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Life Of Jesus - The Resurrection
THE rising of our blessed Lord from the dead was one of the most important events in the history of his life on earth.
Life Of Jesus - The Ascension
WE come now to the last event in the history of our Saviour's life on earth. His work is done. His teachings are finished. His sufferings are ended. Nothing remains for him to do but to return to heaven, from whence he came, and take his seat at the right hand of God.
Life Of Jesus - The Pentecost
JESUS has finished his work on earth and gone back to heaven. We have now, in bringing this history to a close, to consider how the work was carried on, after he was gone.
The Apostle Peter
IN our last chapter, we saw how the Spirit of God came down from heaven to carry on the work which Jesus left for his people to do after his ascension. And now, before leaving this subject, it is necessary to show what the Holy Spirit did to build up the Church on the foundation which Jesus had laid for it; and to make known to a world of lost sinners, the great salvation which he had prepared for them.
St. John And St. Paul
We have now to speak of the apostle John. Most of the pictures that have been made of this apostle, represent him as looking more like a woman than a man. But we shall find that there was no authority for this when we come to see what his real character was.
Precious Stones - Superstitions
It became a peculiar profession to investigate and interpret the various shades and coruscations of gems, and to explain to a moral purpose the different colours, the dews, clouds, and imageries which gems, differently exposed to the sun, moon, stars, fire, and air, at particular seasons, and inspected by persons peculiarly qualified, were seen to exhibit.
Precious Stones - Romance and Poetry
In the days of romance and chivalry, jewels were among the valuable objects presented to the knights, as favours, by ladies. It is stated in Pierceforest, that at the end of one tournament the ladies were so stripped of their head attire, love-locks, jewels, etc., that the greatest part of them were bareheaded.
Precious Stones - A Chaplet of Pearls
There is a magic charm in the pearl that seems to have fascinated the world in various ages and countries. The modest splendour and purity of the jewel made it the favourite of all others among the Orientals.
Precious Stones - Philosophy
Plato, whose vast intelligence has made him so illustrious, gives a romantic idea of the origin of precious stones. He admits that, real animated substances, they were produced by a species of fermentation determined by the action of a vivifying intelligence descending from the stars.
Precious Stones - Ecclesiastical
Among the heathens, from the earliest times, jewels were reckoned among the most grateful offerings to the gods, and therefore dedicated in profusion in their temples.
Precious Stones - Ecclesiastical Shrines
The treasures contained in the ancient Syrian temples were immense, ivory and precious stones included. That of Astarte, at Hierapolis, abounded with gold and jewels, precious stones of all colours, sardonyx, hyacinth, emerald, brought from Egypt/Ethiopia, India, Media, Armenia, and Babylon.
Precious Stones - Robberies
In 1449, the precious hoard of saintly relics, valuable jewels, and other riches, in the treasury of the Republic of Venice, very narrowly escaped dispersion through an artful robbery.
Crown Jewels
From the period of the Plantagenet rule to the close of the Stuarts, the Crown Jewels experienced strange vicissitudes, and were repeatedly pawned to provide for the necessities of kingly ambition or extravagance.
Precious Stones - The Tudors and the Stuarts
The banqueting chamber at Calais was hung with tissue, the seams being covered with broad wreaths of goldsmith's work, full of precious stones and pearls.
Precious Stones - Decorations
The wearing of jewels, and their adaptation to various articles of costume, dates from the most ancient times.
James And I
Ben Hardon is James' special younger friend to whom he looks for enthusiastic masculine response. I foresee domestic difficulty if James is to ask many more friends over to Holland for the spring.
The Stork's Nest
But where to make the home, in Amsterdam or The Hague ? This was the all-important point to settle. The December voyage was behind us, and, owing to a very low tide, we had been transferred to a tug just as we were off Vlaardingen, and were cutting through the waters of the Maas at a torpedo-boat speed.
Wholly Domestic
NEVER, never shall I forget James's first Dutch homecoming! It can be summed up in six words: it was so like a man.
The Dutch Oat
Taking all things into consideration, Holland's cities are not places of refuge for the poor in purse; perhaps that accounts, in part, for the lack of foreign colonies in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague.
Holland Within
Of an afternoon about four, in the dismal early dark of a Dutch winter, I liked to walk through the two or three principal streets, all of them less than twenty feet in width, just for the sake of looking into the windows of the various cafés, which were only dimly lighted, and seeing the men and women take their material pleasures, as it seemed to me, with a kind of desperate sobriety.
A Humble Source Of Dutch Art
This may seem like an attempt to ridicule the sublime, but that is not my intention. James and I decided from the first to see the Netherlands, its life, its art — an expression of its life — its cities, towns, and waterways in our own way.
The Gate Beautiful
Let anyone examine and study these five masters wherever he may find them on his travels, be it in the Ryks at Amsterdam, in the National Gallery in London, in Brussels or Antwerp, but above all in Dresden, and he will be forced to admit that there is idealism among the old Dutch masters, and that these great landscape painters are its exponents.
The Miller's Son
THERE is in the Ryks Museum at Amsterdam the portrait of a warrior seen full face. Tradition says it is the face of Harmen Gerritszoon van Ryn, a miller of Leyden and the father of a certain Rembrandt of whom in this tercentenary of his birth all the world is speaking, and to his honor.
A RECENT English writer on Holland says: Scheveningen is half squalid town, half monstrous pleasure resort.
Some Diversions And Social Functions
DURING our winter in The Hague we had three enjoyments which James called chronic: One was the V˙ver and V˙verberg in the centre of the city, another our fishing-village of Scheveningen, and the third the beautiful Old Scheveningen Road.
The Knocking At The Gates
Now and then it happens that a portion of a dyke on some one of the islands of Zeeland is under-mined by the constant gnawing of the tides, and crumbles.
The New Pilgrim Fathers
It was the Holland Without of Today, the Holland of Mauve and Maris, as Delft, in its chief characteristics, is still Jan Vermeer's Delft of near three hundred years ago.
The City Of The Crossed Keys
Leyden, the antique Athens of the North, is one of those cities which make you thoughtful upon first entering them, and are remembered for a long time afterwards with a certain impression of sadness.
An Ex-Voto Offering
WE lingered in Leyden, for the city charmed us, and there was something of interest for every day and hour.
Fields Elysian
Such are a few of the aquarelles we hang upon the walls of memory. They serve to recall those illusive Elysian Fields.
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