The Karen Apostle: Or, Memoir of Ko Thah-byu, the First Karen Convert, with an Historical and Geographical Account of the Nation, Its Traditions, Precepts, Rites, &c

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Gould, Kendall and Lincoln, 1847 - Converts - 108 pages
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Page 79 - Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves ; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely...
Page 70 - Hence they will meet their end " sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust," " Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
Page 108 - For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth ; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
Page 93 - The dying words of an aged man of God, when he waved his withered, death-struck arm, and exclaimed, " The best of all is, God is with us," I feel in my very soul. Yes, the great Invisible is in these Karen wilds. That mighty Being, who heaped up these craggy rocks, and reared these stupendous mountains, and poured out these streams in all directions, and scattered immortal beings throughout these deserts — he is present by the influence of his Holy Spirit, and accompanies the sound of the gospel...
Page 37 - ... commenced public worship in the Burman language. I say commenced, for though I have frequently read and discoursed to the natives, I have never before conducted a course of exercises which deserved the name of public worship, according to the usual acceptation of that phrase among Christians; and though I began to preach the gospel, as soon as I could speak intelligibly, I have thought it hardly becoming to apply the term preaching (since it has acquired an appropriate meaning in modern use),...
Page 45 - I cry no longer the horrors of heathenism ! but ' the blessings of missions : ' I date no longer from a heathen land. Heathenism has fled these banks.
Page 71 - Weep not for her ! Weep not for her ! — Her memory is the shrine Of pleasant thoughts, soft as the scent of flowers, Calm as on windless eve the sun's decline, Sweet as the song of birds among the bowers, Rich as a rainbow with its hues of light, Pure as the moonshine of an autumn night : Weep not for her...
Page 98 - Thus saying, he rose up and went away. But the woman listened to Satan, and thinking what he said rather proper, remained. Satan deceived her completely, and she said to him, ' If we eat, shall we indeed be able to fly ?' ' My son and daughter,' Satan replied, ' I persuade you because I love you.' The woman took one of the fruit and ate. And Satan, laughing, said, ' My daughter, you listen to me well; now go, give the fruit to your husband, and say to him, I have eaten the fruit; it is exceedingly...
Page 54 - of much rain.' 0 could we go among these people, as freely and easily as in the provinces, I have no doubt, hundreds would be added to the Lord. " I think the Karens here superior to those in the provinces, so far as I have seen ; and, cou-ld they be collected together, and civilized, and christianized, they would be a lovely nation. When will this happy time arrive ? Hasten it, Lord, in thine own good time, for Jesus
Page 90 - The assistants think there are from six hundred to one thousand, who are decidedly Christians. Although but one has been baptized there, still the line of demarcation between those who serve God and those who serve him not, is distinctly drawn ; and, generally, there exists, on the part of those who reject the gospel, a most bitter hatred towards the Christians. In fact, the Karen converts fear their own countrymen, who are enemies to the gospel more than the Burman officers. Sometimes, even in families,...

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