Travels in various parts of Peru: including a year's residence in Potosi, by Edmond Temple... in two volumes

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Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1830 - 504 էջ
 

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Էջ 206 - Egypt's evil day. Wav'd round the coast, up call'da pitchy cloud Of locusts, warping on the eastern wind. That o'er the realm of impious Pharaoh hung Like night, and darken'd all the land of Nile...
Էջ 149 - Thou art the garden of the world, the home Of all Art yields, and Nature can decree ; Even in thy desert, what is like to thee ? Thy very weeds are beautiful, thy waste More rich than other climes' fertility : Thy wreck a glory, and thy ruin graced With an immaculate charm which cannot be defaced.
Էջ 418 - But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of Hosts. Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
Էջ 283 - Suddenly appeared before me, in the distance, a high mountain of a reddish brown colour, in the shape qf a perfect cone, and altogether distinct in its appearance from any thing of the kind I had ever seen. There was no mistaking it : it was that mountain which was made known to the world by the merest accident, by an Indian who, in pursuit of a llama up the steep, to save himself from falling caught hold of a shrub, which being torn from the soil exposed a mass of solid silver at the roots ; —...
Էջ 127 - ... expressions diametrically opposed to feelings and symptoms ; or you may wish it to be imagined, as is sometimes practised in perilous situations, that your profound silence indicates indifference of danger, or may pass for coolness and presence of mind. Silence also conveys an idea of gravity, and of resignation to your fate, which, indeed, is no more than becoming, when you feel persuaded that nothing short of a miracle can prolong your existence beyond a quarter of an hour. The nod being given,...
Էջ 414 - ... than the metamorphosis of these ladies : ' then, indeed, is every stocking braced up with scrupulous tightness for the public promenade, where many an admiring eye is attracted to the taper limb, that displays itself with so much grace in that ' stately elegance of walk,' for which the whole race of Spanish ladies is unrivalled.
Էջ 286 - ... sensations of real pleasure; but this consolation is denied in approaching Potosi ; neither house, nor dome, nor steeple, is to be seen at a distance. The last curve round the base of the silver mountain, whose pointed top was now far above my head in a cloudless deep blue sky, brought me at once upon the town, which, with its ruined suburbs, covered a vast extent beneath me, and in ten minutes more I was at the post-house in the centre of it.
Էջ 381 - There was the place where the pasty was not." Each dish contained sufficient for a party of twice our number ; and from every one I observed Donna Juliana take a large plateful, sometimes two platefuls, and, saying something in Quichua, hand them to one of her Indians, who placed them in a distant corner of the room. When the more substantial subjects of the feast were discussed, then followed custards, and compotes, and sweetmeats, from which small portions were also taken, to be husbanded, as I...
Էջ 382 - When the more substantial subjects of the feast were discussed, then followed custards, and compotes, and sweetmeats, from which small portions were also taken, to be husbanded, as I imagined, for tomorrow's fare. A dish of very good potatoes, accompanied with very bad butter, concluded the dinner. When the cloth was removed, all the attendants, without any word of command, ranged themselves in a rank in the middle of the room, and suddenly dropping on their knees, sung or said aloud a grace that...
Էջ 266 - In primitive and mountainous districts especially, 'the original form in which the strata were deposited, the subsequent convulsions to which they have been exposed, and the fractures, elevations and subsidences which have affected them, have contributed to produce vallies of various kinds on the surface of the earth, before it was submitted to that last catastrophe of an universal deluge which has finally modified them all'.

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