Tara: A Mahratta Tale

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Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1863

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Page 48 - Hear us, O ye gods, this day ! Hear us graciously, we pray ; As the Sun his state begins, Free us from all heinous sins. " Mitra, Varun, Aditi — Hear, O hear us graciously ! Powers of Ocean, Earth, and Air, Listen, listen, to our prayer...
Page 48 - RISEN in majestic blaze, Lo, the universe's eye, Vast and wondrous, host of rays, Shineth brightly in the sky. Soul of all that moveth not, Soul of all that moves below, Lighteth he earth's gloomiest spot, And the heavens are all aglow...
Page 290 - Alas for the world's honesty, brother ! A heap of gold, a few empty titles, the smile of a woman, — and power — which does but make its possessor miserable when he has gained it — turns right to wrong, justice to oppression, virtue to vice, honesty to knavery, faith to treachery. We look for it in the highest, but it flies from us ; we seek it in the lowest, and turn from them but too often in despair. Should not one sigh at depravity like this, which finds no echo in one's own heart?
Page 199 - ... enclosures that were once gardens, in which broken fountains and dry watercourses...
Page 159 - The caparisons of their horses were as shabby as the dresses ; but some had once been handsome, with embroidered reins and cruppers, and gay muslin martingals. All were now, however, soiled by the wet and mud of the day. It was clear that this party had ridden far, and the horses, though excellent and in high condition, were, from their drooping crests and sluggish action, evidently weary. Four of the men had been wounded in some skirmish, for it was with difficulty they sat their horses : and the...
Page 97 - Very noisy, tediously minute in ceremonial, liable to interruption from disputes — it is often an arena for rival factions of families to fight out all the ill feeling, discontent, and jealousy which have accumulated for years.
Page xi - The actors in my story are Hindus and Mahomedans ; but the same passions and affections exist among them as among ourselves, and thus the motives and deeds of my characters may, at least, be intelligible.
Page 8 - Shastree's seat, which was, in fact, a small raised dais at one side of the large room, was usually decked with flowers, while, upon the floor before it, the greatest artistic skill was expended in ornament by Tara and her mother. Above it were pictures of favourite divinities, painted in distemper colour...

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