A Thought Of The South Sea Islanders





Among some of the islands of the South Sea the compound word for "hope"

is beautifully expressive; it is "manaolona" or "swimming

thought"--"faith" floating and keeping its head aloft above water, when

all the waves and billows are going over it--a strikingly beautiful

definition of "hope," worthy to be set down along with the answer which

a deaf and dumb person wrote with his pencil, in reply to the question

"What is your idea of forgiveness?" "It is the odour which flowers yield

when trampled on."





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