Zoroaster, Volume 1

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Macmillan and Company, 1885 - Fiction - 269 pages
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Page 289 - Nehushta's head fell forward on the high priest's breast, and her arms clasped him wildly as his clasped her. " Oh, Zoroaster, my beloved, my beloved ! Say not any more that I am unfaithful, for I have been faithful even unto death, and I shall be with you beyond the stars for ever...
Page 212 - ... sacred fire, he began slowly and in a voice muffled by the bandage he wore, to recite the beginning of the sacrificial hymn : " Best of all goods is purity. G-lory, glory to him Who is best and purest in purity. For he who ruleth from purity, he abideth according to the will of the Lord. The All- Wise giveth gifts for the works which man doeth in the world for the Lord. He who protecteth the poor giveth the kingdom to...
Page 278 - Fly, fly, beloved mistress," she cried; " the devils of the mountains are upon us — they cover the hills — they are closing every entrance — the people in the lower palace are all slain." " Where is Zoroaster?" " He is in the temple with the priests — by this time he is surely slain — he could know of nothing that is going on — fly, fly!
Page 284 - But Nehushta took his hand in hers, and gazed into his calm eyes. " Knowest thou not, Zoroaster, that I would rather die with thee than live with any other? I swear to thee, by the God of my fathers, I will not leave thee!" "There is no more time!" cried the Syrian maid. " There is no more time! Ye are all dead men! Behold, they are breaking down the doors!" As she spoke, the noise of some heavy mass striking against the bronze gates echoed like thunder through the temple, and at each blow a chorus...
Page 283 - Go thou, and save thyself," he said kindly. "I will not go. If it be the will of the All- Wise that I perish, I will perish before this altar. Go thou quickly, and save thyself while there is yet time.
Page 187 - I am," whereby a man knows himself from other men, and with which there is an intelligence of lower but none of higher things ; the sixth is that...

About the author (1885)

F. Marion Crawford was born on August 2, 1854, in Bagni de Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. He was the son of the American sculptor Thomas Crawford. He was educated by a French governess; then at St. Paul's School, Concord, N.H.; in the quiet country village of Hatfield Regis, under an English tutor; at Trinity College, Cambridge, where they thought him to become a mathematician; at Heidelberg and Karlsruhe, and at the University of Rome, where a special interest in Oriental languages sent him to India with the idea of preparing for a professorship. He spent a short time as a newspaper editor there. His first novel, Mr. Isaacs, was published in 1882. During his lifetime, he wrote over forty novels and one play, Francesca da Rimini. His novels include Dr. Claudius, A Roman Singer, A Cigarette Maker's Romance, The Witch of Prague, The Heart of Rome, and The Diva's Ruby. He died on April 9, 1909.

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