Through Russia: from St. Petersburg to Astrakhan and the Crimea, Volume 1

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Page 172 - How art thou fallen from heaven, 0 Lucifer, son of the morning ! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations...
Page 172 - ... subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword; out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, and turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Page 109 - ... invasion of the barbarians, effected the regeneration of the Roman world. He compares these emigrations of the polar nations with the inundations of the Nile, which at certain seasons fertilize the arid soil of Egypt. He adds that Russia, which he found a brook and should leave a river, must, under his successors, grow to a mighty sea, destined to fertilize worn-out Europe; and that its waves would advance over all obstacles, if his successors were only capable of guiding the stream.
Page 42 - ... to confer. His fame was so universal, that his death gave opportunity to the display of a fresh burst of superstitious feelings. His approaching decease was said to have been notified to the metropolitan by a voice from heaven ; and as the body lay in the coffin, the dead man was said to have opened one of his hands, as the prayer of absolution was spoken by the officiating clergyman. These miracles obtained Alexander a niche amongst the Russian saints ; and, less in honour of his real merits...
Page 91 - ... the Quail, can most readily find water, on what each of them lives, and how many eggs it lays; and I can count up all the wants of every bird, without missing one. Here is the certificate my tutor gave me. It was not for nothing that the birds used to say that I could pick the stars out of the sky. And when you have made up your mind to transfer your power to me, I will immediately begin to teach the beasts how to make nests.
Page iii - Mrs. Guthrie is a lively, observant, well-informed, and agreeable travelling companion. Her book is interesting throughout" — Pall Mall Gazette. " No book of travel within our knowledge is pleasanter to read than
Page 242 - ... wings the distant harmony of many bells; while those of the Novo Devichi convent, nearer, deeper, stronger than the others, chimed at our feet. We drew a deep breath, and felt that we were rewarded for many a long day's journey, many an hour of sickness and fatigue. To our left the Moskva wandered away from its sheltering bank, and threaded its intricate course along a boundless waste of bog and moor. Here and there the curling smoke betrayed a village ; but, built of unbarked wood, the rude...
Page 199 - You see they show their virtue by the change of their pure colour into pale — declares my death. Reach out my staff royal, an unicorn's horn, garnished with very fair diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and other precious stones that are rich in value — cost seventy thousand marks sterling of David Gower from the fowlkers of Ausborghe. Seek out for some spiders.
Page 23 - ... buildings and palaces. 3. We passed several bridges arching over the canals which intersect the city. At last we came to the cathedral of St. Isak upon the bank of the Neva. It is built of huge masses of Finland granite, and is gorgeously decorated within and without. Thirty granite pillars support a copper dome which is covered with thin plates of burnished gold, on the top of which rises a smaller circle of granite columns supporting a cupola on which is reared a gigantic cross, also gold-plated....

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