Selected Essays on Language, Mythology and Religion, Volumen1

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1881 - 632 páginas
 

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Página 6 - What is now called the Christian religion has existed among the ancients, and was not absent from the beginning of the human race, until Christ came in the flesh; from which time the true religion, which existed already, began to be called Christian.
Página 29 - And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
Página 535 - Father, the procession of the Holy Ghost from the Father and the Son...
Página 362 - HUMANITY, delighting to behold A fond reflection of her own decay, Hath painted Winter like a traveller old, Propped on a staff, and, through the sullen day In hooded mantle, limping o'er the plain, As though his weakness were disturbed by pain : Or, if a juster fancy...
Página 564 - Alnaschar was entirely swallowed up in this chimerical vision, and could not forbear acting with his foot what he had in his thoughts ; so that unluckily striking his basket of brittle ware, which was the foundation of all his grandeur, he kicked his glasses to a great distance from him into the street, and broke them into ten thousand pieces.
Página 377 - It is the essential character of a true myth that it should no longer be intelligible by a reference to the spoken language. The plastic character of ancient language, which we have traced in the formation of nouns and verbs, is not sufficient to explain how a myth could have lost its expressive power or its life and consciousness.
Página 5 - An intuition of God, a sense of human weakness and dependence, a belief in a Divine government of the world, a distinction between good and evil, and a hope of a better life, — these are some of the radical elements of nil religions. Though sometimes hidden they rise again and again to the surfuce. Though frequently distorted, they tend again and again to their perfect form.
Página 415 - There is much suffering in nature to those who have eyes for silent grief, and it is this tragedy — the tragedy of nature — which is the life-spring of all the tragedies of the ancient world. The idea of a young hero, whether he is called " Baldr," or " Sigurd," or " Sifrit," or " Achilles," or " Meleager," or
Página 305 - JKsp. v. 37. enmity — yet evermore tending, under a divine control, towards the fulfilment of that inscrutable purpose for which the world was created, and man placed in it, bearing the image of God.

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