The Life of Captain Sir Richard F. Burton

9781235823770: The Life of Captain Sir Richard F. Burton
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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.1898 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII DAMASCUS--HIS THIRD CONSULATE. There was no husband to meet me, and I felt very indignant, just as had happened at Rio last year to him. (Here I met Madame de Persigny.) I at once started for Damascus by road, in a private carriage, and drove for seven hours, putting up at Shtorra, where I was obliged to sleep. Next day I drove on and on, and reached Damascus at sunset; went straight to the inn, which by courtesy was called a hotel, known as Demetri's. It had taken me fifteen days and nights without stopping from London to Damascus. After an hour Richard came in, and I was glad that I had waited for nothing but necessity, as I found him looking very old and ilL He had arrived, and had had a most cordial reception, but he had been dispirited by not getting a single one of my letters, which all arrived in a heap afterwards. He had gone down over and over again to meet me, and I had not appeared, and now the steamer that I had come in, was the only one he did not go down to meet, so that when he came in from his walk, it was a pleasant surprise to him to find me ensconced comfortably in his room; and I found the enclosed scribbled on the corner of his journal, anent my non-arrival--"'Twas born, thou whisperest, bora in heaven, And heavenly births may never die; While truth is pure of leading's leaven, I hear and I believe then--1! Heaven-born, thy love is bora to be An heir of immortality. "And yet I hear a small voice say, But yesterday 'twas not begot; It lives its insect-life to-day, To-morrow death shall be its lot. Peace, son of lies 1 cease, Satan, cease To mumble timeworn lies like these l" A few persons who disliked the appointment, and certain missionaries who feared that he was anti-missionary, and have since handsomely acknowledged the...

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