Lisbon in the years 1821, 1822 and 1823

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Page 60 - His gardens next your admiration call; On every side you look, behold the wall! No pleasing intricacies intervene, No artful wildness to perplex the scene ; Grove nods at grove, each alley has a brother, And half the platform just reflects the other.
Page 11 - But where shall I find words strong enough to express the disgust of my feelings, when I reflect upon the appearance of the city in the aggregate, taking into account the personal appearance and customs of some of its inhabitants! Here, every sort of impurity appears to be collected together ! You are suffocated by the steams of fried fish, rancid oil, garlic, &c. at every turn, mingled with the...
Page 128 - Every creature in Lisbon and its environs is hastening to pay due adoration at the shrine of the newly discovered virgin, who is about four inches long, and being found, as I before mentioned, in a cave near this place, is consequently denominated " Nossa Senhora da Barracca," (our lady of the cave.) Here, every evening, a friar descants upon the miracles said to have been performed by her ; and a small book, descriptive of them, has been published by authority. The image is already covered with...
Page 129 - ... the circumstance being well authenticated, affords additional proof of the extraordinary power of the imagination in nervous and hypochondriac complaints. The Queen goes in grand state this evening, and makes an. offering of a silver 'lamp. The field resembles an immense fair, and restaurateurs regularly attend in their booths, to provide for the refreshment of the company. Last night, there were no less than thirty carriages upon the ground, and it is common to see more than a thousand of the...
Page 113 - ... bank, closely followed by a dog ; the boy, surprised to find that the latter did not return, determined to ascertain what had happened to prevent it, and, accordingly, groped his way into the bank, through the same narrow entrance ; what was his astonishment, upon finding himself in a sort of cave, or hermitage, at the upper end of which he beheld an image of the Virgin ! The discovery was soon made public, and the miracles affirmed to be worked by this image go on daily increasing ; all ranks...
Page 12 - Giles, lie basking in the sun, near the heaps of impurity collected at the doors, while young women (and these of a more prepossessing personal appearance, from whom one would naturally expect greater delicacy in the olfactory nerves) hang far out of the windows above, as if they were trying purposely to inhale the pestilence which contaminates the air beneath ! Men and women, children and pigs, dogs, cats, goats, diseased poultry, and skeleton hogs, all mingle together in loving fellowship, each...
Page 153 - February — Amethyst. — This month and stone preserves mortals from strong passions, and ensures them peace of mind. " March — Bloodstone. — Courage, and success in dangers and hazardous enterprises. " April — Sapphire or diamond. — Repentance, and innocence. " May — Emerald. — Success in love. " June — Agate. — Long life, and health.
Page 38 - Miguel walked next ; a thin slight youth, with pale and rather elegant features, from which, however, every ray of intelligence seemed banished : solemn, upright, and immovable, when once seated he had the air of a statue or an automaton.
Page 74 - Their carriages, of all kinds, from the fidalgo's family coach to the peasant's market cart, their agricultural implements, locks and keys, &c., are ludicrously bad. They seem to disdain improvement, and are so infinitely below par, so strikingly inferior to the rest of Europe, as to form a sort of disgraceful wonder in the middle of the nineteenth century
Page 12 - ... turn, mingled with the foetid effluvia of decayed vegetables, stale provisions, and other horrors, which it is impossible to mention — to say nothing of the filthy dogs, of whom I have formerly spoken. Wretches of a lower and more squalid appearance than the most sordid denizens of our St.

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