The oriental biographical dictionary (Google eBook)

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Asiatic Society, 1881 - History - 291 pages
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Page 177 - Shiraz, where be distinctly saw the nightingales trying to vie with the musician; sometimes warbling on the trees, sometimes fluttering from branch to branch, as if they wished to approach the instrument whence the melody proceeded, and at length dropping on the ground, in a kind of ecstacy...
Page 258 - In this dreadful condition, the king began to breathe in great agonies : he, however, encouraged the attack, and gave orders, till, in the evening, news was brought him of the reduction of the place : he then cried out, ' Thanks to Almighty God,
Page 41 - H. set himself up as God. He had first, he said, assumed the body of Adam, then that of Noah, and subsequently of many other wise and great men. The last human form he pretended to have adopted was that of Abu Moslem, a prince of Khorassan.
Page 251 - Marattas, seen her, then a beautiful young woman, "leading on her troops to the attack in person, and displaying in the midst of carnage the greatest intrepidity and presence of mind".
Page 224 - Shdh. alone survived to enjoy the fruits of his crime ; he continued to preserve his honours and the favour of his master, for the space of six years, when he died ; AH Shah was the only vazir, since the establishment of the Mongol monarchy, who died a natural death. Hitherto we have seen Rashid al...
Page 251 - ... cruelty can give her a claim to be numbered among the hardier sex, her right to virility will scarcely be disputed. The history of her life, if properly known, would (according to Colonel Skinner, and others who have had opportunities of hearing Ch.Vlj THE BEGtfM BUMROO. of, and witnessing her exploits) form a series of scenes, such as, perhaps, no other female could have gone through.
Page 83 - ... the field, and was, unperceived by the enemy, conveyed back to the palace at Chauragarh, to which Asaf returned immediately after his victory, and laid siege. The young prince was killed in the siege ; and the women set fire to the place, under the apprehension of suffering dishonour if they fell alive into the hands of the enemy.
Page 41 - Borkai, that is the veiled, because he used to cover his face with a veil, or a gilded mask, to conceal his deformity, having lost an eye in the wars, and being otherwise of a despicable appearance ; though his followers pretended he did it for the same reason as Moses did, viz. lest the splendour of his countenance should dazzle the eyes of the beholders. He made 'a great many proselytes at...
Page 251 - ... these his ambitious wife coveted the undivided possession, and she thus accomplished her purpose. A mutinous disposition, on the subject of pay, having manifested itself among Le Vassu's body-guard, the Begum, then about twenty-five, exaggerated the danger to her husband, and got intelligence conveyed to him that the rebels had formed a plan to seize and confine him, and to dishonour his wife. They, consequently, arranged to escape together from the fury of the soldiery; and at night started...
Page 90 - elected seven stories or romances, which he delivered to seven Poets to be composed in verse, that he might be able to ascertain the merits of each competitor. The Poet Unsuree, to whom the story of Roostum and Soohrab was given, gained the palm, and he was accordingly engaged to arrange the whole in verse.

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