Syria the Desert and the Sown

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E. P. Dutton, 1907 - Syria - 347 pages
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Page 23 - With me along the strip of Herbage strown That just divides the desert from the sown...
Page 1 - To those bred under an elaborate social order few such moments of exhilaration can come as that which stands at the threshold of wild travel.
Page 2 - It was a stormy morning, the 5th of February. The west wind swept up from the Mediterranean, hurried across the plain where the Canaanites waged war with the stubborn hill dwellers of Judaea, and leapt the barrier of mountains to which the kings of Assyria and of Egypt had laid vain siege. It shouted the news of rain to Jerusalem and raced onwards THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE, JERUSALEM down the barren eastern slopes, cleared the deep bed of Jordan with a bound, and vanished across the hills...
Page 167 - For the archaeologist there is neither clean nor unclean. All the works of the human imagination fall into their appointed place in the history of art, directing and illuminating his own understanding of it. He is doubly blest, for when the outcome is beautiful to the eyes he returns thanks ; but, whatever the result, it is sure to furnish him with some new and unexpected link between one art and another, and to provide him with a further rung in the ladder of history. He is thus apt to be well satisfied...
Page 228 - I am a man of Konia," as the case may be, just as the Syrian will reply that he is a native of Damascus or Aleppo—I have already indicated that Syria is merely a geographical term corresponding to no national sentiment in the breasts of the inhabitants.
Page 60 - He had struck the note," she goes on; "I looked out beyond him into the night and saw the desert with his eyes, no longer empty but set thicker with human associations than any city. Every line of it took on significance, every stone was like the ghost of a hearth in which the warmth of Arab life was scarcely cold, though the fire might have been extinguished this hundred years.
Page 2 - No one with life in his body could stay in on such a day, but for me there was little question of choice. In the grey winter dawn the mules had gone forward carrying all my worldly goods — two tents, a canteen, and a month's provision of such slender luxuries as the austerest traveller can ill spare, two small mule trunks, filled mainly with photographic materials, a few books and a goodly sheaf of maps. The mules and the three muleteers I had brought with me from Beyrout...
Page 67 - The spirit of adventure finds full scope in it — you can picture the excitement of the night ride across the plain, the rush of the mares in the attack, the glorious popping of rifles and the exhilaration of knowing yourself a fine fellow as you turn homewards with the spoil. It is the best sort of fantasia, as they say in the desert, with a spice of danger behind it. Not that the danger is alarmingly great : a considerable amount of amusement can be got without much bloodshed, and the raiding...
Page ix - I desired to write not so much a book of travel as an account of the people whom I met or who accompanied me on my way, and to show what the world is like in which they live and how it appears to them.
Page 67 - ... it. Not that the danger is alarmingly great : a considerable amount of amusement can be go't without much bloodshed; and the raiding Arab is seldom bent on killing. He never lifts his hand against women and children, and if here and there a man falls it is almost by accident, since who can be sure of the ultimate destination of a rifle bullet once it is embarked on its lawless course ? This is the Arab view of the ghazu; the Druzes look at it otherwise.

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