Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El Medinah and Meccah, Volume 1

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Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1857 - Arabian Peninsula - 422 pages

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Page 143 - And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. 20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. 21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
Page 145 - ... by no means memorial. To the solitary wayfarer there is an interest in the wilderness unknown to Cape seas and Alpine glaciers, and even to the rolling prairie — the effect of continued excitement on the mind, stimulating its powers to their pitch. Above, through a sky terrible in its stainless beauty, and the splendors of a pitiless blinding glare, the Simoom caresses you like a lion with flaming breath.
Page 208 - Libyae vertuntur ad oras. est in secessu longo locus ; insula portum 1 60 efficit obiectu laterum, quibus omnis ab alto frangitur inque sinus scindit sese unda reductos.
Page 146 - In the desert, spirituous liquors excite only disgust. There is a keen enjoyment in a mere animal existence.
Page 267 - This is the old and modern Arabic name for a dish of green grain, toasted, pounded, mixed with dates or sugar, and eaten on journeys when it is found difficult to cook. Such is the present signification of the word : MC de Perceval (vol. iii., p. 84) gives it a different and a now unknown meaning. And our popular authors erroneously call the affair the
Page 16 - Dervish is allowed to ignore ceremony and politeness, as one who ceases to appear upon the stage of life ; he may pray or not, marry or remain single as he pleases, be respectable in cloth of frieze as in cloth of gold, and no one asks him — the chartered vagabond — Why he comes here ? or Wherefore he goes there ? He may wend * The Persian "Mister.
Page 18 - I presume to be a composition of what phrenologists call " inhabitiveness" and " locality" equally and largely developed. After a long and toilsome march, weary of the way, he drops into the nearest place of rest to become the most domestic of men. For a while he smokes the "pipe of...
Page 147 - The sharp appetite disposes of the most indigestible food ; the sand is softer than a bed of down, and the purity of the air suddenly puts to flight a dire cohort of diseases. Hence it is that both sexes, and every age, the most material as well as the most imaginative of minds, the tamest citizen, the...
Page 26 - A dagger,13 a brass inkstand and pen-holder stuck in the belt, and a mighty rosary, which on occasion might have been converted into a weapon of offence, completed my equipment. I must not omit to mention the proper method of carrying money, which in these lands should never be entrusted to box or bag. A common cotton purse secured in a breast pocket (for Egypt now abounds in that...
Page 206 - ... and the secret designs of our hearts. Subject unto us this sea, even as thou didst subject the deep to...

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