19G. The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman

Sinbad travels again and gets lost in a storm on a ship. They sail along the sepulchre of Solomon where three fish threaten to swallow the ship. Sinbad is cast upon an island. Here he makes a raft and travels to a valley. He is taken care of by a Shaykh. He sells the wood of his raft and marries the Shaykh’s daughter. The townsfolk appear to turn into birds and one day Sinbad insists on being taken with them. They bring him up to heaven, but when speaks the Tasbih he is put on a mountain. Here he gets a rod from two men living on the mountain. With the rod he beats a serpent holding a man between her jaws. He also meets the people who put him on the mountain. Sinbad apologises and is brought back to the city. His wife tells him the people are descendents of devils, except for her father. They both go back to Bassorah where Sinbad finds out he has been gone for twenty-seven years. He vows never to travel again. Sinbad the Landsman apologises for envying the position of Sinbad the Seaman and they remain friends.

After some time Sinbad longs to sail the sea and see foreign countries. His ship comes into a storm which blows them to the uttermost of the seas of the world. The sea is called the Sea of the Clime of the King, wherein is the sepulchre of Solomon. They hear a terrible cry and a huge fish appears, and a second more terrible, and a third tries to swallow the ship. After praying a violent squall of wind blows them onto a great reef and everything is plunged into the sea. Sinbad sits on a plank of the ship like a horse for two days and then comes to an island. Here he eats of the fruits and drink of its waters. He finds a great river. Again he makes a raft and embarks. He comes to a valley with a city of many people. He gets clothes from an old man and brings Sinbad to his home. After three days the Shaykh, his host, asks him to go to the beach to collect Sinbad’s goods. The Shaykh’s servants have collected them. Sinbad has no idea what the man is talking about but he comes along to see what the goods are.

The goods appear to be the wood of the raft with which Sinbad arrived. A thousand dinars is offered and the Shaykh asks Sinbad if he wants to sell it for that price. Sinbad lets the Shaykh decide. He asks Sinbad to sell him the wood for a hundred dinars more. Sinbad agrees and the wood is stored in the Shaykh’s warehouse. Some days later the Shaykh’s offers Sinbad his daughter and give him all the lands of the Shaykh. Sinbad is reluctant because of shame but eventually he is married.

The Shaykh one day dies and is buried. The rank is passed on to Sinbad and he finds out that the townsfolk tun into birds at the beginning of the month and none remain in the city but the women and children. Sinbad decides to ask them to take him with them next time, but when he does they are reluctant to do so. He is taken to the heavens and he hears the angels glorifying God. When he ends is Tasbih there comes fire from heaven. The company flees from it, curse Sinbad and put him on a mountain. Sinbad repents of what he did and two young men approach him with each a rod of red gold. They are servants of the Most High Allah abiding in the mountain. They give him a rod of red gold and leave him.

When Sinabd goes down the mountain he finds a serpent holding a man in her jaws. Sinbad smites the serpent with his rod twice. The serpent flees and the man will be Sinbad’s servant on this mountain. He meets the people and the man who put him on the mountain and Sinbad apologises to him. He is carried back to the city and is brought to his house. His wife tells him the people are brethren of the devils and know not how to mention the name of Allah Almighty. Her father was not of these devils and she asks Sinbad to go back to his country and take her with him. He set outs to Bassorah and finds out he had been gone twenty-seven years. Then he vowes to Allah never to travel again.

Upon ending his story he tells Sinbad the Landsman that his present state is a costs. Sinbad the Landsman apologises for envying his wealth. And their friendship didn’t cease until they died.

A. The First Voyage of Sinbad Hight the Seaman
B. The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman
C. The Third Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman
D. The Fourth Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman
E. The Fifth Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman
F. The Sixth Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman

From: The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night — Volume 06

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