The Book Of The Thousand Nights And A Night, Vol 1 Page-4

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

A plain and literal translation of the arabian nights entertainments

a. The Nazarene Broker’s Story b. The Reeve’s Tale c. Tale of the Jewish Doctor d. Tale of the Tailor e. The Barber’s Tale of Himself ea. The Barber’s Tale of his First Brother eb. The Barber’s Tale of his Second Brother ec. The Barber’s Tale of his Third Brother ed. The Barber’s Tale of his Fourth Brother ee. The Barber’s Tale of his Fifth Brother ef. The Barber’s Tale of his Sixth Brother The End of the Tailor’s Tale The Translator’s Foreword. This work, labourious as it may appear, has been to me a labour of love, an unfailing source of solace and satisfaction. During my long years of official banishment to the luxuriant and deadly deserts of Western Africa, and to the dull and dreary half clearings of South America, it proved itself a charm, a talisman against ennui and despondency. Impossible even to open the pages without a vision starting into view; with out drawing a picture from the pinacothek of the brain; without reviving a host of memories and reminiscences which are not the common property of travellers, however widely they may have travelled. From my dull and commonplace and “respectable” surroundings, the Jinn bore me at once to the land of my pre-direction, Arabia, a region so familiar to my mind that even at first sight, it seemed a reminiscence of some by gone metem-psychic life in the distant Past. Again I stood under the diaphanous skies, in air glorious as aether, whose every breath raises men’s spirits like sparkling wine. Once more I saw the evening star hanging like a solitaire from the pure front of the western firmament; and the after glow transfiguring and transforming, as by magic, the homely and rugged features of the scene into a fairy land lit with a light which never shines on other soils or seas. Then would appear the woollen tents, low and black, of the true Badawin, mere dots in the boundless waste of lion tawny