How We Got Into Pekin: A Narrative of the Campaign in China of 1860

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R. Bentley, 1862 - 368 páginas
 

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Página 53 - As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee ; but we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth. out of our own mouth...
Página 102 - Last night, among his fellow roughs, He jested, quaffed, and swore, A drunken private of the Buffs, Who never looked before. To-day, beneath the foeman's frown, He stands in Elgin's place, Ambassador from Britain's crown, And type of all her race. Poor, reckless, rude, low-born, untaught, Bewildered, and alone, A heart, with English instinct fraught, He yet can call his own. Aye, tear his body limb from limb, Bring cord, or axe, or flame : He only knows, that not through him Shall England come to...
Página 53 - But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
Página 103 - He put the vision by ; Let dusky Indians whine and kneel, An English lad must die. And .thus, with eyes that would not shrink, With knee to man unbent, Unfaltering on its dreadful brink, To his red grave he went Vain mightiest fleets of iron framed, Vain those all-shattering guns, Unless proud England keep untamed The strong heart of her sons ; So let his name through Europe ring, — A man of mean estate, Who died, as firm as Sparta's king, Because his soul was great.
Página 103 - Yes, honour calls ! with strength like steel He put the vision by. Let dusky Indians whine and kneel, An English lad must die. And thus, with eyes that would not shrink, With knee to man unbent, Unfaltering...
Página 53 - But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem : for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
Página 102 - LAST NIGHT, among his fellow roughs, He jested, quaffed, and swore ; A drunken private of the Buffs, Who 'never looked before. To-day, beneath the foeman's frown, He stands in Elgin's place, Ambassador from Britain's crown, And type of all her race. Poor, reckless, rude, low-born, untaught, Bewildered, and alone, A heart with English instinct fraught He yet can call his own. Ay, tear his body limb from limb...
Página 265 - ... numbers of Russian Barbarians, some of whom have been for a long time pretending to deliver communications at Pekin for the furtherance of some treacherous designs. ... If commotions were to arise within [the capital], the authors of our calamities would be not the Barbarians but ourselves. . . . Your Majesty is well familiar with the maxim, that the prince is bound to sacrifice himself for his country. But far be it from your Ministers, at such a time as this, to desire to wound your Majesty's...
Página 226 - ... express agreement with the Imperial Commissioners, and solely in the interests of peace ; and I again begged him to show the same respect to an English flag of truce that we had always paid to those so repeatedly sent in by the Chinese. The Prince, however, simply laughed at all this, and, going to a house that was close by, directed the soldiers to bring me after him.
Página 226 - It would be useless for me to do so,' I replied, ' as I cannot control or influence military movements in any way. I will not deceive your Highness by leading you to suppose that anything I might write would have such an effect.

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