Brazil. Stray Notes from Bahia: Being Extracts from Letters, &c., During a Residence of Fifteen Years

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Webb and Hunt, 1860 - Bahia (Brazil : State) - 153 pages
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James Wetherell served as the British Vice-Consul in Bahia from 1843-1857.

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Page 99 - Breaking with solemn grey the tremulous green, And frowning far in castellated pride ; While, hastening to the Ocean, hoary floods Sent up a thin and radiant mist between, Softening the beauty that it could not hide. Lo ! higher still the stately Palm-trees rise, Chequering the clouds with their unbending stems, And o'er the clouds amid the dark-blue skies Lifting their rich unfading diadems. How calm and placidly they rest Upon the Heavens' indulgent breast, As if their branches never breeze had...
Page 54 - ... majestic in the varied swell; Now breathe melodious as the Grecian lyre, Or on the ear in sinking cadence dwell. Romantic sounds ! such is the bliss ye give, That heaven's bright scenes seem bursting on the soul, With joy I'd yield each sensual wish, to live For ever 'neath your undefiled control.
Page 145 - Within its crimson folds. Now from the town, Buried in smoke, and sleep, and noisome damps, Oft let me wander o'er the dewy fields...
Page 42 - ... it makes excellent tarts when unripe". Utilização, essa, do mamão ainda verde na doçaria do Nordeste, que não se desenvolveu. Ao contrário: declinou. Quanto à banana, informa que era então a "great article of diet raw, fried, made into pies and sweetmeats . . ." Do abacate: ". . . when properly mixed with sugar and wine, or lime juice, greatly resembles a rich custard, the flavour being extremei y fine ..." Quanto ao milho: "They make here a very good dish out of índia corn called "canjica".
Page 140 - Let the ros marinus, this flower of men, ensigne of your wisdom, love, and loyaltie, be carried not only in your hands, but in your heads and hearts.
Page 109 - Latona's twin-born progeny, Which after held the sun and moon in fee. But this is got by casting pearl to hogs, That bawl for freedom in their senseless mood, And still revolt when Truth would set them free. Licence they mean when they cry Liberty; For who loves that must first be wise and good...
Page 85 - ... appearance and noise to what country lads at home have to scare away crows. DEATHS. The death of an infant or little child is not looked upon as a misfortune, but rather as a subject of congratulation. Amongst the Creole blacks, if the child happens to be whiter than its mother — -a circumstance not unusual, and rather looked upon with pride than otherwise — the corpse is adorned with peculiar care.
Page 103 - ... great makers of sweetmeats, as also of preserves, dried fruits, &c. You can readily purchase them in small or large quantities, and all the more elaborate kind of confectioner}' is made to order. Dishes of various devices for the centres of tables and deserts are beautifully got up. Paper, cut with scissors, is much employed to ornament dishes. Some of the devices are very elaborate, and, from the fineness of the paper, must be difficult to cut. I have seen beautiful specimens of very varied...
Page 54 - You hear little boys in the streets, who with great truth you might fancy could scarcely speak, whistling . tunes with great correctness, and the negro dances show how admirably the science of " time
Page 40 - The red ant is most destructive to vegetation. When once a tree is attacked, they soon despoil it of its leaves, you see them constantly ascending and descending, one party loaded with bits of leaves, the others going up " empty handed," a third party remains in the tree cutting off the leaves, and it is no unusual thing to be passing under a tree and to see the green leaves falling most unaccountably. A fourth party is on the ground employed cutting up the leaves into convenient sizes, and a fifth...

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