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a desert With regard to water, some parts of Palestine appear, in the months of October and November, to labour under great privation, and can only depend on the tanks and cisterns, with which, however, they are not all supplied. The cities and villages have such supplies; and in every stage of seven or eight hours, there are usually found, once or twice at least, cisterns or muddy wells. Generally this want of water is a source of great inconvenience in these journeys; for even in October, the mid-day heat is great, and the moisture of the body is soon exhausted. In many spots, however, as if to remind us of what Palestine once was, a beautiful strip of verdure is seen, extending sometimes for the short space of a hundred yards, at other places for seven or eight hundred, denoting the presence of water; and here is found a small native spring bubbling up, which, after winding its simple course, and blessing the land on either side, is absorbed by the soil. At such places, the husbandman has often planted a few trees and vegetables, exactly answering to the expression in Isaiah: "Thou shalt be like a watered garden; and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not." Here, too, the flocks are brought to drink, before they are driven in for the night; or groups of females and children hasten at eventide with their pitchers, to take in their supply of water. Such short-lived streamlets may be observed in various places; they just serve, by their appearance, though not by their number, to illustrate the expressions, describing to the Israelites the land of Canaan before they entered it: "The Lord bringeth you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills." SCHEICH'S HOUSE AT ZEBDANE. This village is situated on the road from Balbec to Damascus, within a day's journey of the latter; it is large and well built; the streets are broad and straight, with stone pavements on the insides; the houses are large, with yards full of cattle, and wellcultivated gardens: there is a look of cleanliness and comfort about the place, not often met with in Syria out of Lebanon. Rarely does such a resting-place as Zebdane await the traveller at the close of day; he has left behind him, in Damascus, an inhospitable city, an unfriendly and bigoted people, where money must purchase every attention and enjoyment; there is no kindness or benevolence to the stranger. Is it not delightful to look arround him, and see, in the streets and doors of Zebdan£, smiling and cheerful faces greeting his arrival? to feel that the sympathies and mercies of human nature are are again gathering around him? There is no khan to shelter him for the night; many a home would willingly receive him, but he is directed to the house of the scheich, as the place of honour and hospitality. It is a desolating feeling when We stand alike unknowing and unknown; It presses on the heart, which fain would then Recall the smiles that once were all its own. O'er the dark mountains he is journeying: pale With weariness, yet his eye was bright And kindled as he came to that sweet vale, Where redly fell the day's departing light

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