Post-classical history

§ Another Predicts a Lion will Seek him Out

Here is another example of this. It came to our attention that a lion had appeared in the territory of Shayzar. We rode out to it and we found an attendant belonging to the amir Sabiq ibn Waththab,186 named Shammas, pasturing his horse in the same place.

My uncle asked him, ‘Where’s the lion?’

‘In those grasslands,’187 he replied.

‘Get in front of me and let’s go over to it,’ my uncle ordered.

‘You just want the lion to jump out and take me!’ he responded, but walked in front of him. The lion then came out as if he was sent on purpose to Shammas, and it took him and killed him out of all the other people there. But the lion, too, was killed.

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