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Page 92 - IN Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree : Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. So twice five miles of fertile ground With walls and towers were girdled round : And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree ; And here were forests ancient as the hills, Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
Page 76 - But there is a marvellous thing related of this Desert, which is that when travellers are on the move by night, and one of them chances to lag behind or to fall asleep or the like, when he tries to gain his company again he will hear spirits talking, and will suppose them to be his comrades.
Page 59 - He had caused a certain valley between two mountains to be enclosed, and had turned it into a garden, the largest and most beautiful that ever was seen, filled with every variety of fruit. In it were erected pavilions and palaces the most elegant that can be imagined, all covered with gilding and exquisite painting. And there were runnels too, flowing freely with wine and milk and honey and water ; and numbers of ladies and of the most beautiful damsels in the world, who could play on all manner...
Page 84 - ... they skim it into another vessel, and of that they make butter ; for the milk will not become solid till this is removed. Then they put the milk in the sun to dry. And when they go on an expedition, every man takes some ten pounds of this dried milk with him. And of a morning he will take a half pound of it and put it in his leather bottle, with as much water as he pleases. So, as he rides along, the milk-paste and the water in the bottle get well churned together into a kind of pap, and that...
Page 97 - This hill is entirely covered with trees that never lose their leaves, but remain ever green. And I assure you that wherever a beautiful tree may exist, and the Emperor gets news of it, he sends for it, and has it transported bodily with all its roots and the earth attached to them, and planted on that hill of his.
Page 51 - CHAPTER XIII. OF THE GREAT COUNTRY OF PERSIA ; WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THE THREE KINGS. PERSIA is a great country, which was in old times very illustrious and powerful ; but now the Tartars have wasted and destroyed it. In Persia is the city of SABA, from which the Three Magi set out when they went to worship Jesus Christ ; and in this city they are buried, in three very large and beautiful monuments, side by side. And above them there is a square building, carefully kept. The bodies are still entire,...
Page 104 - ... with strong bands. And each of them carries with him a gerfalcon tablet, in sign that he is bound on an urgent express ; so that if perchance his horse break down, or he meet with other mishap, whomsoever he may fall in with...
Page 47 - ... burgesses, and people of all degrees who desire to get knowledge of the various races of mankind and of the diversities of the sundry regions of the world, take this book and cause it to be read to you.
Page 36 - Now it came to pass that Marco, the son of Messer Nicolo, sped wondrously in learning the customs of the Tartars, as well as their language, their manner of writing, and their practice of war ; in fact he came in brief space to know several languages, and four sundry written characters. And he was discreet and prudent in every way, insomuch that the Emperor held him in great esteem.
Page 93 - It is enclosed all round by a great wall forming a square, each side of which is a mile in length ; that is to say, the whole compass thereof is four miles. This you may depend on ; it is also very thick, and a good ten paces in height, whitewashed and loop-holed all round.