Travels in Sicily and Malta

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George Clark and son, 1848 - Malta - 284 pages

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Page 61 - All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body nature is, and God the soul ; That, changed through all, and yet in all the same ; Great in the earth, as in the ethereal frame ; 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 211 - Not that fair field Of Enna, where Proserpine gathering flowers, Herself a fairer flower by gloomy Dis Was gathered, which cost Ceres all that pain To seek her through the world...
Page 25 - 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 75 - Both sea and land looked dark and confused, as if only emerging from their original chaos, and light and darkness seemed still undivided; till the morning, by degrees advancing, completed the separation. The stars are extinguished, and the shades disappear. The forests, which but now seemed black and bottomless gulfs, from which no ray was...
Page 237 - ... commands every passion with unbounded sway. 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 33 - ... to pay it, they have ever been found punctual and exact, both as to the time and the sum ; and would much rather rob and murder an innocent person, than fail of payment at the day appointed ; And this they have often been obliged to do, only in order, as they say, to fulfil their engagements, and to save their honour.
Page 238 - ... never could make her sing. The viceroy then sent her to prison, where she remained twelve days ; during which time she gave magnificent entertainments every day, paid the debts of all the poor prisoners, and distributed large sums in charity. The viceroy was obliged to give up struggling with her, and she was at last set at liberty amidst the acclamations of the poor.
Page 74 - ... or what it was, I shall not pretend to say. We likewise took notice of several of those meteors called falling stars, which still appeared to be as much elevated above us as when seen from the plain ; so that, in all probability, those bodies move in regions much beyond the bounds that some philosophers have assigned to our atmosphere.
Page 25 - Through the dread opening broke the thundering sea. At once the thundering sea Sicilia tore, And sunder'd from the fair Hesperian shore ; And still the neighbouring coasts and towns divides With scanty channels and contracted tides ; Fierce to the right tremendous Scylla roars ; Charybdis, on the left, the flood devours : Thrice...
Page 36 - Far on the right, her dogs foul Scylla hides : Charybdis roaring on the left presides, And in her greedy whirlpool sucks the tides ; Then spouts them from below : with fury driv'n, The waves mount up and wash the face of heav'n.

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