Sketches of Persia: From the Journals of a Traveller in the East, Volume 1

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J. Murray, 1827 - Iran - 281 pages

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Page 205 - Stuarts' throne; The bigots of the iron time Had called his harmless art a crime. A wandering harper, scorned and poor, He begged his bread from door to door, And tuned, to please a peasant's ear, The harp a king had loved to hear.
Page 159 - One day, as I was in the bath, a friend of mine put into my hand a piece of scented clay. I took it, and said to it, Art thou musk or ambergris, for I am charmed with thy perfume...
Page 20 - And unto such of your slaves as desire a written instrument allowing them to redeem themselves on paying a certain sum, write one, if ye know good in them; and give them of the riches of God, which he hath given you.
Page 173 - I informed her of what I had seen, and she wept : then taking out eighty dinars, she told me that as I * This story is given in the History of Persia, vol.
Page 171 - I do not," was the mild reply ; " the caliph pays me, and well, for what I do know ; if he were to attempt to pay me for what I do not know, the treasures of his empire would not suffice.
Page 188 - He that giveth to the poor lendeth to the Lord/ and ' He that would be chief among you, let him be your servant.
Page 120 - Men are gratified or offended, according to the mode in which these favourite refreshments are offered. You welcome a visitor, or send him off, by the way in which you call for a pipe or a cup of coffee. Then you mark, in the most minute manner, every shade of attention and consideration, by the mode in which he is treated. If he be above you, you present these refreshments yourself, and do not partake till commanded; if equal, you exchange pipes, and present him with coffee, taking the next cup...
Page 59 - I thought he must get away ; but when he was quite out of sight, up came a large spotted dog, and then another and another ; they all had their noses on the ground, and gave tongue, whow, whow, whow...
Page 119 - Elchee had resided at some of the principal courts of India, whose usages are very similar. He was, therefore, deeply versed in that important science denominated ' Kaida-e-nishest-oo-berkhast ' (or the art of sitting and rising), in which is included a knowledge of the forms and manners of good society, and particularly those of Asiatic kings and their courts. " He was quite aware, on his first arrival in Persia, of the consequence of every step he took on such delicate points ; he was, therefore,...
Page 174 - He did so — his followers were all alike struck with the scene. ' You have been our leader in guilt,' said they to their chief, ' be the same in the path of virtue ;' and they instantly, at his order, made restitution of their spoil, and vowed repentance on my hand.

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