A Visit to Monasteries in the Levant

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Putnam, 1852 - Middle East - 390 pages
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Page 246 - The appearance of our escort did not please the monk, and we feared that he would not admit us into the monastery ; but at length he let down a thin cord, to which I attached a letter of introduction which I had brought from Corfu ; and after some delay a much larger rope was seen descending with a hook at 'the end to which a strong net was attached. On its reaching the rock on which we stood the net was spread open : my two servants sat down upon it ; and the four corners being attached to the hook,...
Page 135 - ... for a long tail ; some wished for blue and green feathers ; some wished to be as large as ostriches ; some wished for one thing, and some for another ; and they debated till the going down of the sun, but they could not agree together. Then the queen took the king of the hoopoes apart and said to him, " My dear lord and husband, listen to my words ; and as we have preserved the head of King Solomon, let us ask for crowns of gold on our heads, that we may be superior to all other birds.
Page 162 - Christ did not die, but that he ascended alive into heaven, leaving the likeness of his face to Judas, who was condemned to die for him ; and that, as Judas was crucified, it was his body, and not that of Jesus, which was placed in the sepulchre. It is for this reason that the Mussulmans do not perform any act of devotion at the tomb of the Holy Sepulchre, and that they ridicule the Christians who visit and revere it. ' The Jews — the
Page 180 - We both arrived at the same moment ; and, each snatching at a fine ripe plum, put it at once into our mouths ; when, on biting it, instead of the cool delicious juicy fruit which we expected, our mouths were filled with a dry bitter dust, and we sat under the tree upon our horses sputtering, and hemming, and doing all we could to be relieved of the nauseous taste of this strange fruit.
Page 137 - Israel was heard the twang of bows and the whirling of slings ; bird-lime was made in every town ; and the price of traps rose in the market, so that the fortunes of the trap-makers increased. Not a hoopoe could show its head but it was slain or taken captive, and the days of the hoopoes were numbered. Then their minds were filled with sorrow and dismay, and before long few were left to bewail their cruel destiny. At last, flying by stealth through the most...
Page 134 - ... shall fall off; and the heat of the sun, and the cold of the winter, and the keenness of the wind, and the beating of the rain, shall fall upon your rebellious necks, which shall not be protected with feathers, like the necks of other birds. And whereas you have hitherto fared delicately, henceforward ye shall eat carrion and feed upon offal ; and your race shall be impure till the end of the world.
Page 80 - To those who are not familiar with the aspect of such a region as this, it may be well to explain that a desert such as that which now surrounded me resembles more than anything else a dusty turnpike-road in England on a hot summer's day, extended interminably both as to length and breadth. A country of low rounded hills, the surface of which is composed entirely of gravel, dust, and stones, will give a good idea of the general aspect of a desert. Yet, although parched and dreary in the extreme from...
Page 44 - Sovereign and pushed him half over on the divan, and looked under him to see whether he was sitting on the handkerchief; then he pushed him over on the other side. During all which manoeuvres the Pasha sat as quietly and passively as possible. The servant then, thrusting his arm up to the elbow in one of the pockets of his Highness's voluminous trousers, pulled out a snuff-box, a rosary, and several other things, which he laid upon the divan. That would not do, either ; so he came over to the other...
Page 133 - But the vultures answered, and said, " We are flying to the north, and your face is turned towards the south. We desire to continue on our way ; and be it known unto thee, O king ! that we will not turn back on our flight, neither will we fly above your throne to protect you from the sun, although its rays may be scorching your neck and face.
Page 135 - Be it so." And it was so. But the king of the hoopoes flew away ; and he went to his queen, who was a dainty hen, and he told her what had happened, and he desired her advice as to what they should ask of the king for a reward ; and he called together his council, and they sat upon a tree, and they each of them desired a different thing. Some wished for a long tail ; some wished for blue and green feathers ; some wished to be as large as ostriches ; some wished for one thing, and some...

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