Personal Narrative of a Journey from India to England, by Bussorah, Bagdad, the Ruins of Babylon, Curdistan, the Court of Persia, the Western Shore of the Caspian Sea, Astrakhan, Nishney Novogorod, Moscow, and St. Petersburgh, in the Year 1824, Volume 1
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Aboo Nasir Aga Saikeis Alligator amongst amused ancient appearance Arabian Nights Arabs armed Armenian arrived Artemita Assyria Babel Babylon Babylonian Bagdad banks beautiful boat building built Bushire Bussorah Caliph called Captain Taylor caravanserai chief Chosroes covered Ctesiphon curious dancing Desert Diala distance dress Euphrates European favour feet high females fire formed gardens Giaffer governor guard Herodotus Hilleh horses hour hundred Illyauts Imaum inhabitants Janizaries jereed journey Kermanshah Kisra Koorna Koote Mahomet Mahometan March Meerza miles morning mound mountains Mujillebe Muscat nearly observed officers ourselves palace party Pasha Pasha of Bagdad passed Persian piastres present remains river robbers round ruins seen Seleucia servants Shehreban Sheikh Shereen Shiahs ship side sorah square Strabo Syyud tents Tigris tion told tomb Tower of Babel town traveller tribe Turk Turkish vessels village walls wind women Zobeir
Page 140 - That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee : I bare the loss of it : of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. Thus I was ; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night ; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.
Page 204 - Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion, girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity...
Page 180 - The mound was full of large holes ; we entered some of them, and found them strewed with the carcasses and skeletons of animals recently killed. The ordure of wild beasts was so strong that prudence got the better of curiosity, for we had no doubt as to the savage nature of the inhabitants. Our guides, indeed, told us that all the ruins abounded in lions and other wild beasts; so literally has the divine prediction been fulfilled, that wild beasts of the desert should lie there, and their houses...
Page 136 - Tigris without opposition ; the capital was taken by assault; and the disorderly resistance of the people gave a keener edge to the sabres of the Moslems, who shouted with religious transport, "This is the white palace of Chosroes; this is the promise of the apostle of God!
Page 182 - Turkish government, is here hereditary : the family of the present officer has held it for a long time. The town is surrounded by a number of gardens, which produce rice, dates, and grain. The soil is very productive; but, as is natural under such an extortionate government, it is 'but little cultivated. If any thing could identify the modern inhabitants of Hilleh as the descendants of the ancient Babylonians, it would be their extreme profligacy, for which they are notorious even amongst their immoral...
Page 195 - And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.
Page 336 - ... without their host. In the evening we strolled out to look at the town, and went to a neighbouring buryingVOL. i. z ground, situate on an eminence, to enjoy a finer view. Here we observed a crowd assembled round a tomb. Thinking there might be a funeral, we went a little nearer, and saw, not indeed a dead body, but one in a state of almost suspended animation, that of no less a personage than our new acquaintance, the Governor, who, stretched out at his length, with his head reposing on a tombstone,...
Page 195 - Thus saith the LORD of hosts ; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.
Page 39 - we '11 string you up for this ;" making his observation intelligible, by pointing with one hand to the yard-arm, and with the other, to the neck of his auditor, at the same time imitating the convulsive guggle of strangulation. When called to account for his obstinacy, the pilot gave us an answer in the true spirit of predestination :