naught of the Lamp and of the him the Marid who said, “Adsum! thy specialties thereof which had raised slave between thy hands is come: ask Alaeddin her spouse to such high of me whatso thou wantest.” “‘tis my degree and grandeur; and her only desire,” the Moorman replied, “that end and aim was to understand by thou upraise from its present place experiment the mind of a man who Alaeddin’s pavilion with its inmates would give in exchange the new for and all that be therein, not forgetting the old. But the Maroccan, when myself, and set it down upon my own he held the article in hand and land, Africa. It hath reached me, O recognised it for the Lamp of the King of the Age, that when the Sultan Enchanted Treasury, at once placed drew near the latticed casement of his it in his breast-pocket and left all the palace and looked out at Alaeddin’s other lamps to the folk who were Pavilion he saw naught; nay the site bartering of him. Then he went forth was smooth as a well-trodden path. running till he was clear of the city, when he walked leisurely over the level grounds and he took patience until night fell on him in desert ground where was none other but himself. There he brought out the
“TAKE HIM AND MAKE HIM LOOK O WINDOW AND AFTER LET HIM TELL US WHERE BE HIS PAVILION.”
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Quoth Dunyazad, “O sister mine, an and closed the doors of the palace thou be other than sleepy, do tell us and sent a message to the King saysome of thy pleasant tales,” whereing, “At this very moment we will level upon Shahrazad replied, “With love thine abode over the heads of all it and good will.”--It hath reached me, containeth and over thine own, if the O King of the Age, that the Aghas, least hurt or harm befal Alaeddin.” having bound Alaeddin in bonds and So the Wazir went in and reported to pinioned his elbows behind his back, the Sultan, “O King of the Age, thy haled him in chains and carried him commandment is about to seal the into the city. But when the lieges roll of our lives; and ‘twere more saw him pinioned and ironed, they suitable that thou pardon thy sonunderstood that the Sultan purposed in-law lest there chance to us a sore to strike off his head; and, forasmuch mischance; for that the lieges do love as he was loved of them exceedingly, him far more than they love us.” Now all gathered together and seized their the Sworder had already dispread weapons; then, swarming out of their the carpet of blood and, having seathouses, followed the soldiery to see ed Alaeddin thereon, had bandaged Alaeddin and commanded the crier what was to do. And when the troops his eyes; moreover he had walked fare forth to the crowd and cry aloud arrived with Alaeddin at the palround him several times awaiting the that he had pardoned his son-in- law ace, they went in and informed the last orders of his lord, when the King and received him back into favour. Sultan of this, whereat he forthright looked out of the window and saw his But when Alaeddin found himself commanded the Sworder to cut off subjects, who had suddenly attacked free and saw the Sultan seated on his the head of his son-in-law. Now as him, swarming up the walls intending throne, he went up to him and said, soon as the subjects were aware of to tear them down. So forthright he “O my lord, inasmuch as thy Highthis order, they barricaded the gates bade the Sworder stay his hand from ness hath favoured me throughout.”
HE ABANDONED HIMSELF TO DESPAIR AND THOUGHT OF CASTING CASTING HIMSELF INTO THE WATER
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Now when the folk and the lieges all time sundry of the folk privily brought saw Alaeddin at liberty, they rejoiced him meat and drink. When the two with joy exceeding and were delightdays were done he left the city to ed for his release; but the shame of stray about the waste and open lands his treatment and bashfulness before outlying the walls, without a notion his friends and the envious exultation as to whither he should wend; and he of his foes had bowed down Alaedwalked on aimlessly until the path led dinâ€™s head; so he went forth a wanhim beside a river where, of the stress dering through the city ways and he of sorrow that overwhelmed him, was perplexed concerning his case he abandoned himself to despair and knew not what had befallen him. and thought of casting himself into He lingered about the capital for the water. Being, however, a good two days, in saddest state, wotting Moslem who professed the unity of not what to do in order to find his the God-head, he feared Allah in his wife and his pavilion, and during this soul; and, standing upon the margin.
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