A History of the Deccan, Volume 1

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Luzac and Company, 1896 - Deccan (India)
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Page 257 - Life was offered for a loaf,' but none would buy ; rank was to be sold for a cake, but none cared for it ; the ever-bounteous hand was now stretched out to beg for food ; and the feet which had always trodden the way of contentment walked about only in search of sustenance.
Page 258 - Destitution at length reached such a pitch that men began to devour each other, and the flesh of a son was preferred to his love. The numbers of the dying caused obstructions in the roads, and every man whose dire sufferings did not terminate in death and who retained the power to move wandered off to the towns and villages of other countries. Those lands which had been famous for their fertility and plenty now retained no trace of productiveness...
Page 247 - In Bijapur I had found some tobacco. Never having seen the like in India, I brought some with me, and prepared a handsome pipe of jewel work. The stem, the finest to be procured at Achin, was three cubits in length, beautifully dried and coloured, both ends being adorned with jewels and enamel. I happened to come across a very handsome mouthpiece of Yaman cornelian, oval-shaped, which I set to the stem ; the whole was very handsome.
Page 325 - Providence will protect the camp, yet, regarding appearances, the endeavours of my sons are indispensable. Give my last prayers to my grandson [Bedar Bukht], whom I cannot see, but the desire affects me. The Begum [his daughter] appears afflicted, but God is the only judge of hearts. The foolish thoughts of women produce nothing but disappointment. Farewell ! .Farewell.
Page 326 - I/dipur, your mother, was a partner in my illness, and wishes to accompany me in death; but every thing has its appointed time.
Page 325 - I am, and for what I am destined. The instant which passed in power, hath left only sorrow behind it. I have not been the guardian and protector of the empire. My valuable time has been passed vainly. I had a patron in my own dwelling (conscience), but his glorious light was unseen by my dim sight.
Page 327 - I have done unto yourself, that account may not be demanded of me hereafter. No one has seen the departure of his own soul, but I see that mine is departing.
Page 256 - In warfare, in command, in sound judgment, and in administration, he had no rival or equal. He well understood that predatory (kazzaki] warfare, which in the language of the Dakhin is called bargi-giri. He kept down the turbulent spirits of that country, and maintained his exalted position to the end of his life, and closed his career in honour. History records no other instance of an Abyssinian slave arriving at such eminence...

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