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      Gift to the King of Serendib   (The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor)

After completing on my sixth voyage, I quietly decided that I would go to none of the sea any more. Now I was of an age to live a quiet life and I had almost run a lot of risks which was much enough. I only wished to end my days quietly. One day, however, when I was talking with a number of my friends, I was told that an officer of the Caliph wants to speak to me, and when he was permitted he told me to follow him into the presence of Haroun al Raschid, which I accordingly did. After I had saluted him, the Caliph said:

"I have sent for you, Sinbad, because I need your help. I have chosen you to parcel a letter and a gift to the King of Serendib in return for his message of friendship."

The order that Caliph gave me, fell upon me like a thunderbolt.

"Commander of the Faithful," I answered, "I am ready to do whatever your Majesty commands, but I respectfully pray you to remember that I am totally depressed by the unknown sufferings I have gone through. Indeed, I have made a promise to myself never again to leave Baghdad."

With this I introduced him some of my long description of some of my strangest adventures, to which he listened with a great patience.

"I agree to this," he said, "that you have in fact had some extraordinary experiences, but I am unable to understand why these things should stop you from doing so, what I wish. You just have to go straightly only to Serendib and give my message to the king, then you are free to come back and do as you want. But  you must go; my honor and dignity require it."

Seeing that there is no way to help for it, I declared myself to obey him; and the Caliph, happy at having got his own way, gave me a thousand tinsels for the expenses of the voyage. I was ready to start my adventure once again, and taking the letter and the present I embarked at Balsora, and sailed quickly and safely to Serendib. Here, when I had finished my duty, I was well received, and brought into the presence of the king, who greeted me with joy.

"Welcome, Sinbad," he cried. "I have thought of you over and over again, and was pleased to see you once more."

After thanking him for the credit he showed towards me, I gave the Caliph's gifts. First a bed with complete hangings all cloth of gold, which cost a thousand tinsels, and another like to it of crimson stuff; fifty robes of rich embroidery, a hundred of the finest white linen from Cairo, Suez, Cufa, and Alexandria.

Then more beds of different fashion and a vase carved with the figure of a man aiming an arrow at a lion, and finally a costly table, which had once belonged to King Solomon. The King of Serendib received all the presents with pleasure the guaranteed of the Caliph's friendliness toward him, and now my task being finished I was worried to be off, but it was some time before the king would think of letting me go. At last, however, he allow me to go  with many presents, and I lost no time in going on board a ship, which sailed at once, and for four days all went very well.