The new sailing directions for the Mediterranean sea, the Adriatic sea ... the Archipelago [&c.].

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Page 219 - Now to the north, from Afric's burning shore, A troop of porpoises their course explore ; In curling wreaths they gambol on the tide, Now bound aloft, now down the billow glide : Their tracks awhile the hoary waves retain, That burn in sparkling trails along the main. These fleetest coursers of the finny race, When threatening clouds the ethereal vault deface, Their route to leeward still sagacious form, To shun the fury of the approaching storm.
Page 115 - ... confined to a mere accurate narration of facts. Moderns of intelligence, in visiting this spot, have gratified their imaginations, already heated by such descriptions as the escape of the Argonauts, and the disasters of Ulysses, with fancying it the scourge of seamen, and, that in a gale its caverns
Page 226 - Shipwreck. Pallas and Plato are forgotten, in the recollection of Falconer and Campbell : — " Here in the dead of night by Lonna's steep, The seaman's cry was heard along the deep.
Page 278 - Turks, have no other shelter than they can find under gateways and benches in the streets, whence at intervals they send forth such repeated bowlings, that it requires practice to be able to sleep in spite of their noise. — This silence is occasionally and frequently disturbed by a fire, which is announced by the patrole striking on the pavement with their iron-shod staves, and calling loudly Yangenvar,
Page 116 - Calabrian coast grew quite smooth, and in an instant appeared as one clear polished mirror, reclining against the aforesaid ridge. On this glass was depicted, in chiaro scuro, a string of several thousands of pilasters, all equal in altitude, distance, and degree of light and shade. In a moment they lost half their height, and bent into arcades, like Roman aqueducts. A long cornice was next formed on the top, and above it rose castles innumerable, all perfectly alike. These soon split into towers,...
Page 91 - Its towers, though no longer a mark of nobility, may be traced in the walls of modernized houses. Its gravity pervades every street ; but its magnificence is now confined to one sacred corner. There...
Page 333 - ... a few days, and the air is darkened by their numbers ; nay, even when dead, they are still terrible, since the putrefaction arising from their inconceivable number is such that it has been regarded as one of the probable causes of pestilence in the Eastern regions. This formidable locust is of a brownish yellow, variegated about the belly and legs with a bluish flesh-colour.
Page 347 - The effect of the moonlight on the eyes in this country is singularly injurious ; the natives tell you, as I found they also afterwards did in Arabia, always to cover your eyes when you sleep in the open air.
Page 115 - ... any other coast, yet I have frequently watched it closely in bad weather. It is now, as I presume it ever was, a common rock, of bold approach, a little worn at its base, and surmounted by a castle, with a sandy bay on each side. The one on the south side is memorable for the disaster that happened there during the dreadful earthquake of 1783, when an overwhelming wave (supposed to have been occasioned by the fall of part of a promontory into the sea) rushed up the beach, and, in its retreat,...
Page 116 - On the 15th of August, 1643, as I stood at my window, I was surprised with a most wonderful, delectable vision. The sea that washes the Sicilian shore swelled up, and became, for ten miles in length, like a chain of dark mountains ; while the waters near our Calabrian coast grew quite smooth, and in an instant appeared as one clear polished mirror, reclining against the aforesaid ridge.

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