The thousand and one nights (Volume 1): commonly called, in England, the Arabian nights' entertainments . ked a little way, and destiny cast them amongthe gardens, and they came to a place which they found swept andsprinkled, with long mastabahs, and pots suspended filled with water,and over it was a covering of trellis-work of canes extending along thewhole length of a lane, at the upper end of which was the gate of agarden; but this was shut. And Noor-ed-Deen said to the damsel,By Allah, this is a pleasant place!—and she replied, O my master, letus sit down a while upon one of these mastabah

The thousand and one nights (Volume 1): commonly called, in England, the Arabian nights' entertainments . ked a little way, and destiny cast them amongthe gardens, and they came to a place which they found swept andsprinkled, with long mastabahs, and pots suspended filled with water,and over it was a covering of trellis-work of canes extending along thewhole length of a lane, at the upper end of which was the gate of agarden; but this was shut. And Noor-ed-Deen said to the damsel,By Allah, this is a pleasant place!—and she replied, O my master, letus sit down a while upon one of these mastabah Stock Photo
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The thousand and one nights (Volume 1): commonly called, in England, the Arabian nights' entertainments . ked a little way, and destiny cast them amongthe gardens, and they came to a place which they found swept andsprinkled, with long mastabahs, and pots suspended filled with water, and over it was a covering of trellis-work of canes extending along thewhole length of a lane, at the upper end of which was the gate of agarden; but this was shut. And Noor-ed-Deen said to the damsel, By Allah, this is a pleasant place!—and she replied, O my master, letus sit down a while upon one of these mastabahs. So they mountedand seated themselves there, and they washed their faces and hands, and enjoyed the current of the zephyr, and slept.—Glory be to Himwho sleepeth not! This garden was called the Garden of Delight, and in it was apalace called the Palace of Diversion, and it belonged to the KhaleefehHaroon Er-Rasheed, who, when his heart was contracted, used to cometo this garden, and enter the palace above mentioned, and there sit.The palace had eighty latticed windows, and eighty lamps were sus-. pended in it, and in the midst of it was a great candlestick of gold;and when the Khaleefeh entered it, he commanded the female slavesto open the windows, and ordered Is-hak the cup-companion to singwith them : so his heart became dilated, and his anxiety ceased.There was a superintendent to the garden, an old man, named thesheykh Ibraheem ; and it happened that he went forth once to transactsome business, and found there persons diverting themselves withwomen of suspicious character, whereupon he was violently enraged, and having waited until the Khaleefeh came thither some days after, he acquainted him with this occurrence, and the Khaleefeh said, Whomsoever thou shalt find at the gate of the garden, do with himwhat thou wilt. Now on this day the sheykh Ibraheem went out totransact an affair of business, and found the two sleeping at the garden-gate covered with a single izar; and

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