Nile Notes of a Howadji

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XXII.
UNDER THE PALMS.

"A motion from the river won,
Ridged the smooth level, bearing on
My shallop through the star-strown calm,
Until another night in night
I entered, from the clearer light,
Imbowered vaults of pillar'd Palm."

HUMBOLDT, the only cosmopolitan and a poet, divides the earth by beauties, and celebrates as dearest to him, and first fascinating him to travel, the climate of palms. The palm is the type of the tropics, and when the great Alexander marched triumphing through India, some Hindoo, suspecting the sweetest secret of Brama, distilled a wine from the palm, the glorious fantasy of whose intoxication no poet records.

I knew a palm-tree upon Capri. It stood in select society of shining fig-leaves and lustrous oleanders; it overhung the balcony, and so looked, far overleaning, down upon the blue Mediterranean. Through the dream-mists of southern Italian noons, it looked up the broad bay of Naples and saw

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface. vii
  • Contents ix
  • I- Going to Boulak. 1
  • II- The Drag'-O-Men. 10
  • III- Hadji Hamed. 22
  • IV- The Ibis Sings. 29
  • V- The Crew. 37
  • VI- The Ibis Flies. 47
  • VII- The Landscape. 54
  • VIII- Tracking. 61
  • IX- Flying. 67
  • X- Verde Giovane and Fellow-Mariners. 71
  • XI- Verde Piu Giovane. 77
  • XII- Asyoot. 85
  • Xiii. The Sun. 96
  • Xiv. Thebes Triumphant. 103
  • Xv. The Crocodile. 105
  • Xvi. Getting Ashore. 114
  • Xvii. Fair Frailty. 117
  • Xviii. Fair Frailty--Continued. 124
  • Xix. Kushuk Arnem. 130
  • Xx. Terpsichore. 140
  • Xxi. Sakias. 146
  • Xxiii. Alms! O Shopkeeper! 152
  • Xxiv. Syene. 168
  • Xxv. The Treaty of Syene. 175
  • Xxvi. The Cataract. 184
  • Xxvii. Nubian Welcome. 192
  • Xxviii. Philæ. 197
  • Xxix. A Crow That Flies in Heaven's Sweetest Air. 206
  • Xxx. Southward. 215
  • Xxxi. Ultima Thule. 224
  • Xxxii. Northward. 234
  • Xxxiii. By the Grace of God. 250
  • Xxxvii. Dead Kings. 293
  • Xxxviii. Buried. 300
  • Xxxix. Dead Queens. 308
  • Xl. Et Cetera. 312
  • Xli. The Memnonium. 316
  • Xlii. Medeenet Haboo. 321
  • Xliii. Karnak. 329
  • Xliv. Pruning. 339
  • Xlv. Per Contra. 346
  • Xlvi. Memphis. 352
  • Xlvii. Sunset. 361
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