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Page 135 - But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
Page 135 - For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us that we may hear it and do it?
Page 128 - ... sewed on by an old woman, its priestess, whose peculiar care it is. Of the early history of this idol no authentic information can be procured, but its power is believed to be immense; they pray to it in time of sickness; it is invoked when a storm is desired to dash some hapless ship upon their coast; and again, the exercise of its power is solicited in calming the angry waves, to admit of fishing or visiting the main land.
Page 189 - A space is left between these where the ' conductor,' should there chance to be one, walks up and down, directing the choruses. But very often there is no leader, and apparently all sing according to their own sweet will. One voice commences: it may be an old native tune, with genuine native words (the meaning of which we had better not inquire), or it may be a Scriptural story versified, and sung to an air originally imported from Europe, but so completely Tahitianised that no mortal could recognise...
Page 103 - And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
Page 191 - Lord; yea, let it praise him, and magnify him for ever. O ye Mountains and Hills, bless ye the Lord ; praise him., and magnify him for ever. O all ye Green Things upon the earth, bless ye the Lord ; praise him, and magnify him for ever.
Page 99 - At morning and afternoon service all the neighbouring villagers assemble, and the intervening and later hours are filled up with Sunday-school for children and Bibleclasses for adults. A simple service, with a good deal of singing, ends the day. The Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. The institution rules are few and simple; but for any infringement of them the penalty is a fine, which goes towards the expense of lights.
Page 189 - Some confine their care to sound a deep booming bass in a .long-continued drone, somewhat suggestive (to my appreciative Highland ear) of our own bagpipes. Here and there high falsetto notes strike in, varied from verse to verse, and then the choruses of La and Ra come bubbling in liquid melody; while the voices of the principal singers now join in unison, now diverge as widely as it is possible for them to do, but all combine to produce the quaintest, most melodious, rippling glee that ever was...
Page 188 - The musicians sit on the grass, on mats, in two divisions, arranged in rows so as to form two squares. A space is left between these, where the " conductor" (should there chance to be one) walks up and down, directing the choruses. But very often there is no leader, and all sing apparently according to their own sweet will, introducing any variations that occur to them.