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Persian Tales | by David Lockhart Robertson Lorimer, E. O. Lorimer



Written down for the first time in the original Kermani and Bakhtlarl and translated by D. L. R. Lorimer And E. O. Lorimer

TitlePersian Tales
AuthorDavid Lockhart Robertson Lorimer, E. O. Lorimer
PublisherMacMillan And Co.
Year1919
Copyright1919, MacMillan And Co.
AmazonPersian Tales
Persian Tales

With Illustrations By Hilda Roberts

-Kermani Tales
You must find yourself a ship, you must sail, sail, sail, Then buy a horse and ride him on and on, Up the river gorges, over mountain, over, vale, Till you come to the gardens of Kerman. The ...
-I. The Story Of The Wolf And The Goat
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a goat who had four children, one was Alil, one was Balil, one was Ginger Stick, and the fourth was Black Eyes. One ...
-II. The Story Of The City Of Nothing-In-The-World
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. In the town of Hich a Hich, the city of Nothing-in-the-World, there was a girl who had fallen and scraped her shin very badly. Af...
-III. The Story Of The Fortune-Teller
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a man who had a wife, and one day she went to the public baths. While she was at the bath she saw a lady of very high rank...
-IV. The Story Of Susku And Mushu
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a Mouse who was called Mushu, and a little Beetle whose name was Susku. Susku was going along one day dressed up in her ve...
-V. The Story Of The Marten-Stone
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a King who had a daughter, but he was never pleased with anything she did, and he found fault with her the whole day long....
-VI. The Story Of The Snake-Prince Sleepy-Head
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a King who had a Wazir, and both the King's wife and the Wazir's wife were hoping for a child. One day the King said to th...
-The Story Of The Snake-Prince Sleepy-Head. Continued
Eye of Grace started out, and on the way she became very curious to see what was in the casket. She lifted the lid a very little, just to peep in, but immediately the insects were all over her from he...
-VII. The Story Of The Colt Qeytas
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a King who had one son, and the boy's mother was dead. The King married again, so the young Prince had a stepmother. He al...
-The Story Of The Colt Qeytas. Continued
Now, not with one heart, but with a hundred hearts the Prince had fallen in love with the King's Daughter, so he told her his whole history from the beginning. And the two were in love with each other...
-VIII. The Story Of Nukhudu, Or Master Pea
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. One day a man came home to his house and said to his wife: Cook me a little ash, my dear, and let some one bring it down to the sho...
-IX. The Story Of Mushkil Gusha1
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a poor man who was a Thorn-cutter, and in his household there were just himself and his wife and one daughter. Every day h...
-The Story Of Mushkil Gusha1. Continued
Then the woman came and said to her husband: Those pebbles we emptied out are bright and sparkling, and have lighted up the room like moonlight. All right, said he, take whatever sacks, bags, car...
-X. The Story Of The Jealous Sisters
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a father who had three daughters, and his wife who was their mother was dead. Every day he used to go off to work at his t...
-XI. The Story Of The Prince And The Peri
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There were two brothers who were both kings; the one had three daughters and the other had one son, so they betrothed the eldest dau...
-XII. The Story Of The Idiot Boy Who Became King
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a mother who had three sons, one of whom was an idiot, but the other two were quite clever and had become merchants. On...
-The Story Of The Idiot Boy Who Became King. Continued
Then I'll pull down your house till you give me my fifteen qrans, and with that he struck the ground with his pick. As he struck, the ground crumbled away and showed a great hole. He went down into ...
-XIII. The Story Of Little Fatima
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. Fatima was a little girl who had both her father and mother still alive, and she used to go for lessons to a learned woman, a mulla....
-The Story Of Little Fatima. Continued
After this the stepmother, who had before treated her And on you be peace! 83 cruelly and half-starved her, giving her only a little barley and millet bread to take out into the desert for her whole...
-XIV. The Story Of The Boy Who Became A Bulbul
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a man who had a small son and daughter, and he had taken another wife, so the children had a stepmother. One day the fa...
-XV. The Story Of The Prince Who Didn'T Exist
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a King who had three sons, two of them were dead and the third didn't exist; he also had three treasure-houses, two of the...
-XVI. The Story Of The Golden Lamp-Stand
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a merchant who had a daughter as beautiful as the rays of the sun. The girl's mother was dead, and the father had no other...
