The Book Of The Thousand Nights And A Night, Vol 1 Page-178

The Book Of The Thousand Nights And A Night, Vol 1

A plain and literal translation of the arabian nights entertainments

When he ceased reciting I wept again and prayed his pardon and humbled myself before him and spoke him softly, saying to myself, “I will work on him with words; so haply he will refrain from slaying me, even though he take all I have.” So I complained of my sufferings and began to repeat these couplets:— “Now, by thy life and wert thou just my life thou hadst not ta’en, * But who can break the severance law which parteth lovers twain! Thou loadest me with heavy weight of longing love, when I Can hardly bear my chemisette for weakness and for pain: I marvel not to see my life and soul in ruin lain: I marvel much to see my frame such severance pangs sustain.” When I ended my verse I wept again; and he looked at me and reviled me in abusive language,[FN#349] repeating these couplets:— “Thou west all taken up with love of other man, not me; ‘Twas shine to sh ow me severance face, ”twas only mine to see: I’ll leave thee for that first thou west of me to take thy leave And patient bear that parting blow thou borest so patiently: E’en as thou soughtest other love, so other love I’ll seek, * And make the crime of murdering love shine own atrocity.” When he had ended his verses he again cried out to the slave, “Cut her in half and free us from her, for we have no profit of her. So the slave drew near me, O Commander of the Faithful and I ceased bandying verses and made sure of death and, despairing of life, committed my affairs to Almighty Allah, when behold, the old woman rushed in and threw herself at my husband’s feet and kissed them and wept and said, “O my son, by the rights of my fosterage and by my long service to thee, I conjure thee pardon this young lady, for indeed she hath done nothing deserving such doom. Thou art a very young man and I fear lest her