Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)

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<ul><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 1/156</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 2/156</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 3/156</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 4/156</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 5/156</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 6/156</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 7/156</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 8/156</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 9/156</p><p>/r V' ^V /r v-</p><p>/T -** /r^ /r5* /r ^' /r y ' v-1 /r; ^'r /r, **' /r &gt;.r wi* /r, y&lt; /r k*' /</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 10/156</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 11/156</p><p>UDV 2</p><p>List of IllustrationsPrincess Badoura..... Frontispiece</p><p>PAGE</p><p>Dahnash and Meymooneh . . . 16' As she rose up through clouds there passed one she knew by his</p><p>tail to be Dahnash?</p><p>The King of China and Badour-a . . 24' The King came in haste, and found that which till now he had</p><p>only pretended, concerning his daughter, apparently come true?</p><p>Camaralzaman as an Astrologer . . 40' At last the King heard him, and said to the Vizier, Go down</p><p>and bring the Astrologer in. '</p><p>Camaralzaman Ctires Badoura . . 48' She ran forth, and threw herself into the arms of Camara/zaman.'</p><p>Camaralzaman Finds the Talisman . . 64' The Prince saw the girdle, and knotted within its folds, a large</p><p>stone?</p><p>HYCIRCULATION f. . :;:NTSTRAUS BRANCH</p><p>\</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 12/156</p><p>List of IllustrationsPACE</p><p>Prince Camaralzaman and the Birds . 72' In the leaves overhead he saw one furiously attacking another</p><p>with beak and claw.''</p><p>Badoura Watching the Ship' It so happened as the ship came into the harbour, Badoura was</p><p>looking out towards, the sea?</p><p>Capture of Camaralzaman . . .96' The captain of the ship goes to capture Camaralzaman at the</p><p>command of Badoura.''</p><p>The Final Marriage Procession . . .112</p><p>\</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 13/156</p><p>Tale fromThe ^Arabian Rights</p><p>Retold by Laurence Housman</p><p>THE Sultan Shahriar stands out to fame as thegreatest monogamist in all history. Havingbeen deceived by his first wife, he caused her tobe put to death, and then proceeded to avengehimself upon a thousand others. Faithful to hismonogamic instincts, he married a fresh wife everyday, and on the morning of the next became awidower. Having thus achieved faith to a thou-sand dead maidens all equally beloved in turnhe may, in his heart of hearts, have found thatchange, so doggedly insisted on, did but meanboredom, and so may readily have welcomed anyexcuse to relax a performance to which he hadbound himself by many religious oaths.</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 14/156</p><p>The History of T^adouraBut, if he had a heart, the old Eastern chroni-</p><p>cler has neglected to tell us what was in it ; andat the point where his sacrificial bridals have be-come monotonous, the interest of the story shiftsfrom bridegroom to bride, and Scheherazade,daughter of the Grand Vizier, witty, courageous,resourceful, and most prolix of all delightful tale-tellers, adventurously enters the royal menage, andbecomes his only surviving wife.</p><p>For Scheherazade, intent on saving the lives ofothers, brings her bridesmaid with her, a youngersister named Dinarzade ; and when the morninglight comes to tell her that death is near, Dinar-zade prompted thereto beforehand stirs in herattendant place at the foot of the couch, and asksfor the sake of old times that one last tale maybe told.</p><p>Shahriar, at the bride's humble request, grantspermission, and from that moment is in the toilsof the plot which has made his name so secondary</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 15/156</p><p>Introductionin importance to hers. Scheherazade, ' to do agreat right, does a little wrong ' : by her entranc-ing powers of narrative, always interrupted whenthe interest of each story is at its height, she breedsin her tyrant lord infirmity of will, and destroysthe only principle of conduct wherewith he setout to teach woman her place. For the thou-sand and one nights which have given theirname to the world's most famous collection ofstories, he lives blissfully forsworn, postponingthe execution of his wife to another day ; andat the end, repenting him of his vows, does whatwe still make our kings do in England whenjustice has gone astray, and bestows his ' freepardon ' upon innocence.