Hindu Infanticide. An Account of the Measures Adopted for Suppressing the Practice of the Systematic Murder ... of Female Infants ...

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1811 - 312 pages

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Page 204 - Horrid with frost, and turbulent with storm, Blows autumn, and his golden fruits away : Then melts into the spring: soft spring, with breath Favonian, from warm chambers of the south, Recalls the first. All, to re-flourish, fades ; As in a wheel, all sinks, to re-ascend. Emblems of man, who passes, not expires.
Page 248 - And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan : and the land was polluted with blood.
Page 273 - Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God ? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old ? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul...
Page 273 - Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel : and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.
Page 252 - In the time of ignorance, while they used this method to get rid of their daughters, Sasaa, grandfather to the celebrated poet Al Farazdak, frequently redeemed female children from death, giving for every one two shecamels big with young, and a he-camel ; and hereto Al Farazdak alluded, when, vaunting himself before one of the Kalifs of the family of Meya, he said, ' I am the son of the giver of life to the dead!
Page 120 - It is a long time since I had the pleasure of hearing from you directly.
Page 271 - By a son a man obtains victory over all people; by a son's son he enjoys immortality; and afterwards by the son of that grandson he reaches the solar abode.
Page 258 - so agreeable is this licentious plan of life to their disposition, that the most beautiful of both sexes thus commonly spend their youthful days, habituated to the practice of enormities that would disgrace the most savage tribes. . . . When an Eareeoie woman is delivered of a child, a piece of cloth dipped in water is applied to the mouth and nose, which suffocates it.
Page 272 - Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed. Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, A man-child is born unto thee: making him very glad.
Page 252 - I am the son of the giver of life to the dead;" for which expression being censured, he excused himself by alleging the following words of the Koran, "He who saveth a soul alive, shall be as if he had saved the lives of all mankind.

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