will, because of their intrinsic interest, appeal to a yet wider circle. For while I sought to see all that I possibly could within the narrow limits of the time at my disposal, and to scrape a passable acquaintance witfi lands which a long life spent in them would be all too little to know them in, it was my good fortune to meet many whose experience^ both of the wide world's changeful yet eternal cycle of beauty and also of 44 the still sad music of humanity," were of the profoundest interest and charm. And these I have endeavoured to record in a simple*, chatty way, in the mood, too, of Theodore Hook when he said :
Here in a placid waking dream I'm free from worldly troubles;
Calm as the rippling, silver stream That in the sunshine bubbles.
We know that travellers are often credited with telling more tales than they have seen. And long after Marco Polo was dead there was one who used to assume his character in the Venetian masques to tell Munchausen-like stories for the diversion of his idle listeners. But in passing on that which, in addition to what I have myself observed, has been told me, I am confident that I am making no demand on the credulity of any. For had I told my informants
A chiel's amang ye takin* notes And faith he'll prent it,
I do not think that they would wish one single word to be unwritten.
But apart from that given me by my kind corn-But apart from that given me by my kind corn-