Polynesian Researches, During a Residence of Nearly Six Years in the South Sea Islands: Including Descriptions of the Natural History and Scenery of the Islands, with Remarks on the History, Mythology, Traditions, Government, Arts, Manners, and Customs of the Inhabitants, Volume 2
Fisher, Son, & Jackson, 1829 - 576 pages
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Page 197 - Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices, to the midnight air, Sole, or responsive...
Page 263 - I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Page 412 - Lo, the poor Indian ! whose untutored mind Sees GOD in clouds, or hears Him in the wind ; His soul proud science never taught to stray Far as the solar walk or Milky Way...
Page 43 - The waters were called nara, because they were the production of Nara, or the spirit of God; and, since they were his first ayana, or place of motion, he thence is named Nayrayana, or moving on the waters.
Page 43 - In that egg the great power sat inactive a whole year of the Creator, at the close of which, by his thought alone, he caused the egg to divide itself. And from its two divisions he framed the heaven above, and the earth beneath ; in the midst, he placed the subtle ether, the eight regions, and the permanent receptacle of waters.
Page 244 - Saviour comes ! by ancient bards foretold ! Hear Him, ye deaf; and all ye blind, behold ! He from thick films shall purge the visual ray, And on the sightless eyeball pour the day: 'Tis he the obstructed paths of sound shall clear, And bid new music charm th' unfolding ear: The dumb shall sing, the lame his crutch forego, And leap exulting, like the bounding roe.
Page 335 - The harp of heaven Had lack'd its least, but not its meanest string Had children not been taught to play upon it, And sing, from feelings all their own, what men Nor angels can conceive of creatures, born Under the curse, yet from the curse redeem'd, And placed at once beyond the power to fall, Safely, which men nor angels ever knew, Till ranks of these, and all of those, had fallen.
Page 216 - An ubu or prayer was offered before they ate their food, when they tilled their ground, planted their gardens, built their houses, launched their canoes, cast their nets, and commenced or concluded a journey. The first fish taken periodically on their shores, together with a number of kinds regarded as sacred, were conveyed to the altar. The first-fruits of their orchards and gardens were also taumaha, or offered, with a portion of their live-stock, which consisted of pigs, dogs, and fowls, as it...
Page 16 - ... stature of the male and female sex here, as well as in other parts of the world, yet not so great as that which often prevails in Europe. The females, though generally more delicate in form and smaller in size than the men, are, taken altogether, stronger and larger than the females of England, and are sometimes remarkably tall and stout.