The history of the Holy, military, sovereign order of st. John of Jerusalem

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Page 269 - Sicily; that it had neither river or rivulet, nor spring, or any other fresh water for the most part, save rain preserved in tanks or cisterns, except a few wells, rather brackish; that it produced little corn, not half enough of anything to feed the scanty population; that it would be a very unpleasant...
Page 167 - We quote it at length, as a bird's-eye view which may illustrate and give life and colour to the plan which we subjoin, for the clearer comprehension by our readers of the course of the siege : — ' — Rhodes, that lovely island, — rich, salubrious, and diversified with beautiful upland and lawns, remarkable from its quantities of roses, whence probably the name. On the top of a plain in the north-east stands its capital, also called Rhodes, as round as if drawn by a compass, nor unlike the full...
Page 168 - ... being in shade, and the city, the part in light, glittering like gold. And in the still mirror of the port (which itself is also a round) is the best place possible to observe the lunar reflexion at that ecstatic moment. Note, however, it is only one side (the eastern) has the sea and that commodious port, and three the land. This in its varieties had rising ground and hillocks, some of them close to the ramparts ; and as far as the eye could reach, even from the steeple of St. John's, the view...
Page 269 - ... and a sort of ill-walled town, called its capital, in the middle of the island, at a considerable distance from the sea; that however its stone is not hard, but rather tufo, or soft, and easy to be cut into any shape; that the people speak a dialect of Arabic or Moorish, and are noted for their frugality of living; that, for the rest, harbours may be rendered good, and that what are termed Casali are miserable villages, or shocking huts, rather befitting fishermen and pirates, than the renowned...
Page 156 - ... sweet, and almost a smile, desert him, whatever was the hurry, or difficulty, or peril; but he was always gracious and kind to every one, so that none but loved and revered him...
Page 167 - ... partly in light and partly shade — the side of the port, where the water bathes the foot of the houses, being in shade, and the city, the part in light, glittering like gold. And in the still mirror of the port (which itself is also a round) is the best place possible to observe the lunar reflexion at that ecstatic moment. Note, however, it is only one side (the eastern) has the sea and that commodious port, and three the land. This in its varieties had rising ground and hillocks, some of them...
Page 72 - ... valiant squadron, he sat on his horse the whole night long, without moving, or taking a moment's repose; and the splendour of the moon reflected from that gold cuirass rendered him a clear and highly remarkable object.
Page 98 - Rhodes; but know also that, considering the kind offices which he has rendered me in the most fateful adventure of my life, and desirous of marking my gratitude as far as the present state of my fortunes will permit, I promise solemnly to God and our great Prophet, that if ever I recover, either entirely or in part, my father's Imperial crown, I promise and swear that I will maintain a constant peace, and an inviolable friendship, with the Grand Master D'Aubusson, and with all his successors, in...
Page 127 - Rhodians all in black, and with torches in their hands; and following them the knights carrying their colours down, so as to sweep the ground, the bier with the corpse borne on the shoulders of the priors, and...
Page 127 - In the funeral procession, first went every religious corporation in Rhodes, next came the Greek patriarch, and all his clergy. Then the...

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