History of the Conquest of Mexico: With a Preliminary View of the Ancient Mexican Civilization, and the Life of the Conqueror, Hernando CortÚs, Volume 1

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J.B. Lippincott, 1882 - Aztecs
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Very well researched, very interesting, very difficult to find used. I spent several months looking for it on two continents. The fact that it was written 150 years ago means the language is quite ... Read full review

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Page 64 - may remind one of Dante's, in its material enjoyments; which, in both, are made up of light, music, and motion. The sun, it must also be remembered, was a spiritual conception with the Aztec: " He sees with other eyes than theirs; where they Behold a sun, he spies a deity.
Page 11 - general agreement of these, however, the Toltecs were well instructed in agriculture and many of the most useful mechanic arts; were nice workers of metals; invented the complex arrangement of time adopted by the Aztecs; and, in short, were the true fountains of the civilization which distinguished this part of the continent in later
Page 120 - It is a gentle and affectionate thought, That, in immeasurable heights above us, At our first birth the wreath of love was woven With sparkling stars for flowers." COLERIDGE : Translation of Wallenstein, act 2, sc, 4. Schiller is more true to poetry than history, when he tells us, in the beautiful passage of which this is part, that the worship of the stars
Page 122 - This colossal fragment, on which the calendar is engraved, shows that they had the means of settling the hours of the day with precision, the periods of the solstices and of the equinoxes, and that of the transit of the sun across the zenith of Mexico." We cannot contemplate the astronomical science of the Mexicans, so
Page 189 - The cemetery is full of the loathsome dust of bodies once quickened by living souls, who occupied thrones, presided over assemblies, marshalled armies, subdued provinces, arrogated to themselves worship, were puffed up with vain-glorious pomp, and power, and empire. " But these glories have all passed away, like the fearful smoke that issues from the throat of
Page 125 - pp. 181, 182.) The longer we postpone the beginning of the new cycle, the greater must be the discrepancy. 62 " On his bare breast the cedar boughs are laid; On his bare breast, dry sedge and odorous gums. Laid ready to receive the sacred spark, And blaze, to herald the ascending
Page 65 - We are reminded of Christian morals, in more than one of their prayers, in which they used regular forms. " Wilt thou blot us out, O Lord, forever? Is this punishment intended, not for our reformation, but for our destruction?" Again, "Impart to us, out of thy great mercy, thy
Page 328 - can. The verses, which have never been published, breathe the generous sentiment characteristic of their noble author: " Ye tropic forests of unfading green, Where the palm tapers and the orange glows, Where the light bamboo waves her feathery screen, And her far shade the matchless
Page 97 - y Personas de linaje, asentando por cuenta y razon los que nacian, y borraban los que morian con la misma cuenta. Unos tenian cuidado de las pinturas, de los terminos, limites, y mojoneras de las Ciudades, Provincias, Pueblos, y Lugares, y de las suertes, y repartimiento de las
Page 79 - in. 1486, the prisoners, who for some years had been reserved for the purpose, were drawn from all quarters to the capital. They were ranged in files, forming a procession nearly two miles long. The ceremony consumed several days, and seventy thousand captives are said to have perished at the shrine of this terrible deity! But who can believe

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