The King's Talisman, Or, the Lion of Mount Hor; An Eastern Romance

The King's Talisman, Or, the Lion of Mount Hor; An Eastern Romance

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...the side of the brave Merolboth, once more went thrilling through his nerves, he dropped his hand upon its hilt, and compressed his muscles for a final effort. He knew every avenue of the palace, and every turn was as familiar as were the walks of his own garden. Two of the eunuchs walked by his side, one with his hand upon each shoulder, while the other two walked close behind. At length, Al-Bassa reached the long passage that led from the divan to the rear of the palace, and the moment that his feet touched its marble pavement he knew that the time for his trial had come. His steps grew slow and weak, his head dropped in apparent anguish, and deep sobs escaped from his bosom. Fainter and still fainter grew the old man's steps, until he seemed about to fall from the weakness that overcame him. The eunuchs who were behind came up to his assistance, and together the four essayed to help him along. The old counsellor's eyes were fastened upon the wall, and ere long the way appeared open to the divan. Every nerve was strained to its utmost, and with one quick, sudden bound, the prisoner leaped from those who held him. His sword flew from its sheath, and almost with the speed of light he darted towards the great chamber of audience. The heavy tapestry that guarded its entrance was thrown aside--the window that overlooked the court was gained--the stained glass fell in a thousand fragments upon the pavement beneath, and in an instant more, untouched by the half petrified, pursuing eunuchs, Al-Bassa fell heavily amid the rattling ruins of the window. He would have arisen, but a thick cloud came over his vision, and with a faint sensation, as of some one moving his body, he sank into utter unconsciousness. The sunlight of hope has fairly...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236648595
  • 9781236648594