The a grand sight, from off the Large’s Grave, To observe the progress of these rolling seas Between the Bosphorus, as they lash and 3n\c Europe and Asia.”
Each enjoyment of life lias three distinct levels—anticipation—actuality—and memory; and it’s tougher than it at first seems to be, to determine on the comparative extent and worth of every. Hope is essentially the most extravagant and imaginative; motion, essentially the most engrossing and tangible ; and reminiscence, essentially the most calm, and sturdy, and sober.
I really feel this reality forcibly at a second like the current, when, after having laid apart the pen with which, upon the fantastic shores of the Bosphorus, 1 recorded the observations rising out of passing circumstances, and gloving with actuality and motion, I’m as soon as extra referred to as upon mentally to retrace my steps. Fur months earlier than I visited the picturesque capital of Turkey, I had nourished visions as shiny and as impalpable because the rainbow. I anticipated l knew not what—adventures as quite a few and as romantic as these of the “ Thousand and One Nights and I dreamt desires unimaginable of accomplishment; not earing to inquire too curiously of my motive whether or not such tilings can be; however content material to inhabit my cloud-land fortress, and to look down from the unstable edifice in all (lie luxurious rising out of my self-created photographs.
Metropolis of the Sultan
Once I was subsequently dwelling within the “ Metropolis of the Sultan.” and that actuality had succeeded to anticipation, a lot of the mist of romance, certainly, rolled away; however the honest face of the panorama suffered little from its absence, for Constantinople wants no support from the creativeness to make it one of many brightest gems ailing the diadem’ of nature: its clear calm sky, its glittering sea, its amphitheatre of thickly-peopled hills, its geographical place, its political significance, and, above all, its surpassing novelty, are likely to make day-after-day and each hour in that attractive scene, and underneath that sunny sky, a season of intense enjoyment; whereas the various character of the native inhabitants, constituted as it’s of such anomalous supplies—the truthful Turk, the wily Greek, the stately Armenian, and the timid Jew—coupled with the blended charisma and of magnificence which pervades the entire locality, suffice to render the Turkish metropolis a sojourn of unwearied and thrilling delight: and when, favoured by circumstances which appeared to form themselves to my needs in a way to make me doubt whether or not the spells of fairy-land had been certainly all damaged, I used to be enabled to penetrate to the very centre of Turkish society, and to cultivate myself each with princes and peasants, I discovered that the fallacies which had evaporated, would have been however a sorry trade for the fact that remained ; and I gave the benefit to the actual fact over the anticipation.