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That when, releas'd from care,
We bid the world farewell,
And in those regions dwell,
DESCRIPTION OF THE SPRING: (Translated from the Greek of MELEAGER, by Gilb. WAKEFIELD.)
No more the sky with frowns of winter towers ;
If fair-tress'd plants rejoice, and earth be gay ;
God and King
And freely give thee all my heart.
E.O. Printed by T. CORDEUX, 14, City.Road, London.
View of a dangerous Pass on the Road from Jerusalem to Jericho.
MR. BUCKINGHAM’S ACCOUNT OF HIS JOU'R
NEY FROM JERUSALEM TO JERICHO. Containing Particulars illustrative of the Allusions to local Scenery in
the Parable of the Good SAMARITAN, [The following Article is extracted from “ Travels in Palestine through the countries of Gilead and Bashan,” by J. S. BUCKINGILAM, Esq.,-an interesting Work, in one Volumé, quarto, which has Vol. VI.
lately appeared. We are happy to take this opportunity of acknowledging our obligations to the PuDlishers, Messrs. LONGMAN and Co., for their very liberal permission to copy both the Narrative, and the Vignette prefixed to it, which is faithfully represented in the Wood-Cut which accompanies this Number. In future numbers we shall gratify our readers by several further Extracts, with copies of Vignettes, for which, also, we have obtained the obliging consent of the Gentlemen just mentioned.-EDITOR.]
“ JANUARY 28th, 1816. The route we had marked out to ourselves, was to cross the Jordan, and go through Jerash and Gamela, two cities, of whose ruins we had heard a great deal in that quarter; Mr. BANKES intending to go off from the latter to Nazareth, and I to pass through Tiberias, on my way towards Da. mascus and Aleppo. As no one could be prevailed upon to lend us animals on hire for this journey, from its being out of the common caravan road, we were compelled to purchase horses for that purpose. This we effected without much difficulty, and at a very moderate rate; a good travelling horse, with all its equipment in common furniture, costing about four hundred piastres, or less than twenty pounds sterling.
6 Our party was composed of MR. BANKES, Mo. IAMMED, his Albani, an Interpreter, and myself; and our guides were two Arabs of the tribe of Zaliane. We were now all dressed in the costume of the country: MR. BANKES, as a Turkish soldier ; MOHAMMED, in his own garb, as an Arnaout; and I as a Syrian Arab. Our guides wore their own dresses as Bedouins of the desert. We were each mounted on a horse of our own,
JERUSALEM TO JERICHO.
there being no animals for baggage, as each person carried beneath and behind him whatever belonged to himself. We were 'armed but poorly, from the advice of our guides to take with us nothing that could excite the cupidity of strangers, since they wished us rather to depend upon our poverty for passing unmolested, than on our force, or numbers, for defence; and even they themselves carried each a long lance only, rather as a part of their habitual equipment, than as placing much reliance on its use. We took with us a small portion of bread, dates, tobacco, and coffee, and a supply of corn for our horses, with a leathern bottle of water suspended from the saddle, and these completed our outfit.
" It was about noon when we left Jerusalem by the Bethlehem gate. Turning to the right from this, as we went out of the city, we continued along by the northern wall. In our way, we noticed a fine marble sarcophagus, highly sculptured, and resembling the broken ones seen at the tombs of the Kings; it seemed to be used by the way-side 'as a watering trough for cattle. The north-east angle of the city-wall had a romantic appearance as we passed it, a portion of the wall there going over a high bed of rock, which presents a cliff to the passenger below. . “Descending from the brow of the range of hills on which Jerusalem is seated, and going about northeasterly, we passed through the higher or northern part of the valley of Kedron, leaving Bethany, Bethphage, and the Mount of Olives, on the right, or on the south
“In about three hours from the time of our quitting the gates of Jerusalem, having gone the whole of the way over stony and rugged ground, we reached an encampment of the tribes of Arabs to which our guides belonged. There were only six small tents of coarse hair-cloth, and in each of them not more than half a dozen persons. The Arabs of this tribe, extending their rauge over all the country between the Jordan and Jerusalem, branch off into small parties to obtain pasture for their camels and goats. It was thus that this party occupied a small hollow of the land, in which were a few shrubs, very sparingly scattered over the surface, and hardly sufficient to furnish food for their flocks for more than a few days.
4 We halted here to receive the pledge of protection from our guides, by eating bread and salt with them beneath their own tents. ' A meal was prepared for us of sour milk and warm cakes, by the wives of our companions, and coffee was served to us by their children, while we sat round a fire of brushwood, kindled for the occasion. The appearance of the Arabs who composed our party at this halt, was much more different from those who inhabited towns, than that of the peasantry of our own country is from its citizens. In these tented dwellers there is an air of independence, mixed, perhaps, with something of fefocity, that is never to be witnessed, even in the Musselmauns of large cities; and a more robust, though less pampered frame, with deeply browned complexions, and piercing eyes, gave them altogether a brave and manly appearance.
“We remounted, and quitted this encampment at one o'clock, though the dangers that were talked of during our entertainment, as likely to beset us on the way, were sufficient to have deterred persons who were not firmly bent on their purpose from proceeding. In half an hour, going more easterly, we came to a