An expedition of discovery into the interior of Africa: through the hitherto undescribed countries of the Great Namaquas, Boschmans, and Hill Damaras, Volume 1

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Page 163 - You shall see him brought to bay ; " Waken, lords and ladies gay! " Louder, louder, chant the lay, Waken, lords and ladies gay ! Tell them, youth, and mirth, and glee, Run a course as well as we ; Time, stern huntsman ! who can baulk, Staunch as hound, and fleet as hawk ? Think of this, and rise with day, Gentle lords and ladies gay...
Page 93 - BEAUTIFUL, sublime, and glorious, Mild, majestic, foaming, free, — Over time itself victorious, Image of eternity.
Page 127 - These Namaquas thought that they come from the East. In the country there is occasionally found (besides the common graves covered with a heap of stones) large heaps of stones, on which had been thrown a few bushes; and if the Namaquas are asked what these are, they say that Heije Eibib. their great father, is below the heap ; they do not know what he is like or what he does ; they only imagine that he also came from the East and had plenty of sheep and goats ; and when they add a stone or branch...
Page 197 - ... of the drop indicated, and, walking on, he picked up another stone, also with a drop of wax on it, and so on at considerable intervals, till, getting behind a crag, he looked up, and bees were seen flying across the sky, and in and out of a cleft in the face of the rock. Here of course was the honey he was in pursuit of. A dry bush is selected, fire is made, the cliff is ascended, and the nest is robbed in the smoke.
Page 111 - Chance will not do the work. Chance sends the breeze; But if the pilot slumber at the helm, The very wind that wafts us towards the port May dash us on the shelves. The steersman's part is vigilance, Blow it or rough or smooth. Old Play.
Page 129 - The moon, they say, wished to send a message to men, and the hare said that he would take it. ' Run, then,' said the moon, ' and tell men that as I die, and am renewed, so shall they also be renewed.' But the hare deceived men, and said, ' As I die and perish, so shall you also.
Page 98 - Egyptian vulture may be seen soaring in mid-air, with a large stone between his talons. Having carefully surveyed the ground below him, he suddenly lets fall the stone, and then follows it in rapid descent. Let the hunter run to the spot, and he will find a nest of probably a score of eggs, (each equal in size to twenty-four hen 'a eggs,) some of them broken by the vulture.
Page 97 - ... the eggs during the cool of the morning and evening. In the middle of the day, the pair, leaving the eggs in charge of the sun, and "forgetting that the foot may crush them, or the wild beast break them," employ themselves in feeding off the tops of bushes in the plain near their nest.
Page 178 - Oh ! Abyssinian tree, How the traveller blesses thee, When the night no moon allows, And the sunset hour is near, And thou bend'st thy boughs To kiss his brows, Saying, * Come rest thee here...
Page 82 - And the sweetest Bliss of blisses, Breathing from thy balmy kisses, Happy thrice, and thrice again, Happiest he of happy men...

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