Bakhtiar Nameh, Or, the Royal Foundling

Bakhtiar Nameh, Or, the Royal Foundling

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1813 edition. Excerpt: ...as glaring as the sun. What have you to say in your justification, and what cause can you render why you should not instantly suffer the most exemplary punishment? 1 On hearing these reproaches, the ki-ng of Yemen replied, "Sire, the fame of your equity is spread throughout the universe. Your majesty knows it to be the pleasure of the Most High, that, in the infliction of corporeal punishment, the suffering should be precisely equal to the offence, and that the law of rctaliation ought to be strictly observed; that an ear should be given for an ear, and an eye only for an eye." " You are right," said the king, " to this law, therefore, will I faithfully adhere." He then gave command to eut off the ear of the king of Yemen. The executioner being sent for, prepared to put in foree the orderof the king: but when ready to strike off the ear, it was not to be found. This cireumstance being reported to the king of Zanguebar, struck him with surprize. Calling the prisoner to him, he said, " Wherefore is it that you are deprived of an ear? Doubtless this deficiency is the result of a punishment inflicted on you in some former instance, wherein, as of 'late, you were guilty ofrobhery." The king of Yemen protested to the contrary. " Declare to me-the truth, then, said the king of Zanguebar, relate to me faithfully the manner in which you lost your ear, and I will restore you to liberty." The condition being aceepted, the king of Yemen spoke as follows. " Sire, may the days of your majesty be long, and the sun of your prosperity never be overeast. I am not guilty of the crime which your majesty has bcen pleased to lay to my charge. I am no robber. I am the king of Yemen, whom...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236853172
  • 9781236853172