Account of the Family of Farígun.

The country of Juzján had for a long time of the reign of the family of Sámán appertained unto Farigun, the inheritance descending from grand­father to father, and brought down from predeces­sor to successor. Their beneficent and generous dispositions had deserted the path of ill-will (or suspicion) with regard to people, and the poor and good of those regions sought, as an object to be attained, their protection and favour. Hence their wealth was an opportunity for hope (to dwell upon). Their land became the plain and meadow for the relaxation of all noble hearts, and the reward of poetry bore a high price in the market of their humanity, whilst their liberality was always forward and engaged in mending that which was broken, and in freeing that which was captive; and the virtuous examples of the world were eager to receive the beauty and ornament of their benefits. And Abú-Harith-’bn-Muhammad was one of the most illustrious princes of his dynasty, and the glory of all the race, and in their very embroidered border he possessed saintly beneficence, a broad canopy of protection, and a well ruling sceptre. The Amír Sabaktagin had requested favour after favour in behalf of his son, and for his son Abú-Nasr he had procured an incomparable pearl (one of his daughters in mar­riage?) from the glorious ocean, Nasir-Addín, so that the ground (the existence) of a union in temperament had been established between their two Highnesses. Moreover bonds of kindred and confidences of affinity had been fixed and inter­twined between them. And when Abú-Harith died, the Sultán confirmed his son in the possession of that territory, and specially aided and tended him, until, in the year 401, he migrated from the house of earth to the house of retribution. And Badí-Hamadání when he presented himself to their Majesties threw this fragment of poetry, when he was introduced, before them (Verse)

“A book and the sea, if I have never seen them I have heard an account of them;
“A lion! if I have not met with him I can imagine and portray his nature;
“A just king! if I have not fallen in with him his character hath fallen in with me, and whoso hath seen the effects of his sword hath seen his greatness,” &c., &c., &c.

And when he left the presence he composed the following, as an offering of thanks for his reception (Verse)

“Dost thou not see that in my journey I met with my wish, with riches, with the Amír;
“And whilst thou beholdest I was light and cheerful upon the earth,
“And I was an important person, who smells perfumes,” &c., &c.