The Counsel of Tariel
- TARIEL said: "I recognize your heroism
- of heroes; your counsel and advice is like
- stout-heartedness; I know you desire fierce
fight, not a vain
- brandishing of swords, when the battle
- then are ye men.
- "BUT let me too have some choice in the
- sound will be heard by her who maddens me;
like the sun
- she will be standing aloft; you will have
fierce fight, she
- will see me as a non-combatant! This will be
a slur on me.
- Nay, speak no flattering words!
- "BETTER than that counsel is this-let us do
as I say:
- Let us divide the men by hundreds; when night
- dawn let the three of us start out from three
- swiftly let us urge on our horses; they will
send out to
- encounter us, we shall seem insignificant to
them, we shall
- lend a powerful palm to the sword.
- "SWIFTLY shall we engage them, we shall get
- they will not be able to shut the gates
against us; one of
- the three will go in, the others from outside
will strike the
- foe that is outside; that one who is inside
will fall on those
- within, making their blood now; again let us
lay hold of the
arms mightily used by us!"
- P'HRIDON said: "I understand, I perceive, I
know what it
- Is. None could forestall at the gates that
horse that once
- was min. when I gave it I knew not that we
- to mount guard over the Kadjis in Kadjet'hi;
if so, I tell
- thee I would by no means have given it to
thee, such is
- mine avarice!"
- P'HRIDON, the gay, jests with such discourse
- thereupon they, the eloquent, wise-worded
ones, laugh, they
- joke one with another, with merriment
- They dismounted and arrayed themselves; they
- their excellent steeds.
- AGAIN they interchanged words, not tart to
- They resolved on that plan proposed by
- divided among them by hundreds the men, all
- heroes. They mounted their horses; they
- heads with their helmets.