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♪1øø1~The seventh voyage of Sindbad♪

1001 NIGHTS

The seventh voyage of Sindbad

"On my return from my sixth voyage, i absolutely relinquished all thoughts of ever venturing again on the seas. I was past the prime life, and at an age which required res. And besides this i had sw6rn never more to expose myself to the perils i had so often experienced. I prepared therefore to enjoy my life in quiet and repose."

"One day one of my servants came to tell me that an officer of the caliph wanted to speak to me. I left the table, and went to him. 'The caliph,' said he, 'has ordered me to acquaint you that he wishes to see you.'
I followed the officer to the palace, and he presented me to the prince, whom i saluted by prostrating myself at his feet. 'Sindbad,' said the caliph, 'i want you to do me a service. You must go once more to the king of Serendid with my answer and presents, it is but right that i should make him a proper return for the civility he has shown me.'"

"This ordei of the caliph's was a thunderbolt to me. 'Commander of the Faithful,' replied i, 'i am ready to execute anything which your majesty may desire to entrust me, but i humbly entreat you to consider that i am worn down with the unspeakable fatigues i have undergone. I have even made a vow never to leave Bagdad.'
I then took occasion to relate the long history of my adventures, which he had the patience to listen attentively. When i had done speaking, the caliph said, 'I confess that these are extraordinary adventures, nevertheless they must not prevent you making the voyage i propose, for my sake, it is only to the island of Serendid. Execute the commission i entrust you with and then you will be at liberty to return. But you must go, for you must be sensible that it would be highly derogatory to my dignity, if i remained under obligation to the king of that island.'"

"As i plainly saw that the caliph had resolved on my going, i signified to him that i was ready to obey his commands. He seemed much pleased, and ordered me a thousand sequins to pay the expenses of the voyage."

"In a few days i was prepared for my departure, and as soo as i had received the presents from the caliph, together with a letter written with his own hand, i set off and took the route of Balsora, from whence i embarked. After a pleasant voyage, i arrived at the island of Serendid. I immediately acquainted the ministers with the commission i had come to execute, and begged them to procure me an audience as soon as possible."

"The monarch immediately recollected me, and evinced great joy at my visit. 'Welcome Sindbad,' said he, 'i assure you i have often thought of you since your departure. Blessed be this day in which i see you again.'
After i thanking the king for his kindness, i delivered the letter and present of the caliph, which he received with every mark of satisfaction and pleasure."

"The caliph sent him a complete bed of gold tissue, estimated at thousand sequins, fifty robes of a very rare stuff, a hundred more of white linee, the finest that could be procured from Cairo, Suez, Cufa, and Alexandria, a bed of crimson and another of a different pattern and colour. Besides this, he sent a vase of agate, greater in width than depth of the thickness of a finger, on the sides there was sculptured in his relief a man kneeling on the ground, and in his hand a aow an arrow with which he has going to shoot at a lion, and a richly ornamented table, which was supposed from tradition to have belonged to the great Solomon. The letter of caliph ran thus,
'Health, in the name of the sovereign guide of the right road, to the powerful and happy sultan, from the part of Abdalla Haroun Alraschid, whom god has placed on the throne of honour, after his ancestors of happy memory.'
'We have received your letter with joy, and we send you this, proceeding from our council, the garden of the superior minds. We hope that in casting your eyes over it you will perceive our good intention, and think it agreeable. Farewell.'"

"The king of Serendid was rejoiced to find that the caliph reciprocated his own feelings of friendship. Soon after this audience i requested another, that i might ask leave to depart, which i had some difficulty to obtain. At lenght i succeeded, and the king at my departure ordered me a very handsome present. I reembarked immediately, intending to return to Bagdad, but had not the good fortune to arrive as soon as i expected, for Allah had disposed it otherwise."

"Three or four days after we had set sail we were attacked by corsairs, who easely made themselves masters of our vessel. Some persons in the ship attempted to make resistance, but their boldness cost them their lives. I and all those who had the prudence to submit quietly to the corsairs were made slaves. After they had stripped us, and clothed us in rags instead of our own garments, they bent their course towards i distant island, where they sold us."

