First Letter Written by Nestan-Daredjan to Her Lover
376
"I SAW the letter; it was from her for whom fire consumes
my heart. The sunbeam wrote: 'O lion! let not thy wound
appear. I am thine. Die not, but I hate vain fainting. Now
Asmat'h tells thee all that is spoken by me.
377
'"PITIFUL fainting and dying, what love dost thou think
this! It is better to exhibit to the beloved deeds of heroism.
All dwellers in Khataet'hi are our tributaries; now their
ill-will towards us cannot be borne by us.
378
'"I WAS desirous to wed thee even before, but hitherto
I have not found opportunity to speak. The other day
I saw thee deprived of reason sitting in the litter; then I
heard all that had befallen thee.
379
""I WILL tell thee truth; hearken to this that I say to
thee: Go, do battle with the Khatavians, exhibit thyself to
me in a goodly manner, this is better for thee. Weep idly
no more; why moisten more the rose! What more can the
sun do to thee! Behold, I have turned thy darkness to
dawn.'"