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Abyssinia Ajalon amuse answered Imlac Arab astronomer Bassa began breathe Cairo CHAPTER clouds considered conversation coursers curiosity danger dark delight desire domestick dreadful earth endeavoured enjoy enter evil father favour favourite fear forêts Génie du Christianisme happy happy valley havo hear heard heart hermit hope hour human imagination inquire Jehoshaphat knowledge kuah labour lady le Canadien less lifo light live lmlac lost lyre maids mankind messen mind misery mountains musick nature Nekayah never night Nile o'er observed opinion palace Palestine Paraguay passed Pekuah Persia pleased pleasure poet prince princess Pyramid quire Rasselas reason repose resolved rest retired retreat rich rocks round Sauvages scene scrupulosity shade silent smiles solitude sometimes song soon sorrow soul stream supposed terrour thee thing thou thought throne tion travelled valley wave weary wings wonder youth
Strona 4 - From the mountains on every side rivulets descended that filled all the valley with verdure and fertility, and formed a lake in the middle, inhabited by fish of every species and frequented by every fowl whom nature has taught to dip the wing in water. This lake discharged its superfluities by a stream which entered a dark cleft of the mountain on the northern side and fell with dreadful noise from precipice to precipice till it was heard no more.
Strona 32 - They are surely happy, said the prince, who have all these conveniencies, of which I envy none so much as the facility with which separated friends interchange their thoughts." " The Europeans, answered Imlac, are less unhappy than we, but they are not happy. Human life is every where a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed.
Strona 28 - He must divest himself of the prejudices of his age or country ; he must consider right and wrong in their abstracted and invariable state ; he must disregard present laws and opinions, and rise to general and transcendental truths, which will always be the same...
Strona 16 - I am afraid," said he to the artist, " that your imagination prevails over your skill, and that you now tell me rather what you wish than what you know. Every animal has his element assigned him ; the birds have the air, and man and beasts the earth.
Strona 3 - YE who listen with credulity to the whispers of fancy, and pursue with eagerness the phantoms of hope; who expect that age will perform the promises of youth, and that the deficiencies of the present day will be supplied by the morrow ; attend to the history of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia.
Strona 28 - Imlac, •' is to examine, not the individual, but the species ; to remark general properties and large appearances : he does not number the streaks of the tulip, or describe the different shades in the verdure of the forest : He is to exhibit in his portraits of nature such prominent and striking features, as...
Strona 122 - The prince desired a little kingdom, in which he might administer justice in his own person, and see all the parts of government with his own eyes ; but he could never fix the limits of his dominion, and was always adding to the number of his subjects. Imlac and the astronomer were contented to be driven along the stream of life without directing their course to any particular port.
Strona 105 - The mind dances from scene to scene, unites all pleasures in all combinations, and riots in delights which nature and fortune, with all their bounty, cannot bestow.
Strona 27 - ... magnified; no kind of knowledge was to be overlooked. I ranged mountains and deserts for images and resemblances, and pictured upon my mind every tree of the forest and flower of the valley. I observed with equal care the crags of the rock and the pinnacles of the palace. Sometimes I wandered along the mazes of the rivulet and sometimes watched the changes of the summer clouds.
Strona 17 - Nothing," replied the artist, "will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome. If you will favour my project, I will try the first flight at my own hazard. I have considered the structure of all volant animals, and find the folding continuity of the bat's wings most easily accommodated to the human form. Upon this model I shall begin my task to-morrow, and in a year expect to tower into the air beyond the malice and pursuit of man.