Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates

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Harper & Brothers, 1879 - Arabian horse - 445 pages
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Page 226 - Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned. 24 And Abraham said, I will swear.
Page 399 - Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground, yet through the scent of water it will bud and bring forth boughs like a plant. But man dieth and wasteth away; yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he...
Page 17 - Of hair-breadth scapes i' the imminent deadly breach, Of being taken by the insolent foe And sold to slavery, of my redemption thence, And portance in my travel's history; Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle, Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads touch heaven, It was my hint to speak, — such was the process: And of the Cannibals that each other eat, The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads Do grow beneath their shoulders.
Page 387 - But still forever children ; at the door Of Eden found, unconscious of disgrace, And loitering on while all are gone before ; Too proud to dig ; too careless to be poor ; Taking the gifts of God in thanklessness, Not rendering aught, nor supplicating more, Nor arguing with Him when He hides His face. Yours is the rain and sunshine, and the way Of an old wisdom by our world forgot, The courage of a day which knew not death. Well may we sons of Japhet in dismay Pause in our vain mad fight for life...
Page 390 - Truth, in ordinary matters, is not regarded as a virtue by the Bedouins, nor is lying held shameful. Every man, they say, has a right to conceal his own thought. In matters of importance, the simple affirmation is confirmed by an oath, and then the fact stated may be relied on. There is only one exception to the general rule of lying among them. The Bedouin, if questioned on the breed of his mare, will not give a false answer. He may refuse to say, or he may answer that he does not know ; but he...
Page 66 - tis very late, i' faith : I beseek you now, aggravate your choler. Pist. These be good humours, indeed ! Shall pack-horses, And hollow pamper'd jades of Asia, Which cannot go but thirty mile a day, Compare with Caesars, and with Cannibals, And Trojan Greeks ? nay, rather damn them with King Cerberus ; and let the welkin roar. Shall we fall foul for toys ? Host.
Page 87 - Blunt, made two journeys to the desert, and their observations are recorded in two speaks of the reports which reached her party in the desert as to the extraordinarily fine pedigree of a particular horse owned by a certain old man. " ' Maneghi Ibn Sbeyel ' [the title of the horse's family}, they kept on repeating in a tone of tenderness, and as if tasting the flavor of each syllable.
Page 426 - ... pure-bred Arabian horses are the possession, almost exclusively, of a single great Bedouin clan, known as the Anazeh, and of this clan a tribe called the Gomussa have the best. Even among the Bedouins, apart from the Gomussa, there are not many animals of the highest stamp. " I doubt," says Mr. Blunt, " if there are two hundred really first-class mares in the whole of Northern Arabia. By this I, of course, do not mean first-class in point of blood, for animals of the purest strains are still...
Page 435 - Copenhagen (1773), Vol. i. pp. 142-4, English transl. Cited by Blunt, The Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates, Vol. n. pp. 25, 267-9. race is never covered unless in the presence of witnesses, who must be Arabians. This people do not indeed always stickle at perjury; but in a case of such serious importance they are careful to deal conscientiously. There is no instance of false testimony given in respect to the descent of a horse. Every Arabian is persuaded that himself and his whole family would be...
Page 387 - His face. Yours is the rain and sunshine, and the way Of an old wisdom, by our world forgot, The courage of a day which knew not death ; Well may we sons of Japhet, in dismay, Pause in our vain mad fight for life and breath, Beholding you — I bow and reason not.

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