The Book Of The Thousand Nights And A Night, Vol 1 Page-51

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

A plain and literal translation of the arabian nights entertainments

bellying net his eager glances strain; Till joying at the night’s success, a fish he bringeth home * Whose gullet by the hook of Fate was caught and cut in twain. When buys that fish of him a man who spent the hours of night * Reckless of cold and wet and gloom in ease and comfort fain, Laud to the Lord who gives to this, to that denies his wishes * And dooms one toil and catch the prey and other eat the fishes.[FN#60] Then quoth he, “Up and to it; I am sure of His beneficence, Inshallah!” So he continued:— When thou art seized of Evil Fate, assume * The noble soul’s long suffering: ‘tis thy best: Complain not to the creature; this be plaint * From one most Ruthful to the ruthlessest. The Fisherman, when he had looked at the dead ass, got it free of the toils and wrung out and spread his net; then he plunged into the sea, saying, “In Allah’s name!” and made a cast and pulled at it, but it grew heavy and settled down more firmly than the first time. Now he thought that there were fish in it, and he made it fast, and doffing his clothes went into the water, and dived and haled until he drew it up upon dry land. Then found he in it a large earthen pitcher which was full of sand and mud; and seeing this he was greatly troubled and began repeating these verses[FN#61]:— Forbear, O troubles of the world, * And pardon an ye nill forbear: