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Children's Classic Fairy Tales From The East, Edited By Andrew Lang

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122'                  THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
THE SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINDBAD THE SAILOR
In the times of the Caliph Haroun-al-Raschid there lived in Bagdad a poor porter named Hind bad, who on a very hot day was sent to carry a heavy load from one end of the city to the other. Before he had accomplished half the distance he was so tired that, finding himself in a quiet street where the pavement was sprinkled with rose water, and a cool breeze was blowing, he set his burden upon the ground, and sat down to rest in the shade of a grand house. Very soon he decided that he could not have chosen a pleasanter place; a delicious perfume of aloes wood and pastilles came from the open windows and minsfled with the scent of the rose water which steamed up from the hot pavement. Within the palace he heard some music, as of many instruments cunningly played, and the melodious warble of nightingales and other birds, and by this, and the appetising smell of many dainty dishes of which he presently became aware, he judged that feasting and merry-making were going on. He wondered who lived in this magnificent house which he had never seen before, the street in which it stood being one which he seldom had occasion to pass. To satisfy his curiosity he went up to some splendidly dressed servants who stood at the door, and asked one of them the name of the master of the mansion.
' What,' replied he, ' do you live in Bagdad, and not know that here lives the noble Sindbad the Sailor, that
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