"I was purchased by a rich merchant, who brought me to this house, gave me food to eat, and clothed me as a slave. Some days after, as he was not well informed who i was, he asked me, if i knew any trade. I replied that i was not an artisan, but a merchant by profession, and that the corsairs who had sold me had taken from ne all i possessed. 'But tell ne,' said he, 'do you think you could shoot with a bow and arrow?'
I replied, that i had practised that sport in my youth, and that i had not entirely lost my skill. He then give me a bow and some arrows, and making me mount behind him on an elephant ge took me to a vast forest at the distance of some hours journdy from the city. We went a great way into the forest, till the merchant came to a spot where he wished to stop, and made me alight. Then he showed me a large tree. 'Get up in that tree,' said he, 'and shot at the elephants that pass under it, for there are many of those animals in this forest. If one should fall, come and let me know.'
Thereupon he left me some provisions, and returned to the city. I remained in the tree on the watch the whole night."

"During the first night no elephants came, but the next day, as soon the sun had risen, a great number made their appearance. I shot many arrows at them, and the last one fell. The others immediately retired, and left me at liberty to go and inform my master of the succesš i had met with. To reward me for this good inteligence, he regaled me with an excellent repast, and praised my address we then returned together to the forest, where we dug a pit to bury the elephant i had killed. It was my master's intention to let the carcase rot in the earth, and then to possession of the teeth."

"I continued my new occupation for two months, and not a day passed in which i did not kill an elephant. One morning, when i was waiting for some elephants to pass, i perceived, to my great astonishment, that instead of traversing the forest as usual, they stopped and come towards me with a terrible noise, and in such numbers that the ground trembled under their footsteps. They approached the tree in which i had stationed myself, and surrounded it with their trunks extended, and their eyes all fixed upon me. At this surprising spectacle i remained motionless, and was so unnerved that my bow and arrows fell from my hands."

"My terror was not groundless. After the elephants had viewed me for some time, one of the largest twisted his trunk round the body of the tree, and shook in so much violence that he tore it up by the roots and threw it on the ground. I fell with the tree, but the animal took me up with his trunk, and placed me on his shoulders, where i lay extended more dead than alive. The huge beast now put himself at the head of his companions, who followed him in a troop, and he carried me to a retired spot, where he set me down, and then went away with the rest."

"At length after i had waited some time, seeing no other elephants, i arose, and perceived that i was on a little hill of some extent, entirely covered with bones and teeth of elephans. I now felt certain that this was their cemetery or place of burial, and that they had brought me hither to show it me, that i might desist from destroying them, as i took their lives merely for the sake of possessing their teeth. I did not stay long on the hill, but turned my steps towards the city, and after walking for a day and night, at last arrived at my master's."

"As soon as my master saw me, he exclaimed, 'Poor Sindbad! I was anxious to know what could have become of you. I have been to the forest, and found a tree newly torn up by the roots, and your bow and arrows on the ground. After seeking you everywhere in vain, i despaired of even seeing you again. Pray tell me what has happened to you, and by what fortunate chance you are still alive.'
I satisfied his curiosity, and the following day he accompanied me to the hill, and with great joy convinced himself of the truth of my history. We loaded the elephant on which we had come with as many teeth as it could carry, and when we returned my master thus addressed me, 'Brother, for i will no longer treat you as a slave, aftei the discovery you have imparted to me, and which cannot fall to enrich me. May god pour on you all sorts of blesring and prosperity! Before him i give you your liberty. The elephants of our forest destroy annually a great number of slaves, whom we send in search of ivory. Whatever advice we give them, they are sure, sooner or later, to lose their lives by the wiles of these animals. Providence has delivered you from their fury, and has conferred this mercy on you alone. It is a sign that you are especially protected, and that you are required in this word to be of use to mankind. You have procured me a surprising advantage, we have not hitherto been able to get ivory without risking the lives of our slaves, and now our whole city wil be enriched by your means. I intend to give you considerable presents. I might easily move the whole city to join me in making your fortune, but that is a pleasure i will kept for myself alone.'"

"To the obliging discourse i replied, 'Master, may Allah preserve you! The liberty you grant me acquits you of all obligation towards me, and the only recompense i desire for the service i have had the good fortune to perform for you and the inhabitants of your city, is permission to return to my country.'
'Well,' he replied, 'the monsoon will soon bring us vessels, which come to be laden with ivory. I will then send you away, with a sufficient sum to pay your expenses home.'
I again thanked him for the liberty he had given me. I remained with him till the season for the monsoon, and during this interval we made frequent excursions to the hill, and filled his magazines with ivory. ...
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