-XVII. The Story Of The Wolf-Aunt - A Moral For Husbands1
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was an old man whose business was to gather thorn bushes for fuel. He had one wife and seven daughters, and was very poor. Eve...
-XVIII. The Story Of Nim Tanak, Or Half-Boy
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a King to whom no children were born, and this made him very sorrowful, till one day from grief and sorrow he wandered out...
-XIX. The Story Of The Brother Whose Luck Was Asleep
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a father who had two sons. When he died the young men came and divided the property fairly. The younger brother took no...
-XX. The Story Of The Fox's Pilgrimage To Mecca
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a Fox who went one day into a reed-brake to play, and in playing he broke one of the reeds. He took it and put it over his...
-XXI. The Story Of The Shawl-Weaver And The Seven Spinsters
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a woman who had seven daughters, and their trade was spinning; on their wheels they used to spin fine wool. Among their cu...
-The Story Of The Shawl-Weaver And The Seven Spinsters. Continued
The husband went to the bazar to get the necessary supplies for the fast - clarified butter, dried curds, lentils, pease; he brought these home and said to his wife: Now, don't touch these, I am keep...
-XXII. The Story Of The Orange And Citron Princess
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a King who had a son, and the boy was sent to school. He was such a clever lad and did his work so well that the mulla gre...
-The Story Of The Orange And Citron Princess. Part 2
She placed it on her eyes and kissed it before opening it to read. Well, since you have brought a letter from my sister, I shall show you the country and the home of the Daughter of the Orange and th...
-The Story Of The Orange And Citron Princess. Part 3
Thereupon she pitched all her water-jars on the ground and smashed them, and ran as quickly as she could back to the house and saw - the same ugly old black slave-woman that there always was! Her mist...
-XXIII. The Tale Of The Wise Qazi
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was once a villager who found a horse-shoe out in the desert. He had so little brains that he didn't even know what it was, so...
-XXIV. The Story Of Muhammad Tirandaz The Archer
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was once a man called Muhammad who was a shawl-weaver. One day he was sitting behind his shawl, weaving away, when it chanced ...
-XXV. The Story Of The Country Of Fools
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a man who got married and took his wife to his house, where he also had a goat. One day the husband was out and the bride ...
-XXVI. The Story Of "Roads" And "Shortcuts"
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There were a man and a woman, both of whom were Der-wlshes. One day they went to Erbab Abdullah's house and got half a mann of barle...
-The Story Of "Roads" And "Shortcuts". Continued
On and on he went till he came to the place the Wolf had described, and, sure enough, there he found a whole flock which was black, and one of the black sheep had a white star on its forehead. And - y...
-XXVII. The Story Of The Grateful Corpse
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a Chief of the Merchants, called Malik ut Tujjar, in the city of Chin, who gave a hundred tumans to his son and said: Go ...
-XXVIII. The Story Of The Praying Baker
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a certain King who went out one evening three hours after the sun had set, and having put on the garments of a derwish, he...
-XXIX. The Story Of Baldhead And The Scanty-Beards
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. There was a bald-headed man who was the owner of a cow. His son grew up and said one day: Father, I want you to find a wife for me ...
-The Story Of Baldhead And The Scanty-Beards. Continued
Some time after this the Scanty-Beards came to the village and hunted about and found Baldhead out in the plains. They went up to him in wrath, intending to burn his father, but they noticed the littl...
-XXX. The Sad Tale Of The Mouse's Tail
Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God. The Mouse went out a-stealing and fell into a trap, and her tail got torn off. Away she went to the Cobbler and said: Cobbler, C...
-XXXI. The Story Of The Magic Bird
There was once a poor man who made his living by cutting and bringing in thorn-bushes for firewood. Every day he went out and cut a load of thorns, and, putting it on his back, brought it home and sol...
-The Story Of The Magic Bird. Part 2
At the time of the mid-day meal the woman returned to the house with her friend. Good, said she, I'll bring dinner, and she went to get the pot off the fire, but saw that it had been tampered with...
-The Story Of The Magic Bird. Part 3
I am the son of the Qazi of a town, said he. Excellent, replied they. Now, Qazi, just apportion these things for us. Bring them here, then, said he. Now he perceived that these men were the so...
