First Letter Written by Tariel to His Beloved
380
"ASMATH spoke to me boldly, she was not timid.
What can I tell of myself, who I was, how can I estimate my
joy? My heart was beating, it trembled, it failed me, my
face became crystal again, rubies flamed in my cheeks.
381
"WITH mine eyes I gazed upon the letter written by her.
I wrote in answer: 'O moon, how indeed can the sun surpass
thee! May God not give me that which is not like thee! I
feel as in a dream; I cannot believe in my survival.'
382
"I SAID to Asmat'h: 'I cannot devise more answer than
this. Say thus to her: "0 sun! since thou art arisen as a
light for me, behold thou hast revived me who was dead;
I shall faint no more henceforth, whatever be the service
I am a liar if I shun it.'"
383
"ASMAT'H said to me: 'She told me: "Let us do thus,
thus were it better: Whoever sees thee will discover nothing
of my discourse with him; he will come to see me as if he
were making love to thee." She entreated me to tell the
Amirbar so to behave.'
384
"THIS counsel pleased me, the wisdom of the heart of
her whom even the sun took care not to gaze on; she had
given to me to hear the refined conversation of her in whose
rays daylight was like darkness.
385
"I GAVE Asmat'h choice jewels with a golden cup. She
said to me: 'No, I do not want them; I have these to
satiety.' She took one ring weighing a drachma: 'This is
enough for a token; I am full of other bracelets.'
386
"THE maid arose and went forth. The spears spared my
heart, joy lightened my darkness, the fire which had burned
me was extinguished. I went in and sat down at the banquet
where my comrades were drinking; joyful, I distributed
gifts, the jubilation increased."