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By A J Arberry

Originally released in 1964, this quantity gathers jointly extracts from lots of Arberry’s best-known works and supplementations them with a range of formerly unpublished translations. the cloth for this reason offers a brilliant photo of the richness and diversity of Islamic civilization from its origins to the past due 20th century.

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Distraught with sorrow, for seven nights and successive days ceaselessly she wandered among the pools of Sawá’id till at last she gave up hope, and her swelling udders shrank that no suckling and no weaning had ever wrung so dry. Now she heard the murmur of men’s voices, that startled her coming from the unseen—for man is her sickness of old— and on both sides, behind and before her, so she deemed, 44 danger awaited, the awful apprehension of doom. Then, when the huntsmen, despairing to come to grips, unleashed their flap-eared hunting-dogs with collars of untanned hide, they closed on her, and she turned upon them with her horn pointed and altogether like to a Samhari spear to repel them, for she was sure that if she repelled them not Fate inexorable was imminent, and certain death.

Widely spaced are her elbows, as if she strode carrying the two buckets of a sturdy water-carrier; like the bridge of the Byzantine, whose builder swore it should be all encased in bricks to be raised up true. Reddish the bristles under her chin, very firm her back, broad the span of her swift legs, smooth her swinging gait; her legs are twined like rope uptwisted; her forearms thrust slantwise up to the propped roof of her breast. Swiftly she rolls, her cranium huge, her shoulder-blades 38 high-hoisted to frame her lofty, raised superstructure.

Her long neck is very erect when she lifts it up calling to mind the rudder of a Tigris-bound vessel. Her skull is most like an anvil, the junction of its two halves meeting together as it might be on the edge of a file. Her cheek is smooth as Syrian parchment, her split lip a tanned hide of Yemen, its slit not bent crooked; her eyes are a pair of mirrors, sheltering in the caves of her brow-bones, the rock of a pool’s hollow. . Her ears are true, clearly detecting on the night journey the fearful rustle of a whisper, the high-pitched cry, sharp-tipped, her nobel pedigree plain in them, pricked like the ears of a wild-cow of Haumal lone-pasturing.

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