The Counsel of Avt’handil
- AVT'HANDIL said: "Ha, P'hridon! friends
- complain of thee; thou hast hope in thy
- wounds hurt not thee; thou counsellest hard
- make foes lament; but hearest thou not how
very near the
- garrison shouts!
- "WHEN thou goest over, the garrison will hear
- clatter of thine armour, they will perceive
thee, they will
- cut the cord, of this thou must be assured.
- turn out ill for thee; only the vain attempt
will remain to
- thee. That counsel is of no value; let us
help ourselves in
- some other way.
- "THIS is better; you stay hidden in ambush.
- will not lay hands on a traveller coming into
the town. I
- will dress myself as a merchant, I will do a
- deed; I will load a mule with helmet, hauberk
- "IT is of no use for the three of us to go
in, there is risk
- that they would perceive it; I shall go alone
as a merchant,
- and well shall I win in unnoticed; secretly
shall I don
- mine armour, I shall appear, I shall deceive
- grant that I may make channels of blood to
- in there!
- "WITHOUT any difficulty I shall remove the
- you strike outside the gate, all like heroes;
I shall shatter
- the locks, I shall open, stone and mortar
will not stop me. If
- aught else would he better, say so; I am for
a plan of this