History and Present Condition of the Barbary States: Comprehending a View of Their Civil Institutions, Antiquities, Arts, Religion, Literature

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Harper, 1837 - Africa, North - 343 pages

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Page 34 - Within a long recess there lies a bay : An island shades it from the rolling sea, And forms a port secure for ships to ride : Broke by the jutting land on either side, In double streams the briny waters glide, Betwixt two rows of rocks : a sylvan scene Appears above, and groves for ever green : A grot is form'd beneath, with mossy seats, To rest the Nereids, and exclude the heats.
Page 46 - Yet come it will, the day decreed by fates! (How my heart trembles while my tongue relates!) The day when thou, imperial Troy! must bend, And see thy warriors fall, thy glories end.
Page 329 - Salam alec, ere he shall have answered Alec salam, he will be far off, and nearly out of sight, for his swiftness is like the wind.
Page 93 - But the victories and the losses of Justinian were alike pernicious to mankind; and such was the desolation of Africa, that in many parts a stranger might wander whole days without meeting the face either of a friend or an enemy.
Page 219 - If she is to be married to a man who has discharged, dispatched, or lost a former wife, the shackles which the former wife wore, are put upon the new bride's limbs, and she is fed until they are filled up to the proper thickness. The food used for this...
Page 111 - It is, however, certain that the accuracy and solidity of his judgment were by no means proportionable to the eminent talents now mentioned; and that, upon many occasions, he was more guided by the violent impulse of a warm imagination than by the cool dictates of reason and prudence. Hence that ambiguity which appears in his writings, and which has sometimes rendered the most attentive readers uncertain with respect to his real sentiments ; and hence also the just complaints which many have...
Page 117 - Egypt ; much useful experience had been acquired in the practice of arts and manufactures but the science of chemistry owes its origin and improvement to the industry of the Saracens. They first invented and named the alembic for the purposes of distillation, analyzed the substances of the three kingdoms of nature, tried the distinction and affinities of alkalis and acids, and converted the poisonous minerals into soft and salutary medicines.
Page 94 - Romans and their allies, who perished by the climate, their mutual quarrels, and the rage of the barbarians. When Procopius first landed, he admired the populousness of the cities and country, strenuously exercised in the labours of commerce and agriculture. In less than twenty years that busy scene was converted into a silent solitude...
Page 34 - To rest the Nereids, and exclude the heats. Down through the crannies of the living walls The crystal streams descend in murm'ring falls. No halsers need to bind the vessels here, Nor bearded anchors ; for no storms they fear.
Page 266 - ... the greater part of a triumphal arch, called Cassir Gowlah, the Castle of the Giant, consisting of three arches. All the mouldings and friezes are curiously embellished with the figures of flowers, battleaxes, and other devices. The Corinthian pilasters, on each side of the grand arch, are panelled like the gates of the city, in a style peculiar to Cirta. The population of this interesting place is said to amount to not less than 30,000 Moors, Jews, and Turks. About twenty miles to the northwest...

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