Modern Greece: A Narrative of a Residence and Travels in that Country, with Observations on Its Antiquities, Literature, Language, Politics, and Religion

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Harper, 1856 - 380 páginas

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Página 232 - BENEATH the vintage moon's uncertain light, And some faint stars that pierced the film of cloud, Stood those Parnassian peaks before my sight, Whose fame throughout the ancient world was loud. Still could I dimly trace the terraced lines Diverging from the cliffs on either side ; A theatre whose steps were filled with shrines And rich devices of Hellenic pride ; Though brightest daylight would have lit in vain The place whence gods and worshippers had fled ; Only, and they too tenantless...
Página 283 - Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence, native to famous wits, Or hospitable, in her sweet recess, City, or suburban, studious walks and shades : See there the olive grove of Academe, Plato's retirement, where the Attic bird Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long ; There flowery hill Hymettus with the sound Of bees...
Página 77 - ... that all about you ministering Were base impostors, and mankind their prey : That the high names they seemed to love and laud Were but the tools their paltry trade to ply; This pomp of Faith a mere gigantic fraud, The apparatus of a mighty lie ! Let those that will believe it; I, for one, Cannot thus read the history of my kind ; Remembering all this little Greece has done To raise the universal human mind...
Página 51 - O'er many a tale and trace of other years ! Bright as an ark, o'er all the flood of tears That wraps thy cradle-land — thine earthly love, Where hours of hope, 'mid centuries of fears, Have gleamed, like lightnings through the gloom above, Stands, roofless to the sky, thy home, Olympian Jove...
Página 145 - ... of Tiryns, one of the oldest cities in Greece, and famous for the most part only for its wars with its neighbors. It is curious to see that in the time of that most invaluable of writers, Pausanias, sixteen or seventeen hundred years ago, it was in pretty nearly the same ruinous condition as now.
Página 97 - ... their daughter, and the friends accompany the newly married couple to their home. The guests of the bridegroom divert themselves as they go, by singing songs, possessing, in truth, little poetical merit, but lively enough ; in which they represent themselves as having " robbed a village, and despoiled a country, to carry off the bride, whose praises thousands sing.
Página 145 - We entered this curious gallerj', and found it some eight or nine feet high, and stretching about one hundred feet in depth, when we came to its sudden termination. A single stone just at the end has fallen in. and lets in a stream of light, which shows that the gallery never extended any farther ; and we could distinguish by the...
Página 143 - demtti." or town, when, perhaps, no city had been erected. The fertility of the soil and its advantageous situation for commerce, led to its being early selected for the principal kingdom of Greece, and it still enjoys the reputation of being superior in productiveness to any other part of the country, except Messenia. We certainly could not fa.il to be struck with the vast difference between it and the plain of Athens, than which a more rocky and arid district can scarcely be imagined. The valley...
Página 137 - CRYTHES. My liege, of human might all know thee fearless, But may not heroes shun the elements When sickness taints them ? ADRASTUS. Let them blast me now— I stir not; tremble not; these massive walls, Whose date o'erawes tradition, gird the home Of a great race of kings, along whose line The eager mind lives aching...
Página 139 - Athens itself; bat we saw it to little advantage, and I reserved a visit for a future occasion. There are quite a number of passengers on board our little steamer, and as the day was fair and mild, every body congregated on deck. Indeed, most of them were deck passengers, the trip being a short one. The Greeks are talkative and easy of access, so that it is not at all difficult to form a number of acquaintances in a short time. Our company was a lively one, too ; and. as they had nothing else to...

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