The Arab: The Horse of the Future

Gay and Bird, 1905 - 249 pages

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Page 186 - Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? »the glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted ; neither turneth he back from the sword. The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield. He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage : neither believeth he that it is the sound...
Page 182 - Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, And are more fierce than the evening wolves: And their horsemen shall spread themselves, And their horsemen shall come from far ; They shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.
Page 118 - Now, a horse that, in a country often rough and difficult, marches and gallops, ascends and descends, endures unparalleled privations, and goes through a campaign with spirit, with such a weight on his back, is he, or is he not a war-horse...
Page 124 - My morning rides are very pleasant. My horse is a nice, quiet, good-tempered little Arab, who is so fearless, that he goes without starting close to an elephant, and so gentle and docile that he eats bread out of my hand, and has almost as much attachment and coaxing ways as a dog. This seems the general character of the Arab horses, to- judge from what I have seen in this country.
Page 144 - ... fore and hind that seemed as if made of hammered iron, so clean and yet so well twisted with sinew; a neat round hoof, just the requisite for hard ground; the tail set on or rather thrown out at a perfect arch; coats smooth, shining, and light; the mane long, but not overgrown nor heavy; and an air and step that seemed to say " look at me, am I not pretty ? " their appearance justified all reputation, all value, all poetry.
Page 187 - The honour of the fight must still go with the men who died. Our men were perfect, but the Dervishes were superb — beyond perfection. It was their largest, best, and bravest army that ever fought against us for Mahdism, and it died worthily of the huge empire that Mahdism won and kept so long. Their riflemen, mangled by every kind of death and torment that man can devise, clung round the black flag and the green, emptying their poor...
Page 163 - ... of delight threw himself almost under her belly while at full speed, and picked up stones from the ground, which he flung, and again caught as they descended. " Never were there more complete Centaurs than these Hamran Arabs ; the horse and man appeared to be one animal, and that of the most elastic nature, that could twist and turn with the suppleness of a snake ; the fact of their...
Page 66 - The only race your typical noble reflects upon is that run by horses ; pedigree and high breeding are concerns only of cattle, his course of study is the racecourse, and the highest homage he offers to the Church is to call a chase after the steeple. And their table talk is stable talk.
Page 177 - Froude informs the Scottish youth That parsons have no care for truth ; While Canon Kingsley loudly cries That history is a pack of lies. What cause for judgment so malign 1 A brief reflection solves the mystery; For Froude thinks Kingsley a divine, And Kingsley goes to Froude for history.
Page 51 - Then ye returned to your trinkets; then ye contented your souls With the flannelled fools at the wicket or the muddied oafs at the goals.

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