Letters from Paraguay : Describing the Settlements of Montevideo An[d] Buenos Ayres: The Presidencies of Rioja Minor, Nombre de Dios, St. Mary and St. John, &c. &c. with the Manners, Customs, Religious Ceremonies, &c of the Inhabitants ... (Google eBook)

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G. Robinson, Pater-noster-Row., 1805 - Argentina - 293 pages
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Page 231 - I would be busy in the world, and learn, Not like a coarse and useless dunghill weed, Fix'd to one spot, and rot just as I grow.
Page 293 - Gilds Indian mountains, or his setting beam Flames on the Atlantic isles, 'tis nought to me, Since God is ever present, ever felt, In the wide waste as in the city full, And where He vital dwells, there must be joy.
Page 98 - The ways of Heaven are dark and intricate, Puzzled in mazes, and perplexed with errors, Our understanding traces them in vain, Lost and bewildered in the fruitless search; Nor sees with how much art the windings run, Nor where the regular confusion ends.
Page 88 - ... nearly abolished ; all, provided they are not contaminated by negro or Indian blood, are admitted, and a good dancer of the fandango carries his recommendation to the first company in his heels. At their grand repasts, which are taken in the evening, and are profuse in the extreme, it is considered as genteel for every one to eat as much as possible, and the guests may likewise take away with them as much as they please, without derogating in the least from the rules of good breeding. In public...
Page 112 - In public companies the sexes intermingle, but in private the men are not allowed to sit among the women, unless they are invited, and such a favour is considered as a great familiarity. From this restraint, however, ecclesiastics of all descriptions are free. A priest, young or old, may enter a house at what time he pleases, go into whatever apartment he sees fit, and stay as long as he thinks proper. They pass and repass perfectly at their ease. They form a considerable proportion of all public...
Page 110 - ... and their stockings interwoven with the same metal, in so fanciful a manner as to display the shape of the leg to the best advantage. A kind of jacket made of velvet, fitted tight to the shape, and laced or buttoned in front, with long points hanging down quite round the petticoat, and trimmed at the end with pearl tassels, is also worn; and on the shoulders of the jacket is fastened a...
Page 166 - And whereas also, before the committing of the several grievances by the said defendant as hereinafter mentioned, a certain action had been depending in the said court of our lord the now king, before the king himself, at Westminster, in the county of...
Page 166 - But if tneir prayers are granted his venerable figure is ornamented with flowers and beads ; nay sometimes, on extraordinary occasions, they oblige him with new clothes : but this accident under his very nose will, I fear, keep him in disgrace and dirty garments for a long time to come.
Page 111 - ... fastened a cloak made of gauze, or some such light material, which hangs as a loose train to the ground, or is occasionally fastened to the side by a clasp of jewels. Their most general head-dress is either a handkerchief of...
Page 78 - ... right and left ; and wherever a cross was erected, which I believe was at the end of every street, the whole cavalcade halted to sing the appointed service. After the eucharist came another division of soldiers, and after them all the remaining religious of the town, while on either side of the...

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