Eight historical tales, curious and instructive: i. The unfortunate Damascenes [&c. signed J.W.].

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J. Johnson, 1801 - 284 halaman

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Halaman 2 - This is to acquaint you, that I intend to send the true believers into Syria " to take it out of the hands of the infidels. And I would have you know, that the fighting for religion is an act of obedience to God.
Halaman 233 - These and the former terms complied with ensure your safety : my revenge, in case of non-compliance, (or any scheme to expose me,) will be slower, but not less sure ; and strong suspicion the utmost that can possibly ensue upon it, while the chances will be tenfold against you.
Halaman 4 - Cut down no fruit trees, nor do any mischief to cattle, only such as you kill to eat. When you make any covenant or article, stand to it, and be as good as your word.
Halaman 26 - From the superiority of the enemy the artful Saracen derived a fresh incentive of courage. "You see before you," said he, "the united force of the Romans ; you cannot hope to escape, but you may conquer Syria in a single day. The event depends on your discipline and patience. Reserve yourselves till the evening. It was in the evening that the Prophet was accustomed to vanquish.
Halaman 229 - ... a certain part of the world where your death has more than been wished for upon other motives. I know the world too well to trust this secret in any breast but my own. A few days determine me your friend or enemy. "FELTON. " You will apprehend that I mean you should be alone ; and depend upon it, that a discovery of any artifice in this affair will be fatal to you. My safety is insured by my silence, for confession only can condemn me.
Halaman 4 - Remember," said the successor of the prophet, "that you are always in the presence of God, on the verge of death, in the assurance of judgment, and the hope of paradise. Avoid injustice and oppression; consult with your brethren, and study to preserve the love and confidence of your troops. When you fight the battles of the Lord, acquit yourselves like men, without turning your backs; but let not your victory be stained with the blood of women or children.
Halaman 217 - Quarters, and then my Master fell sick, on a Thursday, and sent for me; and, calling me as he used, by the name of Boll, told me he should die, and bade me shift for myself: He died on Saturday following, and I presently hastened with my Bowl to a...
Halaman 227 - As I never had the honour to live among the great, the tenor of my proposals will not be very courtly; but let that be an argument to enforce a belief of what I am now going to write.
Halaman 58 - Damascus was scattered over the camp, and a royal wardrobe of three hundred load of silk might clothe an army of naked Barbarians. In the tumult of the battle, Jonas sought and found the object of his pursuit; but her resentment was inflamed by the last act of his perfidy; and as Eudocia struggled in his hateful embraces, she struck a dagger to her heart. Another female, the widow of Thomas, and the real or supposed daughter of Heraclius, was spared and released...
Halaman 265 - Ivan to death, on any insurrection that might be made in his favour, on the presumption that it could not otherwise be quelled. The entrance to Ivan's prison opened under a sort of low arcade, which, together with it, formed the thickness of the castle wall, within the ramparts ; in this arcade, or corridor, eight soldiers usually kept guard, as well on his account, as because the several vaults on a line with his contained stores of various kinds for the use of the fortress. The other soldiers were...

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