Travels in Arabia, Volume 2

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J. Murray, 1838 - Arabian Peninsula
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Page 67 - And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water, And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. 29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses...
Page 53 - ... that her assimilating herself to the Virgin Mary, her anticipated entry with our Saviour into Jerusalem, and other vagaries attributed to her, were proofs to the contrary. An old man with a white beard called for silence (a call from the aged amidst the Arabs seldom made in vain) "She is mad...
Page 8 - Its height, about 400 feet, as well as the material of which it is composed, a light colored fiiable sandstone, is about the same as the rest of the chain; but an inclined plane of almost impalpable sand rises at an angle of 40° with the horizon, and is bounded by a semi-circle of rocks. presenting broken, abrupt, and pinnacled forms, and extending to the base of this remarkable hill. Although their shape and arrangement in some respects may be said to resemble a whispering gallery, yet I determined...
Page 81 - Mount Sinai itself and the hills which compose the district in its immediate vicinity, rise in sharp, isolated conical peaks. From their steep and shattered sides huge masses have been splintered, leaving fissures rather than valleys between their remaining portions. These form the highest part of the range of mountains that, spread...
Page 403 - May, 1834, [a memorable moment in the history of discovery !] we anchored in a short and narrow channel, joined on the one hand by a low rocky islet, and on the other by a lofty black-looking cliff, to which our pilots applied the designation of Hasan Gorab. Some ruins having been perceived on the summit of the latter, shortly after our arrival I proceeded to the shore, for the purpose of examining them. To avoid the swell, which rolled along the opposite side of the island, and produced a considerable...
Page 167 - A stratum of black stone on the surface of the hills and plains gives the whole a bleak and desolate appearance. The coast is partly fronted with steep overhanging cliffs of coral and sandstone. From their base, to the distance of about forty yards, extends a level band of rocks, the outer part of which is nearly dry, and rises like a wall from an almost unfathomable depth ; against this the sea, meeting with a resistance so abrupt, breaks with some violence, and produces a considerable surf, which...
Page ii - While the Bedowins have wandered with their camels and their flocks, unaspiring, unimproving, they have looked across the gulf and beheld the Egyptian overthrown by the Persian ; the Persian by the Greek ; the Greek by the Roman ; and the Roman in his turn by a daring band from their own burning deserts. They have seen empires grow up like Jonah's gourd. War has swept away some, the vanities and luxuries of peace have undermined and brought others to the ground ; and every spot along these shores...
Page 11 - Eoliari harp when its strings first catch the breeze : as the sand became more violently agitated, by the increased velocity of the descent, the noise more nearly resembled that produced by drawing the moistened fingers over glass. As it reached the base the reverberations attained the loudness of distant thunder, causing the rock on which...
Page 7 - Narkous forms one of a ridge of low calcareous hills at a distance of 3^ miles from the beach, to which a sandy plain, extending with a gentle rise to their base, connects them. Its height, about...
Page 406 - The characters are 2J inches in length, and executed with much care and regularity. To avoid the possibility of omission or error, three separate copies were taken by different individuals."* These discoveries were made in May, 1834, and were published the same year in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. In the month of April of the following year, while pursuing their survey some distance to the westward of Hisn Ghorab, viz. at the cape called Has el-Asida, in lat. 13° 51...

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