</p><p>The story which is here retold, with manyof its life-saving prolixities omitted, has thedistinction of being, according to some versions,the last of all : it witnesses the accomplishmentof the task which Scheherazade set out to per-</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 16/156</p><p>The History of TSadouraform. With the story of Badoura, the woman ofbeauty and brain, who, personating her husband,ruled a Kingdom, and without jealousy providedhim at the end of his wanderings with a secondwife in this story Scheherazade, her great actof statesmanship concluded, adumbrates whatwoman set free to use her own resources can do.And in this reflection of her own great adven-turous self the series concludes. Through athousand dim dawns, with the issue still indoubt, she has led the forlorn hope for all theother women whose lives she would save ; andwhen her tyrant relents, and in his promise tospare her life spares theirs as well, she kneelsand gratefully kisses his feet.</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 17/156</p><p>TheHistory of Badoura,</p><p>^Princess of China, and ofCamaralzaman, The Island ^Prince</p><p>THE story of Aboulhassan, the Prince ofPersia, had come to an end and the lightof morning was full. Then said Dinarzade,1 Another story, O sister, another story ' Sche-herazade made answer, ' If my Lord will sufferme to live for another day, there is yet one moretale that I could tell. The history of PrinceCamaralzaman and of his bride Badoura is farmore entrancing than that which I have justgiven; but it is too long to be told now.'</p><p>Then she was silent; and Shahriar could notbring himself to order her death till he had heardthat story also. So once more he let his oath stay</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 18/156</p><p>The History of TSadouraunfulfilled and deferred sentence; and the nextnight, wakened in the small hours towards dawn,Scheherazade, opening a mouth of loveliness andfilling it with wise and sweet words, took up thethread of her tale and began :</p><p>O King, live for ever About twenty days'sail from the coast of Persia there lies in the opensea an island which is called Khaledan, a countrywealthy and prosperous and containing manylarge and well-inhabited towns. Its ruler inancient times was a king named Shahzaman.As a reward for his many virtues, he had gatheredabout him a large and well-proportioned house-hold, four wives, the daughters of kings, and sixtyconcubines ; but, in spite of so generous a pro-vision for that which only Heaven can bestow,he had no son ; and as time went on, and hegrew old, his bones wasted, and his heart becamefilled with affliction ; and he said to his Vizier,' Now in a little while I shall die ; then will my</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 19/156</p><p>X7</p><p>and of (^amaralzamanname perish, and my Kingdom pass to others, forI have not a son to come after me. Tell me,is there anything I can do to avert so great acalamity ? '</p><p>His Vizier answered, ' When human meansfail, it is then that we must rely on Heaven, foroften these evils are sent to remind us of ourdependence on Him who alone holds power.Fast, therefore, and pray, and perform ablutions,and when that is done make a great banquet, andcall to it the poor and needy ; it may be thatamong them will be found one pure and righteoussoul whose blessing will thus descend on thee, forthe fulfilment of thy desire.'</p><p>The King did as his Vizier advised: he madea great feast, and called to it all whose povertymight give virtue to their petition : and biddingthem pray that he might have a son, caused meat tobe set before them ; so they did eat and were filled.</p><p>This holy act had the desired effect; one of</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 20/156</p><p>The History of TZadourathe King's four Queens immediately conceived,and in course of time presented him with a son asfair as a full moon on a cloudless night. Whenthe midwives and nurses carried him to his father,the King, seeing his beauty and transported withjoy at the event, named him Camaralzaman, that isto say Moon of the Age ; and he sent out orders,on pain of death to any who disobeyed, that forseven days the drums were to beat and every housein the city to be decorated in sign of thanksgiving.Never were such rejoicings heard.</p><p>The Prince was reared and educated with allcare and magnificence until he attained the age offifteen. For the polish of his manners and theenlightenment of his brain the wisest and mostaccomplished men in the Kingdom were chosen ;and since from the first he displayed a modestand docile disposition, combined with a fine under-standing, he became, as he approached the yearsof manhood, the most virtuous and eligible heir to</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 21/156</p><p>and of (^amaralzamana throne that monarch or people could find it intheir hearts to desire.</p><p>He was of surpassing comeliness and grace,perfect in form and stature; and his father lovedhim so tenderly that he could scarcely bear to beaway from him either by night or day. Thisdevotion to his son was, indeed, so excessive, thatthe King himself was perturbed by it, for alwaysaccompanying it was a terror lest the Prince mightdie.</p><p>One day he said to his Grand Vizier, ' Howcame it that my happiness in the possession of sucha son gives me anxiety rather than rest ? When Iwas childless I was miserable, and now that thedesire of my heart has been satisfied, I am full ofdread lest he also should die childless and my hopeof posterity fail ? Calamities and accidents comewhen we least expect them, and so it seems to menow that the Prince being vigorous and strong isin greater danger of death than I who am near the</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 22/156</p><p>IO</p><p>The History of TSadouragrave. For him a thousand perils are waiting,while I have nothing to fear but old age. If,therefore, I may not see my son married in myown lifetime I shall die in a state more miserablethan that which I endured before he was born.'