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♪1øø1~The first voyage of Sindbad♪


The first voyage of Sindbad

"I squandered the greater part of my paternal inheritance in youthful dissipation, but at lenght i saw my folly, and became convinced that riches were not of much use, when applied to such purposes as those to which i have devoted them, and i reflected that the time i spent in dessipation was still greater value than gold, and that nothing could be more truly depiorable than the powerty in old age. Feeling the truth of this reflection. I resolved to collect the small remains of my patrimony, and to sell my goods by auction. In short, i determined to employ some profit the small sum i had remaining, and no sooner was the resolution formed than i put it into execution. I repaired to Barlosa, where i embarked with several merchants in a vessel which had been equipped at our united expense."

"We set sail, and steered towards the East Indies, by the Persian Gulf. I was at first troubled with the sicknes that attacks voyagers by sea, but i soon recovered my health. In the course of our voyages by we touched at several islands, and sold or exchanged our merchendise. One day, when our vessel was in full sail, we were unexpectedly beclamed before a small island which appeared just above the water, and in its vendure resembled a beautiful meadow. The captain ordered the sails to be lovered, and gave permissiom to thes passengers who wished in to go ashore, and of this number i formed one. But while we were enyoing ourselves the island suddenly trembeled, and we felt a severe shock."

"The people who had remained in the ship perceived the earthquake in the island, and immediately called us to reembark or we shoul perish, but what we supposed to be an island was nothing but the back of a whale. The most active of the party jumped into the boat, whilst others throw themselves into the water to swim to the ship. As for me, i was still on the island, or, more properly speaking, on the whale, when it dived below the surface, and i had only time to seize a piece of wood which had been brought to make a fire with, when the monster disapeared beneath the waves. Meantime the captaind willing to avail himself of a fair breeze, which had sprung up, set sail whith those who had reached his vessel, and left me to the mercy of the waves. I remained in this deplorable situation and the following night on the return of morning, i had neither strenght nore hope left, but a breaker happily throw me on an island."

"Though extremely enfeebled by the fatiques i had undergone, i still tried to creep about in search of some herbs or fruit that might satisfy my hunger. I found some, and had also the good luck to meet with a stream of excellent water. Having a great measure regained my strenght, i began to explore the island, and entered a beautiful plain, where i perceived a horse grazing. I bent my steps towards it, trembling betwen fear and joy, for i could not ascertain whether i was andvancing to safety or perdition. I remarked, as i approached, that the creature was a mare tied to a stake, her beauty attracted my attention, but whilst i was admiring her, i heard from undergraund the voice of a man, who shortly after appeared, and coming to me, asked me who i was. I related my adventure to him, whereupon he took me by the hand, and led me into a cave, where i found some other persons, who were not less astonished to see me than i was to meet them there."

"I ate some food which they offered me, and upon my asking them what they did in a place which appeared so barren, they replied that they were grooms to King Mihrage, who was the sovereign of that isle, and that they came hither every year, about this season, with some mares belonging to the king, for the purpose of having a breed between them and a sea horse, which came to shore at that spot. They tied up the mares as i had seen, becouse they were obliged almost immediatel, by their cries, to drive back the sea horse, which otherwise began to tear the mares in pieces. As soon as the mares were with foal they carried them back, and the colts were called sea colts, and set apart for the king's use. They told me that the tomorrow was the day fixed for their departure, and if i had been one day later i must certainly have perished, becouse they lived so far off that it was impossible to rech their habitations witout a guide."

"Whils they were talking to me, the horse rose out the sea, as they describe, and immediately attacked the mares. He would have torn them to pieces, but the grooms began to make such a noise that he let go his prey, and again plunged into the ocean."

"The following day they returned with the mares to the capital of the island, whither i accompanied them. On our arrival King Mihrage, to whom i was presented, asked me who i was, and by what chance i had reached his dominions, and when i had satisfied his curiosity, he expressed pity at my misfortune. At the same time, he gave orders, that i should be taken care of, and be supplied with everything i might want."

