An account of the kingdom of Caubul and its dependencies in Persia, Tartary and India

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1815
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Page 7 - Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass ? 6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings. 7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver. 8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.
Page 128 - From this time the rain falls at intervals for about a month, when it comes on again with great violence, and in July the rains are at their height ; during the third month they rather diminish, but are still heavy ; and in September they gradually abate, and are often entirely suspended, till near the end of the month, when they depart amid thunders and tempests as they came.
Page 625 - Java. The king's women and female relations walk out with a profusion of jessamines in their hair, so that the whole head is whitened, and the neck covered with them...
Page 127 - ... heart with awe. At length the thunder ceases, and nothing is heard but the continued pouring; of the rain, and the rushing of the rising streams. The next day presents a gloomy spectacle : the rain still descends in torrents, and scarcely allows a view of the blackened fields: the rivers are swoln and discoloured, and sweep down along with them the hedges, the huts, and the remains of the cultivation which was carried on, during the dry season, in their beds.
Page 150 - ... up in brown mantles, or in large sheepskin cloaks. He would admire their strong and active forms, their fair complexions and European features ; their industry, and enterprise ; the hospitality, sobriety, and contempt of pleasure, which appear in all their habits ; and, above all, the independence and energy of their character. In India, he would have left a country where every movement originates in the government or its agents, and where the people absolutely go for nothing ; and, he would...
Page 130 - Coromandel coast, covered by the mountainous countries on its west, is entirely exempt from it. Further north, the monsoon begins early in June, and loses a good deal of its violence, except in the places influenced by the neighbourhood of the mountains or the sea, where the fall of water is very considerable. About Delhi, it does not begin...
Page 253 - Afghauns in a few words ; their vices are revenge, envy, avarice, rapacity, and obstinacy ; on the other hand, they are fond of liberty, faithful to their friends, kind to their dependents, hospitable, brave, hardy, frugal, laborious, and prudent ; and they are less disposed than the nations in their neighbourhood to falsehood, intrigue, and deceit.
Page 127 - ... by a single cloud, but the atmosphere was loaded with dust, which was sufficient to render distant objects dim, as in a mist, and to make the sun appear dull and discoloured, till he attained a considerable elevation : a parching wind blew like a blast from a furnace, and heated wood, iron, and every other solid material, even in the shade ; and immediately before the monsoon, this wind had been succeeded by still more sultry calms. But when the first violence of the storm is over, the whole...
Page 16 - ... spot, which were reflected as in water, and this appearance continued at the ends when viewed from the middle. I shall not attempt to account for this appearance, but shall merely remark that it seems only to be found in level, smooth, and dry places.
Page 148 - Amid the contrasts which are apparent in the government,- manners, dress, and habits of the different tribes," observes Mr. Elphinstone, " I find it difficult to select those great features which all possess in common, and which give a marked national character to the whole of the Afghans.

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