Holmes' Southern Reader for Schools and Families

Holmes' Southern Reader for Schools and Families

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...replied Bedreddin, "I have all these. I have health of body; I am rich enough to purchase all that wealth can bestow; and if I required more wealth and honors, I am the favorite companion of the Commander of the Faithful, on whose head lies the. blessing of Allah, and of whom I have only to ask, to obtain all I desire, save one thing only." 9. " And what is that?" asked the caliph. "Alas l I adore the beautiful Zuleima, whose face is like the full moon, whose eyes are brighter and softer than those of the gazelle, and whose mouth is like the seal of Solomon. But she loves another, and all my wealth and honors are as nothing. The want of one thing renders the possession of every other of no value. I am the most wretched of men; my life is a burden, and my death would be a blessing." 10. "Bythe beard of the Prophet/" cried the caliph, "I swear thy case is a hard one. But Allah is great and powerful, and will, I trust, either deliver thee from thy burden or give thee strength to bear it." Then thanking Bedreddin for his hospitality, the Commander of the Faithful departed with his companions. 11. Taking their way towards that part of the city inhabited by the poorer classes of people, the caliph stumbled over something, in the obscurity of night, and was nigh falling to the ground; at the same moment a voice cried out, "Allah, preserve me l Am I not wretched enough already, that I must be trodden under foot by a wandering beggar like myself, in the darkness of night l" 12. Mezrour, the executioner, indignant at this insult to the Commander of the Faithful, was preparing to cut ofl' his head, when Al Raschid interposed, and inquired of the beggar his name, and why he was...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236955692
  • 9781236955692