A History of India Under the Two First Sovereigns of the House of Taimur, Báber and Humáyun, Volume 1

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Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1854 - Mogul Empire
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Page 470 - Noblemen and soldiers! Every man that comes into the world is subject to dissolution. When we are passed away and gone, God only survives, unchangeable. Whoever comes to the feast of life, must, before it is over, drink from the cup of death. He who arrives at the inn of mortality, must one day inevitably take his departure from that house of sorrow — the world. How much better is it to die with honour than to live with infamy!
Page 525 - CHAP. iv. with a natural effusion of his opinions and feelings, free " from disguise and reserve, and no less free from all affectation of extreme frankness and candour.
Page 485 - ... furiously and put to the sword The reason of this desperate sally from their works was, that, on giving up the place for lost, they had put to death the whole of their wives and women, and having resolved to perish, had stripped themselves naked in which condition they had rushed out to the fight ; and, engaging with ungovernable desperation, drove our people along the ramparts.
Page 165 - Haderwish had here lost none of its violence, and blew keen. So excessive was the cold, that in the course of two or three days we lost two or three persons from its severity. I required to bathe on account of my religious purifications; and went down for that purpose to a rivulet, which was frozen on the banks, but not in the middle, from the rapidity of the current. I plunged myself into the water, and dived sixteen times. The extreme dullness of the water quite penetrated me.
Page 525 - It is a relief," says his translator, " in the midst of the pompous coldness of Asiatic history, to find a king who can weep for days, and tell us that he wept for the playmate of his boyhood.
Page 463 - Eighty thousand horses, seven Rajas of the highest rank, nine Raos, and one hundred and four chieftains bearing the titles of Rawul and Rawut, with five hundred war elephants, followed him into the field.
Page 520 - In front of the grave there is a small but chaste mosque of marble ; and an inscription upon it sets forth that it was built in the year 1640, by order of the Emperor Shah Jehan, after defeating Mahommed Nuzzur Khan in Balkh and Badakhshan, that poor Mahommedans might here offer up their prayers.
Page 470 - The most high God has been propitious to us, and has now placed us in such a crisis, that if we fall in the field we die the death of martyrs ; if we survive, we rise victorious, the avengers of the cause of God. Let us, then, with one accord, swear on God's holy word, that none of us will even think of turning his face from this warfare, nor desert from the battle and slaughter that ensues, till his soul is separated from his body.
Page 525 - ... beneath their level is left entirely out of sight. In Baber the figures, dress, tastes, and habits of each individual introduced are described with such minuteness and reality that we seem to live among them, and to know their persons as well as we do their characters.23 His descriptions of the countries he visited, their scenery, climate, productions, and works of art...
Page 466 - The Rajputs, energetic, chivalrous, fond of battle and bloodshed, animated by a strong national spirit, were ready to meet face to face the boldest veterans of the camp, and were at all times prepared to lay down their life for their honour.

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