</p><p>His Vizier said, ' The Prince is still full young,but nothing forbids that he should marry if, by thewill of Allah, we can find one worthy of him.'</p><p>' As for that,' said the King, ' Heaven cannothave willed to send into the world a form of beautyand of virtue so pre-eminent without also providinga fitting match for it. Doubt not, if the Princehimself is willing, that some maiden not too farbeneath him will be found capable of sustainingthe honour.'</p><p>So Shahzaman sent for his son, and Camaral-zaman came and stood before him, and when hesaw the King seated in state upon his throne,though not having his lords round him, the Princebade reverence take the place of love, and with his</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 23/156</p><p>and of (^amaralzamanhead bowed down toward the ground waited insubmission for the royal word to be spoken.</p><p>Thus he stood before his father humbly as astranger ; for never before had the King so receivedhim, and he wondered why he had been summoned,and in his heart there was a fear.</p><p>The King perceiving his reserve said to him,' My son, can you now guess for what reason Ihave sent for you ? ' But the Prince answered,' My lord, I would not so presume ; for it is notin the power of one so young as I am to fathomthe thoughts of the hearts of Kings. Only when Ihear the true reason from your Majesty's lips willmy brain become enlightened.'</p><p>So he spoke, with all the decorum, and de-ference, and virtue, and prudent modesty whichhad been instilled in him by the preceptors of hisyouth ; and Shahzaman, his father, loved him forit, and said in his heart, ' Never was King blessedwith such a son as I.'</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 24/156</p><p>12</p><p>The History of BadouraThen he said to the Prince, ' What thou</p><p>lackest in years of man's estate thou hast alreadygained in wisdom and understanding ; thereforeas a man I speak to thee. Know, then, it is mywish that thou shouldst marry, so that before mydays are ended I may rejoice in the assurance ofmy posterity.'</p><p>When Camaralzaman heard these words heno longer hung his head, but stood up straight ;and as he made answer to the King his face flushedand his eyes grew bright ; and said he, ' O myfather, is it into bondage you would deliver meere I become a man ? Lo, here am I, the son ofKings, and all my life till now have I been free,and my soul has been free within me, because Ihave not gone in the way of women nor inclinedmy heart toward them ; but if I marry, then bytheir cunning and guile will my soul and myfreedom be taken from me. Far rather would Idrink the cup of death.'</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 25/156</p><p>'3</p><p>and of (^amaralzamanWhen King Shahzaman heard that, the light of</p><p>day darkened before him, for never until now hadhis son gone against his wish or disobeyed hisword. But, because he loved the youth verytenderly, he forgave him and thought not at thistime to punish him ; for he said to himself, ' Atpresent he is full young, and excess of virtue hathcaused his manhood to slumber.' So he forbore,and waited till another year should have passed,and withdrew not from his son the light andfavour of his countenance.</p><p>So Camaralzaman continued in undisturbed lifeto receive the instructions of his preceptors, andevery day he increased in beauty and comelinessof form, in modesty of mind, and in grace ofmanner and in elegance of deportment. Addedto which, he became accomplished in verse, andeloquence, and rhetoric and the divine sciences,so that the flower of his form and the honey ofhis understanding made together a thing of incon-</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 26/156</p><p>HThe History of Badoura</p><p>ceivable loveliness and attraction. Even as amagical willow-branch bearing peach-blossom andfruit at one season, so was he.1</p><p>Now when another year was completed, hisfather having once more consulted with the GrandVizier, sent for him again, and said, ' This time,</p><p>my son, listen to my word, and obey ; for nowhave thy years touched manhood, and unless thoubeget children thy virtue and wisdom are wasted.Therefore if thou wilt marry her whom I shallnow choose for thee, I will also make thee rulerover all my dominions ; so with mine eyes shall1 see my kingdom and my posterity established,and rejoice in thee before I die.'</p><p>But the Prince had listened so well to the pre-ceptors set over him to guard his virtue, and hadpondered so deeply the books which wise menhad written in their old age, when delight had fledfrom them and when all that they had done inthe past seemed only to be vanity, that his mind,</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Princess Badoura (Laurence Housman)</p><p> 27/156</p><p>and of (^amarahamaneven though his heart softened to his father...</p></li></ul>