A Voyage to Abyssinia: And Travels Into the Interior of that Country, Executed Under the Orders of the British Government, in the Years 1809 and 1810; in which are Included, an Account of the Portuguese Settlements on the East Coast of Africa, Visited in the Course of the Voyage; a Concise Narrative of Late Events in Arabia Felix; and Some Particulars Respecting the Aboriginal African Tribes, Extending from Mosambique to the Borders of Egypt; Together with Vocabularies of Their Respective Languages

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M. Carey, 1816 - Ethiopia - 454 pages
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Page 325 - Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not, and yet I say unto you, that Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these.
Page 239 - For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the Lord reward thee good, for that thou hast done unto me this day.
Page 25 - His heart is as firm as a stone, yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone. When he raiseth up himself the mighty are afraid. By reason of breakings they purify themselves.
Page 43 - ... three sides, and is generally played upon with a piece of quill. One of these instruments which I brought to England has twenty of these bars. There is another described in Purchas that had only nine, which also differs in some other respects from the one I have just mentioned. As the description of this in old English is characteristic, I shall here give it to the reader. — '< Another instrument they have called also ' Ambira,' all of iron wedges, flat and narrow, a span long, tempered in...
Page 317 - And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
Page 277 - ... respiration. One of the most interesting parts of the amusement was to observe the ease with which these animals quietly dropped down to the bottom ; for the water being very clear, we could distinctly see them so low as twenty feet beneath the surface. I should conceive, that the size of those that we saw did not exceed sixteen feet in length, and their colour was a dusky brown, like that of the elephant.
Page 300 - ... which was performed, by his repeating a given formula four separate times, turning each time towards a different point of the compass. The godfather was then demanded, and on my being presented, I named the child George, in honour of his present Majesty, when...
Page 37 - I subsequently saw several dances of the same kind in the slave-yards on the island of Mosambique; but on these occasions it appeared to me that the slaves were compelled to dance." " I shall never forget the expression of one woman's countenance, who had lately, I understood, been brought from the interior. She was young, and appeared to have been a mother, and when constrained to move in the circle, the solemn gloom that pervaded her features spoke more forcibly than any language the misery of...
Page 225 - Look at that man ! he came to me a stranger about five years ago, and not being satisfied with my treatment left me in great anger ; but now that I am deserted by some of my friends, and pressed upon by my enemies, he is come to fight by my side.
Page 291 - On these occasions, as might be expected, the game is violently disputed, and when the combatants are pretty equally matched, it sometimes takes up the greater part of the day to decide. The victors afterwards return shouting and dancing to their homes, amidst the loud acclamations of their female friends. I also occasionally observed, at Antalo, that the vanquished were received with similar honours, and we often heard them challenging their opponents, in a friendly way, to renew the sport, though...

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