A Sketch of Chinese History, Ancient and Modern: Comprising a Retrospect of the Foreign Intercourse and Trade with China, 第 1 卷

Smith, Elder & Company, 1834

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第 71 頁 - While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease.
第 375 頁 - The sides of the great halls and the apartments are ornamented with dragons in carved work and gilt, figures of warriors, of birds, and of beasts, with representations of battles. The inside of the roof is contrived in such a manner that nothing besides gilding and painting presents itself to the eye.
第 376 頁 - ... hundred paces, and the circuit at the base about a mile. It is clothed with the most beautiful evergreen trees; for whenever his majesty receives information of a handsome tree growing in any place, he causes it to be dug up, with all its roots and the earth about them, and however large and heavy it may be, he has it transported by means of elephants to this mount, and adds it to the verdant collection.
第 117 頁 - The Tao produced One; One produced Two; Two produced Three; Three produced All things. All things leave behind them the Obscurity (out of which they have come), and go forward to embrace the Brightness (into which they have emerged), while they are harmonised by the Breath of Vacancy.
第 140 頁 - Chinese must have been far superiour to that of their posterity, for we cannot conceive how such harsh sounds, and such miserable instruments, as we now see in use, could be productive of the desired effect. When he made his tours through the country he summoned the principal officers to render an account of their administration, and to give them his salutary lessons. When Shun was about...
第 375 頁 - ... khan, or lord of lords, is of the middle stature, that is, neither tall nor short; his limbs are well formed, and in his whole figure there is a just proportion. His complexion is fair, and occasionally suffused with red, like the bright tint of the rose, which adds much grace to his countenance. His eyes are black and handsome, his nose is well shaped and prominent.
第 381 頁 - I subdued you by the power of my sword, and consequently whatever you possess belongs of right to me : if you gamble, therefore, you are sporting with my property. " He does not, however, take anything arbitrarily in virtue of this right. The order and regularity observed by all ranks of people, when they present themselves before his majesty, ought not to pass unnoticed.
第 191 頁 - Gutzlaff thus describes the last scene of his life :— " When he was sick he did not wish that any should pray for him, because he had himself prayed. Whilst approaching his end he deeply deplored the wretched state of his own country. His only regret was that his maxims were rejected : he therefore exclaimed, ' I am no longer useful on earth ; it is necessary that I should leave it.
第 389 頁 - At this time his authority was acknowledged from the Frozen Sea almost to the Straits of Malacca. With the exception of Hindustan, Arabia, and the westernmost parts of Asia, all the Mongol princes, as far as the Dnieper, declared themselves his vassals, and brought regularly their tribute.
第 136 頁 - To remind them of their duty he pointed out to them symbols in their robes of state. Some had a sun, moon, and stars embroidered upon them. This, he said, points out the knowledge of which we ought to be possessed in order to rule well. The mountains indicate the constancy and firmness of which we stand in need; the dragon denotes that we ought to use every means to inspire the people with virtue ; the beauty and variety of the colours of the pheasant remind us of the good example we ought to give,...