We be followers of the Middle Way, living in peace in our lamasseries, and I go to see the Four Holy Places
before I die.
This charge is sometimes entrusted to one person, as in very small cities: in others it is delegated to many, and these distinct from the priesthood, as the builders or keepers of holy places
, and officers of the sacred revenue.
They rank neither with mortals nor with immortals: long indeed do they live, eating heavenly food and treading the lovely dance among the immortals, and with them the Sileni and the sharp-eyed Slayer of Argus mate in the depths of pleasant caves; but at their birth pines or high-topped oaks spring up with them upon the fruitful earth, beautiful, flourishing trees, towering high upon the lofty mountains (and men call them holy places
of the immortals, and never mortal lops them with the axe); but when the fate of death is near at hand, first those lovely trees wither where they stand, and the bark shrivels away about them, and the twigs fall down, and at last the life of the Nymph and of the tree leave the light of the sun together.
I dare say every cigar I smoke and every liqueur I drink comes directly or indirectly from the harrying of the holy places
and the persecution of the poor.
Receive my head into your hands, for it is a great satisfaction to me to sit facing my holy place
, where I was wont to pray, that I may also, sitting, call upon my Father.
Sancho, who never found any pleasure or enjoyment in such doings, retreated to the wine-jars from which he had taken his delectable skimmings, considering that, as a holy place
, that spot would be respected.
How comes it, then, I demand of thee once more, that thou hast suffered a brother to bring a paramour, and that paramour a Jewish sorceress, into this holy place
, to the stain and pollution thereof?
Now, therefore, send the Christian dog on all fours, and barefoot, into the holy place
to mend the clock, and let him go as an ass
There were pilgrims who constantly tramped from one holy place
to another and from one starets to another, and were always entranced by every shrine and every starets.
The family, too, though so kind and hospitable, had that consciousness of unity among themselves, and separation from the world at large, which, in every domestic circle, should still keep a holy place
where no stranger may intrude.
He had gone to the holy place
with his son, his son's wife, and a little child; and on their return, by the favour of the Most High, they all died: the strong man, the young mother, the little child--they died; and the old man reached his country alone.
On entering this holy place
, the poor penitent was unable to shut the door so close as to prevent the passions he fled from entering with him.