The Wars of the Jews, as Related by Josephus, Adapted to the Capacities of Young Persons

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Munroe and Francis, 1826 - 192 páginas
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Página 176 - Jews to flight, and proceeded as far as the holy house itself, at which time one of the soldiers, without staying for any orders, and without any concern or dread upon him at so great an undertaking, and being hurried on by a certain Divine fury, snatched somewhat out of the materials that were on fire, and being lifted up by another soldier, he set fire to a golden window, through which there was a passage to the rooms that were round about the holy house, on the north side of it.
Página 121 - It must be—• And yet it moves me, Romans! it confounds The counsels of my firm philosophy, That Ruin's merciless ploughshare must pass o'er, And barren salt be sown on yon proud city. As on our olive-crowned hill we stand, Where Kedron at our feet its scanty waters Distils from stone to stone with gentle motion, As through a valley sacred to sweet peace, How boldly doth it front us! how majestically!
Página 180 - A false prophet was the occasion of these people's destruction, who had made a public proclamation in the city that very day, that God commanded them to get up upon the temple, and that there they should receive miraculous signs of their deliverance.
Página 177 - ... could restrain their violence, but each one's own passion was his commander at this time; and as they were crowding into the temple together, many of them were trampled on by one another, while a great number fell among the ruins of the cloisters, which were still hot and smoking, and were destroyed in the same miserable way with those whom they had conquered...
Página 181 - A voice from the east, a voice from the west, a voice from the four winds, a voice against Jerusalem and the holy house, a voice against the bridegrooms and the brides, and a voice against this whole people.
Página 157 - It is almost incredible to relate, that the whole was completed in three days. Titus himself went round the wall on the first watch of the night, to see that the guards did their duty ; and two of his friends did the same at the other two watches. Now all escape was really cut off from the poor Jews, and famine hastened its steps, and devoured whole families. The upper rooms of every house were filled by dying women and children, while the lanes of the city were strewed with the bodies of the aged....
Página 188 - Her gold is dim, and mute her musie's voice ; The heathen o'er her perish'd pomp rejoice. How stately then was every palm-deck'd street, Down which the maidens danced with tinkling feet! How proud the elders in the lofty gate ! How crowded all her nation's solemn feasts With white-robed Levites and high-mitred priests!
Página 175 - Nehemiah rebuilt, — there should not be "left one stone upon another that should not be thrown down
Página 188 - Levites and high-mitred Priests; How gorgeous all her Temple's sacred state! Her streets are razed, her maidens sold for slaves, Her gates thrown down, her elders in their graves; Her feasts are holden 'mid the Gentile's scorn, By stealth her Priesthood's holy garments worn; And where her Temple crown'd the glittering rock, The wandering shepherd folds his evening flock.
Página 185 - These poor wretches were now, indeed, objects of compassion ; they fell upon their faces, lamenting their blind madness, and were too much overcome to attempt again to escape. The Romans, having now become masters of the walls, placed their ensigns upon the towers, shouting for joy, though they could scarcely believe they had gained so easy a victory. The silence throughout the city surprised them : but when they entered the lanes and houses, and found whole families who had been killed by the famine,...

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