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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 227



be driven from the lands of the Moslems in short order. Already Saladin, in accordance with his vows as an unflinching soldier of the Prophet, was considering the possibility of leading his army overseas, penetrat ing the territories of the enemy and carrying the Jehid to the remotest corners, until there should not remain anywhere under the canopy of bright heaven a single denier of the true faith. Said Beha ed-din : "With him to wage war in God's name was a veritable passion. It forced him to leave his family, his children, his native land. Leaving all these earthly enjoyments, he contented himself with dwelling beneath the shadow of a tent, shaken to the right and to the left by the breath of every wind." "Would you like me to tell you something?" he asked his secretary some time later, as they were looking out upon the storm-tossed Mediterranean. " Very much," replied the latter. "Well," said the Sultan, "when by God's help not a Frank is left on this coast, I mean to divide my territories, and to charge my successors with my last commands. Then, having taken leave of them, I will sail on this sea to its islands in pursuit of them, until there shall not remain on the face of this earth one unbeliever in God, or I will die in the attempt." Beha ed-din, who was frankly in the throes of terror at the mere sight of the waves tossed mountain high, and who could not conceive that mortal man would venture upon such a treacherous body, he being in accord with the learned doctors of the law who had


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