|Montesquieu (16891755). Persian Letters. 1901.|
|Usbek to the Mollah Mehemet Ali, Guardian of the Three Tombs, at Koum|
|TO what end are the fasts of the imans, and the sackcloth of the mollahs? The hand of God has twice lain heavy upon the children of the law: the sun has obscured his beams and seems to shine only upon their overthrow: their armies assemble to be dispersed like dust.|| 1|
| The empire of the Osmanli is shaken by two defeats more disastrous than it ever experienced before. A Christian Mufti supports it with great difficulty: the grand vizier of Germany 1 is the scourge of God, sent to chastise the followers of Omar; he carries everywhere the wrath of Heaven, enraged at their rebellion and their treachery.|| 2|
| Holy spirit of the imans, thou weepest night and day over the children of the Prophet, whom the detestable Omar misled: thy bowels are moved at the sight of their misfortunes: thou desirest their conversion, and not their perdition: thou wouldst have them united under the standard of Hali through the tears of the saints; and not scattered among the mountains and the deserts through terror of the infidels.|
PARIS, the 1st of the moon of Chalval, 1718.
|Note 1. Prince Eugene, who defeated the Turks at Peterwardein, took Belgrade in 1717, and concluded the advantageous peace of Passarowitz in 1718. [back]|