The Story of the Alphabet

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McClure, Phillips & Company, 1900 - 209 pages
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Page 113 - ... and the symbolic signs to which the Egyptian scribes so fondly clung, and so to leave revealed, in its grand simplicity, the nearly perfect alphabet of which, without knowing it, the Egyptians had been virtually in possession for almost countless ages.
Page 14 - Tarky, blind in his left eye," which was done, and read by the other man to the increased astonishment of every body. Mr. Mariner then told him that, in several parts of the world, messages were sent to great distances through the same medium, and being folded and fastened up, the bearer could know nothing of the contents, and that the histories of whole nations were thus handed down to posterity, without spoiling by being kept (as he chose to express himself).
Page 94 - A WAS an Archer, who shot at a frog; B was a Butcher, who had a great dog; C was a Captain, all covered with lace; D was a Drunkard, and had a red face; E was an Esquire, with pride on his brow; F was a Farmer, and followed the...
Page 137 - ... to his neighbour, for there was an excess (?) in the rock on the right. They rose up . . . . they struck on the west of the (4) excavation, the excavators struck, each to meet the other, pick to pick.
Page 173 - ... of tongues; there dwell Achaeans and there too Cretans of Crete, high of heart, and Cydonians there and Dorians of waving plumes and goodly Pelasgians. And among these cities is the mighty city...
Page 173 - ... from the Hellenes only in the political and social development of their age. ...Herodotus and others take a prejudiced view when, reasoning back from the subsequent Tyrrhenian Pelasgi, they call the ancient Pelasgians a rude and worthless race, their language barbarous, and their deities nameless. Numerous traditionary accounts, of undoubted authenticity, describe them as a brave, moral, and honourable people, which was less a distinct stock and tribe, than a race united by a resemblance in manners...
Page 185 - Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye ? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shall thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
Page 181 - Theon to his father Theon, greeting. It was a fine thing of you not to take me with you to the city! If you won't take me with you to Alexandria, I won't write you a letter, or speak to you, or say good-bye to you; and if you go to Alexandria I won't take your hand or ever greet you again. That is what will happen if you won't take me. Mother said to Archelaus, 'It quite upsets him to be left behind.
Page 185 - Jesus saith, I stood in the midst of the world, and in the flesh was I seen of them, and I found all men drunken, and none found I athirst among them, and my soul grieveth over the sons of men, because they are blind in their heart [and see not], poor, and know not their poverty.
Page 98 - Nipur was a great and flourishing city and its temple, the Temple of Bel, the religious centre of the dominant people of the world at a period as much prior to the time of Abraham AS the time of Abraham is prior to our own day. We discovered written records no less than 6000 years old, and proved that writing and civilisation then were by no means in their infancy.

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