A Journal of Two Years' Travel in Persia, Ceylon, Etc, Volume 2

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W. H. Allen and Company, 1857 - Iran

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Page 258 - He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all.
Page 278 - That palter with us in a double sense ; That keep the word of promise to our ear, And break it to our hope.
Page 21 - They have but fallen before us: for, one day, we must fall. Why dost thou build the hall, son of the winged days? Thou lookest from thy towers to-day; yet a few years, and the blast of the desert comes; it howls in thy empty court, and whistles round thy half-worn shield.
Page 165 - Hyems' chin and icy crown, An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds Is, as in mockery, set.
Page 73 - Tis the temptation of the devil That makes all human actions evil : For Saints may do the same things by The Spirit, in sincerity, Which other men are tempted to, And at the devil's instance do ; And yet the actions be contrary, Just as the Saints and Wicked vary.
Page 384 - Persian soldiery," says Mr. Binning, " when about to engage in combat, are accustomed to sing aloud certain passages of the Shuhnitmah, which practice has the effect of inspiriting them to absolute fury ; as the verses of Homer did the warriors of Greece, or as the Runic lays of the Skalds were wont to animate the fierce Berserkars of old Norway.
Page 404 - When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
Page 173 - I can remember, with unsteady feet Tottering from room to room, .and finding pleasure In flowers, and toys, and sweetmeats, things which long Have lost their power to please ; which, -when I see them, Raise only now a melancholy wish, I were the little trifler once again Who could be pleased so lightly ! THALABA. LAILA. No. I besought him once To give me power like his, that where...
Page 435 - In talent and natural capacity, the Persians are equal to any nation in the world. In good feeling and honesty, and in the higher qualities of man, they would be equally so, were their education and their government favourable to their growth.
Page 264 - The aneedotes related of Nadir Shah are beyond computation. I may be permitted to repeat one or two, which were lately told me by one whose grandsire had been a soldier in Nadir's army, and had witnessed the sack and massacre of Delhi. When Nadir invaded India, he arrived first at Lahore, where the governor immediately surrendered the city to him, and treated him with princely honours. At night, Nadir, whose only couch, for months past, had been a horse-blanket, with a saddle for a pillow, was conducted...

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