The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian: Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East, Volum 2

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J. Murray, 1903 - 1124 pàgines
 

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Pàgina 144 - And be these juggling fiends no more believed, ;>< That palter with us in a double sense; That keep the word of promise to our ear, And break it to our hope.
Pàgina 312 - Percivale. The cup, the cup itself, from which our Lord Drank at the last sad supper with his own. This, from the blessed land of Aromat— After the day of darkness, when the dead Went wandering o'er Moriah— the good saint...
Pàgina 182 - Inside the city there is a Lake which has a compass of some 30 miles : and all round it are erected beautiful palaces and mansions, of the richest and most exquisite structure that you can imagine, belonging to the nobles of the city. There are also on its shores many abbeys and churches of the Idolaters. In the middle of the Lake are two Islands, on each of which stands a rich, beautiful and spacious edifice, furnished in such style as to seem fit for the palace of an Emperor.
Pàgina 230 - The harbour of Zaitun is one of the greatest in the world — I am wrong ; it is the greatest ! I have seen there about an hundred first-class junks together ; as for small ones, they were past counting.
Pàgina 80 - We thought perhaps that he might one day leave us ; And then should strangers have The good man's grave. A loss like that would naturally grieve us, For he'll be made a saint of, to be sure. Therefore we thought it prudent to secure His relics while we might ; And so we meant to strangle him one night.
Pàgina 337 - The children that are born here are black enough, but the blacker they be the more they are thought of; wherefore from the day of their birth their parents do rub them every week with oil of sesame, so that they become as black as devils.
Pàgina 246 - I will tell you a wonderful thing about the Palace of the Lord of that Island. You must know that he hath a great Palace which is entirely roofed with fine gold, just as our churches are roofed with lead, insomuch that it would scarcely be possible to estimate its value. Moreover, all the pavement of the Palace, and the floors of its chambers, are entirely of gold, in plates like slabs of stone, a good two fingers thick; and the windows also are of gold, so that altogether the richness of this Palace...
Pàgina 342 - I can assure you that during all that space of forty years she had administered her realm as well as ever her husband did, or better ; and as she was a lover of justice, of equity, and of peace, she was more beloved by those of her kingdom than ever was Lady or Lord of theirs before.
Pàgina 245 - The natives of India build some ships larger than ours, capable of containing 2000 butts, and with five sails and as many masts. The lower part is constructed with triple planks, in order to withstand the force of the tempests to which they are much exposed. But some ships are so built in compartments that should one part be shattered, the other portion remaining entire may accomplish the voyage.
Pàgina 394 - ... paces long, and thick in proportion. And it is so strong that it will seize an elephant in its talons and carry him high into the air, and drop him so that he is smashed to pieces ; having so killed him, the bird gryphon swoops down upon him and eats him at leisure.

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