Russia and the Russians, in 1842

Russia and the Russians, in 1842

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ... a place in all Germany, in which the an-: cient history of the land is made palpable to hand and eye as here? Where is there a town where so much has been done for German, as here for Tshekhian history? Where the Germans do as much for their mighty emperors, as is here done for petty dukes? Bohemia is a piece of land wonderfully separated by nature from the rest of the world. The magic circle which surrounds it, consists of stupendous hieroglyphies, traced by the hands of the primeval Titans, and from this mighty wreath depart a multitude of concentrating rays that join together in a vast central knot. These are the streams that flow from the east, the west, and the south, the life-sustaining arteries of the land. In the middle of this magic circle rise the hills of Prague, where every great event by which the country has been agitated has set its mark, either in the shape of new edifices and enduring monuments, or of gloomy ruins and wide-spread desolation. The central point of a country sharply cut off from the rest of the world, and witness constantly to new modifications of its political life, Prague has become full of ruins and palaces, that will secure lo the city an enduring interest for centuries to come; and while the hills are singing sweetly to us the traditions of past ages, lent not be supposed that the whispers of futurity are not likewise murmuriug mysteriously around them. The hill first spoken of in Bohemian chronicles, and upon which resided the first dukes of Bohemia, is the Vissehrad, whence the Prophetess Libussa announced to Prague her future glory, declaring that the city would one day become a sun among cities. The old chroniclers hence call their city often the daughter of Libussa, exclaiming in their rapture: 0 tar...
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  • Paperback | 404 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 717g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592263
  • 9781236592262