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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ... of pits, through a land of
drought and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man
passed through, and where no man dwelt?' Jer.ii.6. 83. Let us now
see what Canon Stanley tells us, first, as to the nature of the
country, through which the host of Israel must have marched from
the Eed Sea to Sinai. (Sinai and Palestine.) The wind drove us to
shore--the shore of Arabia and Asia. We landed in a driving
sand-storm, and reached this place, Ayun-Musa, the wells of Moses.
It is a strange spot, this plot of tamarisks, with its seventeen
wells, literally an island in the desert, and now used as the
Richmond of Suez, a comparison which chiefly serves to show what a
place Suez itself must be. Behind that African range lay Egypt,
with all its wonders, --the green fields of the Nile, the immense
cities, the greatest monuments of human power and wisdom. On this
Asiatic side begins immediately a wide circle of level desert,
stone, and sand, free as air, but with no trace of human habitation
or art, where they might wander, as far as they saw, for ever and
ever. And, between the two, rolled the deep waters of the Red Sea,
rising and falling with the tides, which, except on its shores,
none of them could have seen, --the tides of the great Indian
Ocean, unlike the still dead waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The
day after leaving Ayun-Musa was at first within sight of the blue
channel of the Red Sea. But soon Red Sea and all were lost in a
sandstorm, which lasted the whole day. (I have retained this
account of the sand-storm, chiefly because it seems to be a
phenomenon peculiar to this special region. Van Egmont, NieBuhr,
Miss Martineau, all noticed it; and it was just as violent at the
passage of a friend in 1841, and again of another two months...
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