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♪1øø1~The third voyage of Sindbad♪

1001 NIGHTS

The third voyage of Sindbad

"The agreeable life i led in my prosperity soon obliterated the remembrance of the dangers i had encountered in my two voyages, but as i was in the prime of life, i grew tired of passing my days slothful repose, and banishing all thoughts of the perils i might have to face. I set off from Bagdad with some rich merchendise of the country, which i carried with me to Balsora. There i again embarked with other merchants. We made a long voyage, and touched at several ports, and by these means carried on a very profitable commerce."

"One day, as we were sailing in the open sea, we were overtaken by a violent tempest, which made us lost our reckoning. The storm continued for several days, and drove us near an island, which the captain would gladly have avoided approaching, but we were under the necessity of casting anchor there. When the sails were furled, the captain told us that this region and some of the neighburing isles were inhabited by hairy savages, who would come to attack us. He furter decleared that although they were only dwarfs, we must not attempt to make any resistance, fur as their number was in conceivable. If we should happen to kill one they would destroy us. This account put the whole crew in a terrible consternation, an we were too soon convinced that the captain had spoken the truth. We saw coming towards us an innumerable multitude of hideous savages, entirely covered with red hair, and about two feet high. They throw themselves into the sea, and swam to the ship, which they soon completely surrounded. They began to climb the sides and ropes of the vessel with so much swiftness and agility that their feet scarcely seemed to touch them, and soon came swarming upon the deck."

"You may imagine the situation we were in, not daring to defend ourselves, nor even to speak to these intruders, to endeavour to aver the impending danger. They unforced the sails, cut the cable from anchor, and after dragging the ship ashore, obliged us to disembark. Then they conveyed us to another island, from whence they had come. All voyagers carefully avoide this island, for the dismal reason you are going to hear, but our misfortune had led us there, and we were obliged to submit to our fate."

"We left the shore, and penetrating farther into the island, we found some fruits and herbs, which we ate to prolong our lives as much as possible, for we expected to be sacrificed. As we walked we perceived at some distance a large building, towards which we bent our steps. It was a large and lofty palace, with folding gates of ebony, which opened as we pushed them. We entered the courtyard, and saw facing us a vast apartment, with a vestibule on one side of which was a large heap of human bones, while on the opposite side appeared a number of spits for roasting. We trembled at this spectacle, and fell on the earth, where we remained a considerable time, paralysed by fear and unable to move."

"The sun was setting, and while we were in the piteous state i have described, the door of the apartment suddenly opened with a loud noise, and there entered a black man of frighful aspect, and as tall as a large palm tree. In the middle of this forehead gleamed a single eye, red and fiery as a burning coal, his front teeth were long and sharp, and projected from his mouth, which was as wide as that of a horse, with the under lip hanging on his breasts, his ears resembled those of an elephant, and covered his shoulders, and his long and curved nails were like the talons of an immense bird. At the sight of this hideous giant we all fainted, and remained a long time like dead men."

"At last our senses returned and we saw him sated under the vestibule, glaring at us with his pearcing eye. When he had scaned us well, he advanced to wards us, and stretching forth his hand to seize me, took me up by the poll, and returned me round every way, as a butcher would handle the head of a sheep. After having well examined me, finding me meagre, and little more then sking and bone, he released me. He took up each of my companions in their turn, and examined them in the same manner, and as the captain was the fatest of the party, he held him in one hand as i should hold a sparrow, and with the other ran a spit through his body. Then kindling a large fire he roasted him, and ate him for his supper in the inner apartment to which he retired. When he had finished his repast, he returned to the vestibule, where he lay down to sleep, and snored louder than thunder. He did not wake till the next morning, but we passed the night in the most agonizing suspense. When daylight returned the giant awoke, and went abroad, leaving us in palace."

"When we supposed him at some distance, we began to give vent to our lamentations, for the fear of disturbing the giant had kept us silent during the night. The palace resounded with our groans. Although there were many of us, and we had but one common enemy, the idea of delivering ourselves by his death never occurred to any of us. But however difficult of accomplishment such an enterprise might have been, we ought to have made the attempt at once."

