A Tour Through Sicily and Malta: In a Series of Letters to William Beckford, Esq., of Somerly in Suffolk, from P. Brydone, F.R.S.

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Evert Duyckinck, 1813 - Malta - 275 pages
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Page 179 - Turkey carpets, to have been expressly designed not to resemble anything in the heavens above, in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth.
Page 22 - Dire Scylla there a scene of horror forms, And here Charybdis fills the deep with storms. When the tide rushes from her rumbling caves, The rough rock roars, tumultuous boil the waves...
Page 78 - Strombolo, and Volcano, with their smoking summits, appear under your feet ; and you look down on the whole of Sicily as on a map ; and can trace every river through all its windings, from its source to its mouth. The view is absolutely boundless on every side ; nor is there any one object, within the circle of vision, to interrupt it ; so...
Page 62 - Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze, Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees, Lives through all life, extends through all extent, Spreads undivided, operates unspent...
Page 132 - The fortifications of Malta are indeed a most stupendous work. All the boasted catacombs of Rome and Naples are a trifle to the immense excavations that have been made in this little island. The ditches, of a vast size, are all cut out of the solid rock. These extend for a great many miles, and raise our astonishment to think that so small a state has ever been able to make them.
Page 260 - But she is seldom capable of exercising these wonderful powers ; and her caprice and her talents, exerting themselves by turns, have given her all her life the singular fate of becoming alternately an object of admiration and of contempt. Her powers in acting and reciting are scarcely inferior to those of her singing ; sometimes, a few words in the recitative, with a simple accompaniment...
Page 78 - ... beam. The scene still enlarges, and the horizon seems to widen and expand itself on all sides, till the sun, like the great Creator, appears in the east, and with his plastic ray completes the mighty spectacle.
Page 81 - When we reflect on the immensity of its depth, the vast cells and caverns whence so many lavas have issued, — the force of its internal fire, to raise up those lavas to so vast a height, to support as it were in the air, and even to force them over the very summit of the crater,— with all the dreadful accompaniments, — the boiling of the matter, the shaking of the mountain, the explosion of flaming rocks, &c.
Page 80 - Sylvosa, or the woody region, which forms a circle or girdle of the most beautiful green, which surrounds the mountain on all sides, and is certainly one of the most delightful spots on earth. This presents a remarkable contrast with the desert region. It is not smooth and even like the greatest part of the latter ; but is finely variegated by an infinite number of those beautiful little mountains that have been formed by the different eruptions of ^Etna.
Page 140 - About three quarters of an hour after midnight there appeared to the south-west of the city a great black cloud, which, as it approached, changed its colour, till at last it became like a flame of fire mixed with black smoke. A dreadful noise was heard on its approach, that alarmed the whole city. It passed over part of the port, and came first upon an English ship, which in an instant was torn to pieces, and nothing left but the hulk ; part of the masts, sails, and cordage were carried along with...

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