The Book of Were-wolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition, Issues 1-5

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Smith, Elder, 1865 - Werewolves - 266 pages

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This was a strange and fascinating book. In collecting varied myths and stories pertaining to werewolves, the author created a very interesting and absorbing read. There were some editing errors in this version, but they were not terribly serious. The different anecdotes ranged a spectrum from the horrific to the almost comical. It was unlike anything I have ever read before and I think it is a great starting point in looking at the history of the werewolf myth. 



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Page 236 - Faint and weary Thou hast sought me, On the Cross of suffering bought me ; Shall such grace be vainly brought me ? Righteous Judge, for sin's pollution Grant Thy gift of absolution, Ere that day of retribution.
Page 236 - See, like ashes, my contrition ; Help me in my last condition. Ah ! that day of tears and mourning ! From the dust of earth returning, Man for judgment must prepare him ; Spare, O God, in mercy spare him ! Lord, Who didst our souls redeem, Grant a blessed Requiem. Amen.
Page 105 - If, in the neighborhood of the commercial and literary town of Glasgow, a race of cannibals has really existed, we may contemplate, in the period of the Scottish history, the opposite extremes of savage and civilized life. Such reflections tend to enlarge the circle of our ideas; and to encourage the pleasing hope, that New Zealand may produce, in some future age, the Hume of the Southern Hemisphere.
Page 49 - But that man of our band who breaks the peace new made, and slays after pledges given, he shall be driven away as a wolf, and chased so far as men chase wolves farthest, or as Christian men seek churches, heathen men worship in shrines, fires burn, earth brings forth seed, maid calls ' mother,' ships skim the sea, shields shine, sunbeam melts snow, Finns glide on...
Page 56 - Credidisti, quod quidam credere solent, ut illae quae a vulgo Parcae vocantur, ipsae vel sint vel possint hoc facere quod creduntur id est dum aliquis homo nascitur et tunc valeant illum designare ad hoc quod velint, ut quaudocunque homo ille voluerit in lupum transformari possit, quod vulgaris stultitia werwolf vocat, aut in aliam aliquam figuram p.
Page 6 - I shall show to be an innate craving for blood implanted in certain natures, restrained under ordinary circumstances, but breaking forth occasionally, accompanied with hallucination, leading in most cases to cannibalism.
Page 151 - Pigot. These men detailed all the horrid circumstances of the mutiny with extreme minuteness and perfect accuracy ; nevertheless not one of them had ever been in the ship, nor had so much as seen Captain Pigot in their lives. They had obtained by tradition from their mess-mates the particulars of the story. When long on a foreign station, hungering and thirsting for home, their minds became enfeebled ; at length they actually believed themselves guilty of the crime over which they so long brooded,...
Page 74 - Franche-Comté, authorising the country-people to take their weapons, and beat the woods for a were-wolf, who had already — thus went the recital — * carried off several little children, so that they had not since been heard of, and done injury to some horsemen, who kept him off only with great difficulty and danger to their persons.
Page 151 - Pigot in their lives. They had obtained, by tradition, from their messmates, the particulars of the story. When long on a foreign station, hungering and thirsting for home, their minds became enfeebled ; at length they actually believed themselves guilty of the crime over which they had so long brooded, and submitted with a gloomy pleasure to being sent to England in irons for judgment. At the Admiralty we were always able to detect and establish their innocence in defiance of their own solemn asseverations...
Page 123 - His curiosity being excited by the voices he had heard, he determined to watch ; >and one day pretending to go out and fish, according to custom, he concealed himself in a convenient place. In a short time he again heard voices, and rushing suddenly into the tent, beheld some beautiful children sporting and laughing, with the dog-skins lying by their side. He threw the skins into the fire, and the children, retaining their proper forms, grew up, and were the ancestors of the Dog- Rib nation.

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