An Historical Account of the Most Celebrated Voyages, Travels, and Discoveries from the Time of Columbus to the Present Period, Volume 11

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Page 302 - It was in vain to think of flying; the swiftest horse or fastest sailing ship could be of no use to carry us out of this danger, and the full persuasion of this riveted me as if to the spot where I stood, and let the camels gain on me so much in my state of lameness that it was with some difficulty I could overtake them.
Page 204 - ... three thousand years ! Kings had attempted this discovery at the head of armies, and each expedition was distinguished from the last only by the difference of the numbers which had perished, and agreed alone in the disappointment which had uniformly and without exception followed them all.
Page 106 - One of them still continued holding the head, while the other two were busy in curing the wound. This, too, was done not in an ordinary manner. The skin, which had covered the flesh that was taken away, was left entire, and flapped over the wound, and was fastened to the corresponding part by two or more small skewers or pins. Whether they had put...
Page 72 - ... you embark across. He was poorly attended by three or four servants, miserably mounted, and about forty naked savages on foot, armed with short lances and crooked knives. The drum beat before him all the way from Arkeeko to Masuah. Upon entering the boat, the drum on the land side ceased, and those, in what is called the castle of Masuah, began.
Page 123 - One thing remarkable in this cavalcade, which I observed, was the head-dress of the governors of provinces. A large broad fillet was bound upon their forehead, and tied behind their head. In the middle of this was a horn, or a conical piece of silrer, gilt, about four inches long, much in the shape of our common candle extinguishers.
Page 302 - ... majestic slowness ; at intervals we thought they were coming in a very few minutes to overwhelm us ; and small quantities of sand did actually more than once reach us. Again they would retreat, so as to be almost out of sight, their tops reaching to the very clouds.
Page 27 - ... you see large fragments of the rock ; affording an unanswerable proof, that those pyramids were once huge rocks, standing where they now are ; that some of them, the most proper from their form, were chosen for the body of the pyramid, and the others hewn into steps, to serve for the superstructure, and the exterior parts of themf.
Page 208 - ... with sod or earthen turf brought from the sides, and constantly kept in repair ; and this is the altar upon which all their religious ceremonies are performed. In the middle of this altar is a hole, obviously made, or at least enlarged, by the hand of man. It is kept clear of grass, or other aquatic plants, and the water in it is perfectly pure and limpid, but has no ebullition or motion of any kind discernible upon its surface. This mouth, or opening...
Page 100 - ... his house. I do not remember to have seen a more respectable figure. He had his own short white hair, covered with a thin muslin turban, a thick wellshaped beard, as white as snow, down to his waist. He was clothed in the Abyssinian dress, all of white cotton, only he had a red silk sash, embroidered with gold, about his waist, and sandals on his feet ; his upper garment reached down to his ancles.
Page 123 - I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn: 5 Lift not up your horn on high : speak not with a stiff neck.

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