Who is Richard Francis Burton

Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (/ˈbɜːrtən/; 19 March 1821 – 20 October 1890) was a British explorer, scholar and soldier. He was famed for his travels and explorations in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke twenty-nine European, Asian, and African languages.[1] Burton's best-known achievements include: a well-documented journey to Mecca in disguise, at a time when Europeans were forbidden access on pain of death; an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights (commonly called The Arabian Nights in English after early translations of Antoine Galland's French version); the publication of the Kama Sutra in English; a translation of The Perfumed Garden, the "Arab Kama Sutra...
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  • Black Sheep
    FROM their folded mates they wander far,
    Their ways seem harsh and wild:
    They follow the beck of a baleful star,
    Their paths are dream-beguiled. ...
  • In Sleep
    NOT drowsihood and dreams and mere idless,
    Nor yet the blessedness of strength regained,
    Alone are in what men call sleep. The past,
    My unsuspected soul, my parentsâ?? voice, ...
  • The First Song
    A POET writ a song of May
    That checked his breath awhile;
    He kept it for a summer day,
    Then spake with half a smile: ...
  • An Unpraised Picture
    I SAW a picture once by Angelo.
    â??Unfinished,â? said the critic; â??done in youth;â?
    And that was all, no thought of praise, forsooth!
    He was informed, and doubtless it was so. ...
  • On A Ferry Boat
    THE RIVER widens to a pathless sea
    Beneath the rain and mist and sullen skies.
    Look out the window; â??t is a gray emprise,
    This piloting of massed humanity ...
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Deadlyfrom80yds: tweet du jour, francis albert sinatra by richard burton-awesome
Wikiranked: born today: mar 19 1955 bruce willis - actor, singer, producer 1952 harvey weinstein - producer, miramax co-founder 1848 wyatt earp - american lawman, gambler 1821 richard francis burton - british explorer, writer, translator 1813 david livingstone - scottish explorer
Melaniejaxn: "cease, man, to mourn, to weep, to wail; enjoy thy shining hour of sun; we dance along death's icy brink, but is the dance less full of fun?" ~ richard francis burton
Vagrantcow: "the more i study religions the more i am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself." - captain sir richard francis burton (1821-1890) new law allows anti-abortion monument at arkansas capitol
Toiletguru: sir richard francis burton was born otd in 1821
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The Shepheardes Calender: August
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August: à?gloga Octaua. Willye. Perigot. Cuddie.

Ell me Perigot, what shalbe the game,
Wherefore with myne thou dare thy musick matche?
Or bene thy Bagpypes renne farre out of frame?
Or hath the Crampe thy ioynts benomd with ache?

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