My lack of IT knowledge has to date meant that I can’t copy from my book and make images larger which in turn makes some of them hard to read. Equally I guess it’s a kind of safety net for copyright issues. But to respond to one question here’s the Sinbad tale again in readable form
Sinbad’s other tale
The Sperm it feeds on cuttlefish,
By all accounts a tasty dish
But not the bones that stomach cut
And form great scars upon the gut.
Which when the whale has had enough
And promptly sickens of the stuff
Ejects this morass on the sea,
Where “mermaid’s gold” awaits for me.
As Allah’s gift is worked upon,
By wind and waves, by rain and sun,
To give aromas of delight
Which sets the nose of man alight
And this I sell for princely sum
In Basra’s market, where all come.
Alas, I cannot tell this tale,
Of Ambergris which comes from whale.
I need protect my trade you see,
And thus a story tell to thee.
Of abyss-edge, where fiery pits
Throw out the ambergris in bits,
So only bold will venture forth
And sail to East, West, South and North.
For with such dangers on the sea
Much safer ’tis to buy from me,
And rest assured they all come back
For nature’s aphrodisiac.
I praise my God for this bounty,
So wondrous made upon the sea.