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The

day falls. With tightened reins and active spurs we quicken our pace. The sweat of our steeds flows down to the very knees. Our tribes are indicated by one whom we leave behind ; their

form a

traces

How

trail

over the sand.

shall I describe it?

(They

The herds of cattle

are grazing. cover the earth) as a mist of

the shadow of clouds.

(26)

Now

the tent is pitched, the herds arrive, a pasturage is chosen for the swift camels; they are accompanied by a band of dashing horsemen. follow the litters borne by robust camels who

Now

kneel before (28)

The

us.

interlaced flowers cover the plains with their designs.

Cool

water in a wide basin refreshes the thirsty beasts. (29) Whoe'er thou art that arrivest weary, thou shalt be tended with affection ; milk shall be served thee, and chosen dates. Satisfy preparing, the ribs roasting and (Indicating that besides the sheep slain

thy hunger whilst the repast the sheep fattening.

many more remain (31)

A

couch of

to point to the host's wealth.)

spread within the tent, offers thee its enriched with cushions and coverings which will

soft stuffs,

warmth it amaze thee. ;

(32)

is

is

He who

calumniates the Arabs, delights in lies; the words of the The Arabs, without vanity, are the envious are but calumnies 1

adornment of the earth formidable (34)

O Thou

who

birthplace

my

;

they are warriors whose resentment

is

art our intercessor, pure prophet, I solicit that our

may

be protected by

sorrow and unite us

Sovereign as

;

always are they victorious.

Thou

to his belongings

—

Thy

favour.

Wilt Thou

dissipate

do but reclaim of Thee, Master, my exile to be reunited as was Joseph

for I

art, after '

!

So, when we would seek for what depths this inland solitude has stirred within men's hearts, what part it has played in the and how it has helped to especial significance of Nature for man, '

of Central forty years ago and famous among all Bedouins Trans, from " Chants ylrabes," Collection de Sonneck.

Composed

Maghrab.

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