Several score lay down in the snow in a long row, while many others knelt in mock humility, scooping snow upon their heads and claiming the rite
This was no religious rite
, no placation of the brutish jungle gods.
suggested the Christian rite
of baptism by immersion.
Gamut, who had been a close observer of rites
he deemed so heathenish, now bent his head over the shoulder of the unconscious father, whispering:
His eyes he op'nd, and beheld a field, Part arable and tilth, whereon were Sheaves New reapt, the other part sheep-walks and foulds; Ith' midst an Altar as the Land-mark stood Rustic, of grassie sord; thither anon A sweatie Reaper from his Tillage brought First Fruits, the green Eare, and the yellow Sheaf, Uncull'd, as came to hand; a Shepherd next More meek came with the Firstlings of his Flock Choicest and best; then sacrificing, laid The Inwards and thir Fat, with Incense strew'd, On the cleft Wood, and all due Rites
There exists a monition of the Bishop of Durham against irregular churchmen of this class, who associated themselves with Border robbers, and desecrated the holiest offices of the priestly function, by celebrating them for the benefit of thieves, robbers, and murderers, amongst ruins and in caverns of the earth, without regard to canonical form, and with torn and dirty attire, and maimed rites
, altogether improper for the occasion.
This opinion appears to me without any better foundation than another of the conversion of the Abyssins to the Jewish rites
by the Queen of Sheba, at her return from the court of Solomon.
It was with difficulty, however, that Akut kept the boy from rushing into the midst of the dancing anthropoids--an act that would have meant the instant extermination of them both, since the hysterical frenzy into which the great apes work themselves during the performance of their strange rites
is of such a nature that even the most ferocious of the carnivora give them a wide berth at such times.
Little is known of his life, except that he was Secretary to the Board of Rites
and retired from this position to lead the contemplative life.
My mind, however, is now made up on the subject, for having received ordination at Easter, I have been so fortunate as to be distinguished by the patronage of the Right Honourable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, widow of Sir Lewis de Bourgh, whose bounty and beneficence has preferred me to the valuable rectory of this parish, where it shall be my earnest endeavour to demean myself with grateful respect towards her Ladyship, and be ever ready to perform those rites
and ceremonies which are instituted by the Church of England.
Not, of course, the fear of war itself, which, in the evolution of sentiments and ideas, has come to be regarded at last as a half-mystic and glorious ceremony with certain fashionable rites
and preliminary incantations, wherein the conception of its true nature has been lost.
And now tell me and tell me true, for how many days would you celebrate the funeral rites
of noble Hector?
The reason was, because the religion of the heathen, consisted rather in rites
and ceremonies, than in any constant belief.
It is a part of the monthly rites
of Issus," he replied, "in which black men wash the sins from their souls in the blood of men from the outer world.
It is, moreover, very-useful in such a state to do as Clisthenes did at Athens, when he was desirous of increasing the power of the people, and as those did who established the democracy in Cyrene; that is, to institute many tribes and fraternities, and to make the religious rites
of private persons few, and those common; and every means is to be contrived to associate and blend the people together as much as possible; and that all former customs be broken through.