Curiosities of Superstition, and Sketches of Some Unrevealed Religions

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J. Masters, 1882 - 328 pages

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Page 307 - Whose midnight revels, by a forest side, Or fountain, some belated peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while overhead the moon Sits arbitress, and nearer to the earth Wheels her pale course ; they, on their mirth and dance Intent, with jocund music charm his ear ; At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
Page 255 - From the red stone of the quarry With his hand he broke a fragment, Moulded it into a pipe-head, Shaped and fashioned it with figures ; From the margin of the river Took a long reed for a pipe-stem, With its dark green leaves upon it ; Filled the pipe with...
Page 64 - A man i' the clouds, and hear him speak to thee ? Wouldst thou be in a dream, and yet not sleep ? Or wouldst thou in a moment laugh and weep ? Wouldst thou lose thyself and catch no harm, And find thyself again without a charm ? Wouldst read thyself, and read thou know'st not what, And yet know whether thou art blest or not, By reading the same lines ? O then come hither, And lay my book, thy head and heart together.
Page 63 - Wouldst thou divert thyself from melancholy ? Wouldst thou be pleasant, yet be far from folly ? Wouldst thou read riddles and their explanation ? Or else be drowned in thy contemplation ? Dost thou love picking meat ? Or wouldst thou see A man i...
Page 12 - He who by His might looked even over the water-clouds, the clouds which gave strength and Lit the sacrifice, He who is God above all gods; — Who is the god to whom we shall offer our sacrifice?
Page 254 - Indian nations together, and standing on the precipice of the red pipe stone rock, broke from its wall a piece, and made a huge pipe by turning it in his hand, which he smoked over them, and to the North, the South, the East, and the West, and told them that this stone was red — that it was their flesh — that they must use it for their pipes of peace — that it belonged to them all, and that the war-club and scalping knife must not be raised on its ground.
Page 147 - In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree : Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. So twice five miles of fertile ground With walls and towers were girdled round...
Page 305 - It is probable that few even of the chiefs were disposed to leave so rich a prize for the sake of King James. Dundee himself might at that moment have been unable to persuade his followers to quit the heaps of spoil, and to complete the great work of the day; and Dundee was no more.
Page 301 - As the sun, Ere it is risen, sometimes paints its image In the atmosphere, so often do the spirits Of great events stride on before the events. And in today already walks tomorrow.
Page 91 - They served up salmon, venison, and wild boars By hundreds, and by dozens, and by scores. Hogsheads of honey, kilderkins of mustard, Muttons, and fatted beeves, and bacon swine ; Herons and bitterns, peacock, swan, and bustard, Teal, mallard, pigeons, widgeons, and in fine...

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