"We deliberated on various methods of action, but could not determine on any, and submitting ourselves to the will of Allah, we passed the day walking over the island, and eating what plants and fruit we could meet with, as we had done the preceding day. Towards evening we search for some shelter in which to pass the night, but finding none we obliged to return to the palace."

"The giant duly returned to sup one of our companions. After his hideous meal he fell asleep and snored till daybreak, when he arose and went out as before. Our situation apeared to be so hopeless that some of my comrades were on the point of throwing themselves into the sea, rather than be sacrificed by the horrible monster, and they advised the rest to follow their example, but one of the company thus addressed them, 'We are forbidden to kill ourselves, and even were such an act permitted, would it not be more rational to endeavour to destroy the barbarous giant, who has destined us to such a cruel death.'"

"As i had already formed a project of that nature, i now communicated it to my fellow sufferers, who approved of my design. 'My friends,' said i then, 'you know that there is a great deal of wood on the seashore. If you will take my advice, we can make some rafts, and when they are finished we will leave them in a proper place till we can find an opportunity to make use of them. In the meantime we can put in execution the design i propose to you to rid ourselves of the giant. If my strategy succeds, we may wait here with patience untill some vessel passes, by means of which we may quit this fatal isle if, in the contrary, we fail, we shall have recourse to our rafts, and put to sea.' My advice was approved by all, and we immediately built some rafts, each large enough to support three persons."

"We returned to the palace towards evening, and the giant arrived a short time after us. Again one of our party was sacrificed to his inhuman appetite. But we were soon revenged on him for his cruelty. After he had finished his horrible meal, he laid himself down as usual to sleep. As soon as we heard him snore, some of the most courageus among us, and myself, took each a spit, and heating the points red hot, thsust them into his eye and blinded him."

"The pain which the giant suffered made him groan hideously. He suddenly raised himself, and throw his arms about on all sides, to reize some one, and sacrifice him to his rage. But fortunately we had time to throw ourselves on the ground in places where he could not set his feet on us. After having sought us in vain, he at last found the door, and went out, bellowing with pain."

"We quited the palace immediately after the giand and repaired to the part of the shore where our rafts lay. We set them afloat, and waited untill daybreak before embarking on them, in case we should see the giant approach, with some guide to lead him to us, but we hopped that if he did not make his appearance by that time, and if his cries and groans, which now resounded through the air, ceased, we might suppose him dead, and in that case we proposed remaining in the island untill we could obtain some safer mode of transport. But the sun had scarcely risen when we perceived our cruel enemy, accompanied by two giants, nearly as huge as himself, who led him, and a great number of others, who walked very rapidly before him."

"At this sight we immediately ran to our rafts and roved away as fast as possible. The giants seeing this, provided themselves with large stones, hastened to the shore, and even ventured to their waists into the sea to hurl the stones at us, which they did so adroitly that they sunk all the rafts excepting that i was upon. Thus i and two companions were the only men who escaped. The others being all drowned."

"As we rowed with all our strenght, we were soon beyond reach of all stones."

"When he had gained the open sea, we were tossed about at the mercy of the winds and waves, and we passed that day and night in the most cruel suspense, but on the morning we had the good fortune to be thrown on an island, where we landed with great joy. We found some excellent fruit, which soon recruited our exhausted strenght."

"When night came we went to sleep on the seashore, but were soon awakened by the noise made on the ground by the scales of an immense serpent, long as palm tree. It was near to us that i devoured one of my companions, notwithstanding the efforts he made extricate himself from its deadly grasp."

"My other comrade and myself immediately took to flight. 'Alah!' i exclaimed, 'What horrible fate will be ours! Yesterday we wern rejoicing at our escape from the cruelty of a giant and the fury of the waves, and today we are again terrified by a peril not less dreadful.'"

"As we walked along, we remarked a large high tree, on which we proposed to pass the night, hoping we might be in safety. We ate some fruit as we had done on the preceding day, and at the approach of night we climbed the tree. We soon heard the serpent, which came hissing to the foot of thf tree. It raised itself against the trunk, and meeting with my companion, who had not climbed so high as i, it swallowed him and retired."

"I iemained on the tree untill daybreak, when i came down, more dead then alive, indeed i could only anticipate the same fate."

"I collected a great quantity of small wood and furze, and tying in in faggots, put it around the tree in a large circle, and tied some across to cover my head. I ...
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