Zanzibar: City, Island, and Coast, Volume 1

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Tinsley brothers, 1872 - Africa, East - 229 pages

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Page 346 - For peregrination charms our senses with such unspeakable and sweet variety, that some count him unhappy that never travelled, a kind of prisoner, and pity his case that from his cradle to his old age beholds the same still ; still, still the same, the same...
Page 175 - ST. Swithin's day if thou dost rain, For forty days it will remain : St. Swithin's day if thou be fair, For forty days 'twill rain na mair.
Page 17 - Thoreau 0 f the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares, and the slavery of Home, man feels once more happy. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood. Excitement lends unwonted vigour to the muscle, and the sudden sense of freedom adds a cubit to the mental stature. Afresh dawns the morn of life; again the bright...
Page 17 - Excitement lends unwonted vigour to the muscle, and the sudden sense of freedom adds a cubit to the mental stature. Afresh dawns the morn of life; again the bright world is beautiful to the eye, and the glorious face of nature gladdens the soul. A journey, in fact, appeals to Imagination, to Memory, to Hope — the sister Graces of our mortal being.
Page 67 - Imperial rule of all the sea-girt isles, That, like to rich and various gems, inlay The unadorned bosom of the deep...
Page 49 - West of this port [Mombas] stands the Mount Olympus of Ethiopia, which is exceedingly high ; and beyond it are the Mountains of the Moon, in which are the sources of the Nile.
Page 86 - The higher the tenement, the bigger the gateway, the heavier the padlock, and the huger the iron studs which nail the door of heavy timber, the greater is the owner's dignity.
Page 379 - Burton, an expert on erotica, claimed that as usual in damp-hot climates . . . the sexual requirements of the passive exceed those of the active sex; and the result is a dissolute social state...
Page 28 - Earth, sea, and sky, all seemed wrapped in a soft and sensuous repose, in the tranquil life of the Lotus Eaters, in the swoon-like slumbers of the Seven Sleepers, in the dreams of the Castle of Indolence. The sea of purest sapphire, which had not parted with its blue rays to the atmosphere — a frequent appearance near the equator — lay basking, lazy as the tropical man, under a blaze of sunshine which touched every object with a dull burnish of gold.
Page 172 - ... reducible to two principal distinctions, which may be regarded as universal or particular. The universal festivals, which are probably traceable among all nations elevated above barbarism, and which may have been handed down by tradition from the earliest periods in the history of the human race, are manifestly astronomical, and are intended to commemorate the revolutions of the planets, the alternations of the seasons, and the recurrence of cyclical intervals of longer or shorter duration.

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