Excerpt from Letters From the East, Vol. 2 of 2: Written During a Recent Tour Through Turkey, Egypt, Arabia, the Holy Land, Syria and Greece
Streets around the convent, the mean and con fined view, and the suspicious and dejected air of the few passengers in the streets, appe... ared Oppressive and repelling after the free air and boundless prospects we had left behind. To celebrate the feast of Easter, but few pilgrims had arrived in comparison of former years; yet the ceremonies customary at this period were strictly observed. Olivet and Bethany were visited every day, and the small chapel on the summit of the former attracted the chief vene ration. The print of the foot of the Redeemer, the last step that he left on earth, was often kissed with the highest devotion and with tears, as well as the scene of the last passion in the garden beneath, where the marks of the falling drops are yet left on the rocks.
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