Letters on Egypt: Containing, a Parallel Between the Manners of Its Ancient and Modern Inhabitants, Its Commerce, Agriculture, Government and Religion; with the Descent of Louis IX at Damietta. Extracted from Joinville, and Arabian Authors, Volume 1

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G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1787 - Bookplates

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Page 157 - And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.
Page 157 - And when a convenient day was come, " that Herod on his birth-day made a " fupper to his lords, high captains, and " chief eftates of Galilee ; " And when the daughter of the faid (p) St. Mark, chap, vi. ver. 21. *' Herodias came in, and danced, and ** pleafed Herod, and them that fat with " him, the king faid unto the damfel, * ' Afk of me whatfoever thou wilt, and I
Page 140 - Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Page 157 - And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me, by and by, in a charger, the head of John the Baptist.
Page 131 - ... pleafure: well kneaded, and, as it were, regenerated, the blood circulates freely, the body feels a voluptuous eafe, a flexibility till then unknown, a lightnefs as if relieved from fome enormous weight, and the man almoft fancies himfelf newly born, and beginning firft to live.
Page 154 - The indecency of their attitudes is often exceffive ; each look, each gefture fpeaks, and in a manner fo forcible as not poffibly to be mifunderftood. They throw afide modefty with their veils. When they begin to dance a long and very light...
Page 141 - About noon the table is prepared, and the viands brought in a large tray of tinned copper; -and though not great variety, there is great plenty. In the centre is a mountain of rice cooked with poultry, and highly seasoned with spice and saffron.
Page 167 - A son's just right. No Grecian prince but I Has power this bow to grant or to deny. Of all that Ithaca's rough hills contain, And all wide Elis' courser-breeding plain, To me alone my father's arms descend; And mine alone they are, to give or lend.
Page 168 - Thus do they endeavour to charm away the dulnefs of captivity. • . Not that they are wholly prifoners ; once or twice a week they are permitted to go to the bath, and vifit female relations and friends. To bewail the dead is, likewife, a duty they are allowed to perform. I have often feen diftradted mothers round Grand Cairo, reciting funeral hymns over the tombs they had ftrewed with odoriferous plants.
Page 169 - Why gav'st thou not to me thy dying hand ? And why receiv'd not I thy last command...

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