The Wedding of Tariel and Nestan-Daredjan
1629
THE queen took the bride and the bridegroom by the hand,
she placed them together on the royal throne, she
abandoned her sadness, she made staunch her womanly
heart, she changed her grief into joy, she obliged no one
to weep any longer.
1630
TARIEL and his bride, sitting together on the royal throne,
suited each other, the woman suited the knight; whose
mind or whose tongue can express their praise—what son of
Adam can be like them ?
1631
THE queen attired herself, she doffed her black garments,
she prepared gay robes for the lords, rejoicing the eye. She
dressed them all, augmenting their joy. Quoth she: "Let us
forget grief since joy has come to us."
1632
WHAT Tariel and his wife had desired fell to their lot,
seven royal thrones, seats of joy, incomparable; this present
solace makes them forget their sufferings, A man
unacquainted with sorrow cannot find pleasure in joy.
1633
SEE the two sitting together; even the sun could not be
better! They blow the trumpet and proclaim him king,
copper drums make the voices sound sweet; they give him
the key of the treasuries, they gave themselves into his
hands as subjects. "This is our king!" they cried, and they
acclaimed him.
1634
THEY caused two thrones to be prepared for Avt'handil
and P'hridon, they sat royally thereon, they extolled their
majesty, what other human beings did God create like
them! They related their sorrows; they revealed them to all.
1635
THEY drank, ate, made merry, they increased the
household; as befits a wedding so did they celebrate it;
to both they gave presents, equally to each. They gathered
together treasure to give to the poor.
1636
ALL the Indians considered Avt'handil and P'hridon to be
helpers. "From you every good happens to us," said they
ceaselessly; they looked upon them as lords, whatever they
willed that they did, they came before them continually to
pay court to them.
1637
THE King of the Indians said to Asmat'h, the sharer of
his sorrows: "What thou hast done, neither upbringer nor
upbrought hath done. Now I enthrone thee over one-seventh
part of the kingdom of India, thine let it be, serve us,
sweet to the sweet!
1638
"WHOMSOEVER thou desirest as husband wed him, rule
the kingdom, henceforth serve us, be subject to us."
Asmat'h covered his feet with kisses. "From thee is my
power," quoth she; "what can I find, what better service
can I have than thine!"
1639
THE three sworn brothers tarried together a few days.
They sported, they received more incomparable gifts;
what rare pearls, what excellent horses! But longing for
T'hinat'hin made Avt'handil to show lines on his face.
1640
TARIEL perceived that longing of the knight for his
wife. He said: "Of a truth thy heart is angered against me.
Now woe is me! Thought hath made of thy seven griefs
eight. T shall be separated from thee; the passing world
grudges me my joy."
1641
THEN P'hridon begged leave of him. "I will go home,"
quoth he; "my foot will oft tread this court and land if
thou wilt command me as an elder to a younger. I shall
desire thee as the deer the fountain."
1642
AS presents for Rostevan, Tariel made Avt'handil take
with him beautiful short robes, also a vessel full of cut
gems, not spoons, not ladles. "Take them from me, go,"
quoth he, "disobey me not!" Avt'handil said: "T know not
how I shall survive without thee!"
1643
THE lady Nestan sent to the lady T'hinat'hin a short
cloak and a veil; who save her was worthy of such
garments! A jewel-he who carried it off could not say:
"I have carried it in vain !"-at night it gives light like the
sun; it is visible wherever thou lookest.
1644
AVT'HANDIL mounted, he departed, he said farewell to
Tariel, the flame of the fire of separation burned them
both; all the Indians wept, the tear moistened the mead.
Avt'handil said: "The poison of this world slays me!"
1645
P'HRIDON and Avt'handil journeyed together for a few
days; the road separated them, each went his way weeping;
the things they had planned had turned out well for them;
Avt'handil came to Arabia, he had not seen troubles in
vain.
1646
THE Arabs came forth to meet him, he beautified the
realm; he saw his sun, the affliction of his desires fled; he
sat with her on the throne, he rejoiced at the joy of the
onlookers. The Most High from above endowed his crown
with sovereignty.
1647
THOSE three sovereigns loved one another, they visited
one another, their desires were fulfilled, they that disputed
their rule were put to the sword, they enlarged their
kingdoms, they were sovereign, they increased their might.
1648
THEY poured down mercy like snow on all alike, they
enriched orphans and widows and the poor did not beg,
they terrified evil-doers; the lambs did not suck from
strange ewes, within their dominions the goat and the wolf
fed together.