-The Story Of The Magic Bird. Part 4
Then Mahmad went off and tore some bark from the tree and tied it round his feet, and he cut a wand and held it in his hand, and plucked some of the leaves and put them in his pocket. Then he started ...
-XXXII. The Story Of The Two Golden Brothers
Once upon a time there was a man called Malik Ahmad who had seven wives, but he had no children by any of them. Here I have all this wealth, said he, but I have no children, so what is the good of ...
-The Story Of The Two Golden Brothers. Continued
One day he said: I am getting very bored. Give me some men with me and let me go out hunting. By all means, said his father-in-law, and he placed some hunters at his disposal, and they mounted and...
-XXXIII. The Story Of Ahmad Girdu And His Two Brothers
There were once three brothers, one of whom was called Nasir, one Khonkar, and the third Ahmad Girdu. They quarrelled and fought, and at last Ahmad Girdu got angry and went away to Arabistan. Now the ...
-XXXIV. The Story Of The Hunter And The White Snake
It is related that there was once a chief hunter whose name was Adagar. One day he said: I want to go hunting, and he cooked bread and food to take with him. When he was ready he shouted to his brot...
-XXXV. The Story Of Fayiz And His Peri Wife
There was a married man called Fayiz, who was true-hearted and honest, and, moreover, a very handsome young man. One day he went to the mountains with the flocks, and as he sat there he played on h...
-XXXVI. The Story Of The Merchant Of Isfahan And His Faithless Wife
There was once a man who was very rich and had much property, but he had no children except one very fine young boy. Now the daughter of a merchant came along and passed by that way. Her veil chanced ...
-The Story Of The Merchant Of Isfahan And His Faithless Wife. Continued
After this he came back again to the guest in the public room, and he went himself and brought food and set it before him and said: Partake of supper. But he said: I will not eat. Why not, asked...
-XXXVII. The Story Of The Cowherd Who Woke The Princess
There was once an old woman who had a son. He was only a cowherd, but he was very wise, clever, and intelligent. One day he said: Mother, go to the Kadkhuda and get his daughter for me to be my wife....
-XXXVIII. The Story Of Taling, The Half-Boy
There was once a man who was very wealthy and had seven wives, but he had no children. He thought to himself: Here am I with all this wealth, but no children. What good is the world to me? So he aba...
-XXXIX. The Story Of How Fatima Killed Her Mother And What Came Of It
There was once an old woman who was a tattooer.1 All the women used to go to her to be tattooed, and she took food from them in payment. Now there was a man who had a daughter called Fatima, and one d...
-The Story Of How Fatima Killed Her Mother And What Came Of It. Part 2
Then the girl brought up the calf and said: Yellow calf, from one ear ash and pulau and from the other rose-water. And they spread out a handkerchief and a sheet, which were immediately covered with...
-The Story Of How Fatima Killed Her Mother And What Came Of It. Part 3
Instantly he awoke and stood up, and kissed her forehead, and said: You are my child; I'll give you whatever you want. Then he set a moon on her chin and a sun on her forehead, and said: Now go, a...
-XL. The Story Of The Man Who Bought Three Pieces Of Advice
There was once a man who had a son called Malik Ibrahim, and he also had three hundred tumans. On the day when he was about to die he made a statement of his last wishes. Son, he said, it is my las...
-The Story Of The Man Who Bought Three Pieces Of Advice. Part 2
She began to address him from the top of the castle, and he said: If I come and ask the King for you to be my wife, will he give you to me? Well, said she, many suitors have come, but he hasn't g...
-The Story Of The Man Who Bought Three Pieces Of Advice. Part 3
Very quietly she slipped two fingers into her pocket and extracted the ring. Then she said: O Your Majesty King Suleman, take us and the castle and the man who is in love away to his town! ...
-XLI. The Story Of The Peri And The King's Son
The story has come down to us that there were once two brothers, both of whom were kings. One of them had three daughters and the other had a son. The boy was sent to school, and for some years he pur...
-XLII. The Hemp-Smoker's Dream
There was once a man who smoked hemp and then went to the public baths. He sat down, and the Barber came to shave his head. The Barber put a mirror in his hand, and he looked at his own face in it and...
-XLIII. The Story Of The Wolf-Bride
It is related that there was once a man who had the fortune to obtain a son, and he went to the akhund to get the boy's horoscope.1 The akhund told him: Your son is fated to be torn in pieces by a wo...
