Travels In Syria And The Holy Land By John Lewis Burckhardt


























































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[P.142]We passed the night in a half ruined house, without being able to
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[P.142]We Passed The Night In A Half Ruined House, Without Being Able To Get Any Refreshments, Although The Village Belonged To A Particular Friend Of Mine At Hamah; Indeed These Peasants Have Scarcely Any Thing Left To Keep Themselves From Starving.

February 22d--Early this morning we set off in the direction of Hamah, and after a march of an

Hour and a half over the plain, reached Tel Szabba [Arabic], an insulated hillock in the plain; half an hour from it lies a lake called Behirat Terimsy [Arabic], or, simply El Terimsy. Its extent is from S.W. to N.E. about five to six miles long by two or three in breadth; its waters are scarcely any where deeper than five feet; but the depth of mud at the bottom is so great as to render it fatal for any one to enter the lake, at least so I was informed by several peasants who joined us. The water of the lake diminishes considerably in the summer time, but very seldom dries up entirely; the only instance upon record was during the great drought in 1810, when it is asserted that springs were discovered in the bed of the lake. I am not quite certain whether it communicates on the western side with the Orontes; our guides were not unanimous in their answers; the river, however, must at least pass very close to the lake. On the southern borders of the lake are the Tels or mounds of earth, called Telloul el Fedjera [Arabic]; on the E. side is the Tel Waoyat [Arabic]. The soil in the vicinity of the lake is a soft clay; and I had great

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