the Going ofAvt’handil to P'hridon's
When He Met Him at Mulghazanzar
- ALAS! O world, what ails thee ? Why dost thou
- round ? What habit afflicts thee ? All who
trust in thee weep
- ceaselessly like me. Whence and whither
earnest thou ?
- Where and whence uprootest thou ? But God
- he man forsaken by thee.
- AVT'HANDIL, parted from Tariel, weeps; his
- to the heavens. Quoth he: "The stream of
- flowed anew flows once again. Now is parting
as hard as
- union will be till we meet in heaven. Men are
not all equal:
- there is a great difference between man and
- THEN the beasts of the field drank their fill
of the tears
- he shed there; he could not quench the
furnace, he burned
- with frequent fire. Again the thought of
- him all the more with grief; the coral-rooted
- on the rose of the lips.
- THE rose is faded, it withers, the branch of
- quivers, the cut crystal and ruby are changed
- lapis-lazuli: He strengthened himself against
- against him il vaunted not itself. He said:
"Why should I
- wonder at darkness since thou, O sun, hast
- HE said to the sun: "O sun, I compare thee to
- of T'hinat'hin, thou art like her and she is
like thee, ye
- light mountain and valley. The sight of thee
- a madman, therefore unweariedly I gaze on
thee; but why
- have you both left my heart cold, unwarmed ?
- "THE absence of one sun for a month in winter
- us; I, alas! have parted from two; how, then,
- heart not be harmed ? Only a rock perceives
not, is never
- hurt! A knife cannot cure a wound; it cuts or
- WENDING his way he laments to the sky, he
- the sun he says: "O sun, to thee I pray, thou
- the mightiest mights, who exaltest the
- sovereignty, happiness; part me not from my
- not my day to night!
- "COME, O Zual1,
add tear to tear, woe to woe; dye my
- heart black, give me to thick gloom, heap
upon me a heavy
- load of grief as on an ass; but say to her:
'Forsake him not!
- Thine he is, and for thee he weeps.'
- "0 MUSHT'HAR2,
I entreat thee, thou just, perfect
- judge, come and do justice, heart takes
counsel with heart;
- twist not justice, destroy not thus thy soul.
I am righteous, judge me, why wouldst thou wound afresh me wounded for
- "COME,O Marikh3,
mercilessly pierce me with thy
- spear, dye me and stain me red with the flow
of blood; tell
- her my sufferings, let her hear them with the
- knowest what I am become, no longer my heart
- "COME, Aspiroz4,
aid me somewhat; she has consumed me
- with the flame of fires, she who encircles
the pearl with
- lip of coral; thou beautifiest the fair with
such charm as
- thine; one like me thou abandonest and
save thee none other's fate is like to mine.
- The sun whirls me, lets me not go, unites
with me and
- gives me over to burning. Sit down to write
my woes! For
- ink I give thee a lake of tears, for pen I
cut for thee a trim
- form, slim as a hair.
- "COME, O Moon, take pity on me; I wane and am
- like thee; the sun fills me, the sun, too,
- sometimes I am full-bodied, sometimes I am
spare. Tell her
- my tortures, what afflicts me, how I faint.
Go, say: 'Forsake
- him not!' I am hers, and for her sake I die.
- "BEHOLD, the stars bear witness, even the
- my words: the sun, Otarid, Musht'har and Zual
- my sake; moon, Aspiroz, Marikh, come and bear
- witness; make her hear what fires consume me
- NOW he says to his heart: "As the tear still
- is not dried, what avails it to slay thyself!
It is clear
- thou hast fraternized with the devil as a
brother. I myself
- know that she who maddened me has for hair
the tail of a
- raven; but if thou bearest not grief what is
- of joy?
- "IF I remain, this is better for me"-he
speaks of the
- uncertainty of life—"perchance it will be my
lot to see the
- sun, I shall not forever cry Alas!" He sang
- voice; he checked not the channel of tears.
- his voice even the voice of the nightingale
was like an
- WHEN the knight's song was heard, the beasts
- listen; by reason of the sweetness of his
voice even the
- stones came forth from the water, they
- marvelled, when he wept they wept; he sings
- tears flow like a fount.
- ALL living creatures on earth came to
- from the rocks, fishes in the water,
crocodiles in the sea,
- birds from the sky, from India, Arabia,
- and Occidentals, Russians, Persians, Franks
- from Misret'hi6.