The Coming to India of Khvarazmsha's Son and His Slaying by Tariel
- "A MAN came. 'The bridegroom cometh,’
- but, wretched man! he knew not what God was
- for him. The king looked pleased, he spoke no
- he bade me sit near him; 'Come,' said he, and
inclined his head.
- "HE said to me: 'For me this is a day of joy
- Let us celebrate the wedding in a palace as
- sister Nestan; let us send a man, let us have
- treasures brought from every part, generously
- distribute, let us till them with treasure;
- "I SENT in all directions men carrying
- bridegroom also came, they were no laggards;
our men met
- them from inside, from outside came the
- the sum of their soldiers could not be
contained even by
- the fields.
- "THE king commanded: 'Prepare the moedan with
- let the bridegroom rest, let him tarry there
a little while;
- the other armies can go thither without thee
to see him,
- thou shalt see him here, go not, the knights
will be sufficient
- to see him.'
- "I RAISED on the moedan tents of red satin.
- bridegroom arrived, he dismounted; it seemed
- Easter Eve; those inside began to go out,
there was a host
- of courtiers there, the soldiers began to
form in ranks
- according to their regions.
- "I WAS wearied, as is the wont of one who has
- tired, I turned homeward, and wished to
sleep. A slave
- came and gave me a letter from Asmat'h the
- quickly! She who is like a full-grown aloe
- "I DISMOUNTED not; I went quickly obedient.
- had been weeping; I asked her: 'Why flow thy
- She said to me: 'Being engaged in thy
defence, how can I
- avoid weeping? How can I justify thee
- whatever kind of advocate I may have become!'
- "WE went in, we saw her seated on a cushion,
- puckered; the sun could not more illume the
- she. I stood before her. She said to me: 'Why
- thou there ? The day of battle comes—or, wert
- me, wert thou false to me and deceiving me
- "I WAS angered, I said nothing, hastily I
went out again:
- I called back: 'Now shall it be seen if I did
not wish it!
- Am I become so cowardly that a woman urges me
to fight ?'
- I went home, I concerted his slaughter, I was
- "I COMMANDED a hundred servants: 'Prepare for
- We mounted, we passed through the city
- anyone perceive us. I went into the tent. It
is a horror to
- tell with the tongue how the bridegroom was
- killed that youth without shedding of blood,
though it was
- necessary for blood to flow.
- "I CUT the tangled edge of the tent, I tore
it, I seized
- the youth by his legs and struck his head on
- Those lying at the door cried; their
- marvellous. I mounted my horse, departed, my
- chain-mail protected me.
- "AN alarm was raised against me; there was
cry to pursue
- me. I went on, they began to follow, I slew
- I had a strong city, impregnable to the foe;
I reached it
- safely, pleasantly, unhurt.
- "I SENT a man, I made known to all the
- all who will aid me come hither!' My pursuers
did not weary
- of coming in the depth of dark night; when
- recognised me they kept their heads whole.
- "I AROSE at daybreak; I apparelled myself
- dawned into morn. I saw three lords sent by
the king; he
- sent a message, saying: 'God knows I have
- like my son; why hast thou thus changed my
- into heaviness ?
- "WHY didst thou make Khvarazmsha's innocent
- fall on our house! If thou didst desire my
- didst thou not tell me so ? Thou hast made
- to me, thine aged foster-father; thou thyself
- it about that thou remainest not with me till
the day of
- my death.'
- "IN answer I sent a message: 'O king,
I am stronger than
- copper, and this alone hinders me from being
- the fire and flame of death; but, as you
know, a king should be
- a doer of justice; by your sun! I am far from
- "THOU knowest how many palaces and thrones
- India; I am the sole heir left, all has
fallen into your hands.
- all their heirs have died out, their heritage
remains to you:
- by right the throne belongs to none but me.
- "I SWEAR by your virtue, I cannot flatter
you, now this
- is not just: God gave thee no son; thou hast
- daughter. If thou appointedst Khvarazmsha
- would have been left for me in exchange ? Can
- be seated on the throne of India while I wear
my sword ?
- "I WANT not thy daughter, marry her, rid her
- India is mine, to no man else will I give it;
- contests my right, him will I cause to be
uprooted from the
- earth; kill me! if I need any foreign