Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772 and 1773: To which is Prefixed a Life of the Author, Volume 7

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J. Ballantyne, 1804 - Egypt
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Page 131 - And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and: behold, a company of Ishmaelites came from Gilead, with their camels bearing spicery, and balm, and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
Page 225 - They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord.
Page 259 - Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people : for all the earth is mine : And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.
Page 295 - They take the cerastes in their hands at all times, put them in their bosoms, and throw them at one another as children do apples or balls, without having irritated them by this usage so much as to bite. The Arabs have not this secret naturally ; but from their infancy they acquire an exemption from the mortal consequences attending the bite of these animals by chewing a certain root, and washing themselves (it is not anointing) with an infusion of certain plants in water.
Page 210 - Falasha from the neighbouring mountains, transformed by magic, and come down to eat human flesh in the dark in safety. Many a time in the night, when the king had kept me late in the palace, and it was not my duty to lie there, in going across the square from the king's house, not many hundred yards distant, I have been apprehensive they would bite me in the leg.
Page 240 - Israel made their forty years peregrination ; perhaps this name obtains only among the Arabians. I apprehend he is known by that of Saphan in the Hebrew, and is the animal erroneously called by our translators Cuniculus, the rabbit or coney.
Page 282 - I am positive that I can say without exaggeration, that the number I saw one day, in the great court of the Temple of the Sun at Baalbec, amounted to many thousands : the ground, the walls, the stones of the ruined buildings, were covered with them...
Page 279 - But the land overflowed by the Nile was the black earth of the valley of Egypt ; and it was here that ' God confined the flies ; for, he says, it shall be a sign of this separation of the people, which he had then made, that not one fly should be seen in the sand or...
Page 289 - Lucan, lib. is his head averted, till, judging his distance, he turns round, springs upon him, and fastens upon the part next to him ; for it is not true what is said, that the cerastes does not leap or spring. I saw one of them at Cairo, in the house of Julian and Rosa, crawl up the side of a box, in which there were many, and there lie still, as if hiding himself, till one of the people who brought them to us came near him, and though in a very disadvantageous posture...
Page 200 - ... in all directions. Others, that are more pliable, greener, or fuller of sap, are bent back by his weight and the velocity of his motions. And, after he has passed, restoring themselves like a green branch to their natural position, they ofteri sweep the incautious pursuer and his horse from the ground, and dash them in pieces against the surrounding trees.

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