The Spanish Conquest in America: And Its Relation to the History of Slavery and to the Government of Colonies, Volume 3

J.W. Parker and Son, 1857

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Pagina 49 - Egyptians; one displaced from its pedestal by enormous roots; another locked in the close embrace of branches of trees, and almost lifted out of the earth; another hurled to the ground, and bound down by huge vines and creepers; and one standing, with its altar before it, in a grove of trees which grew around it, seemingly to shade and shroud it as a sacred thing; in the solemn stillness of the woods, it seemed a divinity mourning over a fallen people.
Pagina 496 - ... perfect truth, perfect beauty ; that the love of Him alone is real and genuine love, while that of all other objects is absurd and illusory ; that the beauties of nature are faint resemblances, like images in a mirror, of the Divine charms ; that, from eternity without beginning to eternity without end, the Supreme Benevolence is occupied in bestowing happiness, or the means of attaining it ; that men can only attain it by performing their part of the primal covenant between them and the Creator...
Pagina 49 - Continent of America were not savages. With an interest perhaps stronger than we had ever felt in wandering among the ruins of Egypt, we followed our guide, who, sometimes missing his way, with a constant...
Pagina 49 - ... on all four of the sides from the base to the top. The front was the figure of a man, curiously and richly dressed, and the face, evidently a portrait, solemn, stern, and well fitted to excite terror. The...
Pagina 438 - Many years have passed over some of their heads in the search of not so many leagues : yea, more than one or two have spent their labour, their wealth, and their lives, in search of a golden kingdom, without getting further notice of it than what they had at their first setting forth.
Pagina 437 - I cannot forbear to commend the patient virtue of the Spaniards. We seldom or never find that any nation hath endured so many misadventures and miseries as the Spaniards have done, in their Indian discoveries. Yet persisting in their enterprises with an invincible constancy, they have annexed to their kingdom so many goodly provinces, as bury the remembrance of all dangers past.
Pagina 22 - Porque habiendo obispos y otros prelados no dejarían de seguir la costumbre que, por nuestros pecados hoy tienen, en disponer de los bienes de la Iglesia, que es gastarlos en pompas y en otros vicios, en dejar mayorazgos a sus hijos o parientes...
Pagina 336 - The monks, with great care, taught these four men to repeat the couplets which they had composed. The pupils entered entirely into the views of their instructors. Indeed, they took such pains in learning their lessons, and (with the fine sense for musical intonation which the Indians generally possessed) repeated these verses so well, that there was nothing left to desire. The composition and the teaching occupied three months, and was not completed until the middle of August 1537.
Pagina 341 - ... in authority, suspended his judgment until he had heard more of the matter. The next day, and for seven succeeding days, this sermon in song was repeated. In public and in private, the person who insisted most on this repetition was the cacique, and he expressed a wish to fathom the matter, and to know the origin and meaning of these things. The prudent merchants replied, that they only sang what they had heard, that it was not their business to explain these verses, for that office belonged...
Pagina 344 - No sooner had he proselyte. become a proselyte, than, with all the zeal and energy belonging to that character, he began to preach the new doctrine to his own vassals. He was the first to pull down and to burn his idols ; and many of his chiefs, in imitation of their master, likewise became iconoclasts.

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