Spain and Portugal, Volume 1

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1832 - Portugal
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Page 287 - The secret was betrayed by one of the number ; Abdalla was suddenly arrested, confessed his meditated crime, and was suffocated, notwithstanding the entreaties of his intended victim Alhakem. " Thy humane request," replied the king, " becomes thee well, and if I were a private individual it should be granted ; but as a king, I owe both to my people and my successors an example of justice : I deeply lament the fate of my son ; I shall lament it through life ; but neither thy tears nor my grief shall...
Page 225 - Histoire de la domination des Arabes et des Maures en Espagne et en Portugal, depuis l'invasion de ces peuples jusqu'à leur expulsion définitive ; rédigée sur l'histoire traduite de l'arabe en espagnol de M. Joseph Conde, par M. de Mariés.
Page 97 - The conquerors at length ceased from their wantonness of desolation. They found, that to turn the country into a wilderness was not the best policy in men who designed it for a permanent abode. They divided it by lot : Baetica fell to the Vandals, Lusitania to the Alans, and Galicia, with a great portion of Leon and Castile, to the Suevi. 4jj A fourth people, more formidable than the rest com' bined, came to trouble the new settlers in their possessions.
Page 287 - ... with gold, and commanding an extensive prospect. In the centre of the pavilion, a fountain of quicksilver, we are told, constantly played, reflecting, in a new and wondrous manner, the rays of the sun. The whole description reminds us rather of the creations of genii than of the labours of man. ' Of the justice of this great king, the Mohammedan world had a fearful example in the fate of his son Abdalla. Many years before his death he caused his second son, Alhakem, to be recognized as wali alhedi.
Page 124 - He well knew what difficulties he must necessarily encounter in attempting to carry it into effect: he knew that the Goths were too fierce a race to be compelled to any measure, especially to one at which their inveterate prejudices would revolt. Time and patience, as well as a prudent dexterity, were indispensable towards the success of his project. By inviting his Catholic and Arian prelates to dispute in his presence, and by assuming the appearance of perfect impartiality between them, he laid...
Page 288 - Beeri, in reply to the remonstrances of that famous poet concerning his despondency. " The sorrow of a troubled heart will rend itself in sighs. Can we enjoy tranquillity while the tempest is roaring ? It has scattered my flowery vines ; how, then, can I rejoice over the shining crop ? Glory crowned my youth ; now she abandons me. The keen blast of affliction has withered my roses (youth) ; I fear lest the storm should also wither my lilies (old age). The days of sunshine are past ; dark night approaches,...
Page 157 - Hercules; but doom'd to bear The name of thy new conqueror, and thenceforth To stand his everlasting monument. Thou saw'st the dark-blue waters flash before Their ominous way, and whiten round their keels; Their swarthy myriads darkening o'er thy sands.
Page 138 - Paul was no coward : he resolved to withstand the coming onset as became one who had staked every thing on empire. Knowing that something must be done to relieve the sudden despondency of his followers, he hastily assembled them, and harangued with his characteristic impudence : " Our enemies have been successful. Old Wamba has triumphed, but only where he found little or no resistance. He finds that he has now to do with hard walls, and with hearts still harder than walls, and he accordingly begins...
Page 230 - Still the misbelievers were formidable alike from their numbers and from their possible despair ; and the victors remained in their tents, under arms, during the night. At break of day they prepared to renew the struggle ; the white tents of the Arabs, extending as far as the eye could reach, appeared before them, but not a living creature came out to meet them. It was at length discovered that the enemy had abandoned their camp, their own wealth, and the immense plunder they had amassed; and had...
Page 21 - For some time their settlements, of which Gades, now Cadiz, was the first and most powerful, were confined to the coasts of Bsetica, whence they supplied the natives with the traffic of Asia Minor and the shores of the Mediterranean, in exchange for the more valuable productions of the Peninsula, such as gold, silver, and...

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