History of the Establishment and Progress of the Christian Religion in the Islands of the South Sea: With Preliminary Notices of the Islands and of Their Inhabitants

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Tappan & Dennet, 1841 - Missions - 387 pages

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Page 149 - Thus shall ye say unto them, the gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.
Page 278 - You have nothing to say, the chip will say all I wish.' With a look of astonishment and contempt, he held up the piece of wood, and said, ' How can. this speak ? has this a mouth ? ' I desired him to take it immediately, and not spend so much time in talking about it.
Page 156 - ... retired to rest, supposing they had gone to sleep at the house of some friend ; but, on looking out of my window about daybreak, I saw these five men lying along on the ground on the outside of my house, their only bed being some platted cocoa-nut leaves, and their only covering the large native cloth they usually wear over their shoulders. I hastened out, and asked them, if they had been there all night : they said they had ; I then inquired why they did not, as I had directed them, go and lodge...
Page 374 - ... began to build neat plastered cottages, and to manufacture bedsteads, seats, and other articles of furniture. The females had long observed the dress of the Missionaries' wives, but while heathen they greatly preferred their own, and there was not a single attempt at imitation. No sooner, however, were they brought under the influence of religion, than all of them, even to the lowest, aspired to the possession of a gown, a bonnet, and a shawl, that they might appear like Christian women. I could...
Page 278 - I had come to the work one morning without my square, I took up a chip, and with a piece of charcoal wrote upon it a request that Mrs. Williams would send me that article. I called a chief, who was superintending his portion of the work, and said to him, " Friend, take this; go to our house, and give it to Mrs. Williams.
Page 53 - ... Addressing the first, I said to her, " Friend, how many children have you destroyed ?" She was startled at my question, and at first charged me with unkindness, in harrowing up her feelings by bringing the destruction of her babes to her remembrance ; but, upon hearing the object of my inquiry, she replied with a faltering voice,
Page 275 - Rarotongans did not know that there was such good news as the Gospel. And now I scruple not to say, that their attention to the means of grace, their regard to family and private prayer, equals whatever has been witnessed at Tahiti and the neighbouring islands. And, when we look at the means, it becomes more astonishing. Two native teachers, not particularly distinguished among their own countrymen for intelligence, have been the instruments of effecting this wonderful change, and that before a single...
Page 351 - The Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither is his ear heavy, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Page 137 - Tahiti had prayed tt) any but his idols ; it was the first native voice in praise and prayer that he had ever heard, and he listened almost entranced with the appropriate and glowing language of devotion then employed, until his feelings could be restrained no longer. Tears of joy started from his gladdened eye, and rolled in swift succession down his cheeks, while he could scarcely forbear rushing to the spot, and clasping in his arms the unconscious author of his ecstasy.
Page 90 - ... his demon. He now directed a hole to be dug in the floor of the house, and filled with water; then, taking a young plantain in his hand, he stood over the hole, and offered his prayers to the god, whom he invoked, and who, if propitious, was supposed to conduct the spirit of the thief to the house, and place it over the water. The image of the spirit, which they imagined resembled the person of the man, was, according to their account, reflected in the water, and being perceived by the priest,...

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