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Collectanea. 403

Then he mounts his horse with spurs,

Saying, " Farewell, oh my sister !"

In a moment he had disappeared.

The rajas' sons now come to seek for tokens

But, behold ! Eyes and snouts are there no longer.

They each cut off whatever they can get

That they may convey [a token] to the king.

Then the nine rajas' sons

Leaped and ran as fast as they could.

Each one trying to beat the other.

" I, it was, who slew the fierce griffin."

But the king replied, " Do not deceive,

"The tokens of the deed bring hither to me."

The king when he beholds cannot but laugh.

"Not one of you all has killed the griffin."

Sa-kambar now comes and is seen by the king ;

The eyes and snouts, even the hands, he brings.

Then the king stands up and declares

"He holds the tokens who has killed the griffin."

The king declares while he stands up:

" What now is your counsel ?

" Now behold my daughter the princess.

"Sa-kambar is now her husband."

The rajas' sons were exceedingly angry ;

They depart without further ceremony.

They hasten towards their country with speed

And straightway collect all their forces.

To the princess, the king gives command,

" You and Sa-kambar must be joined ;

" Firstly, you suffered disease of the eyes,

" Then the tokens of the griffin, snouts and eyes."

When there had passed a night and a day,

Sa-kambar was called by the princess,

" Hei, Kambar, approach hither, I pray,

" Has not the king given me to you ? "

Sa-kambar sat down while he asked,

"Who killed the griffin and took the eyes?"

"A young man of very beautiful appearance."

" Whose son did he appear to be ? "

"To my thought he was Indra Bangsawan,

" He killed the griffin, and I was astonished,

"All the rajas' sons could not withstand him.

" His coming again no one knows."

We return to the rajas' sons.

They journey from evening until morning

Bringing soldiers and warriors.

Their desire being for war ;

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