Letters of George Borrow to the British and Foreign Bible Society

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Hodder and Stoughton, 1911 - 471 pages
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Page 251 - From Greenland's icy mountains ; From India's coral strand ; Where Afric's sunny fountains Roll down their golden sand ; From many an ancient river ; From many a palmy plain ; They call us to deliver Their land from error's chain.
Page 249 - ... door was flung open, and in walked nine men of tall stature, marshalled by a little hunchbacked personage. They were all muffled in the long cloaks of Spain ; but I instantly knew by their demeanour that they were caballeros, or gentlemen. They placed themselves in a rank before the table, where I was sitting. Suddenly and simultaneously they all flung back their cloaks, and I perceived that every one bore a book in his hand a book which I knew full well. After a pause, which I was unable to...
Page 408 - You narrate your perilous journey to Seville, and say at the beginning of the description : ' My usual wonderful good fortune accompanying us.' This is a mode of speaking to which we are not well accustomed ; it savours, some of our friends would say, a little of the profane.
Page 14 - Excuse me if, as a clergyman, and your senior in years though not in talent, I venture, with the kindest of motives, to throw out a hint which may not be without its use. I am sure you will not be offended if I suggest that there is occasionally a tone of confidence in speaking of yourself, which has alarmed some of the excellent members of our Committee. It may have been this feeling, more than once displayed before, which prepared one or two of them to stumble at an expression in your letter of...
Page 333 - The poor creatures then held out their hands, filled with cuartos, a copper coin of the value of a farthing, but unfortunately I had no Testaments to give them. Antonio, however, who was at a short distance, having exhibited one, it was instantly torn from his hands by the people, and a scuffle ensued to obtain possession of it. It very frequently occurred...
Page 348 - I have the honour to remain, * My Lord, ' Your Lordship's most obedient,
Page 384 - ... peasants in the neighbourhood of Segovia, in Old Castile, namely, I had on my head a species of leather helmet or montera, with a jacket and trousers of the same material. I had the appearance of a person between sixty and seventy years of age, and drove before me a borrico with a sack of Testaments lying across its back. On nearing the village, I met a genteel-looking young woman leading a little boy by the hand. As I was about to pass her, with the customary salutation of...
Page 262 - " non stetit; quia non est veritas in eo; cum loquitur mendacium, ex propriis loquitur, quia mendax est et pater ejus.
Page 126 - I have always found in the disposition of the children of the fields a more determined tendency to religion and piety than amongst the inhabitants of towns and cities, and the reason is obvious, they are less acquainted with the works of man's hands than with those of God...
Page 199 - I was aware that such a journey would be attended with considerable danger, and very possibly the fate of St. Stephen might overtake me ; but does the man deserve the name of a follower of Christ who would shrink from danger of any kind in the cause of Him whom he calls his Master ? " He who loses his life for my sake, shall find it," are words which the Lord himself uttered.

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