Tahiti, the Garden of the Pacific

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T.F. Unwin, 1891 - Tahiti - 352 pages
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Page 17 - My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; So is it now I am a man; So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die! The Child is father of the Man; And I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety.
Page 17 - TRIUMPHAL arch, that fill'st the sky When storms prepare to part, I ask not proud Philosophy To teach me what thou art — Still seem, as to my childhood's sight, A midway station given For happy spirits to alight Betwixt the earth and heaven.
Page 32 - ... The people have some strange customs, the strangest of which consists in giving away one of their own children occasionally and adopting that of a friend in its place. Another peculiarity is the source from which they derive their names and also change them. That of Pomare, the present native queen, arose from a former king, who was seized with a violent fit of coughing after dark: po signifies night, mare, cough, and the name has descended from generation to generation of crowned heads. When...
Page 47 - The flagstaff is at an elevation of 4,500 feet above the level of the sea, and commands an extended view.
Page 236 - How little we know what the future has in store for us, and how true it is that troubles and trials rarely come singly ! Mr.
Page 22 - Tahiti rests on a volcanic shell, the summit of which is as nearly as possible a mile and a quarter above the level of the sea. The highest mountain is called Oro/tena, 7,250 feet above the sca-lcvcl.
Page 196 - ... French connivance, is certainly a fine one. Maybe the Peruvians were a trifle more honest : after all, their pretence of legality deceived no one, except the natives, of course, the people most vitally affected. But in such schemes, either Peruvian or French, the Polynesians were not considered. " And after this display of virtuous indignation M. de la Richerie brazenly undertook to procure native labour for Mr. Stewart,
Page 314 - ... that accursed contraption. It was a far worse trial than any physical effort and even half an hour of it nearly drove me insane. After about an hour I found that my ear was attuned to the sparking, at least so I thought, so that I could tell whether the cut was effective or not simply by listening. I made up my mind to make the best of a bad business and to seek some avenue of escape. Well, I got hold during the dinner hour of a copy of Shakespeare's sonnets, tore them out page by page and wound...
Page 57 - ... CLEMENCEAU: I'm doing odd bits. You know, about Monet — I think that I can say quite a good deal about him. For forty years I had him at the other end of a wire. Monet took life as a struggle. I remember seeing him one day in his poppy field, with four canvases set up in front of him. He was going from one to the other, according to the position of the sun. Well, that's it, isn't it ? What's fine in Monet is that seriousness, that intensity. There are two self-portraits of Monet — the one...

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