THE old story, the priest against the king, said Honain
to Alroy, when at his morrows interview, he had listened to
the events of the preceding night. My pious brother wishes
to lead you back to the Theocracy, and is fearful that, if he prays
at Bagdad instead of Sion, he may chance to become only the head
of an inferior sect, instead of revelling in the universal tithes
of a whole nation. As for the meteor, Scherirah must have crossed
river about the same time, and the Sultan of Roum may explain the
bloody portent. For the shriek, as I really have no acquaintance
with spirits, I must leave the miraculous communication to the favoured
ears and initiated intelligences of your highness and my brother.
It seems that it differed from the Daughter of the Voice
in more respects than one, since it was not only extremely noisy,
but, as it would appear, quite unintelligible except to the individual
who had an interest in the interpretation, an ingenious one I confess.
When I enter upon my functions as your highnesss chamberlain,
I will at least guarantee that your slumbers shall not be disturbed
either by spirits or more unwelcome visitors.