Memoir of Keopuolani, Late Queen of the Sandwich Islands ...

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Crocker & Brewster, 1825 - Missions - 55 pages

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Page 45 - The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents : the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him : all nations shall serve. him.
Page 16 - Besides the tabu above described, which were perpetual, there were others embracing certain days in the year, when no fishing canoe must be seen in the water, nor any man out of his house. At this time, also, the priests, taking some image with them, usually went from island to island collecting the taxes for the gods. The penalty for breaking tabu was death. When a sacrifice was wanted, and no criminal could be found, they imposed a new tabu of such a nature as to present a strong temptation to...
Page 23 - ... rose to leave her, rarely laid it aside, but usually continued studying after they had retired. She was apparently as diligent in searching for divine truth, as in learning to read, and evidently gave attention to her book, that she might know more of her duty to her Maker. She omitted no favorable opportunity of making inquiries on such religious subjects, as were from time to time presented to her mind. One morning as Mr. Richards went to attend prayers with her, she said, "I think much about...
Page 24 - The great guilt is ours, who know the good way, but do not walk in it." So decided was her stand in favor of Christianity, that she thereby incurred the displeasure of many of the people, and of some of the chiefs. But their opposition, instead of driving her from the ground she had taken, only gave her an opportunity of showing more fully the firmness of her principles, and the strength of her attachment to the Christian cause. Soon after she arrived at Lahaina, a high chief, to whom she was greatly...
Page 28 - This sentiment indeed she often expressed, when speaking of the goodness of God in permitting her to live to see his missionaries; often also regretted that they had not arrived earlier. At one time she said, "What a pity it is you did not come in the days of our childhood.
Page 23 - Richards and Stewart and their families. On their passage she told them she would be their mother; and indeed she acted the part of a mother ever afterwards. On the evening of Saturday, the day of their arrival, she sent them as much food, already cooked, as was necessary for their comfort at the time, and also for the next day, which was the Sabbath. Immediately on their arrival, she requested them to commence teaching, and said, also, *'It is very proper that my sons (meaning the missionaries)...
Page 40 - All who were in the circle were respectably dressed, and nearly all wore some badge of mourning. It was computed, that there were present at least three, perhaps five thousand people ; and during the religious services, they ceased their wailing. Mr. Ellis preached from Rev. xiv, 13. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.
Page 21 - Blatchely, in company with Mr. Ellis, called upon her as they were on their way to the king's residence. As they took leave, she inquired where they were going. On being informed that they were about to conduct evening worship with the king, she said, "It is very proper that you should go and pray with my son. Pray for him too. I love him much, and I greatly desire that he should become a good king and love Jesus Christ.
Page 20 - She then called him and said, "I have renounced our old religion, the religion of wooden gods ; I have embraced a new religion, the religion of Jesus Christ. He is my King and Saviour, and him I desire to obey. Hereafter I must have one husband only. I wish you to live with me no longer. In future you must neither eat with my people, nor lodge in my house.
Page 24 - She often spoke of the goodness of God in sparing her life when she was sick, that she might learn more of the good way which leads to heaven. She made many interesting inquiries respecting the guilt of her ancestors who worshipped idols. On one occasion she closed these by saying. "The great guilt is ours, who know the good way, but do not walk in it.

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