The Oriental Herald (v. 22)
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Unknown Author
Excerpt from book: and unskilfully managed, that they could only float down with the current when the wind was light, and anchor when it freshened, though they kept their sail furled, and large lateen yard aloft, whenever the wind was not right aft. The moon continuing to light us on our way, we still pursued our course with a steady and moderate breeze, finishing an excellent day's run, by mooring at the village of El Hamram, the scala of Siout. The Crescent. By The Rey. Sahl. James Allen. [The sub:ect of tbe following poem, is tbe historical fact, that, by the snddcn radiance of the moon. In a night of inore than ordinary obscurity, the attempt of Philip of Macodon, to carry Byzantium by assault, being defeated, the Crescent, In commemoration of this deliverance, wns assumed as the standard of the city. This device having been retained as the standard of Constantinople, during the period when it became the head of the Eastern empire, it has descended to the Mohammedan sultans, as their emblem for the sovereignty of the Eastern world.] At length the slow receding Sun, A truce to mortal combat told, Still were the!bands of Macedon, And still Byzantium's guarded hold, Still was the earth, and still the sky, And still the waters ran beneath: But stiller those who darted by The gloomy wall or turret high, To do the deed of death. Gently they paced in ceaseless fear, Lest those who watched above should hear, ' They trembled in the deepest shade, And fancy deem'd their march betray'd They trembled lest the moon's pale light, Should give their wiles to mortal sight, Before the pre-appointed hour, When Philip's art and Philip's power, Should crush the frighted foe, and gain Byzantium's tow'r. Well might they dread, for while their tram, Some rested on the tented plain, And some as...