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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
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tainly thou hast acknowledged God for thy God, Islamism for thy religion, Mohammed for thy prophet, the Koran for thy priest, the sanctuary of Mecca for thy Kibla, and the faithful for thy brethren." He turned to the congrega-tion, and spreading forth his hands repeated the bene-diction, " Oh Lord pour patience on us, and cause us all to die Moslems." Melech Camel, as chief of the household, then approach-ed, and planted a sprig of cypress on the right and on the left of the grave, and each friend and relative performed the same sad duty, and then all standing together with their hands stretched out above the resting-place of the be-loved Sultana, repeated the portion of the sacred writings appointed for the closing service : " By the sun and its rising brightness—by the moon when she followeth him— by the day when he showeth his splendor—by the night when it covereth him with darkness—by the heaven and him who built it—by the earth and him who spread it forth—by the witness and the witnessed—by the soul and him who completely formed it, and inspired into the same its faculty of distinguishing and power of choosing wicked-ness ^and piety—now is he who hath possessed the same happy—" The procession then slowly and sadly departed from the hallowed precincts, and none marked the bowed and wast-ed figure of Salaman leaning upon the broken turf that hid from his dimmed and aged eyes the face of his only friend. His attachment for Elsiebede had been such as is common to animals remarkable for sagacity and fidelity, and the range of his intellect introducing him to no personal aspir-ings, all his thoughts had been concentrated in the one idea of serving his mistress. He had shared her confidence and favor in weal and in woe, and followed her fortunes with a zeal and industry that engrossed all his powers. Now that she was no more, there remained for him neither aim nor. purpose, neither hope nor desire. "Without a country, with-out a religion, he had worshipped Mass with the Christians, and repeated the Creed with the Moslems ; but since Elsie- 330 HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.


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