The Story of Nuradin-P'hridon When Tariel 
Met Him on the Seashore
"I LANDED by night; I came ashore where gardens were
seen. It seemed as if there were a city; we came near, on
one side the rocks were hollowed out. The sight of men gave
me no pleasure; brands were imprinted on my heart. I
dismounted to rest at a spot where there were lofty trees.
"I FELL asleep at the foot of the trees; the slaves brake
bread. Then I woke sad, the soot of sorrow made night in
my heart; in so long a time I had learned nought, neither
gossip nor sooth; my tears pressed from mine eyes wet
the fields.
"I HEARD a shout. I looked round, a knight cried out
haughtily, he was galloping along the seashore, he was hurt
by a wound, his sword was broken and soiled, blood flowed
down; he threatened his foes, was wrathful, cursed,
"HE sat upon a black steed, the same which I now posses;
like the wind he swept along, enraged, wrathful. I sent
a slave to tell him I was desirous to meet him; I bade him
say: 'Stand! Declare unto me who angers thee, O lion!'
"HE spoke not to the slave, nor did he hear a word.
Hastily I mounted, I went along to meet him; I overtook
him, I came before him, I said: 'Stay, hearken to me! I too
wish to know thine affair.' He looked at me, I pleased him,
he checked his course.
"HE looked me over, and said to God: 'How hast Thou
made such a tree!' Then he said to me: 'Now will I tell thee
what thou askest me: Those enemies whom I had hitherto
esteemed as goats have proved lions to me; they fell upon
me traitorously when I was unready, I could not don mine
"I SAID: 'Stand, be calm, let us dismount at the foot of
the trees! A goodly knight withdraws not when cuts are
given with the sword.' I led him with me; we went away
fonder than father and son. I marvelled at the tender
beauty of the knight.
"ONE of my slaves was a surgeon, he bound up the
wounds, he drew out the arrowheads so that the wounds
hurt not. Then I asked: 'Who art thou, and by whom was
thine arm hurt?' He set himself to tell me his story; he
bewailed himself.
"FIRST he said to me: 'I know not what thou art, nor to
what I can liken thee. What has thus consumed thee, or
who first made thee full? What has turned thee sallow who
wert planted rose and jet ? Why has God put out the candle
lighted by Himself?
"NEAR by is the city of Mulghazanzar, which belongs to
me. My name is Nuradin P'hridon, I am the king ruling
there; here where ye are stationed is my boundary. I have
little, but in all its parts it is of excellent quality.
"MY grandfather shared his territory between my father
and uncle. In the sea is an island, this he said was my share
. it had fallen into the hands of that uncle whose sons have
now wounded me; the hunting remained to them, they
quarrelled with me.
'TO-DAY I went forth to the chase, I hunted on the
seashore, I wished to hunt with falcons, so I took not many
beaters; I told the troops: "Wait for me till return." I kept
no more than five falconers.
"I WENT by ship; from the sea came forth a creek. I
considered as nothing those divided from me; I said to
myself: "Why should I take precautions against mine own
folk ?" They seemed timid to me; their multitude appeared
not. I hunted and hallooed; I withheld not my voice.
"OF a truth, they were wroth to think I scorned them
thus; they secretly surrounded me with soldiers, they
blocked the roads to the ship; mine own uncle's sons rode at
their head, waving their arms they rushed on my soldiers
to fight.
"I HEARD them; I perceived the outcry and the flashing
of swords. I begged a boat of the boatmen; but once I
called out "Woe is me!" I went into the sea, warriors met
me like wavers, they would have overwhelmed me, but
could not compass it.
"YET more great hosts approached me from behind,
from this side and that they came upon me, from one
side they could not overpower me. When those in front
could not come near me, from the back they shot at me: I
trusted in my sword-it broke, my arrow were exhausted.
"THEY engirt me; I could do no more. I made my horse
leap over from the boat, I crossed the sea by swimming,
those who beheld me were amazed; they slew all who were
with me, I left them there; whoever pursued me could not
confront me, when I turned I made them turn.
"NOW that will be whatever is God's will. I think my
blood will not be unavenged. May I have the power to
bring my boast to fulfilment! I will make their existence
a lamentation evening and morning. I will call the crows
and ravens and make a banquet of them!'
"THAT youth won me to like him; my heart went out
toward him. I said to him: 'There is no need at all for thee
to hasten; I too will go with thee, there will they be slain;
we two warriors shall surely not be afraid of them!'
"THIS also I said: 'Thou hast not heard my tale; I shall
tell it to thee more fully when we have time.' He said to me:
'What joy can weigh against this to me! To the day of my
death my life will be devoted to thy service!'
"WE went to his fair, though small, city. The troops
met him; for him they covered their heads with dust, they
scratched their faces and threw away the fragments like
splinters; they embraced him, they kissed his sword, its
hilt and ring.
"AGAIN I pleased; I his new friend seemed fair to him.
They spoke my praises: '0 sun, thou art a bringer of fine
weather to us!' We went and saw his fair, rich city. Every
form was clad in broad brocade."