An account of the kingdom of Caubul and its dependencies in Persia, Tartary and India

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1839
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Page 9 - Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass ? 6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings. 7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver. 8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.
Page 278 - PRAISE be to God, the Lord of all creatures, the most merciful, the king of the day of judgment. Thee do we worship, and of thee do we beg assistance. Direct us in the right way, in the way of those to whom thou hast been gracious ; not of those against whom thou art incensed, nor of those who go astray...
Page 169 - This lasts for some days, after which the sky clears, and discovers the face of nature changed as if by enchantment. Before the storm the fields were parched up, and, except in the beds of the rivers, scarce a blade of vegetation was to be seen : the clearness of the sky was not interrupted by a single cloud, but the atmosphere was loaded with dust, which was sufficient to render distant objects dim, as in a...
Page 37 - Moultaun ; that we had sold him as a ram, and that it was not till the purchaser began to eat him, that the material of which he was made, was discovered.
Page 168 - ... heart with awe. At length the thunder ceases, and nothing is heard but the continued pouring; of the rain, and the rushing of the rising streams. The next day presents a gloomy spectacle : the rain still descends in torrents, and scarcely allows a view of the blackened fields: the rivers are swoln and discoloured, and sweep down along with them the hedges, the huts, and the remains of the cultivation which was carried on, during the dry season, in their beds.
Page 21 - Towards evening many persons were astonished with the appearance of a long lake, enclosing several little islands ; notwithstanding the well-known nature of the country, many were positive that it was a lake, and one of the surveyors took the bearings of it. It was, however, only one of those illusions which the French call mirage, and the Persians sirraub.
Page 172 - Coromandel coast, covered by the mountainous countries on its west, is entirely exempt from it. Further north, the monsoon begins early in June, and loses a good deal of its violence, except in the places influenced by the neighbourhood of the mountains or the sea, where the fall of water is very considerable. About Delhi, it does not begin...
Page 57 - Lords were averse to an alliance, which might strengthen the King, to the detriment of the aristocracy ; and the King himself thought it very natural that we should profit by the internal dissensions of a neighbouring kingdom, and endeavour to annex it to our empire. The exaggerated reports he received of the splendour of the embassy, and of the...
Page 330 - Afghauns in a few words ; their vices are revenge, envy, avarice, rapacity, and obstinacy ; on the other hand they are fond of liberty, faithful to their friends, kind to their dependants, hospitable, brave, hardy, frugal, laborious, and prudent ; and they are less disposed than the nations in their neighbourhood to falsehood, intrigue, and deceit.
Page 197 - ... reference to such a comparison, would appear to Europeans to predominate in their character. The freedom which forms their grand distinction among the nations of the East might seem to an Englishman a mixture of anarchy and arbitrary power ; and the manly virtues that raise them above their neighbours might sink in his estimation almost to the level of the opposite defects.

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