Travels in Greece and Albania, Volume 1

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H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1830 - Albania - 1023 pages

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Page 478 - The lonely mountains o'er And the resounding shore A voice of weeping heard, and loud lament; From haunted spring and dale Edged with poplar pale The parting Genius is with sighing sent; With flower-inwoven tresses torn The Nymphs in twilight shade of tangled thickets mourn.
Page 423 - And lead him near to little, but his last ; But mighty Nature bounds as from her birth, The sun is in the heavens, and life on earth ; Flowers in the valley, splendour in the beam, Health on the gale, and freshness in the stream. Immortal man ! behold her glories shine, And cry, exulting inly,
Page 421 - As when the moon, refulgent lamp of night, O'er Heaven's clear azure spreads her sacred light, When not a breath disturbs the deep serene, And not a cloud o'ercasts the solemn scene ; Around her throne the vivid planets roll, And stars unnumber'd gild the glowing pole, O'er the dark trees a yellower verdure shed, And tip with silver every mountain's head ; Then shine the vales, the rocks in prospect rise, A flood of glory bursts from all the skies : The conscious swains, rejoicing in the sight, Eye...
Page 105 - Yet the Albanian Mahometan is not more observant of doctrines, rites and ceremonies under his new law than he was under his old one, and is looked upon with great contempt by the rigid Osmanli. He frequently takes a Christian woman to be his wife, carries his sons to mosque, and allows his daughters to attend their mother to church; nay, he even goes himself alternately to both places of worship...
Page 174 - I thank you, vizir, for the kind regard you express towards me, but I beseech you not to send the purses, for I should not know how to count them ; and if I did, believe me, that one single pebble belonging to my country, much less that country itself, would in my eyes appear too great a return for them. Equally vain are the honours you offer to bestow upon me. The honours of a Suliot lie in his arms. With these I hope to immortalize my name and preserve my country.
Page 239 - Corfu in particular, to maintain firmly their hold ef that fortress and its territory. " The inhabitants of Parga are Albanian Greeks, extremely tenacious of their freedom, and of the liberty of their small community, and habitually adverse to the dominion of the Turks. They are a spirited and an independent people, though, at the same time, docile and easy of command when treated liberally and justly ; and all the male population are trained to arms, and expert in the use of them.
Page 148 - All himself killed two horses in his precipitate escape ; and when he arrived at his capital, he shut himself up in his harem for several days, where he admitted no one to his presence, except a few of his most confidential friends.
Page 29 - ... the coryphaeus or leader, who was frequently changed, made surprising leaps, bending backwards till his head almost touched the ground, and then starting up into the air with the elastic spring of a bow, whilst his long hair flowed in wild confusion over his shoulders.f...
Page 32 - Grecian topers drank (lu.i •-.'., many of whom filled two and others even three goblets with wine ; then taking up one with the right hand they applied it to their lips pouring the contents of the other two into it with the left, and never moving the cup from the mouth till the whole of the liquor was dispatched : these triplets were received by the rest of the company with unbounded applause. Possibly the celebrated Thracian Amystis may have been a similar trial of Bacchanalian skill, and not...

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