The Going of Tariel to the King of the Seas
- TO the presence of the King of the Seas he
sent a messenger
- of good tidings; he bade him announce: "I,
- vanquisher of foes, their destroyer and
- Kadjet'hi I bring my sun, piercer of me with
- desire to see thee with honour, as father and
- "NOW I have the land of the Kadjis and their
- king, all that is good hath happened to me
from you: my sun
- was freed by P'hatman, she was a mother and a
- her. What can I give thee in return for this?
I hate vain
- "COME, see us before we have passed thy land.
- to thee outright the kingdom of the Kadjis,
accept it from
- me; let thy men be posted there, hold castle
strongly. I am
- in haste, I cannot come to see thee, come
thou forth, wend
- towards me.
- "ON my behalf tell Usen, P'hatman's husband,
to send her,
- the sight of her will please her she freed;
whom else can she
- desire to see more than her who is brighter
than the sun,
- even as a crystal is brighter than pitch!"
- WHEN Tariel’s man was received by the ruler
- seas-it is the custom that the heart is
agitated by startling
- tidings-he gave thanks and glory to God the
- Straightway he mounted; he needed no other
- HE loaded baggage, he appointed the making of
- wedding, he takes a number of pretty things,
- quantity of jet. He has P'hatman with him,
they made a
- journey of ten days: the sight of the lion
and the sun, the
- light of the lands, rejoices him.
- AFAR off the three met the great King of the
- they dismounted, he humbly kissed them, they
- by a host of troops; they rendered praise to
Tariel, he gave
- a thousand thanks, when they saw the damsel
the King of
- the Seas was fascinated by her crystal-halo
- SLOW fire consumed Dame P'hatman at the sight
- she embraced her, she covered with kisses her
- face, neck; she said: "O God, I will serve
Thee, since my
- darkness is lightened for me; I recognize the
- evil, Thy goodness is everlasting."
- THE maiden embraced P'hatman; sweetly she
- angry; "God hath enlightened my rent, faded
- am I as full as formerly I was waning; the
sun hath shed
- his beams upon me, therefore I appear a rose
- THE King of the Seas celebrated there an
- wedding; he thanked Tariel too for Kadjet'hi;
he would not
- let them go for seven days; generously he
- the treasure he had loaded; they wore out by
- it the scattered gold coin as if it were a
- THERE stood a heap of silk, brocade and
satin. He gave
- to Tariel a crown, a price could not be set
on it, of a whole
- jacinth, yellow, exceeding pure, likewise a
throne of gold,
- red, refined.
- HE presented to Nestan-Daredjan a mantle
- gems, red jacinths, rubies of Badakhshan and
- both sat, the maid and the youth, with faces
- lightning; they that looked on them burned
with new fire.
- HE presented to Avt'handil and P'hridon
- gifts, a valuable saddle, an excellent horse,
to each a
- jewelled coat shedding rare-hued rays; they
- thanks can we utter! Prosperous be your
- TARIEL rendered thanks with his tongue in
- "Greatly have I been pleased, O king; first
at seeing you,
- then you have filled us with many fair kinds
of gifts; I wot
- we did well not to pass by afar off from
- THE King of the Seas says: "O king, lion,
- of those near you, slayer from afar of those
that cannot look
- on you, what can I give you
like unto yourself, O fair to
- look upon! When I am away from you what shall
- O desirable to be gazed on !"
- TARIEL said to P'hatman: "I adopt thee as my
- O sister, great is mine unpayable debt to thy
- whatever treasure of the Kadjis I have
brought with me
- from Kadjet'hi I give it to thee, take it, I
sell it not."
- DAME P'hatman made obeisance, she proffered
- great thanks: "O king, thy sight burns me
- unquenchable fire. When I shall be away from
- shall I do! Thou wilt leave me like one
bereft of sense. Ah,
- blessed are those near thee; woe to him that
cannot gaze on
- THE three radiant ones spoke to the King of
- their teeth were crystals, their lips as
- we are deprived of you we desire not
- harps and kettledrums. But give us leave, it
is time, let us
- depart, we are in haste.
- "BE our father, parent and hope! But this
- beseech of thee: grant us a ship!" The king
said: "T grudge
- not to give myself to earth for yon; since
thou art in haste,
- what can I say to thee! Go! Thine arm be thy
- THE king fitted out a ship on the shore.
Tariel set out;
- those who were parted shed tears, they beat
- they tore their hair and beards and cast them
- P'hatman's tears in their flow even augmented
- THE three sworn brothers crossed the seas
- again they confirmed by their word what they
- affirmed; singing and laughter were beseeming
- who were not ignorant thereof; the ray from
their lips shone
- upon the planks of crystal.
- THENCE they sent a man to Asmat'h as a
- good tidings; also to P'hridon's chief to
tell them of the
- fight: "He comes hither, as the sun he rises
- the planets; we erstwhile frozen shall be
frozen now no
- THEY seated that sun in a palanquin; they
- way along the coast. They sported like
children; the passing
- away of woe gladdened them. They came where
- land of the hero Nuradin, they were met, they
- sound of frequent song.
- THERE all P'hridon's lords met them. Asmat'h,
- joy, whose wounds no longer appeared, was
- Nestan-Daredjan so that axes could not
- Now she had ended all her faithful services.
- NESTAN-DAREDJAN embraces her, kisses her face
- her mouth. She said: "Mine own, woe is me, I
- thee too with grief. Now God hath granted us
- acknowledge His boundless bounty. I know not
- I can repay so great a heart as thine!"
- ASMAT'H said : "Thanks be to God, I have seen
- unfrozen. At length understanding hath thus
- hidden. Death itself seems to me life when I
see you happy.
- Better than all friends are suzerain and
vassal? that love one another!"
- THE lords did homage, they rendered great
- God hath caused us to rejoice, blessed is His
- hat shown us your face, no longer doth the
burning of fires
- consume us; even He that gave the wound. He
- power to heal it."
- THEY came and put their mouths on their
- they kissed them. The king Tariel said: "For
our sake have
- your brethren sacrificed themselves. They
have found joy in
- eternity, a reality and no dream. They have
- communion with the One; their glories are
- "THOUGH their death is sore to me and
grievous, yet the
- great immortal gift hath there fallen to
their lot." This he
- spake, gently he wept, and the rain of tears
- with the snow. Boreas blows from the
- freezes the rose.
- THERE all wept when they saw him in tears;
- lost any kinsman moaned, weeping and sobbing.
- hushed. Then they said respectfully to
Tariel: "Since sages
- liken thee to the sun, it befits them that
look upon you to
- be merry; wherefore should they lament!
- "WHO is worthy of your so great weeping and
- Death for your sake is far better than
walking upon the
- earth!" Then P'hridon said to the king: "Make
- bitterness to thyself from aught. May God in
- to thee a thousand joys!"
- AVTHANDIL also sympathized; he speaks with
- sorrow. They rendered praise, and said: "Let
us now yield
- ourselves to smiling; since the lost lion has
- vanished sun, no more will we weep what is
- longer will we set canals in our eyes."
- THITHER they went where is the great city
- They played trumpet and kettledrum, there was
- and uproar; the sound of drum and copper drum
- fairly; the burgesses crowded round, they
left the bazaar.
- THE merchants came from their rows, on all
sides there is
- a host of onlookers; the officers kept a wide
- them, they had arms in their hands; families
- in, causing trouble to the officers; their
entreaty is to be
- allowed there to look upon them.
- AT P'hridon's they alighted, they saw a
- many slaves with golden girdles met them,
- nought but gold brocade as a carpet for their
- threw up gold above their heads, the crowd
- picked it up in heaps.