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poor, without title, reputation, or merit, friends to tumult
and wickedness, fraudulent, hypocritical, and deceitful,
bitter of heart like aloes, with honied tongue, traitors to
bread and salt, ungrateful, speakers of falsehood, alike
building the most magnificent mansions and fond of ruined
caravanserais, seeking the ways of hell, having conspired
together will destroy the fire-temples, and turn to them-
selves the spirit of the inhabitants of Iran. The sons and
daughters of the nobles shall fall into their hands, and the
children of the virtuous and mighty become their attend-
ants ; nay, this race shall make a covenant-breaker king
over them : —

'''That person among them obtains both power and rank,
Whose career is directed to the production of misery.**

When this millennium comes to a termination, the clouds
shall mostly appear unattended by rain ; the rains not fall



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in their season ; heats predominate ; the water of rivers be
lessened; few cows or sheep be left remaining; and men
despicable in figure, small of stature, weak in form, shall
then be met with. —

*The speed of the horse and the rider shall suffer diminution,
And no productive energy remain in the bosom of the sown field.**

Men shall gird the sacred zone in secrecy, and drag on a
dishonored existence, forgetting altogether the Nduroz and
the festival of Farvardin.




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