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Ferishtah's Fancies
by Robert Browning
Binding: Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: BiblioLife
Weight: 0.38 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 0559158793
ISBN 13: 9780559158797
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: 2. THE MELON SELLER. Going his rounds one day in Ispahan, Half way on Dervishhood, not wholly there, Ferishtah, as he crossed a certain bridge, Came startled on a well remembered face. ' Can it be ? What, turned melon seller thou ? Clad in such sordid garb, thy seat yon step Where dogs brush by thee and express contempt ? Methinks, thy head gear is some scooped out gourd! Nay, sunk to slicing up, for readier sale, One fruit whereof the whole scarce feeds a swine ? Wast thou the Shah's Prime Minister, men saw Ride on his right hand while a trumpet blew And Persia hailed the Favorite ? Yea, twelve years Are past, I judge, since that transcendency, And thou didst peculate and art abased ; No less, twelve years since, thou didst hold in hand Persia, couldst halve and quarter, mince its pulp As pleased thee, and distribute melon like Portions to whoso played the parasite, Or suck thyself each juicy morsel. How Enormous thy abjection, hell from heaven, Made tenfold hell by contrast! Whisper me ! Dost thou curse God for granting twelve years' bliss Only to prove this day's the direr lot ? ' Whereon the beggar raised a brow, once more Luminous and imperial, from the rags. ' Fool, does thy folly think my foolishness Dwells rather on the fact that God appoints A day of woe to the unworthy one, Than that the unworthy one, by God's award, Tasted joy twelve years long ? Or buy a slice, Or go to school !' To school Ferishtah went; And, schooling ended, passed from Ispahan To Nishapur, that Elburz looks above Where they dig turquoise : there kept school himself, The melon seller's speech, his stock in trade. Some say a certain Jew adduced the word Out of their book, it sounds so much the same, jnrrTWO But great wits jump. Wish no...


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