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The Achehnese

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S. Should good luck be the lot of you and me in this contest, then you must fulfil a vow after you return home from this place.

D. Should I win my way through these engulfing waves, I shall have thee bathed in perfume ').

S. We have ere now, brothers, been delivered from seven dangers (i. e. come successfully through seven contests), but of a surety this evening's is the greatest of all.

D. Yes, it is very different from the former ones, of another kind from (our contests in) the past.

S. My vow, brothers, is an oftering of seven bunches of flowers for Teungku Anjöng2) in Gampong Jawa.

D. This evening there will perhaps be a mighty contest; whom shall I appoint to be panglima?

S. Brothers, make me your leader in the fight; you shall see how I shall shake the earth till it trembles again.

D. I fear, little brother, that it will not be as thou sayest, and tliat you will mayhap flee out yonder when the contest begins.

S. It is assured, brothers, that I should not flee, I who am a son of the upper reaches of the river 3), and skilied in fight.

D. Wherefore so boastful and conceited, little brother? I fear that thou wilt lose this courage and burst into tears.

S. This is 110 boastfulness nor high words of mine, brothers; you will see that I give proofs of valour, one against many.

D. Little brother, we remind thee of one thing only; thou must thyself endure the result, be it good or ill.

S. Brothers, I only ask you to stand fast behind me and to spread forth your hands in prayer (for our success).

D. I have told thee of seven lands, little brother; I now go to study for three years.

S. I know it well, brother, my teungku; you have been sought for in all lands.

D. What is thy wish, little brother, teil us thy desire.

S. I wish to take the geudubang (a sort of sikitt) and to go forth and make war, I being panglima.

D. How canst thou, little brother go forth to war? Thou seest

1) Here we have the daléms' vow.

2) See Vol. I, p. 156.

3) See Vol. I, p. 34.