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P. 249, 1. 25.
Chosen of Men! I believe that he was chosen for this great service; and that, because he was to be so truly an apostle, as in effect he proved to be, therefore was his origin obscure; that therein he might resemble those who were called to make known the name of the Lord from seas and rivers, and not from courts and palaces. And I believe also, that, as in most of his doings he was guarded by some special providence, his very name was not without some mystery: for in it is expressed the wonder he performed; inasmuch as he conveyed to a new world the grace of the Holy Ghost, &c.
Hist. c. 1.
P. 249, 1. 26. First from the prow to hail the glimmering light;
A light in the midst of darkness, signifying the spiritual light that he came to spread there. F. Col. c. 22. Herrera, I. i. 12.
P. 250, 1.3 PEDRO! RODRIGO ! Pedro Gutierrez, a Page of the King's Chamber. Rodrigo Sanchez of Segovia, Comptroller of the Fleet.
P. 252, 1. 9.
The sacred cross,
todo) the will of the Most High, that they should renounce a world over which they had tyrannised for so many ages.
Ovalle, iv. 5. P. 252, 1. ]1. But what a scene was there? “ This country excels all others, as far as the day surpasses the night in splendour.-Nor is there a better people in the world. They love their neighbour as themselves; their conversation is the sweetest imaginable, their faces always smiling; and so gentle, so affectionate are they, that I swear to your Highnesses,” &c.
Hist. c. 30, 33. P. 252, 1, 11.
Nymphs of romance, fc. Dryades formosissimas, aut nativas fontium nymphas de quibus fabulatur antiquitas, se vidisse arbitrati sunt.
P. Martyr, dec. i. lib. v. And an eminent Painter of the present day, when he first saw the Apollo of the Belvidere, was struck with its resemblance to an American warrior. West's discourse in the Royal Academy, 1794.
P. 252, 1. 16.
Come and behold, &c. So, when Cortes and his companions appeared at the gates of Mexico, the young exclaimed, • They are Gods !' while the old shook their heads, saying, “They are those who were to come and reign over us!'
P. 252, 1. 27. And see, the regal plumes, the couch of state ! “ The Cacique came down to the shore in a sort of palanquin-attended by his ancient men.—The gifts, which he received from me, were afterwards carried before him.”
Hist, c. 32.
P. 253, 1. 4. The wondrous ring, and lamp, and horse of brass.
The ring of Gyges, the lamp of Aladdin, and the horse of the Tartar king.
P. 253, 1. 5.
What long-drawn tube, fc. For the effects of the telescope, and the mirror, on an uncultivated mind, see Wallis's Voyage round the World, c. 2 and 6.
P. 255, 1. 17.
Ætas est illis aurea. Apertis vivunt hortis. P. Martyr. dec. i. 3.
P. 255, 1. 21.
Ceiba, The wild cotton tree, often mentioned in History. Cortes,' says Bernal Diaz, took possession of the Country in the following manner. Drawing his sword, he gave three cuts with it into a great Ceiba, and said —.'
P. 255, 1. 23. There sits the bird that speaks ! The Parrot, as described by Aristotle. Hist. Animal, viii. 12.
P. 255, 1. 25.
Half bird, half Ay, Here are birds so small, says Herrera, that though they are birds, they are taken for bees or butterflies.
P. 255, 1. 25.
the fairy king of flowers The Humming-bird. Kakopit (florum regulus) is the name of an Indian bird, referred to this class by Seba.
P. 255, I, 26.
Reigns there, and revels, fc.
What clarion winds along the yellow sands?
P. 255, 1. 28. Soon in the virgin's graceful ear to shine. Il sert après sa mort à parer les jeunes Indiennes, qui portent en pendans d'oreilles deux de ces charmans oiseaux. Buffon.
P. 256, 1. 8.
According to an ancient tradition. See Oviedo, Vega, Herrera, &c. Not many years afterwards a
Spaniard of distinction wandered every where in search of it; and no wonder, as Robertson observes, when Columbus himself could imagine that he had found the seat of Paradise.
P. 258, 1. 4. And guavas blushed as in the vales of light. They believed that the souls of good men were conveyed to a pleasant valley, abounding in guavas and other delicious fruits. Herrera, I. iii. 3. Hist. del Almirante, c. 62.
P. 258, 1. 5. There silent sate many an unbidden Guest, “ The dead walk abroad in the night, and feast with the living;” (F. Columbus, c. 62) and “eat of the fruit called Guannàba.” P. Martyr, dec. i. 9.
P. 258, 1. 14. And sires, alas, their sons in battle slain ! War reverses the order of Nature. In time of peace, says Herodotus, the sons bury their fathers; in time of war the fathers bury their sons ! But the Gods have willed it so. I. 87.
P. 258, 1. 23.
Cazziva, An ancient Cacique, in his life-time and after his death, employed by the Zemi to alarm his people. See Hist. c. 62.