- Meetings of Relations and Friends.-Indian Sensibility.- Meeting of a Wounded Warrior and His Mother.- Festivities and Lamentations
Amidst all my Lamentations
for her (and violent you may suppose they were) I yet received some consolation in the reflection of my having paid every attention to her, that could be offered, in her illness.
A proof of the infallibility of the foregoing receipt, in the lamentations
of the widow; with other suitable decorations of death, such as physicians, &c., and an epitaph in the true stile.
Thus passes the Abyssinian winter, a dreadful season, in which the whole kingdom languishes with numberless diseases, an affliction which, however grievous, is yet equalled by the clouds of grasshoppers, which fly in such numbers from the desert, that the sun is hid and the sky darkened; whenever this plague appears, nothing is seen through the whole region but the most ghastly consternation, or heard but the most piercing lamentations
, for wherever they fall, that unhappy place is laid waste and ruined; they leave not one blade of grass, nor any hopes of a harvest.
Without listening the least in the world to the lamentations
I found a dismal letter from him on my arrival here, full of complaints of his wife and sister, and lamentations
on the cruelty of his fate.
His entrance was followed by that of the widow, whose lamentations
filled the room.
The notary was there at the time, and he said that in no book of chivalry had he ever read of any knight-errant dying in his bed so calmly and so like a Christian as Don Quixote, who amid the tears and lamentations
of all present yielded up his spirit, that is to say died.
The air was rent by the shrieks and lamentations
of the women, who, casting off their ornaments and tearing their hair, wandered about, frantically bewailing the dead and predicting destruction to the living.
In all their lamentations
soundeth vengeance, in all their eulogies is maleficence; and being judge seemeth to them bliss.
The latest straggler had returned from his fell employment, only to strip himself of the terrific emblems of his bloody calling, and to join in the lamentations
of his countrymen, as a stricken people.
A moment later he was swinging through the black jungle night, the cries and lamentations
of Momaya growing fainter in the distance.