An Account of New Zealand: And of the Formation and Progress of the Church Missionary Society's Mission in the Northern Island

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R.B. Seeley and W. Burnside, 1835 - Maori (New Zealand people) - 310 pages
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OCLC Number: 8539911
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New Zealand.
Missions, New Zealand.
Church Missionary Society. -- New Zealand Mission.

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Page 198 - Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: And it shall be to the Lord for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Page 55 - ... eye, and the feathers encircling it are shaded with a mixture of yellow and red. This bird feeds upon all kinds of fruit, berries, and farinaceous roots. It bites holes in trees, in which it makes its nest ; laying four, and sometimes five eggs, perfectly white. The cry of this bird, when ranging atj large in the woods, is harsh and disagreeable in the extreme. The Kokorimako is about the size of the Sparrow, with a small, oblong, dark eye ; plumage, a dark brown, tinged with green ; with a long...
Page 22 - E., and the tide flows at the full and change of the moon, about six o'clock, and rises and falls perpendicularly from five to six feet : Whether the flood comes from the southward or the northward 1 have not been able to determine. We got nothing here by traffic but a few fish, and some sweet potatoes, except a few trifles, which we considered merely as curiosities.
Page 54 - They build their nests in holes of trees, and associate in flocks. Kaka, a bird of the parrot kind, much larger than any other New Zealand parrot, but possessing all their mischievous qualities, and capable of learning to imitate the human voice to an astonishing degree. Its feathers are of a dark russet colour; round the neck, upon the thighs, and under the tail, beautifully tinged and spotted with deep red. It has a large round dark eye, and the feathers encircling it are shaded with a mixture...
Page 303 - To fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold upon eternal life." " To serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear." " To be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as we know that our labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Page 252 - ... forsake it altogether, and live as God and Jesus Christ say we must. I wish to talk with you, and for you to talk with me. I wish to ask you how I can be brought to stand nearest to the presence of the Saviour? Perhaps, by baptism I may be brought near : perhaps, by praying for a new heart. Mr. Yate, you say how. Let me take upon me a new name : for though the native chiefs scoff at me, and say, " Who is Kaheke, that he should believe ? it is all nonsense...
Page 302 - Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
Page 235 - She began to assail us all furiously. She put on a most terrific countenance, threw her garments about, and tore her hair like a fury; then said to me : ' Ah, you white missionary, you are worse than the devil ; you first make a slave lad your son by redeeming him from his master, and then marry him to my daughter. I will tear your eyes out ! ' The old woman, suiting the action to the word, feigned a snatch at my face, at the same time saying in an undertone, that it was ' all mouth,' and that she...
Page 53 - This remarkable bird, from the versatility of its talent for imitation, has, by some, been called the "Mocking Bird ;" and, from its peculiar plumage, has by others been denominated " the Parson Bird." It is so restless in its disposition, as to seem incapable of remaining in one situation, or unemployed, for a single moment. There is not a note of any bird of the woods but what it exactly imitates ; and, when confined in a cage, it learns with great ease and correctness to speak long sentences....
Page 143 - Another story describes Maui as taking fire in his hands and springing with it into the sea, and when he sank in the waters the sun for the first time set and darkness covered the earth, so he pursued the sun and brought him back in the morning. When also it is related in the Tonga Islands that the Fire-god in the under-world, to whom Maui goes to get fire for men, is also the Earthquake-god, this seems to mean, in a very natural way, that fire and earthquake belong to the depths of...

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