Account of Abú-Nasr-’bn-Ahmad-’bn-Alí-’bn-Begáyelí, one of the principal Subjects of the Sultán.

The Amír Abú-Nasr was an agent of the Sultán, a dignitary of the State, and a shaikh of the kingdom, adorned with abundant virtue, illus­trious morals, exalted dignity, and expanded emi­nence, and well supported by great and incalculable real and personal estates, and possessed of the qualities of a modest mind, vigilance, penetration, and efficiency, who, if he wished, could divide and distinguish substance from accident, and to the acute vision of whose clear-sightedness veiled con­ceptions and secret ideals became bright and clear. He composed verses full of delicate phrases, expressing intelligent meanings. These verses are some specimens of the births of his genius and the unique productions of his mind (Verse)

“There is a building of magnanimity, and glory, and goodness, and virtue,
“Known as the building of the generous;
“It is not a building lined with mortar,
“It is a structure lined with kindnesses.
“Love to the generous, whose purse is never full;
“Thanks to the liberal, whose hands never collect,” &c.

It was one of the glorious boasts of Abú-Nasr-Begáyelí that he had two sons, each of them a star in the heaven of superiority and a moon in the horizon of prosperity: one, the Amír Abúl-Fazl, and the other the Amír Abu-Ibrahím. They were as two bright constellations in the high step (of knowledge) and two lights in virtuous renown. And Abúl-Fazl was more excellent in Arab pleasantries and of more distinguished manners. His verse and rhythm are like the paintings of skilful artists, and the round cheek of the specially beau­tiful. This is a section from his collection of sayings: “The arrival of the book of the Shaíkh! how did our hearts yield to its beauty, by confess­ing and following its (excellent) words, in compar­ing it to the rarest representations. One may affirm that it is the enchantment of meeting (with the loved object) it is the purity of nature. One may show that it is the necklace of the new moon, the clasp of Aurora, and the collar of Paradise,” &c.