Part 13 - How the vizier instructed the king to plot

    338    He had a vizier, a miscreant and ogler (deceiver), who by reason of (his exceeding) guile would tie knots on water 339   “The Christians,” said he, “seek to...


Part 13 - How the vizier instructed the king to plot

 

 

338

  

He had a vizier, a miscreant and ogler (deceiver), who by reason of (his exceeding) guile would tie knots on water

339

 

“The Christians,” said he, “seek to save their lives; they hide their religion from the king.

340

 

Slay them not, for slaying (them) is useless: religion hath no smell, it is not musk and aloes-wood.

341

 

The secret is concealed in a hundred coverings: its outward form is (in agreement) with thee, (but) the inward (reality) is (in) disagreement.”

342

 

The king said to him: “Tell (me), then, what is the (best) plan? What is the remedy against that deceit and imposture?

343

 

So that there may not remain a single Christian in the world, neither one whose religion is manifest nor one who is concealed.”

344

 

“O king,” said he, “cut off my ears and hands, rip my nose and lips by bitter (cruel) decree;

345

 

Then bring me under the gallows, that an intercessor may plead for me.

346

 

Do this deed in the place for (public) proclamation, on a highway where roads run in four directions.

347

 

Then banish me from thy presence to a distant land, that I may cast mischief and confusion amongst them.

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