The Family Library (Harper)., Volume 73

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1842 - Families
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Page 34 - Within a long recess there lies a bay, An island shades it from the rolling sea, And forms a port secure for ships to ride, Broke by the jutting land on either side: In double streams the briny waters glide. Betwixt two rows of rocks, a sylvan scene Appears above, and groves for ever green...
Page 46 - Yet come it will, the day decreed by fates! (How my heart trembles while my tongue relates!) The day when thou, imperial Troy! must bend, And see thy warriors fall, thy glories end.
Page 117 - Aristotle collect and methodize our ideas, and his syllogism is the keenest weapon of dispute. It was dexterously wielded in the schools of the Saracens, but as it is more effectual for the detection of error than for the investigation of truth, it is not surprising that new generations of masters and disciples should still revolve in the same circle of logical argument.
Page 93 - But the victories and the losses of Justinian were alike pernicious to mankind; and such was the desolation of Africa, that in many parts a stranger might wander whole days without meeting the face either of a friend or an enemy.
Page 219 - If she is to be married to a man who has discharged, dispatched, or lost a former wife, the shackles which the former wife wore, are put upon the new bride's limbs, and she is fed until they are filled up to the proper thickness. The food used for this...
Page 117 - Egypt ; much useful experience had been acquired in the practice of arts and manufactures but the science of chemistry owes its origin and improvement to the industry of the Saracens. They first invented and named the alembic for the purposes of distillation, analyzed the substances of the three kingdoms of nature, tried the distinction and affinities of alkalis and acids, and converted the poisonous minerals into soft and salutary medicines.
Page 94 - Romans and their allies, who perished by the climate, their mutual quarrels, and the rage of the barbarians. When Procopius first landed, he admired the populousness of the cities and country, strenuously exercised in the labours of commerce and agriculture. In less than twenty years that busy scene was converted into a silent solitude...
Page 227 - civil honours gradually ascended from the procurators of the streets, and quarters of the city, to the tribunal of the supreme magistrate , who , with the title of proconsul , represented the state and dignity of a consul of ancient Rome. Schools and gymnasia were instituted for the edu...
Page 180 - Their immense branches, coarse when near, are neat and distinct at a distance. The land lying low and very level, the naked stems of these trees are scarcely seen ; and the plantations of dates seem to extend many miles in luxuriant woods and groves. The whole town appears in a semicircle some time before reaching the harbour's mouth. The extreme whiteness of the buildings, flat, square, and covered with lime, encountering the sun's fiercest rays, is not less striking than oppressive. The baths form...
Page 115 - He was not ignorant," says Abulpharagius, " that those are the elect of God, his best and most useful servants, whose lives are devoted to the improvement of their intellectual faculties. The mean ambition of the Chinese, or the Turks, may glory in the industry of their hands, or the indulgence of their sensual propensities ; though these dexterous artists must view with hopeless emulation the hexagons and pyramids of a beehive, and acknowledge the superior strength of lions and tigers. The teachers...

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