The Writings of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 8

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Houghton Mifflin, 1922
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Page 146 - I HAVE been here before, But when or how I cannot tell : I know the grass beyond the door, The sweet keen smell, The sighing sound, the lights around the shore. You have been mine before, — How long ago I may not know : But just when at that swallow's soar Your neck turned so, Some veil did fall, — I knew it all of yore.
Page 34 - I turn over his manuscript again to see if I can make a choice. Without, in the bright spring air, the washers are working; and I hear the heavy ponpon of the beating of wet robes, regular as the beating of a heart. Suddenly, as I muse, the voice of the boy soars up in one long, clear, shrill, splendid...
Page 5 - ghost-house" will convey, better than such terms as "shrine" and '' temple," some vague notion of the strange character of the Shinto miya or yashiro, — containing in its perpetual dusk nothing more substantial than symbols or tokens, the latter probably of paper. Now the emptiness behind the visored front is more suggestive than anything material could possibly be; and when you remember that millions of people during thousands of years have worshiped their great dead before such yashiro, — that...
Page 294 - And then the consciousness itself — what is it during the time that it continues ? And what becomes of it when it ends? We can only infer that it is a specialized and individualized form of that Infinite and Eternal Energy which transcends both our knowledge and our imagination ; and that at death its elements lapse into the Infinite and Eternal Energy whence they were derived.
Page 293 - From the prospect as it now appears even this mightiest of thinkers recoiled: — . . ."But it seems a strange and repugnant conclusion that with the cessation of consciousness at death there ceases to be any knowledge of having existed. With his last breath it becomes to each the same thing as though he had never lived. "And then the consciousness itself — what is it during the time that it continues? And what becomes of it when it ends? We can only infer that it is a specialized and individualized...
Page 129 - Thereupon the Heavenly Sovereign, ascending a lofty mountain and looking on the land all round, spoke, saying: — 'In the whole land there rises no smoke; the land is all povertystricken. So I remit all the people's taxes and forced labour from now till three years hence.
Page 201 - Huxley in one of his latest and finest essays, "tends more and more to the conclusion that' all the choir of heaven and furniture of the earth' are the transitory forms of parcels of cosmic subtance wending along the road of evolution from nebulous potentiality, — through endless growths of sun and planet and satellite, — through all varieties of matter, — through infinite diversities of life and thought, — possibly through modes of being of which we...
Page 196 - It also suggests that they may contribute, more or less unconsciously, to the manifestation of a far higher life than our own, somewhat as — I do not propose to push the metaphor too far — the individual cells of one of the more complex animals contribute to the manifestation of its higher order of personality.
Page 176 - ... final good, and that the suffering of the ancestor is paid for by the increased perfection of the progeny. There would be something in this argument if, in Chinese fashion, the present generation could pay its debts to its ancestors ; otherwise it is not clear what compensation the Eohippus gets for his sorrows in the fact that, some millions of years afterwards, one of his descendants wins the Derby.
Page 361 - Other women, weaving coarse straw sandals (an inferior quality of zori), would answer only 'yes' or 'no' to questions, and seemed to be suspicious of us. My friend called my attention to the fact that the women were dressed differently from Japanese women of the ordinary classes. For example, even among the very poorest heimin there are certain accepted laws of costume; there are certain colors which may or may not be worn, according to age. But even elderly women among these people wear obi of bright...

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