A Voyage to Abyssinia: By Father Jerome Lobo, a Portuguese Missionary. Containing the History, Natural, Civil, and Ecclesiastical, of that ... Country, ... with Fifteen Dissertations on Various Subjects, Relating to ... Abyssinia. By M. Le Grand. Translated from the French by Samuel Johnson, LL.D. To which are Added, Various Other Tracts by the Same Author, ...
Elliot and Kay, and C. Elliott, Edinburgh, 1789 - 502 pages
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Page 12 - ... that wherever human nature is to be found, there is a mixture of vice and virtue, a contest of passion and reason ; and that the Creator doth not appear partial in his distributions, but has balanced, in most countries, their particular inconveniences by particular favours.
Page 11 - He appears by his modest and unaffected narration, to have described things as he saw them, to have copied nature from the life, and to have consulted his senses, not his imagination. He meets with no basilisks that destroy with their eyes ; his crocodiles devour their prey without tears, and his cataracts fall from the rocks without deafening the neighbouring inhabitants.
Page 492 - About ten at night the gentlemen met in the chamber in which the girl, supposed to be disturbed by a spirit, had, with proper caution, been put to bed by several ladies. They sat rather more than an hour...
Page 12 - The reader will here find no regions cursed with irremediable barrenness, or blest with spontaneous fecundity; no perpetual gloom or unceasing sunshine ; nor are the nations here described either devoid of all sense of humanity, or consummate in all private and social virtues : here are no Hottentots without religion, polity, or articulate language ; no Chinese perfectly polite, and completely skilled in all sciences...
Page 423 - At length, with incredible labour and fatigue, the whole troop got to the top of the rock, a little before the break of day, and was introduced .by the two foldiers into the...
Page 480 - Watts was one of the first who taught the dissenters to write and speak like other men, by showing them, that elegance might consist with piety. They would have both done honour to a better society, for they had that charity which might well make their failings forgotten, and with which the whole christian world might wish for communion.
Page 493 - While they were inquiring and deliberating, they were summoned into the girl's chamber by some ladies who were near her bed, and who had heard knocks and scratches.
Page 11 - The Portuguese traveller, contrary to the general vein of his countrymen, has amused his reader with no romantick absurdity, or incredible fictions; whatever he relates, whether true or not, is at least probable; and he who tells nothing exceeding the bounds of probability, has a right to demand that they should believe him who cannot contradict him.