Egypt

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Collier, 1902 - Egypt - 478 pages
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Page 78 - And we, we shall die, and Islam will wither away, and the Englishman straining far over to hold his loved India, will plant a firm foot on the banks of the Nile and sit in the seats of the Faithful, and still that sleepless rock will lie watching and watching the works of the new busy race, with those same sad earnest eyes, and the same tranquil mien everlasting. You dare not mock at the Sphynx.
Page 33 - The retreat of the inundation deposits a fertilizing mud for the reception of the various seeds ; the crowds of husbandmen who blacken the land may be compared to a swarm of industrious ants ; and their native indolence is quickened by the lash of the taskmaster, and the promise of the flowers and fruits of a plentiful increase. Their hope is seldom deceived; but the riches which they extract from the wheat, the barley, and the rice, the legumes, the fruit-trees, and the cattle, are unequally shared...
Page 78 - Warburton to-day — upon all and more this unworldly Sphinx has watched, and watched like a providence with the same earnest eyes, and the same sad tranquil mien.
Page 33 - High reposes both in the evening and morning, and which rises and falls with the revolutions of the sun and moon. When the annual dispensation of Providence unlocks the springs and fountains that nourish the earth, the Nile rolls hi...
Page 78 - Upon ancient dynasties of Ethiopian and Egyptian Kings — upon Greek and Roman, upon Arab and Ottoman conquerors — upon Napoleon dreaming of an Eastern Empire — upon battle and pestilence — upon the ceaseless misery of the Egyptian race — upon keen-eyed travellers — Herodotus yesterday, and Warburton to-day — upon all and more this unworldly Sphynx has watched, and watched like a Providence with the same earnest eyes, and the same sad, tranquil mien.
Page 432 - Canal, the whole proceeds of the Loans and Floating Debt having been absorbed in payment of interest and sinking funds, with, the exception of the sum debited to that great work.
Page 341 - East," much of whose social life has been stereotyped for a hundred generations, these historical factors in the problem should not be forgotten. Still, although the conditions of servitude in Egypt are thus comparatively easy, the death-rate among the black slaves especially is, and always has been, higher than in any other class of the population. In the old days of plague they were its first and most numerous victims, and they still suffer from pulmonary diseases to an extent unknown among natives...
Page 101 - where the payment of tribute and homage leaves independence and supreme authority in the administration of the State, and only means certain duties to the lord of the fief, it does not prevent the state of the feudatory from being strictly sovereign."* This is exactly the case of the Egyptian Government ; and as the title of the Khedive to this "supreme authority...
Page 418 - Immense sums are expended on unproductive works after the manner of the East, and on productive works carried out in the wrong way, or too soon. This last is a fault which Egypt shares with other new countries (for she may be considered a new country in this respect) a fault which has seriously embarrassed both the United States and Canada; but probably nothing in Egypt has ever approached the profligate expenditure which characterized the commencement of the Railway system in England.
Page 414 - ... 1294 began on January 16, 1877. In Egypt, however, this era is now used almost exclusively for religious purposes, and by Moslems in their private social relations with each other. The Coptic calendar dates from the era of Diocletian, or "the Martyrs...

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