Wonders of the World as Seen and Described by Great Writers

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Esther Singleton
Dodd, Mead, 1912 - 359 pages

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Page 134 - This Poem was chiefly written upon the mountainous ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, among the flowery glades, and thickets of odoriferous blossoming trees, which are extended in ever-winding labyrinths upon its immense platforms and dizzy arches suspended in the air.
Page 192 - But the most renowned of the Peruvian temples, the pride of the capital, and the wonder of the empire, was at Cuzco, where, under the munificence of successive sovereigns, it had become so enriched, that it received the name of Coricancha, or "the Place of Gold.
Page 286 - ... where were white, green, and blue hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black marble.
Page 190 - It is remarkable that this important institution should have been known to both the Mexicans and the Peruvians without any correspondence with one another; and that it should have been found among two barbarian nations of the New World, long before it was introduced among the civilized nations of Europe. By these wise contrivances of the Incas, the most distant parts of the long-extended empire of Peru were brought into intimate relations with each other. And while the capitals of Christendom, but...
Page 242 - OM, AMITAYA ! measure not with words Th' Immeasurable ; nor sink the string of thought Into the Fathomless. Who asks doth err, Who answers, errs. Say nought...
Page 146 - Suffer little children to come to me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Page 194 - ... the reservoirs that received it, even the agricultural implements used in the gardens of the temple, were all of the same rich materials. The gardens, like those described belonging to the royal palaces, sparkled with flowers of gold and silver, and various imitations of the vegetable kingdom.
Page 84 - Far in the bosom of the deep, O'er these wild shelves my watch I keep, A ruddy gem of changeful light, Bound on the dusky brow of night, The seaman bids my lustre hail. And scorns to strike his timorous sail.
Page 187 - ... stretched across the water, were conducted through rings or holes cut in immense buttresses of stone raised on the opposite banks of the river, and there secured to heavy pieces of timber. Several of these enormous cables, bound together, formed a bridge, which, covered with planks, well secured arid defended by a railing of the same osier materials on the sides, afforded a safe passage for the traveller.
Page 193 - It was so situated in front of the great eastern portal that the rays of the morning sun fell directly upon it at its rising, lighting up the whole apartment with an effulgence that seemed more than natural, and which was reflected back from the golden ornaments with which the walls and ceiling were everywhere incrusted. Gold, in the figurative language of the people, was 'the tears wept by the sun,' and every part of the temple glowed with burnished plates and studs of the precious metal.

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