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Literature and Love

Literature and Love A king heard talk of a princess’s beauty and fell in love with her. Then he gave up his throne and crown, and set out for a remote country to see her with his own eyes. But Prince Jan-e-Alam did something even more marvellous, for he fell in love with Anjuman Ara sight unseen, on the mere word of a parrot, and wandered from pillar to post, covered with dust, in search of her. Then, there was the prince who saw a form in a dream, and in the morning described her appearance to his father, saying, “If I marry, I will marry only her; if not, I will drown myself.” And there was the prince who saw a slipper and said, “If the slipper is like this, then what must its wearer be like?!” and gave himself up in love to the wearer. It was not just princes: in those days everyone loved, and they loved in this way. A young woodcutter, while felling a tree, would hear a sweet voice. The voice would carry him away. “If the voice is such, then what must its owner be like?!” Then when he had finished slowly felling the tree, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

A king heard talk of a princess’s beauty and fell in love with her. Then he gave up his throne and crown, and set out for a remote country to see her with his own eyes. But Prince Jan-e-Alam did something even more marvellous, for he fell in love with Anjuman Ara sight unseen, on the mere word of a parrot, and wandered from pillar to post, covered with dust, in search of her. Then, there was the prince who saw a form in a dream, and in the morning described her appearance to his father, saying, “If I marry, I will marry only her; if not, I will drown myself.” And there was the prince who saw a slipper and said, “If the slipper is like this, then what must its wearer be like?!” and gave himself up in love to the wearer. It was not just princes: in those days everyone loved, and they loved in this way. A young woodcutter, while felling a tree, would hear a sweet voice. The voice would carry him away. “If the voice is such, then what must its owner be like?!” Then when he had finished slowly felling the tree,

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 29, 2015

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