Voyages and Travels in the Levant in the Years 1749, 50, 51, 52: Containing Observations in Natural History, Physick, Agriculture, and Commerce: Particularly on the Holy Land, and the Natural History of the Scriptures (Google eBook)

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L. Davis and C. Reymers, 1766 - Natural history - 456 pages
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Page 283 - What could have been done more to my vineyard, That I have not done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, Brought it forth wild grapes?
Page 61 - THEY take the moft poifonous vipers with their bare hands, play with them, put them in their bofoms, and ufe a great many more tricks with them, as I have often feen. The perfon I faw on the above day, had only a fmall viper ; but I have frequently feen them handle thofe that were three or four feet long, and of the moft horrid fort.
Page 61 - Beings. I do not know whether their power is to be afcribed to good or evil; but I am perfuaded that thofe who undertake it ufe many fuperftitions.
Page 188 - Falcon, which flew in a direft line, like an arrow, and attacked the animal, fixing the talons of one of his feet into the cheek of the creature, and the talons of the other into its throat, extending his wings obliquely over the animal ; fpreading one towards one of its ears, and the other to the oppofite hip.
Page 127 - Turpentine-tree ; but farther towards Jericho, they are bare and barren. The vales, like the hills, are not fruitful, but deferted and uncultivated, being full of pebbles, and without vegetables ; neverthelefs, the earth confifts of a good red mould, and would amply reward the hufbandman's toil.
Page 63 - Viperae officinales, which were not fond of their lodging. They found means to creep out before the bottle could be corked. They crept over the hands and bare arms of the woman, without occasioning the...
Page 65 - ... serpents depends upon this circumstance. We see by this, that they know how to make use of the same means used by other nations ; namely, to hide under the superstitious cloak of religion what may be easily and naturally explained, especially when they cannot or will not explain the natural reason. I am inclined to think that all which was formerly, and is yet, reckoned witchcraft, might come under the same article with the fascination of serpents. The discovery of a small matter may in time...
Page 396 - Wine ferments, it ads on thefe fine particles, and the motion thereby occafioned is fufficient to mix them with the Wine, which by thefe means, contains all the virtues of the grape and flower. I know that the Greek...
Page 160 - OS] hanging ripe on the stem, which lay withered on the ground. From the season in which this mandrake blossoms and ripens fruit, one might form a conjecture that it was Rachel's dudaim. These were brought her in the wheat harvest, which in Galilee is in the month of May, about this time, and the mandrake was now in fruit.
Page 410 - Frank, lately arrived,, could know it before ; for (fays he) all who have yet come from Europe to fee this country, have regarded this relation either as a fable or miracle. The Arab feeing me inclined to be further informed, accompanied me and my French interpreter...

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