Letters from the Levant

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Page 350 - From wandering on a foreign strand ? If such there breathe, go mark him well : For him no minstrel raptures swell ; High though his titles, proud his name, Boundless his wealth as wish can claim ; Despite those titles, power and pelf, The wretch, concentred all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust, from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonored and unsung.
Page 350 - From wandering on a foreign strand ! — If such there breathe, go, mark him well ; For him no minstrel raptures swell,; High though his titles, proud his name, Boundless his wealth as wish can claim ; Despite those titles, power, and pelf, The wretch...
Page 350 - Caledonia! stern and wild, Meet nurse for a poetic child! Land of brown heath and shaggy wood, Land of the mountain and the flood, Land of my sires! what mortal hand Can e'er untie the filial band, That knits me to thy rugged strand!
Page 45 - Bank for the amount of the loan, and which, if not redeemed within a certain specified time, was sold, and the proceeds applied to the payment of the debt.
Page 148 - ... the harvest; going forth before the dawn of day, and returning joyous on the close of their labour. If shepherds, they live on the mountains, in the vale, or the plain, as the varying seasons require, under arbours or...
Page 222 - ... have no likeness to those ideas / which they nevertheless renew. The influence of painting and sculpture on the mind is like that of oratory, which persuades by the statement of truths : the power of poetry and music is felt like that of magic, which calls up spirits, and produces miraculous effects by the mixing of certain ingredients curiously culled. As the orator cannot state a truth justly and perspicuously, without obtaining an immediate concurrence in opinion from his auditors, so the...
Page 148 - It is chiefly their business to plough, sow, and reap ; dig, fence, plant, and prune the vineyard ; attend the watering of the olive-tree, and gather in the harvest ; going forth before the dawn of day, and returning contented on the close of their labour. If shepherds, they live in the mountains, in the vale, or the plain, as the varying seasons require, under arbours or sheds covered with boughs, tending their flocks abroad, or milking the ewes and she-goats at the fold, and making cheese and butter...
Page 121 - Patriotism here more pathetically deplore the inevitable effects of individual corruption on public glory ; but to the traveller who rests for recreation, or who seeks a solace for misfortune, how wretched, how solitary, how empty is Athens ! Yours, &c.
Page 112 - I cannot describe the modern city of Athens in fewer words than by saying that it looks as if two or three ill-built villages had been rudely swept together at the foot of the north side of the Acropolis, and enclosed by a garden wall, three or four miles in circumference.
Page 345 - I take great pleasure in pulling him down : I remind him of the subjugation of the Greeks by the Romans, and of their degraded situation under the Turks, both of which facts I aver are positive proofs that with all their pretensions to superiority, they are really an inferior race.

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