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1787 edition. Excerpt: ...were doubtless of other mould, than the
present natives of Albania; pr the Romans had not a very formidable
enemy to oppose. Thieves and cut-throats, they are geneT 'rally
allowed to be: fellows, that would stick a knife in their enemy by
surprize; but not of a disposition, to meet him in the open field.
They appear to me--and I have had some reason to know them--but a
second edition of the Arabians; differing, indeed, from new
editions of books; as these Albanese degenerate, and are far more
revengeful and blood-thirsty than the Arabs. They go armed in like
manner with sword and pistol; but what will be said of a country,
when the very husbandmen follow the plough, and cultivate the
vineyard, loaded with instruments of destruction Is this the train
of Ceres i Does the rosy god of wine suggest such black purposes,
and approve of this trade of death? The deceit is plain. Ceres and
Bacchus, and every rural deity, who made a garden of the antient
territory, have disclaimed the homage of the present race, and
denied their smiles to the labors of the peasant. Hence, as our
sweet Parnell sung of a country, which disappointments, perhaps,
made him survey with too unfavorable an eye, f Here half an acre's
corn is half a sheaf and the vine and olive bend not with a full
loading. But, jn spite of poverty and discord, the charms of
nature, nature cannot be wholly obliterated. The rosebushes even at
this season blush with unnumbered flowers 5 and, while the
mountains above Castel Nuova are white with snow, the vallies
beneath, produce the orange and citron, whose fruit is now of a
golden tint. Our road to this town lay through vineyards and olive
plantations; and though hilly and craggy, was romantic and
pleasing. But Castel Nuova did not repav us for our...
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