The Gospel Among the Bechuanas and Other Tribes of Southern Africa

American Sunday-School Union, 1846 - 296 pages

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Page 240 - Seeing some individuals employed on the ground under its shade, and the conical points of what looked like houses in miniature, protruding through its evergreen foliage, I proceeded thither, and found that the tree was inhabited by several families of Bakones, the aborigines of the country. I ascended by the notched trunk, and found, to my amazement, no less than seventeen of these ae'rial abodes, and three others unfinished.
Page 296 - is the fountain whence I drink; this is the oil which makes my lamp burn." I looked on the precious relic, printed by the British and Foreign Bible Society, and the reader may conceive how I felt, and my believing companions with me, when we met with this disciple, and mingled our sympathies and prayers together at the throne of our heavenly Father.
Page 30 - He knows no God, knows nothing of eternity, yet dreads death ; and has no shrine at which he leaves his cares or sorrows. We can scarcely conceive of human beings descending lower in the scale of ignorance and vice ; while yet there can be no question that they are children of one common parent with ourselves...
Page 88 - ... the lion seemed well aware of his object, and was enraged whenever he attempted to move his hand. His situation now became painful in the extreme ; the rock on which he sat became so hot that he could scarcely bear his naked feet to touch it, and kept moving them, alternately placing one above the other. The day passed, and the night also, but the lion never moved from the spot ; the sun rose again, and its intense heat soon rendered his feet past feeling. At noon the lion rose, and walked to...
Page 101 - Don't come near me !' he exclaimed, ' you have been long murdered by Africaner.' ' But / am no ghost,' I said, feeling my hands, as if to convince him and myself, too, of my materiality ; but his alarm only increased. ' Everybody says you were murdered ; and a man told me he had seen your bones ;' and he continued to gaze at me, to the no small...
Page 29 - They take no great care of their children, and never correct them except in a fit of rage, when they almost kill them by severe usage. In a quarrel between father and mother, or the several wives of a husband, the defeated party wreaks his or her vengeance on the child of the conqueror, which in general loses its life.
Page 247 - I call you such because you have been my father. You have made my heart as white as milk ; milk is not white to-day, my heart is white. I cease not to wonder at the love of a stranger. You never saw me before, but you love me more than my own people. You fed me when I was hungry ; you clothed me when I was naked ; you carried me in your bosom ;' and, raising my right arm with his, added, ' that arm shielded me from my enemies.
Page 145 - When the earth reaches the height of the mouth, a small twig or branch of an acacia is thrown in, and on the top of the head a few roots of grass are placed; and when the grave is nearly filled, another root of grass is fixed immediately above the head, part of which stands above ground. When finished, the men and women stoop, and with their hands scrape the loose soil around on to the little mound. A large bowl of water, with an infusion of bulbs, is then brought, when the men and women wash their...
Page 100 - I should be the chief, and that he should assume the appearance of a servant, when it was desirable, and pass for one of my attendants. " Ludicrous as the picture may appear, the subject was a grave one, and the season solemn and important ; often did I lift up my eyes to Him in whose hands are the hearts of all men, that his presence might go with us.
Page 61 - He had no commentary, except the living voice of his teacher, nor marginal references, but he soon discovered the importance of consulting parallel passages, which an excellent memory enabled him readily to find. He did not confine his expanding mind to the volume of revelation, though he had been taught by experience, that that contained heights and depths and lengths and breadths, which no man comprehends. He was led to look upon the book of nature ; and he would regard the heavenly orbs with an...

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