The Tale and the Poet

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The Tale and the Poet
by Richard Francis Burton
Reproduced from the entry in The Book of Fantasy, which gives no source for it.

Tulsi Das, the Hindu poet, created the tale of Hanuman and his army of monkeys. Years afterward, a despot imprisoned him in a stone tower. Alone in his cell, he fell to meditating, and from his meditation came Hanuman and his monkey army, who laid low the city, broke open the tower, and freed Tulsi Das.