Beaufort, Emily Anne
Egyptian sepulchres and Syrian shrines: including some stay in the Lebanon, at Palmyra and in Western Turkey ; in 2 vol. (Band 2) — London, 1862

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E had thus reached Jerusalem only two days be-

T ? fore Christmas, when, through the kind introduc-
tion of a Eoman Catholic friend, we received an invitation
from the Latin Patriarch to attend the Christmas services
at Bethlehem, and delighted were we to be thus enabled
to spend that night on the real and long-hallowed spot:
so we gladly accepted it and mounted our horses on
the afternoon of the 24th. We found the whole road
from the Jaffa gate gay with crowds of pilgrims, on foot
and on horseback, on donkey and muleback, men, wo-
men and children, including Franks and dragomans of
all countries hastening to the same goal. The wind
was piercingly cold on the plain of Rephaim, and as
we turned over the brow of the Mar Elyas hill, the rain
came up in light, chilly showers : not enough, however,
to damp the spirits of the Bethlehemites, who were
waiting in two parties, one of about fifty men, and the
other of about one hundred, standing beside their horses,
to receive the French Consul and conduct him into the
town, as he comes here this day in state, in representa-
tion of the Imperial Protector of the Holy Places and
Christians of Syria. Very picturesque indeed, they
looked, with their gaily tasselled horse trappings, the
scarlet dresses, and white or yellow kefiyehs, which
nearly all the Bethlehem people wear.
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