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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1893. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIX. Meaning Of Marvels. Mystery of a Spring--Marvel and Magic--Misinterpretation of Natural Phenomena--Healing Power of...
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1893. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIX. Meaning Of Marvels. Mystery of a Spring--Marvel and Magic--Misinterpretation of Natural Phenomena--Healing Power of Springs--Peterhead--Poetry and Superstition--MacCulloch--Mistake about a Tree--Strange Appearances of Nature--Spring at Kintail--Disappearance of Spring near Perth--Saints and Storms--St. Milburga--Water like Blood--Origin of Belief in Guardian Spirits--Why Gifts were Offered--Weather Charms--Coincidences--Prophecy of Water--Philosophy of Wishing Wells--Worship of Trees and Springs--Charm-Stones--Continued Reverence for Holy Wells--Conclusion. Mr. J. M. Barrie is a true interpreter of the youthful mind when he says, in the "Little Minister," "Children like to peer into wells to see what the world is like at the other side." Grown-up people are also alive to the mystery of a spring. "Look into its depth," observes Mr. E. H. Barker in his "Wayfaring in France," "until the eye, getting reconciled to the darkness, catches the gleam of the still water far below the ferns that hang from the gaping places in the mossy wall, and you will find yourself spellbound by the great enchantress, Nature, while understanding nothing of the mysterious influence." In days of less enlightenment "the weight of all this unintelligible world" was even more felt than now, and the minds of men were ever on the outlook for the marvellous. What is to us a source of not unpleasing mystery was then a cause of dread. We marvel and make poetry. Our far-off ancestors trembled and sought refuge in magical rites. We still speak of the charms of nature, but the phrase has to us an altered meaning. When we remember how little science there was at one time, we need not be surprised that the phenomena of the outer world were misinterpreted, and hence gave rise to fallacies....
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