Mexico: Its Peasants and Its Priests: Or, Adventures and Historical Researches in Mexico and Its Silver Mines During Parts of the Years 1851-52-53-54, with an Expose of the Fabulous Characters of the Story of the Conquest of Mexico by Cortez

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Harper & Brothers, 1856 - 418 páginas
 

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Página 52 - Gul in her bloom; Where the citron and olive are fairest of fruit, And the voice of the nightingale never is mute: Where the tints of the earth, and the hues of the sky, In colour though varied, in beauty may vie...
Página 337 - Babylon;" and compared their miserable fate with hers, the Bride of Christ, who, after suffering a few privations here during a short term of years, should be received at once into a kingdom of glory. The whole discourse was well calculated to rally her fainting spirits, if fainting they were, and to inspire us with a great disgust for ourselves. When the sermon was concluded, the music again struck up — the heroine of the day came forward, and stood before the grating to take her last look of...
Página 342 - ... lies prostrate on her face till dinner is ended ; and while in this condition, her food is given her, of which she eats as much as she can, which probably is none. " We visited the different cells, and were horror-struck at the self-inflicted tortures. Each bed consists of a wooden plank raised in the middle, and on days of penitence, crossed by wooden bars. The pillow is wooden, with a cross lying on it, which they hold in their hands when they lie down. The nun lies on this penitential couch,...
Página 405 - There was only one mineral district actually in work at the close of the last century and the beginning of the present...
Página 336 - I came in she rose and embraced me with as much cordiality as if we had known each other for years. Beside her sat the Madrina, also in white satin and jewels; all the relations being likewise decked out in their finest array. The nun kept laughing every now and then in the most unnatural and hysterical manner, as I thought, apparently to impress us with the conviction of her perfect happiness; for it is a great point of honour amongst girls similarly situated to look as cheerful and gay as possible...
Página 336 - Suddenly the curtain was withdrawn, and the picturesque beauty of the scene within baffles all description. Beside the altar, which was in a blaze of light, was a perfect mass of crimson and gold drapery ; the walls, the antique chairs, the table before which the priests sat, all hung with the same splendid material.
Página 253 - ... hundred horsemen, to intimidate them, and bring them to a parley. For this purpose, the commando approached within 150 yards, with a view to beckon some one to come out. On this the enemy commenced their terrible howl, and at once discharged their clubs and javelins. Their black dismal appearance, and savage fury, with their hoarse and stentorian voices, were calculated to daunt ; and the Griquas, on their first attack, wisely retreated to a short distance, and again drew up.
Página 249 - He possessed out of the city as well as within, numerous villas, each of which had its peculiar sources of amusement, and all were constructed in the best possible manner for the use of a great prince and lord. Within the city his palaces were so wonderful that it is hardly possible to describe their beauty and extent; I can only say that in Spain there is nothing to equal them.
Página 339 - S o, that is to say, a place to kneel on. A great bustle and much preparation seemed to be going on within the convent, and veiled figures were flitting about, whispering, arranging, etc.
Página 95 - ... tall steeple. It was the most attractive object in the plain ; it had such a look of uncultivated nature in the midst of grain fields. It would have lost half its attractiveness had it been the stiff and clumsy thing which the picture represents it to be. I had admired...

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