New Zealand: Being a Narrative of Travels and Adventures During a Residence in that Country Between the Years 1831 and 1837, Volume 1

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R. Bentley, 1838 - Maori (New Zealand people)
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Page 32 - Injuries may be atoned for and forgiven; but insults admit of no compensation. They degrade the mind in its own esteem, and force it to recover its level by revenge.
Page 300 - That a species of the emu, or a bird of the genue Struthio, formerly existed in the latter island, I feel well assured, as several large fossil ossifications were shown to me when I was residing in the vicinity of the East Cape, said to have been found at the base of the inland mountain of Ikorangi. The natives added that, in times long past...
Page 350 - Tis done !- — The monarch of the briny tide, Whose giant arm encircles earth, To virgin ERIE is allied, A bright-eyed nymph of mountain birth. To-day, the Sire of Ocean takes A sylvan maiden to his arms, The Goddess of the crystal lakes, In all her native charms ! She comes ! attended by a sparkling train ; The Naiads of the West her nuptials grace ; She meets the sceptred father of the main, And in his heaving bosom hides hervirgin face. Rising from their watery cells, Tritons sport upon the tide,...
Page 364 - Actœon than these women expressed upon our approach. Some of them hid themselves among the rocks, and the rest crouched down in the sea till they had made themselves a girdle and apron of such weeds as they could find ; and when they came out, even with this veil, we could perceive that their modesty suffered much pain by our presence.
Page 263 - Martin, the pilot, with signal flags, to signalize to any ship, or vessel, appearing off the bar, and the undermentioned signals are to be attended to. Mr. Martin will be in attendance with his boat also, at the entrance of the heads.
Page 40 - But if I had followed the advice of all our pretended friends, I might have extirpated the whole race ; for the people of each hamlet or village, by turns, applied to me to destroy the other.
Page 306 - I received from the natives, that a species of struthio still exists on that interesting island, in parts which, perhaps, have never yet been trodden by man. Traditions are current among the elder natives, of Atuas, covered with hair, in the form of birds, having waylaid former native travellers among the forest wilds, vanquishing them with an overpowering strength, killing and devouring, &c.
Page 383 - Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. 28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you : I am the LORD.
Page 362 - that our friends in the South Seas have not even the idea of indecency, with respect to any object or any action, but this was by no means the case with the inhabitants of New Zealand, in whose carriage and conversation there was as much modest reserve and decorum with respect to actions, which yet in their opinion were not criminal, as are to be found among the politest people in Europe. The women were not impregnable ; but the terms and manner of compliance were as decent as those in marriage among...
Page 305 - I feel assured, from the many reports I received from the natives, that a species of Struthio still exists on that interesting (South) Island, in parts which, perhaps, have never yet been trodden by man. Traditions are current among the elder natives, of Atuas, covered with hair, in the form of birds, having waylaid former native travellers among the forest wilds, vanquishing them with an overpowering...

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