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DUTTON ®» COMPANY Miss Boyajian is giving all the profits of this edition to the Lord Mayor*: Armenian Fund ? ^(^""^ ^f 1 ^ De&icatei) TO THE UNDYING SPIRIT OF ARMENIA ^^CG20 PREFACE In preparing this book of Armenian Legends and Poems ray principal object was to publish it as a Memorial to an unhappy nation. Every day at the same hour he was to be seen on the road waiting, — waiting with the tenderest feelings of his heart aroused. But this time there were neither greyhounds nor hawk-bearers with her. " Is thy love so great, then S* " she asked, smiling.I have also largely based the decorative scheme of the illus- trations upon Ancient Armenian Art as we see it in mediaeval missals and illuminations. Galoustiantz; for designing the cover of this book. The ceaseless sounds of the heavy blows were to be heard day and night. Love strengthened the genius of the great Master, and the beauty of the Arian King's daughter fired him with enthusiasm.
Those who have learnt from this book what the Armenian race has shown itself capable of doing in the fields of art and literature, and who have learnt from history how true it has been to its Christian faith, and how tenacious of its national life, will hope that the time has now at last come when it will be delivered from the load of brutal tyranny that has so long cramped its energies, and allowed to take its place among the free and progressive peoples of the world. CONTENTS PAGE Preface vii Introduction .............. 3 My Heart is turned into a Wailing Child ......... Then he rose and walked with weak, trembling steps towards the palace he had created. He took up a heavy hammer and came out on to the narrow ledge. That rock-hewn palace which was prepared to be the temple of love and everlasting happiness became a hell full of tears and unending suffering.Miss Boyajian, the authoress of this book, is the daughter of an Armenian clergyman, whom I knew and respected during the many years when he was British Vice-Consul at Diarbekir on the Tigris. He worked all these wonders for the one being to whom he had devoted all the passion of his love.She is herself a painter, a member of that group of Armenian artists some of whom have, like Aivazovsky and Edgar Chahine, won fame in the world at large, and she is well qualified to describe with knowledge as well as with sympathy the art of her own people. 17 The Little Lake 18 Spring 20 Cradle Song .............. 23 Lament over the Heroes fallen in the Battle of Avarair 25 The Song of the Stork ............ He worked them all so that she might be continually reminded of the glorious past of Iran, that her heart might continually be rejoiced with the noble pride that she was the descendant of a great dynasty born of the gods, which had always done god-like deeds.^j;m^^ 11 '^^fc^'^v^ , ' GIFT or Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2008 with funding from IVIicrosoft Corporation Ww.archive.org/details/armenianlegendsp OOboyarich ^ ARMENIAN LEGENDS AND POEMS ARMENIA ARMENIAN LEGENDS AND POEMS ILLUSTRATED & COMPILED by ZABELLE C. AND A CONTRIBUTION ON "ARMENIA: ITS EPICS, FOLK-SONGS, AND MEDIAEVAL POETRY," By ARAM RAFFI LONDON: J. For instance, I should have liked to include some of the Sharakans (rows of gems) of Nerses Shnorhah ; but the impossibility of reproducing their characteristic forms in another language, and doing them any justice, made me decide not to translate any of them. But listen, Artist — to win the heart of the daughter of the Arian King requires great sacrifices." ^* I know that great goddesses require great sacrifices." " I do not demand what is impossible — I only wish to try thy love. And in the heart of the rock thou must make storehouses for my treasures, and underneath there must be dwelling-places for my horses.BOYAJIAN Ti GRANES THE Gr EAT King op Armenia WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY THE RIGHT HON. I have only given a few typical legends and poems, endeavouring, as far as possible, to convey the local colouring by adhering closely to the form, rhythm, and imagery of the originals in my translations. When all this is ready I shall be thine." She spoke, and rode away. The pickaxe and hammer of the Master worked untiringly at the unyielding rock.
Many gifted and well- known authors have been omitted, partly from considerations of space, and partly because of the scope of the work. 41 The Wind is howling through the Winter Night 42 The Armenian Poet's Prayer ........... He lost his peace of mind, abandoned his Art, and wandered like one beside himself in the solitudes of the mountains. He that can give form and life to a shapeless stone, he that creates beautiful beings out of cold marble, cannot but love what is beautiful himself. " Thou must create palaces for me out of that rock, so that I may look down from the summit with delight, and watch how the Tigris threads the beautiful plains of Assyria with its silvery curves, or how the tall palm-trees of Baghistan wave at the breathing of the gentle zephyrs.