The Romance of the Milky Way, and Other Studies & Stories (Google eBook)

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1905 - Folklore - 209 pages
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Page 115 - So is it, too, with our own natures. No less inscrutable is this complex consciousness which has slowly evolved out of infantine vacuity, consciousness which in other shapes is manifested by animate beings at large, consciousness which, during the development of every creature, makes its appearance out of what seems unconscious matter, suggesting the thought that consciousness in some rudimentary form is omnipresent.
Page 49 - ... transparent nights, before the rising of the Moon, the charm of the ancient tale sometimes descends upon me, out of the scintillant sky, — to make me forget the monstrous facts of science, and the stupendous horror of space. Then I no longer behold the Milky Way as that awful Ring of the Cosmos, whose hundred million suns are powerless to lighten the Abyss, but as the very Amanogawa itself, — the Kiver Celestial.
Page 110 - And then the consciousness itself — what is it during the time that it continues ? And what becomes of it when it ends ? We can only infer that it is a specialized and individualized form of that Infinite and Eternal Energy which transcends both our knowledge and our imagination; and that at death its elements lapse into the Infinite and Eternal Energy whence they were derived.
Page 117 - ... Evolution, those of the other kind cannot by either be regarded as thus explicable. Theist and Agnostic must agree in recognizing the properties of Space as inherent, eternal, uncreated — as anteceding all creation, if creation has taken place, and all evolution, if evolution has taken place. Hence, could we penetrate the mysteries of existence, there would remain still more transcendent mysteries.
Page 108 - OLD people must have many reflections in common. Doubtless one which I have now in mind is very familiar. For years past, when watching the unfolding buds in the Spring there has arisen the thought—• Shall I ever again see the buds unfold ? Shall I ever again be awakened at dawn by the song of the thrush? Novf that the end is not likely to be long postponed, there results an increasing tendency to meditate upon ultimate questions.
Page 193 - ... (The kanzashi made for young girls are highly decorative ; those worn by older folk are plain, or adorned only with a ball of coral or polished stone.) The new hairpins might be called commemorative : one, of which the decoration represents a British and a Japanese flag intercrossed, celebrates the Anglo-Japanese alliance ; another represents an officer's cap and sword ; and the best of all is surmounted by a tiny metal model of a battleship.
Page 49 - Way as that awful Ring of the Cosmos, whose hundred million suns are powerless to lighten the Abyss, but as the very Amanogawa itself, — the River Celestial. I see the thrill of its shining stream, and the mists that hover along its verge, and the water-grasses that bend in the winds of autumn. White Orihime...
Page 5 - She rejoiced in her work and thought there was no greater pleasure than the pleasure of weaving. But one day, as she sat before her loom at the door of her heavenly dwelling, she saw a handsome peasant lad pass by leading an ox, and she fell in love with him. Her august father, divining her secret wish, gave her the youth for a husband. But the wedded lovers became too fond of...
Page 5 - ... weaving. But one day, as she sat before her loom at the door of her heavenly dwelling, she saw a handsome peasant lad pass by, leading an ox, and she fell in love with him. Her august father, divining her secret wish, gave her the youth for a husband. But the wedded lovers became too fond of each other, and neglected their duty to the god of the firmament ; the sound of the shuttle was no longer heard, and the ox wandered, unheeded, over the plains of heaven. Therefore the great god was displeased,...

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