The Persian Moonshee, Containing a Copious Grammar, and a Series of Entertaining Stories: Also the Pund-namu of Sadee, Being a Compendium of Ethics, in Verse ... to which is Added Forms of Addresses, Petitions, Citations, and Bonds, Etc., the Whole in the Arabic and Roman Characters Together with an English Translation
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Page 158 - He sought for scissars, but could not find them. Having no other course, he took half his beard in his hand, and carried the other half towards the lamp : when the hair took fire, the flames reached his hand ; upon which, letting go his hold, the beard was entirely consumed, and the kdzi overwhelmed with shame, as it verified what was written in the book.
Page 150 - Others observed thus to the man who wept : "The learned man does not make any impression on our minds ; what kind of a heart must you have to be always in tears?" He answered, " I do not weep at his discourse, but I had a favourite goat, of which I was exceedingly fond. When the goat grew old he died : now, whenever the learned man speaks and wags his chin, the goat comes to my remembrance, for he had just such a long beard.
Page 155 - He is a great tyrant." The king said, " Do you know me?" He answered, "No." The king rejoined, "I am the monarch of this place.
Page 141 - ... did not win, the other might cut off a seer of flesh from his body. Having lost the wager, the plaintiff wanted to cut off a seer of his flesh ; but, he not consenting, they went together before the Cazy. The Cazy recommended to the plaintiff to forgive him ; but he would not agree to it. The Cazy, being enraged at his refusal, said, " Cut it off; but if you shall exceed or fall short of the seer, in the smallest degree, I will inflict on you a punishment suitable to the offence.
Page 154 - In short, the servant saw two crows in one place : he informed his master ; but when the latter came, he saw only one, the other having flown away. He was very angry, and began to beat the servant ; at which time a friend sent him some victuals. The servant said, " O my lord ! you saw only one crow, and have obtained victuals; had you seen two, you would have got a beating.
Page 154 - STORY XLIV. A person said to his servant," If you see two crows together early in the morning, apprize me of it, that I may also behold them, as it will be a good omen, whereby I shall pass the whole day pleasantly.
Page 164 - They went out of the city together, and buried the money under a tree. Some days after the miser went alone to the tree and found no signs of his money. He said to himself, " Excepting that friend, no other has taken it away ; but if I question him he will never...
Page 164 - He therefore went to his (the friend's) house and said, " A great deal of money is come into my hands, which I want to put in the same place ; if you will come to-morrow, we will go together.
Page 164 - He therefore went to his house, and said, " A great deal of money is come to my hands, which I want to put in the same place; if you will come tomorrow, we will go together." The friend, by coveting this large sum, replaced the former money, and the miser the next day went there alone, and found his money. He was delighted with his own contrivance, and never again placed any confidence in friends.