Transactions of the Canadian Institute, Volumes 3-4

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Canadian Institute., 1893 - Science

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Page 131 - We were now treading that illustrious island, which was once the luminary of the Caledonian regions, whence savage clans and roving barbarians derived the benefits of knowledge, and the blessings of religion. To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible, if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish, if it were possible. Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity...
Page 139 - The lions do lack, and suffer hunger ; but they who seek the LORD shall want no manner of thing that is good.
Page 131 - Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses, whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future, predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings. Far from me, and from my friends, be such frigid philosophy, as may conduct us, indifferent and unmoved, over any ground which has been dignified by wisdom, bravery, or virtue. That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among...
Page 173 - As to the project, however, which was announced in the.- newspapers of making the voyage directly from New York to Liverpool, it was, he had no hesitation in saying, perfectly chimerical, and they might as well talk of making a voyage from New York or Liverpool to the moon.
Page 201 - Considered in relation to men, totems are of at least three kinds : — (1) the clan totem, common to a whole clan, and passing by inheritance from generation to generation ; (2) the sex totem, common either to all the males or to all the females of a tribe, to the exclusion in either case of the other sex; (3) the individual totem, belonging to a single individual and not passing to his descendants.
Page 222 - Rhenumque bibunt. venient annis saecula seris, quibus Oceanus vincula rerum laxet et ingens pateat tellus Tethysque novos detegat orbes nee sit terris ultima Thule.
Page 289 - We deny any cruelties to have been committed at Wyoming, either by whites or Indians ; so far to the contrary, that not a man, woman, or child was hurt after the capitulation, or a woman or child before it, and none taken into captivity.
Page 328 - I shall adhere to the promise I made several years ago to a deputation of the same kind ; that is, to employ my first leisure time, and a considerable portion of time it must be to do it accurately, in arranging and printing the originals of the Poems of Ossian, as they have come to my hands.
Page 311 - This usage has its advantages and disadvantages, but the latter seem to preponderate; and it would "be well if, in consequence, it could be broken through, and the civil reckoning substituted.
Page 331 - Appendix (No. 15) already mentioned, often the substance, and sometimes almost the literal expression (the ipsissima verba) of passages given by Mr. Macpherson, in the poems of which he has published the translations. But the committee has not been able to obtain any one poem the same in title or tenor with the poems published by him.

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