Egypt past and present: described and illustrated : with a narrative of its occupation by the British, and of recent events in the Soudan

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T. Nelson and Sons, 1885 - Egypt - 380 pages
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Page 114 - Translation Thus do they, sir: they take the flow o' the Nile By certain scales i' the Pyramid; they know By the height, the lowness, or the mean, if death Or prison follow,
Page 342 - dynasty of kings. CHAPTER III. GEBEL-ADHA—WADY HALFA — THE SECOND CATARACT— THE TEMPLE OF SOLEB—MEROE, AND ITS ANTIQUITIES —RUINS AT NAJA AND EL-MESAOURAT—THE SACRED BOAT. Wild and desolate Those courts, where once the mighty sate; Nor longer on those mouldering towers Were seen the past of fruits and flowers Neither priest nor rites were there. Moore. j|N the cliff, nearly opposite
Page 205 - SIOUT —GIRGEH—DENDERA, AND ITS TEMPLE. Monarchs—the powerful and the strong— Famous in history and in song Of olden time. Longfellow. A reverend pile, With bold projections and recesses deep. Wordsworth.
Page 178 - What was the object of the cell or apartment in which he found himself? " Whatever it might be," he says, " I certainly considered myself in the centre of that Pyramid which, from time immemorial, had been the subject of the obscure conjectures of many hundred travellers, both ancient and modern. My torch, formed of a few wax candles, gave
Page 236 - 22 feet 4 inches across the shoulders, and 14 feet 4 inches from the neck to the elbow. The toes are from 2 to 3 feet long. The whole mass is composed of Syene granite ; and I offer it as a problem to engineers and
Page 139 - and the more remarkable white muslin veil,—which universal out-of-door costume of Egyptian ladies only suffered two dark eyes to gleam from behind the hideous shroud. And if the carriages we saw, continues our authority, had a smack of Europe, they were driven and
Page 352 - the pillars are decorated with figures in the Egyptian style; others in the same portico are fluted like the Grecian : on the base of one seemed discernible the traces of a zodiac. Time and the elements seem to have been willing to spare to us the observatory of Meroe. It excites one's wonder to discover so few hieroglyphics in this mass of ruins; the six
Page 214 - TOMB ^INTERIOR,. We have here, says Miss Martineau,—and we shall freely avail ourselves of her animated description,*—the art of writing as a familiar practice, in the scribes who are numbering the
Page 273 - AND ITS QUARRIES—KOUM OMBOS. Et viridem Aegyptum nigra faecundat arena, Et diversa ruens septem discurrit in ora. Virgil, Georgics, iv. 200. And where the stream . . . Broods o'er green Egypt with dark wave of mud, And pours through many a mouth its branching flood.
Page 186 - stupendous in the sight of that enormous head—its vast projecting wig, its great ears, its open eyes, the red colour still visible on its

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