"As i was a merchant, i associated with persons of my profession. I sought, in particular, such as were foreigners, partly to hear some intelligence of Bagdad, and partly in the hope of meeting some one with whom i could return, for the capital of King Mihrage is situated on the seacoast, and has a beautiful port, where vessels from all parts of the world daily arrive."

"As i was standing one day near the port, i saw a ship come towards the land. When crew had cast anchor, they began to unload its goods, and the merchants to whom the cargo belonged took it away to their werehouses. Happening to cast my eyes on some of the packages, i saw my name written thereon, and, having atentively examined them. I recognized them as the same which i had embarked in the ship in which i left Balsora. I also recollected the captain, but as i felt assured that he thought me dead, i went up to him, and asked him to whom those parcels belonged. 'I had on board with me,' replied he, 'a merchant of Bagdad named Sindbad. One day when we were near the island, or at least what appeared to be one, he went ashore with some other passengers, on this supposed island, which was nothing but an enormous whale that had fallen asleep on the surfac of the water. The fish no sooner felt the heat of a fire they lighted on its back to cook their provisions, than it began to move an flounce about in the sea. Most of the persons who were on it were drowned, and the unfortunate Sindbad was one of the numbes. These parcels belonged to him, and i have resolved to sell them, that if i meet with any of his family, i may be able to pay over to them the profit i shall have made on the principal.'
'I captain,' said i then, 'i am the Sindbad, whom you supposed dead, but who is still alive, and these parcels are my property and merchandise.'"

"When the captain heard me speak thus he exclaimed, 'Great god! Whom shall i trust? There is no longer truth in man? With my own eyes i saw Sindbad perish, the passengers i had on board were also witnesses of his death, and you have the assurance to say that you are that same Sindbad? At first sight you appeared a man of probity and honour, yet you assert an implous falsity, to posess yourself of same merchandise which does not belong to you.'
'Have patience,' i replied, 'and do me the favour to listen to what i have to say.'
I then related in what manner i had been saved, and by what accident i had met with King Mihrage's grooms, who had brought me to his court."

"The captain was rather staggered at my discourse, but was soon convinced that i was not an impostor, for some people who arrived from his ship knew me, and began to congratulate me on my fortunate escape. At last he recollected me himself and embracing me, exclaimed, 'Heaven be praised that you have happily escaped. Here are your goods, take them, for they are yours.'
I thanked him, and praised his honourable conduct."

"I selected most precious and valuable things in my bales as present for King Mihrage. As this prince had been informed of my misfortunes, he asked me where i had obtained such rare curiosities. I related to him the manner in which i had recovered my property, and had the condescension to express his joy at my good fortune. He accepted my presents and gave others of far greater value. Hereupon i took my leave, and reembarked in the same vessel in which i had come, having first exchanged what merchendise remained for products of the country, consisting of aloes and sandal wood, camphor, nutmegs, cloves, pepper, and ginger. We touched at several islands, and last landed at Balsora, from whence i came here, having realized about a hundred thousand sequins. I returned to my family, and was received by them with the joy of true and sincere friendship. I purchased slaves of both sexes, and bought a magnificient house and grounds. Thus i established myself, determined to forget the hardships i had endured, and to enjoy the pleasures of life."

Thus Sindbad concluded the story of his first voyage. The company continued to feast till night apprpached, and when it was time to seperate, Sindbad ordered a purse containing a hundred sequins to be brought to him, and gave it to the porter, with these words, "Take this, Hindbad, return to your home, and come again tomorrow, to hear the continuation of my history."
The porter retired quite confused by the honour conferred on him, and the present he had received. The account he gave of his adventure to his wife and children rejoiced them greatly, and they did not fail to return thanks to Prpvidence for their bounties bestowed by means of Sindbad.

"Hindbad dressed himself in his best clothes on the following day, and betook himself to the house of his liberal patron, who received him with smiling looks and a friendly air. As soon as the quest had all arrived the fest was served, and they set down to eat. Whwn the repast was over, Sindbad thus addressed his quests. ’My frienda, I request you to have the kindness to listen to me while i relate the adventures of my second voyage.’ the company were silent, and Sindbad began to speak as follows...

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