The Early Jesuit Missions in North America, Volumes 1-2

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Wiley and Putnam, 1846 - Indians of North America - 321 pages
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Page ix - For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death : for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
Page 205 - they entered happily the Great River, with a joy that could not be expressed ; " and the two birch-bark canoes, raising their happy sails under new skies and to unknown breezes, floated...
Page 239 - Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.
Page 206 - THE groves were God's first temples. Ere man learned To hew the shaft, and lay the architrave. And spread the roof above them, — ere he framed The lofty vault, to gather and roll back The sound of anthems ; in the darkling wood, Amidst the cool and silence, he knelt down, And offered to the Mightiest solemn thanks And supplication.
Page 3 - For the holy sign of the cross is there : And should he chance at that place to be. Of a Sabbath morn, or some hallowed day. When prayers are made and masses are said. Some for the living and some for the dead. Well might that traveller start to see The tall dark forms, that take their way From the birch canoe, on the river shore.
Page x - Those distant nations," said they, " never spare the strangers ; their mutual wars fill their borders with bands of warriors ; the Great River abounds in monsters, which devour both men and canoes ; the excessive heats occasion death." " I shall gladly lay down my life for the salvation of souls," replied the good father ; and the docile nation joined him in prayer.
Page 269 - The sun is the principal object of veneration to these people ; as they cannot conceive of anything which can be above this heavenly body, nothing else appears to them more worthy of their homage.
Page 269 - Is for the same reason that the great chief of this nation, who knows nothing on the earth more dignified than himself, takes the title of Brother of the Sun, and the credulity of the people maintains him in the despotic authority which he claims. To enable them better to converse together they raise a mound of artificial soil on which they build his cabin, which is of the same construction as the temple. The door fronts the east, and every morning the great chief honors by his presence the rising...
Page 272 - ... of their master. As for the other servants their relatives carry them home with them, and bury them with their arms and clothes. The same ceremony is observed in like manner on the death of the brothers and sisters of the great Chief. The women are always strangled to follow the latter, except when they have infants at the breast, in which case they continue to live, for the purpose of nourishing them. And we often see many who endeavor to find nurses, or who themselves strangle their infants,...
Page 240 - One is perfectly eaten and devoured. They get into the mouth, the nostrils, and the ears ; the face, the hands, the body are all covered ; their sting penetrates the dress, and leaves a red mark on the flesh, which swells on those who are not as yet inured to their bite.

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