1001 Arabian Nights - Supplemental Nights - Volume 12 by Sir Richard Francis Burton (Translator)

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Our union to disunion changed * Was aye my fear for 'twas my certainty. " So she took the lute and playing thereon in a mode different from the former fashion, sang these couplets:-"I, oft as ever grows the pine of me, * Console my soul with hope thy sight to see. Haply shall Allah join our parted lives, * E'en as my fortunes far from thee cast He! Then oh! who thrallest me by force of love--* Seized by fond affection's mastery All hardships easy wax when thou art nigh; * And all the far draws near when near thou be.

Therewith she fell to kissing his feet; and this her fashion pleased him, so that his love for her redoubled and he became unable to brook severance from her a single hour. Now Al-Rashid one day went forth to the chase and left Tohfah in her pavilion. " Answered Tohfah, "Hearkening and obedience! " The Princess Zubaydah thanked her for this and taking leave of her, returned to her palace. When the Caliph came back from the chase and course, he betook himself to Tohfah's pavilion and bringing out the key, opened the lock and went in to her.

And he bestowed on her that was upon him, to wit, a dress of cloth-of-pearl, fringed with great unions and rubies and purfled with precious gems, and a tray wherein were fifty thousand diners. Then Maymun the Sworder took the cup and began gazing intently upon Tohfah. " Then he signed to her and was absent awhile, after which he returned and with him a tray of jewels worth an hundred thousand ducats, which he gave to Tohfah. " Then she returned to her place and the Shaykh Iblis arose and danced, till all present were confounded; after which the Songstress said, "Verily, thou embellishes" my festivities, O thou who commandest men and Jinn and rejoices" their hearts with thy loveliness and the beauty[FN#199] of thy faithfulness to thy lord.

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