Of the latter days and death of Bāz Bahādur.

Yet, in that Āhmad-ul-Umri telleth not of the end of Bāz Bahādur, be herein set down—as briefly as may be— the manner of his after-life and of his death and burial. After that he was defeated at Sārangpur by Adham Khān, Koka, and Pir Muhammad,* Nāsir-ul-Mulk, he fled to Khān­desh and, collecting a new army, fell on Pir Muhammad, but was again defeated. But when Pir Muhammad had taken Burhānpur and sacked it cruelly and was retiring with his booty to Māndu, Bāz Bahādur, aided by Tufel Khān, Regent of Berār and the Ruler of Asirgarh, fell on him in the defiles in the hills and in his flight he fell into the Narbada and was drowned, and ‘his soul passed from water into fire’.* Thereon Bāz Bahādur entered again into Māndu, but in the next year Akbār sent Abdullah Khān,* Uzbak, against him, and Bāz Bahādur fled without a battle. In Khāndesh and Guzerāt and even to the Deccan he wan­dered seeking assistance yet finding none. Thereafter he abode for a space with Rāna Udai Singh* of Udaipur, but in the fifteenth year of his reign Akbār sent Hassan Khān Khazānchi to bring him to court. Thereon he ‘hastened to the summit of fortune and paid his homage to the Emperor’ and became a noble of his court, ‘where he was encompassed with princely favours’.*

In these his later years, of a surety, Bāz Bahādur knew, and, in a manner, loved many women, such above all as added to beauty the charm of song. Yet was his heart ever true to his perfect Lady of the Lotus, who had died to keep herself pure, chaste, and loyal. When he came to die,* his last wish was to be laid by her side on the island at Sārangpur, where she had awaited his coming for many long and lonely years. There each by other they yet sleep, those two great lovers once more united, the Lady of the Lotus and her Lord, in the middle of the lotus-spread waters.