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ORIENTAL MEMOIRS.

VOLUME III.

“ Often as I read in the books of histories and cosmography the marvellous things whereof they make “ mention, especially in the East parts of the world, there was nothing that could pacify my unquiet mind, “ until I had with mine eyes seen the truth thereof, and in my own person beheld the situation of lands “ and regions, with the manners and customs of men; and variable forms, shapes, natures, and proprieties of “ beasts, fruits, and trees; especially such as are among the Arabians, Persians, and Indians. And whereas, « in the searching of these things, we have, thanked be God, satisfied our desire, we think nevertheless that « we have done little, except we should communicate to other such things as we have seen and had ex“perience of; that they likewise, by the reading thereof, may take pleasure; for whose sakes we have “ written this long and dangerous discourse of things which we have seen in divers regions and sects of men; “ desiring nothing more than that the truth may be known to them that desire the same. But what in “ commodities and troubles chanced to me in these voyages, as hunger, thirst, cold, heat, wars, captivity, “ terrors, and divers other such dangers, I will declare in their due place.”

Travels of VERTOMANNUS in 1503.

“ The eastern front was glorious to behold,
“ With diamond Aaring, and Barbaric gold.
* There Ninus shone, who spread th' Assyrian fame,
“ And the great founder of the Persian name:
“ There, in long robes, the royal magi stand;
« Grave Zoroaster waves the circling wand;
“ The sage Chaldæans rob’d in white appear’d,
“ And Brachmans, deep in desert woods rever'd.
“ These stopp'd the moon, and call'd th' unbodied shades
“ To midnight banquets in the glimmering glades;
“ Made visionary fabrics round them rise,
“ And airy spectres skim before their eyes ;
« Of Talismans and Sigils knew the power,
“ And careful watch'd the planetary hour;
“ Superior, and alone, Confucius stood,
“ Who taught that useful science, to be good."

POPE.

ORIENTAL MEMOIRS:

SELECTED AND ABRIDGED FROM

A SERIES OF FAMILIAR LETTERS

WRITTEN DURING

SEVENTEEN YEARS RESIDENCE IN INDIA:

INCLUDING

OBSERVATIONS

ON

PARTS OF AFRICA AND SOUTH AMERICA,

AND

A NARRATIVE OF OCCURRENCES IN FOUR INDIA VOYAGES.

Illustrated by Engravings from Original Drawings.

BY JAMES FORBES, F.R.S. &c.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

VOL. III.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR BY T. BENSLEY, BOLT COURT.
PUBLISHED BY WHITE, COCHRANE, AND CO. HORACE'S HEAD,

FLEET-STREET.

1813.

175803 C

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