Persevere And Prosper

"He that seeketh shall find, and to him that knocketh shall be

opened," says an old Arab proverb. "I will try that," said a youth

one day. To carry out his intentions he journeyed to Bagdad, where he

presented himself before the Vizier. "Lord!" said he, "for many years

I have lived a quiet and solitary life, the monotony of which wearies

me. I have never permitted myself earnestly to will anything. But as

my teacher daily repeated to me, 'He that seeketh shall find, and to

him that knocketh shall be opened,' so have I now come to the

resolution with might and heart to will, and the resolution of my

will is nothing less than to have the Caliph's daughter for my


The Vizier thought the poor man was mad, and told him to call again

some other time.

Perseveringly he daily returned, and never felt disconcerted at the

same often-repeated answer. One day, the Caliph called on the Vizier,

just as the youth was delivering his statement.

Full of astonishment the Caliph listened to the strange demand, and

being in no peculiar humour for having the poor youth's head taken

off, but on the contrary, rather inclined for pleasantry, his

Mightiness condescendingly said: "For the great, the wise, or the

brave, to request a princess for wife, is a moderate demand; but what

are your claims? To be the possessor of my daughter you must

distinguish yourself by one of these attributes, or else by some great

undertaking. Ages ago a carbuncle of inestimable value was lost in the

Tigris; he who finds it shall have the hand of my daughter."

The youth, satisfied with the promise of the Caliph, went to the

shores of the Tigris. With a small vessel he every morning went to the

river, scooping out the water and throwing it on the land; and after

having for hours thus employed himself, he knelt down and prayed. The

fishes became at last uneasy at his perseverance; and being fearful

that, in course of time, he might exhaust the waters, they assembled

in great council.

"What is the purpose of this man?" demanded the monarch of the fishes.

"The possession of the carbuncle that lies buried in the sluice of the

Tigris," was the reply.

"I advise you, then," said the aged monarch, "to give it up to him;

for if he has the steady will, and has positively resolved to find it,

he will drain the last drop of water from the Tigris, rather than

deviate a hair's breadth from his purpose."

The fishes, out of fear, threw the carbuncle into the vessel of the

youth; and the latter, as a reward, received the daughter of the

Caliph for his wife.

"He who earnestly wills, can do much!"

Perseus The Hero Peter Klaus facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail