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 - 387 páginas

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Página 154 - 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.
Página 163 - ... 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...
Página 139 - ... of the true God. The natives had watched the change in his mind with the most fearful apprehension, as to its results upon the minds of his subjects. They were powerfully affected on one occasion when a present was brought him of a turtle, which had always been held sacred, and dressed with sacred fire within the precincts of the temple, part of it being invariably offered to the idol. The attendants were proceeding with the turtle to the marae, when Pomare called them back, and told them to...
Página 285 - 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.
Página 298 - I found them without a knowledge of the Sabbath; and when I left them no manner of work was done during that sacred day. When I found them, in 1823, they were ignorant of the nature of Christian worship ; and when I left them, in 1834, I am not aware that there was a house in the island where family prayer was not observed every morning and every evening. I speak not this boastingly; for our satisfaction arises not from receiving such honours, but in casting them at the Saviour's feet; " for his...
Página 56 - ... 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,
Página 235 - Do you think it right that you should have cut down the tree without asking the owner's permission?' continued the magistrate. 'It was not right,' said the queen. Then turning to the poor man, he asked, 'What remuneration do you require?' Teuhe answered: 'If the queen is convinced that it was not right to take a little man's tree without his permission, I am sure she will not do so again.
Página 282 - 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...
Página 360 - 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.
Página 142 - 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.

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