One Hundred Choice Selections Volume 20

One Hundred Choice Selections Volume 20

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...--I backing down! Thank Heaven, not yet! I'm hale and k brisk and sound, And good for many a tussle, as you shall live to see; My shoes are not quite ready yet--don't think you're rid of me! Old Parr was in his lusty prime when he was older far, And where will you be if I live to beat old Thomas Parr? "Ah well, --I know, --at every age life has a certain charm--You're going? Come, permit me, please, I beg you'll take my arm." I take your arm! Why take your arm? I'd thank you to be told; I'm old enough to walk alone, but not so very old! Damascus is the oldest city in the world. Tyre and Sidon have crumbled on the shore; Baalbec is a ruin; Palmyra is buried in the sands of the desert; Nineveh and Babylon have disappeared from the Tigris and Euphrates; Damascus remains what it was before the days of Abraham, --a centre of trade and travel, an island of verdure in a desert, "a predestined capital," with martial and sacred associations extending through more than thirty centuries. It was near Damascus that Saul of Tarsus saw the light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun. The street which is called Straight, in which it was said he prayed, still runs through the city. The caravan comes and goes as it did three thousand years ago; there are still the sheik, the ass, and the waterwheel; the merchants of the Euphrates and the Mediterranean still " occupy these with the multitudes of their waters." The city which Mohammed surveyed from a neighboring height and was afraid to enter because it was given to have but one paradise, and for his part he was resolved not to have it in this world, is to this day what Julian called "the eye of the East," as it was...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236761677
  • 9781236761675