Lectures on the History of the Turks in Its Relation to Christianity

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Էջ 55 - HIGH on a throne of royal state, which far Outshone the wealth of Ormus and of Ind, Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold...
Էջ 114 - I was advised by a sage to humble myself before God ; to distr.ust my own strength ; and never to despise the most contemptible foe. I have neglected these lessons ; and my neglect has been deservedly punished. Yesterday, as from an eminence I beheld the numbers, the discipline, and the spirit, of my armies, the earth seemed to tremble under my feet ; and I said in my neart, Surely thou art the king of the world, the greatest and most invincible of warriors.
Էջ 55 - After the marriage contracts had been ratified by the cadhis, the bride-grooms and their brides retired to the nuptial chambers: nine times, according to the Asiatic fashion, they were dressed and undressed; and at each change of apparel, pearls and rubies were showered on their heads, and contemptuously abandoned to their attendants. A general indulgence was proclaimed: every law was relaxed, every pleasure was allowed; the people was free, the sovereign was idle...
Էջ 227 - ... emulating ; no horsemen surpass the Turks ; and, with all the indolence of which they are accused, no people are more fond of the violent exercise of riding." 1 So was it with their ancestors, the Tartars ; now dosing on their horses or their waggons, now galloping over the plains from morning to night. However, these successive phases of Turkish character, as reported by travellers, have seemed to readers as inconsistencies in their reports ; Thornton accepts the inconsistency. " The national...
Էջ 54 - Whole forests were cut down to supply fuel for the kitchens ; the plain was spread with pyramid* of meat, and vases of every liquor, to which thousands of guests were courteously invited : the orders of the state, and the nations of the earth, were marshalled at the royal banquet ; nor...
Էջ 267 - The vizir of Amurath reminded his sovereign, that, according to the Mahometan law, he was entitled to a fifth part of the spoil and captives ; and that the duty might easily be levied, if vigilant officers were stationed at...
Էջ 28 - Attila, the son of Mundzuk, deduced his noble, perhaps his regal, descent from the ancient Huns, who had formerly contended with the monarchs of China. His features, according to the observation of a Gothic historian, bore the stamp of his national origin; and the portrait of Attila exhibits the genuine deformity of a modern Calmuk; a large head, a swarthy complexion, small, deep-seated eyes, a flat nose, a few hairs in the place of a beard, broad shoulders, and a short square body, of nervous strength,...
Էջ 188 - Paradise ; and that, but for prayer, the burden had been too heavy for him. The happiness of a fervent devotion, which often moved him to tears, was granted him to the end of his life. The people were excited to enthusiasm, when they saw him walking in procession, barefooted and bareheaded, with the expression of unaffected piety in his countenance, and with his long snow-white beard falling on his breast. They thought there had never been so pious a Pope; they told each other how his very look had...
Էջ 128 - They have the populousness of the North, with the fire of the South ; the resources of Tartars, with the fanaticism of Saracens. And when their strength declines, and age steals upon them, there is no softening, no misgiving ; they die and make no sign. In the words of the Wise Man, " Being born, they forthwith ceased to be ; and have been able to show no mark of virtue, but are consumed in wickedness.
Էջ 226 - ... influence of female manners, are furious and uncontrollable. The individual seems possessed with all the ungovernable fury of a multitude ; and all ties, all attachments, all natural and moral obligations, are forgotten or despised, till his rage subsides. De Tott represents them as " seeking celebrity by murder, without having courage to commit it deliberately, and deriving only from intoxication sufficient resolution for such a crime.

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