-XLIV. The Story Of The Man Who Went To Wake His Luck
There were once two brothers, one of whom was very rich and the other very poor. One day the latter went to the mountain where his brother's herds of horses were. When he got there he found that two o...
-XLV. The Sad Story Of The Beetle, The Mouse, And The Ant
There was once a Black Beetle who said to herself: Why do I stay here? I'll go and visit the Mouse and marry him. She started off and began walking along the road, and on her way she came to an old ...
-XLVI. Tortoise Bowl-On-The-Back And The Fox
Once upon a time there was a Tortoise who was known as Bowl-on-the-Back. He was sowing seed when a Fox chanced to pass by that way and said to him: May God give you strength, and went on his way. Af...
-XLVII. The Fox And His Order From The King
Once upon a time there was a Fox who went to a village to look for a hen, for he hoped to find one that he could carry off and eat. When he got in among the hen-houses, however, the dogs saw him and g...
-XLVIII. The Story Of Ramazan Of Hamadan And The Poor Labourer
There was once a man who was forced by poverty to go and work as a common labourer. This continued for a number of years, and all the time he was toiling hard. At last he came into possession of one h...
-XLIX. The Story Of The Shepherd Who Found A Treasure
There were once two shepherds with their flocks, and they were pasturing them out in the open country. One of them went to sleep, and the other was sitting beside him when he saw a green fly come out ...
-L. The Story Of The Merchant . And The Saffron
There was a wealthy merchant whose name was Malik Ahmad, and he possessed one hundred karurs of qrans, that is, fifty million qrans, in cash, apart from landed property, and he had business in every c...
-LI. The Story Of The Seven Daughters
There were a husband and wife who had seven daughters. The father used to go to the mountain every day, and every day he found and shot seven hill-partridges and he came back and divided them amongst ...
-LII. The Story Of Shah Abbas And The Poor Mother
One night Shah Abbas went out roaming, and he wandered about everywhere till he came to some ruins. There he became aware of a sound of children crying. They were saying: O Mother, we are dying of hu...
-LIII. The Apparition Of The Prophet Khizr
There was once a poor man who was very much in debt. Now there was a King in that country who ardently desired to see the Prophet Khizr,1 and he said: If any one will show him to me I will give him w...
-LIV. The Story Of The Impious Thorn-Gatherer
There was once a Thorn - gatherer who went out every day to the mountain and brought back thorn-bushes and sold them for a qran a load. One day he said: O God, what evil have I done that Thou hast gi...
-LV. The Story Of The King And The Two Blind Beggars
There were once two blind men, and they used to go every day and sit by the side of the road to beg. One used to say: Akbar, give me something, and the other used to pray: God of Akbar, do Thou giv...
-LVI. The Story Of The Fate Of The King's Only Son
There was once a King who for a long time had no children. At last he obtained a son, and he instructed the Astrologers to look and see whether the Prince had an appointed destiny or not. When they...
-LVII. The Story Of Haider Beg And Samamber
There was once a man called Haider Beg who was one of Shah Abbas's Qizilbash, and there was a maiden called Samamber who was the daughter of the Qazi of Kashmir. Now she was skilled in medicines, and ...
-The Story Of Haider Beg And Samamber. Continued
Now listen to a couple of words about Haider Beg. When they brought the bridegroom to the women's apartments he stole along behind them, saying to himself: Let me see what happens, so he went, and w...
-LVIII. The Story Of The Baker And The Grateful Fish
There was once a baker, and every morning when he mixed his dough he used to throw into the river all the bread that had got burnt and all the dough that was spoiled, and the fishes ate it up. Now ...
-The Pronunciation Of The Persian Words
Most of the consonants are pronounced just as in English, but: kb is like the ch of the Scotch lock or the gh of the Irish lough. gh is like nothing we have in English, but is a soft kh so to speak...
-Vocabulary
Akhund Another word for mulla. See mulla. Alhamdu Lillah! The praise be to God! Thank God! Persians always say this when they feel pleased with themselves, or when anything turns out well...
-Vocabulary. Continued
Hubble-Bubble See qalian. Huri Huris are beautiful female beings who in the Muhammadan Paradise minister to the spirits of the Faithful. Seventy-two are allotted to each good Muhammadan, who ...
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