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Full text of "The Dabistan"

110

lo obtain his due. He then got upon the seat, and
began to chaunt the verses which he had composed
in honor of the sun: at this very time his leprosy
disappeared. But, before he had ended his poem,
his followers thought the great luminary would not
grant his wish; and the poet, from fear of his life,
would not throw himself into the fire; therefore,
pulling the chair by means of the chain, they precipi -
tated it into the flames. But after falling, he felt the
fire had no effect upon him, and although dejected,
remaining in his seat, he terminated his praise; then
coming forth, he approached the King, and recited
the verses which he had composed for the occasion;
he subjoined: " 0 King, I have not been guilty of
" any vile deed on this occasion; but on the same
*4 day, at the time when the women approach the
*' image of the sun, I also went there, and the guards
" did not know me. But the rebellious spirit had
'* his play with me, so that, supposing a virtuous
46 woman I beheld to be unmarried, I spoke im-
tc proper words to her $ on that account I was pu-
" nished; but at the same time I held Shuker as a
" mother."

Hoshang, the King, in the work Bahin ferah, " the
" highest dignity," which is written to inculcate
the duties towards the sanctity of the stars, states
great miracles of every luminary. We read like-
wise, in the Mahabharat, that the Raja Jedeshter