The Life of Sir Richard Burton, Volume 1

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Everett & Company, 1906 - 64 pages

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Page 53 - Basks in the glare, or stems the tepid wave, And thanks his gods for all the good they gave. Such is the patriot's boast, where'er we roam, His first, best country, ever is at home.
Page 154 - Arabs ; striking, indeed, was the contrast between the openhanded hospitality and the hearty good-will of this truly noble race, and the niggardness of the savage and selfish African — it was heart of flesh after heart of stone.
Page 180 - The next day was Sunday, and in the morning I had a valise carried up to the house to which I had been invited. When I offered the man sixpence, the ordinary fee, he demanded an extra sixpence " for breaking the Sabbath." I gave it readily, and was pleased to find that the labours of our missionaries had not been in vain.
Page 127 - Nights," that wonderful work, so often translated, so much turned over, and so little understood at home. The most familiar of books in England, next to the Bible, it is one of the least known, the reason being that about one-fifth is utterly unfit for translation ; and the most sanguine Orientalist would not dare to render literally more than three-quarters of the remainder.
Page 189 - Sovereign must enter Deadland with Royal state, accompanied by a ghostly court of Leopard wives, head wives, birthday wives, Afa wives, eunuchs — especially the chief eunuch — singers, and drummers, Bang's " Toto'si " and " King's devils," bards, and soldiers. This is the object of what is called the Grand Customs, when the victims may amount to a maximum of 500.
Page 217 - But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.
Page 136 - Rajah, an etiolated youth twenty-four or twentyfive years old, plain and thin-bearded, with a yellow complexion, wrinkled brows and protruding eyes. His dress was a flowing robe of crimson cloth, edged with snowy fur, and a narrow white turban tightly twisted round a tall conical cap of red velvet, like the old Turkish headgear of our painters. His throne was a common Indian Kursi, or...
Page 76 - Devil's Brother" presently quitted Sind leaving in his office my unfortunate official: this found its way with sundry other reports to Bombay and produced the expected result. A friend in the Secretariat informed me that my summary dismissal from the service had been formally proposed by one of Sir Charles Napier's successors, whose decease compels me parcere sepulto. But this excess of outraged modesty was not allowed.
Page 286 - He said that the experience of twenty years had convinced him: (i) that perception is possible without the ordinary channels of the senses, and (2) that he had been in the presence of some force or power which he could not understand.
Page 184 - Anger draweth arrows from the quiver : good words draw kolas from the bag.

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