Page:The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night - Volume 1.djvu/454

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Alf Laylah wa Laylah.

have read books and studied the rules of good breeding in the language of the Arabs. But I have no need to vaunt my own Prowess to thee more by token, as thou hast provided in thy proper person my skill and strength in wrestling, and thou hast learnt my superiority over other women. Nor, indeed, had Sharrkan himself been here this night and it were said to him:—Clear this stream! could he have done it; and I only long and lust that the Messiah would throw him into my hands in this very convent, that I might go forth to him in the habit of a man and drag him from his saddle-seat and make him my captive and lay him in bilboes,"——And Shahrazad perceived the dawn of day and ceased to say her permitted say.