at least two hours out of our way,) and reached Mahomet
had taken Constantinople he fell in love with a fair Greek maiden whose name was Irene.
The Brahmin legends assert that this city is built on the site of the ancient Casi, which, like Mahomet
's tomb, was once suspended between heaven and earth; though the Benares of to-day, which the Orientalists call the Athens of India, stands quite unpoetically on the solid earth, Passepartout caught glimpses of its brick houses and clay huts, giving an aspect of desolation to the place, as the train entered it.
But we may not take up the third sword, which is Mahomet
's sword, or like unto it; that is, to propagate religion by wars, or by sanguinary persecutions to force consciences; except it be in cases of overt scandal, blasphemy, or intermixture of practice against the state; much less to nourish seditions; to authorize conspiracies and rebellions; to put the sword into the people's hands; and the like; tending to the subversion of all government, which is the ordinance of God.
He was fond of comparing himself to Mahomet
's coffin, attracted in two different directions by two loadstones, and hesitating eternally between the heights and the depths, between the vault and the pavement, between fall and ascent, between zenith and nadir.
Do you say to yourself, `This prison may be our tomb?' Tomb, perhaps; still I would not change it for Mahomet
's, which floats in space but never advances an inch!"
For instance, during the siege of Constantinople by Mahomet
II., in 1453, stone shot of 1,900 pounds weight were employed.
Their Historians affirm, that a Prophet who prophesy'd of Mahomet
, came from this Temple, and some do not stand to assert, that the Prophet Jonas was cast forth by the Whale at the Base of the Temple.
And once the soul is set free, there is no need for painful aimless wanderings, no need for Mahomet
to go to the Mountain, for resting in the centre of all things the universe will be our home and our share in the secrets of the World-Builder will be made known.
So now Mr Gowan, like that worn-out old coffin which never was Mahomet
's nor anybody else's, hung midway between two points: jaundiced and jealous as to the one he had left: jaundiced and jealous as to the other that he couldn't reach.
"My name," the young slave answered, "is Mahomet
. I come from Yemen.
Sailing ninety leagues farther, you see the noted port of Jodda, where the pilgrims that go to Mecca and Medina unlade those rich presents which the zeal of different princes is every day accumulating at the tomb of Mahomet
. The commerce of this place, and the number of merchants that resort thither from all parts of the world, are above description, and so richly laden are the ships that come hither, that when the Indians would express a thing of inestimable price, they say, "It is of greater value than a ship of Jodda." An hundred and eighteen leagues from thence lies Toro, and near it the ruins of an ancient monastery.