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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 154



way to recite from them calls for a rhythmic swaying motion of the body which in itself has a decided influence upon the listener, the more so if he be also a devout believer. Little reason to doubt that those who hearken will be moved to ardent sympathy, whether it be a denunciation of the infidel or a call to kindliness and charity. For Saladin — and probably this was true also of all his guests — there was likewise great intellectual pleasure in these recitals, for these expounders of hidden meanings were adepts in all the subtleties of logic so dear to the oriental mind, and there was feast for the brain as well as the soul in their performance. Fruitful as well as delightful were these nights at the Palace in Damascus — as they had been previously in the Palace at Cairo. But, alas, they came only rarely once the Sultan had launched the Holy War.


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