Excerpt from Lady Burton's Edition of Her Husband's Arabian Nights, Vol. 6 of 6: Translated Literally From the Arabic; Prepared for Household Reading She pursued, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that Abdullah of the Sea said to Abdullah of the Land, And if a thousand or more of this kind hear an Adamite cry a Single cry, forthright all die, nor hath one of them power to remove from his place so, whenever a son of Adam falleth into the sea, we take him and anoint him with this fat and go round about the depths with him, and whenever we see a Dandan or two or three or more, we bid him cry out and they all die forthright for his once crying. Quoth the fisherman, I put my trust in Allah 5 and doffing his clothes, buried them in a hole which he dug in the beach; after which he rubbed his body from head to heels with that ointment. Then he descended into the water and diving, opened his eyes and the brine did him no hurt so he walked right and left, and if he would, he rose to the sea-face, and if he would, he sank to the base. And he beheld the water as it were a tent over his head, yet it wrought him no hurt. Then said the Merman to him, What seest thou, O my brother? And said he, O my brother, I see naught save weal 1; and indeed thou spakest truth in that which thou saidst to me for the water doth me no hurt. Quoth the Merman, Follow me. So he followed him and they ceased not faring on, from place to place whilst Abdullah discovered before him and on his right and left mountains of water and solaced him self by gazing thereon and on the various sorts of fish, some great and some small, which disported themselves in the main. Some of them favoured buffaloes,2 others oxen and others dogs and yet others human beings; but all to which they drew near ﬂed, whenas they saw the fisherman, who said to the Merman, O my brother, how is it that I see all the fish to which we draw near ﬂee from us afar? About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.