The Ionian Islands: Manners and Customs

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J. Haldane, 1822 - Ionian Islands - 299 pages
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Page 62 - They then took their arms in their hands, and, setting fire to the pile, stood motionless and silent around it, till the whole was consumed. During this melancholy ceremony, some of Ali's troops, impatient for possession, approached the gates of the town; upon which a deputation of the citizens was sent to inform...
Page 62 - As soon as the notice was given, every family marched solemnly out of its dwelling without tears or lamentation ; and the men, preceded by their priests and followed by their sons, proceeded to the sepulchres of their fathers, and silently unearthed and collected their remains, which they put upon a huge pile of wood which they had previously collected in front of one of their churches.
Page 237 - Swift at the word, obedient to the king, The herald flies the tuneful lyre to bring. Up...
Page 63 - ... wives and children, — and die with their arms in their hands, — and not without a bloody revenge on those who had bought and sold their country. Such a remonstrance, at such a moment, was felt and respected, as it ought by those to whom it was addressed. General Adam succeeded in stopping the march of the Mussulmans.
Page 69 - Amidst our course, Zacynthian woods appear; And next by rocky Neritos we steer : We fly from Ithaca's detested shore, And curse the land which dire Ulysses bore. At length Leucate's cloudy top appears, And the Sun's temple, which the sailor fears. Resolv'd to breathe a while from labor past, Our crooked anchors from the prow we cast, And joyful to the little city haste.
Page 157 - Four acres was the' allotted space of ground, Fenced with a green enclosure all around: Tall .thriving trees confess'd the fruitful mould; The reddening apple ripens here to gold: Here the blue fig with luscious juice o'erflows, With deeper red the full pomegranate glows, The branch here bends beneath the weighty pear, And verdant olives flourish round the year.
Page 237 - And bore the unrivall'd honours of the day. With fierce embrace the brawny wrestlers join ; The conquest, great Euryalus, is thine. Amphialus sprung forward with a bound, Superior in the leap, a length of ground. From Elatreus' strong arm the discus flies, And sings with unmatch'd force along the skies.
Page 61 - Bey to act as his commissioner in making the necessary surveys and valuations along with Mr. Cartwright, who was named on behalf of our Government. But he had recourse to every resource of intimidation and chicane to prevent it from being brought to a conclusion. Mr. Cartwright applied to the British commander in the citadel, to give him a general idea of the total value of the possessions that might be left ; and was answered, that, on the supposition that the whole people were to emigrate, it would...
Page 61 - Primates of Parga, engage, on behalf of the population, that at the moment when the frigates of his Britannic Majesty shall appear before our fortress, we will subject our country and territories to the protection of the invincible arms of Great Britain, and will plant on the walls of our fortress her glorious flag; it being the determination of our country to follow the fate of the Ionian Islands, as we have always been under the same jurisdiction.
Page 57 - Baffled in this great object, Ali insisted that Parga at least should be delivered up to him, in terms of the treaty of 1800, as the only representative of the Ottoman Porte on the spot : — for the Bey, who had faithfully fulfilled that treaty, had been obliged to remove before the advance of the Russians ; and at one time an order was issued to comply with this request. But, on...

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