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“the Great Sea" towards Greece and Rome, where the gospel was to win its
* Isa. xxxv, 2. * Ibid. xxxiii. 9. * Ibid. lxv. Io, * Cant. ii. 1. * The name of one of these hamlets, passed soon after leaving Jaffa, reminds us that we are in the old Philistine territory-Beit Dejan = Beth Dagon, i.e., the house of Dagon, 1 Sam. v. 2.
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DEPOPULATION OF THE COUNTRY.
left void and desolate and without inhabitants.” Within the last few years, however, there has been an improvement in some parts of the plain, arising from the establishment of a German agricultural colony near Jaffa, of a model farm supported by a society in London, and the acquisition of a considerable
tract of land by Messrs. Bergheim of Jerusalem. The German colonists retain, unchanged, the dress and manners of their fatherland, and it is not a little curious to meet a bevy of fair-haired, blue-eyed, red-cheeked damsels driven by
* Isa. vi. 11–13. Jer. iv. 7; ix. 11; xxvi. 9; xxxiii. to ; xxxiv. 22 ; etc., etc.
a Silesian peasant in a genuine eins/anner, in a district made memorable by the exploits of Samson against the Philistines. Three hours from Jaffa stands RAMLEH, which has been identified with the Ramah of the Old Testament, and the Arimathaea of the New, but without sufficient authority. Its chief object of interest is a magnificent tower,
resembling the famous Giralda of Seville, quite perfect, which rises from the ruins of an ancient khan. From the summit a superb view is gained. To the east are seen the mountains of Israel, bare and monotonous, but not without a certain impressiveness. Westward the Mediterranean stretches to
the verge of the horizon. All around lies the plain of Sharon. On the slope