72 duced to silence. The Mahomedan took up the word, and said : cc Our prophet brought forth the *' Koran, divided the moon, and ascended to hea- *' ven." The philosopher observed upon this: " It ** is stated in your sacred book: 44 * And they say: We will by no means believe on thee, until thou ** * cause a spring of water to gush forth for us out of the earth, or thou 44 * have a garden of palm trees and vines, and thou cause rivers to spring 44 * forth from the midst of this palm plantation •, or that thou throw down 44 * upon the earth the heaven torn in pieces; or that thou bring down 44 * God Almighty and the angels to vouch for thee; or thou have a house " * of gold; or thou ascend by a ladder to heaven: neither will we '* * believe thy ascending, until thou cause a book to descend unto us 44 ' which we may read. The answer is in this way: Say, 0 Muhammed, " * pure is God the nourisher, I am but a man-prophet.'1 " From this an equitable judge can conclude, he 4t who could not cause a spring of running water c' to come forth, how could he have shown the mira- " cles which are related of him? when he had not " the power of tearing the heaven in pieces, in what " manner could he divide the moon? when he was " unable to show ihe angels, how could he see Ja- 64 briil with his own eyes? and his companions too 4' did not behold him in the shape of an Arab; when 4i he was unable, in the presence of unbelievers, to " go to heaven with his body, how did he perform 1 Koran, chap. XVII. v. 92-95. The Dabistan gives the Arabic text and the Persian translation, which last I have followed. It agrees, except in a few words, with the English version of Sale, and the French of M. Kiisimirskv.