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A Prince of Dreamers by Flora Annie Webster Steel

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1. Page scan source: http://books.google.com/books?id=vFkpAQAAIAAJ (University of California)

A PRINCE OF DREAMERS

A PRINCE OF DREAMERS

By

FLORA ANNIE STEEL

Author of

"A Sovereign Remedy," "On the Face of the Waters," "Voices in the Night," etc.

New York Doubleday, Page & Company 1909

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, INCLUDING THAT OF TRANSLATION INTO FOREIGN LANGUAGES, INCLUDING THE SCANDINAVIAN

COPYRIGHT, 1908, BY FLORA ANNIE STEEL

TO THE MEMORY OF A PRINCE OF DREAMERS AND A KING OF KINGS

OH LORD! WHOSE SECRETS ARE FOR EVER VEILED AND WHOSE PERFECTION KNOWS NOT A BEGINNING; (END AND BEGINNING BOTH ARE LOST IN THEE NO TRACE OF THEM IN THY ETERNAL REALM) MY WORDS ARE LAME--MY TONGUE A STONY TRACT-- SLOW WINGS MY SOUL--AND WIDE IS THE EXPANSE-- CONFUSED MY THOUGHTS--THIS THY BEST PRAISE, IN ECSTASY I SEE THEE FACE TO FACE.

--_Abul Faiz, Poet-Laureate at the Court of Akbar_

THE BIRD OF THE MORNING ONLY KNOWETH THE WORTH OF THE BOOK OF THE ROSE; FOR NOT EVERY ONE WHO READETH THE PAGE UNDERSTANDETH THE MEANING.--_Hafiz_.

PREFACE

"The fiction which resembles truth is better than the truth which is dissevered from the imagination," said the Persian poet Nizami, in the year 1250.

It remains true, however, to-day. So I give no excuse for this book. It is not one which will appeal to the man in the street. Nevertheless I make the attempt to give the character and the times of the Prince of Dreamers with a glad heart. It is as well that the twentieth century of the West should know something of the sixteenth century in the East.


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