Turkey: the people, country, and government

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Mason and Co., 1854 - Turkey - 104 pages
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Page 105 - This book is a preservation photocopy. It was produced on Hammermill Laser Print natural white, a 60 # book weight acid-free archival paper which meets the requirements of ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992 (permanence of paper) Preservation photocopying and binding by Acme Bookbinding Charlestown, Massachusetts CD 1995 The borrower must return this item on or before the last date stamped below.
Page 10 - Constantine ; but which, in a few hours, had been stripped of the pomp of royalty. A melancholy reflection, on the vicissitudes of human greatness, forced itself on his mind ; and he repeated an elegant distich of Persian poetry : "The spider has wove his web in the Imperial palace ; and the owl hath sung her watch-song on the towers of Afrasiab.
Page 9 - From the Irtish and Volga to the Persian Gulf, and from the Ganges to Damascus and the Archipelago, Asia was in the hand of Timour: his armies were invincible, his ambition was boundless, and his zeal might aspire to conquer and convert the Christian kingdoms of the West, which already trembled at his name.
Page 10 - ... been removed; the crosses were thrown down; and the walls, which were covered with images and mosaics, were washed and purified, and restored to a state of naked simplicity. On the same day, or on the ensuing Friday, the...
Page 85 - GOD having secretly predetermined not only the adverse and prosperous fortune of every person in this world, in the most minute particulars, but also his faith or infidelity, his obedience or disobedience, and consequently his everlasting happiness or misery after death ; which fate or predestination it is not possible, by any foresight or wisdom, to avoid.
Page 69 - Nicham-Iflichar ; his head was covered with the fez, surmounted by a diamond aigrette. The new king, while thus continuing the costume of his father, nevertheless presented only a pale resemblance to him. Simple without affectation, he cast around him glances full of softness and benevolence. Everything announced in him the debonnaire successor of an inflexible ruler ; nothing hitherto had indicated what great and precious qualities were concealed beneath that modest and tranquil exterior.
Page 10 - Mahomet the Second performed the namaz of prayer and thanksgiving on the great altar where the Christian mysteries had so lately been celebrated before the last of the Caesars. From St. Sophia, he proceeded to the august but desolate mansion of a hundred successors of the great Constantine, but which, in a few hours, had been stripped of the pomp of royalty. A melancholy reflection on the vicissitudes of human greatness forced itself on his mind, and he repeated an elegant distich of Persian poetry...
Page 69 - He was received favourably by his people, but without any demonstration of enthusiasm. It was feared that this delicate youth could scarcely be equal to the importance of his duties. People pitied him, and, at the same time, trembled for the future prospects of the country. The women alone, touched by his youth and his appearance of kindness, manifested their sympathy for him openly. When be went through Constantinople to the mosque of Baiezid, they ran towards him from all parts.
Page 76 - ... to continue them. Nothing, it is evident, can be so disastrous as such a system. No man is secure in his property for an instant— all are compelled carefully to conceal their possessions, lest they should lose their liberty, or possibly their lives and their property too. Industry is thus not merely cramped, but almost prevented or extirpated, by men being deprived of all confidence in their enjoyment of its rewards. The country, fertile in its resources of all kinds, is left waste, or only...
Page 72 - There are numerous libraries at Constantinople ; the number of volumes which they contain may be estimated at 80,000, reckoning both MSS. and printed books. The literature of Arabia, Persia, and Turkey is represented in them ; and the collection includes philosophical and theological works, poetry, history, books of science, and an immense number of those treatises on conduct and manners, to which the Turks attach almost as much importance as the Chinese themselves. The printingpress does its work...

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