Counsel Between Tariel and
Nestan-Daredjan and Its Results
- "EXCESSIVE melancholy approached my heart as
- strike with a knife, but when Asmat'h's slave
entered I sat
- proud and strong. He gave me a letter; in it
- 'She who is like an aloe-tree in form
commands thee to
- come hither soon without putting off time.'
- "I MOUNTED, went forth, entered the little
- thou canst imagine, with a full measure of
joy; I passed
- through the little garden and arrived at the
tower; I saw
- Asmat'h standing at the foot; I looked and
saw that she
- had been weeping, tear stains could be seen
on her cheeks;
- I was sad, and did not ask; she was troubled
by desire for
- my coming.
- "I SAW her frowning; this oppressed me
- no longer smiled on me as she had formerly
- said no word to me, only her tears showered
- she wounded me the more, she healed not mv
- "SHE carried my thoughts very far away. She
led me into
- the tower and raised the curtain. I went in,
I saw that moon,
- every woe forsook me, the ray fell on my
heart, but my heart
- was not melted.
- "THE light falling upon the curtain was not
- face was carelessly covered by the golden
veil I had given
- her; the peerless one, apparelled in that
same green garment,
- was seated in a reclining position on the
couch; a shower of
- tears fell on her face flashing with
- "SHE crouched, like a tiger on the edge of a
- face flashing fury; no longer was she like
the sun, the moon
- an aloe-tree planted in Eden. Asmat'h seated
me far off"; my
- heart was struck as by a lance. Then she sat
- frowning brows, angry, enraged.
- "SHE said to me: 'I marvel why thou art come,
- breaker of thy binding oath, fickle and
- forsworn; but high Heaven will give thee
- answer for this!' I said: 'How can I reply to
what I know
- "I SAID: 'I cannot answer thee if I know not
- Wherein have I sinned, what have I done, I
- pale?' Again she said to me: 'What shall I
say to thee, false and treacherous one! Why did I let myself be
- woman-like! For this I burn with flame.
- "KNOWEST thou not of the bringing of
- to wed me? Thou wert sitting as counsellor,
thy consent to
- this was given, thou hast broken thine oath
to me, the
- firmness and bindingness thereof. Would to
God I might bring thy cunning to nought!
- "REMEMBEREST thou when thou didst sigh "Ah!
- when thy tears bathed the fields, and the
- surgeons brought thee medicines ? What else
is there that
- resembles a man's falsehood ? Since thou hast
- I, too, will renounce thee. Let us see who
will be the more
- "I TELL thee this: Whosoever shall rule India
- the rule also, whether they go trackless or
by the road! It
- may not be thus! Now thou hast fallen into
- opinions are like thee—even so untrue!
- "WHILE I live, by God, thou shalt no more
- India. If thou seekest to tarry, the soul
shall be parted
- from thy body! None other shalt thou find
like me, even
- though thou stretch thy hand unto heaven!'"
- knight had ended these words he wept, moaned,
- "Ah me!"
- HE said: "When I heard this from her, hope
revived in me
- exceedingly; once more mine eyes had power to
- her light; now I have lost it, why art thou
not surprised tha
- dazed I live ? Woe to thee, fleeting world!
Why seekest thou
- to drain my blood ?
- "I LOOKED, and saw on the lectern the Koran
- I raised it, I stood up, and, praising God
- her, said: '0 sun, thou burnedst me, and in
truth my sun
- is set; since thou slayest me not, I will
venture to make
- thee some answer:
- "IF what I tell thee, these words, be falsely
- may Heaven itself be wrathful with me, may
all the sun ‘s rays be turned against me! If thou considerest me worthy
- to be judged, I have done no ill.' She said:
- knowest, speak!' She nodded to me.
- "THEN again I ventured to say: 'If I,
0 sun, have broken
- my vow to thee, may God now forthwith show
His anger b
- hurling a thunderbolt from heaven upon me!
- thee has for me a face like a sun, a form
like a tree ? So how
- can I remain alive if a lance strike my
- '"THE sovereigns summoned me to court, they
- solemn council, beforehand they had appointed
- as thy husband; even if I had opposed it I
could not prevent
- it, I should have been a fool for my pains; I
said to myself:
- "Agree with them for the nonce; it is better
for thee to
- fortify thy heart."
- "HOW could I dare to forbid it, since
- understands not, knows not that India shall
- masterless! It is 1 alone who am India's
owner; none other
- has any right. I know not him whom he will
- nor who is mistaken in this matter.
- "I SAID: "I can do nothing in this; I shall
- some other means." I said: "Be not assailed
by a multitude
- of thoughts." My heart was like a wild beast;
- times I was ready to fly to the fields. To
whom can I give
- thee ? Why shouldst thou not take me ?'
- "I SOLD soul for heart's sake; thus the tower
- for me a market.' That rain which at first
had frozen the
- rose became milder; I saw pearl in the coral,
- the pearl the coral was tenderly enfolded;
she said: 'Why do
- I, too, judge this to be right?
- "I DO not believe thee to be treacherous and
- a denier of God, not thankful to Him; entreat
of him myself
- and lordship in gladness over India; I and
thou shall be
- sovereigns - that is the best of all
- "THE wrathful, enraged one became tender to
- the sun was on earth or the full-faced moon;
she set me
- near her, she caressed me, hitherto unworthy
of this, she
- conversed with me; thus she extinguished the
- in me.
- "SHE said to me: 'The prudent should never
- will contrive whatever is best, he will be
calm under the
- passing world. If thou suffer not the suitor
to come in to
- India, woe if the king be wroth with thee,
thou and he will
- quarrel, India will be laid waste.
- "ON the other hand, if thou allow the
- come in, if he wed me, if it so fall out, we
- sundered each from other, our gay garb will
be turned to
- mourning, they will be happy and glorious,
- will be magnified a hundredfold. This shall
not be said, that
- the Persians1 hold sway in our
- ' Khvarazma was a province of Persia.
- "I SAID: 'May God avert the wedding of thee
- youth! When they come into India and I
- quality, I shall show forth to them my
- and prowess; I shall so slay them that they
become of no account!'
- "SHE spoke to me saying: 'A woman should act
- womanly way as befits her sex; I cannot have
- much blood, I cannot become a wall of
division. When they
- come, slay the bridegroom without killing his
- do true justice makes even a dry tree green.
- "THUS do, my lion, most excellent of all
- the bridegroom stealthily, take not soldiers,
- his armies like cattle or asses; how can a
man bear the
- burden of much innocent blood!
- "WHEN thou hast killed him, tell thy lord, my
- say to him "I could never let India be food
- Persians; it is mine own heritage, never will
I give up even
- a drachm of it; if thou wilt not leave me in
peace I will
- make a wilderness of thy city!"
- "SAY not that thou wantest my love or
desirest me, so
- will the righteousness of thy deed seem the
- king will then entreat thee in the most
- abject manner; I shall give myself into thy
- together will suit us.'
- "THIS counsel and advice pleased me
- boasted that I would wield my sword for the
slaying of my
- foes. Then I rose to depart. She began to
entreat me to sit
- down; I longed to do so, but could not bring
- clasp and embrace her.
- "I TARRIED some time, then I left her, but I
- one mad, Asmat'h went in front of me; I shed
- my grief increased a thousandfold, my joy was
- one; then I went unwillingly away, and so I