Told in the Gate

Paperback | February 4, 2012

byArlo Bates

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892. Excerpt: ... IN THE GATE. TN the arched gateway of fair Ispahan, Where shadows all day long in ambush lurk Ready to steal abroad at nightfall, sits Omar, the story-teller. On his breast, White as sputi-glass, his hoary beard flows down Until it hides his girdle; his deep eyes Like cave-set pools in gleaming blackness shine; His voice is mellow as a drop which falls, Pure liquid music, in a cistern hewn From out the living rock. Around him sit The chief men of the city, they that be Princes and potentates of Ispahan, All listening tireless to the tales he tells. As there they sit at ease, lapped in delight, Smoking long, fragrant pipes, and nodding grave Their approbation with high dignity, The doleful camels burdened pass, the train Of desert-faring caravan; and veiled The women walk in unseen loveliness; While orient lights and perfumes and soft airs Give to each sweet romance its setting fit; And each who hears, himself may haply be Actor in tale as strange as that he lists. Through the long afternoon like fountain-fall Runs on the tale till the dim air is sweet With music of its murmurous syllables, The liquid, melting cadences which drop From Omar's lips like honey from the comb. Spell-bound sit they who hear; while talcs like these Old Omar tells; and long the shadows grow Of the tall camels passing and of slaves Who watch their masters, envying their ease In the cool gateway of fair Ispahan. THE SORROW OF ROHAB. I THE foes of Rohab thrust the tongue in cheek, Smiled in their beards, and muttered each to each; Fleet messengers went riding north and south And east and west among the tribes, while bruit Of discord ever louder waxed, as plots Begot and hatched in darkness bolder grew, And showed themselves in day. As adders held In a strong grasp writhe to be free a...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892. Excerpt: ... IN THE GATE. TN the arched gateway of fair Ispahan, Where shadows all day long in ambush lurk Ready to steal abroad at nightfa...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217645844

ISBN - 13:9780217645843

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