THE CRESCENT AND THE CROSS [cha?. ▼
the bivouac, and mount carmel.
The hot sun shrinks from the land of the Kurd,
As the welcome cry to halt is heard.
Weary and faint were they who had striven,
Through the sultry hours when that sign was given:
From the courser's back each has loosed his rein,
And he feeds at will on the verdant plain,
Or drinks of the fount that is gushing by,
While the evening breeze wakes rejoicingly.
And Arab and Frank in brotherhood share
A luxurious rest in the perfumed air ;
And that balmy sense of entire repose,
Which the trammelled spirit too seldom knows.
I swear to thee, by my holy order, by the habit which I wear, by tho
Mountain of our blessed founder, Elias, even him who was translated without
Buffering the ordinary pangs of mortality
Towns in the East are so disagreeable, and have so few re-
sources ; the country is so beautiful and full of interest, that I
always felt a lively pleasure in passing out from the guarded
gates of some old city, to return to the tent, and the wild pathway
of the plain or mountain. Travel in the East is the occupation
of your whole time, not a mere passage from one place of resi-
dence to another. " Day after day, week after week, and month
after month, your foot is in the stirrup. To taste the cold breath
of the earliest morn, and to lead or follow your bright cavalcade
till sunset through forests and mountain passes, through valleys
and desolate plains—-all this becomes your mode of life ; and you
ride, eat, drink, and curse the mosquitoes, as systematically as
your friends in England eat, drink, and sleep. If you are wise,