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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 133



had held Back from the turmoil of active life almost unconscionably, finally became so immersed in serious purpose that this alone seemed to count in the passing of the days and the years. His love of social life, his devotion to the chase and to the game of polo, in which he excelled, received indulgence only in the enforced leisure between campaigns. From these facts and the illuminating incidents recorded by his biographers, there is evolved an estimate of the man and even of his appearance. Small wonder that they inspired the creative instincts of a master mind. " His stature was above the middle size. His slender limbs and long spare hands and arms, though well proportioned to his person, and suited to the style of his countenance, did not at first aspect promise the display of vigor and elasticity which the Emir had lately exhibited. But, on looking more closely, his limbs, where exposed to view, seemed divested of all that was fleshy or cumbersome ; so that nothing being left but bone, brawn and sinew, it was a frame fitted for exertion and fatigue, far beyond that of a bulky champion. The countenance of the Saracen naturally bore a general national resemblance to the Eastern tribe from whom he descended, and was as unlike as possible to the exaggerated terms in which the minstrels of the day were wont to represent the infidel champions, and the fabulous description which a sister art still presents as the Saracen head upon sign posts. His features were small, well formed and delicate, though deeply em


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