Phrases with "heathen"

The heathen gods became devils, and the marvels related of them were supposed to be effected by diabolic agency. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

For we be clept Christian men, after Christ our Father. And if we be right children of Christ, we ought for to challenge the heritage, that our Father left us, and do it out of heathen men’s hands. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

George Meredith We might be living in a heathen land, for aught that morality has to say. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Robert Green Ingersoll A few began to compare Christianity with the religions of heathen people, and were forced to admit that the difference was hardly worth dying for. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Rudyard Kipling Rheims is but one of the altars which the heathen have put up to commemorate their own death throughout all the world. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

I’m a heathen myself so I’m an outcast from both flocks, but Father Heslop is for a Licence and Mr MacKay dead against it. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

The shareholders flourished; Mr. Clement–Pell was more regarded than a heathen deity. Seeing Life by Ellen Wood [1871]

Thomas Hobbes In the same sense the doctrine of devils7 signifieth not the words of any devil, but the doctrine of heathen men concerning demons, and those phantasms which they worshipped as gods. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Robert Louis Stevenson You are swindled by heathen Turks, swindled by vagabond children, swindled right and left, upstairs and downstairs. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang He was carried off to the prison where the heathen king kept his captives, and now our poor friend had a very bad time indeed. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling We could not have called in a heathen witness for such a thing. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Edith Wharton Regular Apollo. Funny, the Albany Wyants having a hand in turning out a heathen divinity. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Melchior: Aye, in earlier Christian ages, while the heathen empire stood, When the war ‘twixt saints and sages cried aloud for saintly blood, Christ was then their model truly. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

By Jove, there’s the carriage! I beg your pardon for my heathen oath, my lord bishop. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Thomas Hughes I trust it is so still, and that the old heathen state of things has gone out for ever. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

The obstinate error rooted in modern minds is, that, doubtless, the moral instruction was bad, as being heathen; but that still it was as good as heathen opportunities allowed it to be. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

D. H. Lawrence Neither do I worship idols, so I’m not a heathen as my aunt called me. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Walter Scott Whatever he was before he left England, two summers spent in the wars of Palestine, and another amid the tortures and restraints of a heathen prison, have made him a sorry bridegroom. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Sinclair Lewis She was going to organize a new crusade — an army of ten million which would march through heathen countries and convert the entire world to Christianity in this generation. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis All round her shrine was a cloister where no heathen were allowed to tread. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Walter Scott Others imagined that the tale had a more remote origin in the ancient heathen mythology. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

George Meredith And not a bad fellow, but a heathen dog, a worshipper of Nature, walked off with the girl, whose voice had the ring of Carinthia’s. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle No savage country in the heart of heathen Africa could have presented a more dreadful sight than did the old English town of Taunton when Jeffreys and Kirke had the ordering of it. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Elizabeth Gaskell Well, there was truth in the old heathen saying, “Let no man be envied till his death. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

George Meredith As to worshipping Nature, we go back to the state of heathen beast, Mr. Philosopher Gower could be answered. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

But the next day, when the priest returned with fresh offerings to the tomb, he found that to the relics of heathen superstition some unknown hands had added a green palm-branch. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Elizabeth Gaskell If I did look like a heathen in the face of all men, why, I was a heathen in my heart; for I was falling back into all my evil ways. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Sir Walter Scott He speaks to it when alone — he parts not from it when he sleeps — no heathen ever worshipped an idol with such devotion. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Walter Scott The heathen Soldan, or Amiral, when about to slay two lovers, relents in a similar manner: Weeping, he turned his heued awai, And his swerde hit fel to grounde. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Andrew Lang So he called his army together and gave orders to start for a distant country where a heathen king ruled who ill-treated or tormented everyone he could lay his hands on. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith And you go on your knees to the Lord, and don’t be a heathen woman, I say. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

This, according to the tale, had been the home of an Irish hermit, who in the dark ages had found a refuge here till the heathen Northmen were the death of him. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Andrew Lang De Brosses was well aware that heathen religions were a complex mass, a concretion of many materials. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling And one called out on a heathen joss and one on the Virgin’s Name; And the schooling bullet leaped across and showed them whence they came. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Walter Scott So that the alteration of a single word would render Pope’s well-known line more truly adapted to the fact, should we venture to read — “And Pan to Satan lends his heathen horn. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

William Makepeace Thackeray I don’t think the heathen was as criminal as the Christian is now. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

George Meredith A question to you, Greg. Those heathen Pagan dogs had a religion that encouraged them to swear. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Men who live in the wilds know they are in the hands of God. But his old kind had been a tattered thing, more like heathen superstition, though it had always kept him humble. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

It was the time of the Carnival. It was in one of those half-frantic scenes of noise and revel, call it not gayety, which establish a heathen saturnalia in the midst of a Christian festival. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

This was one of the great Germanic festivals, which the church later turned into St. John’s Eve. The bonfires still burnt in Germany on this day are survivals of the old heathen custom. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

And what have we Christians invented without their aid? painting? sculpture? these are heathen arts, and we but pigmies at them. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope It cannot be good that any man should be a heathen when so much Christian teaching is abroad. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

In other respects he is the maddest heathen who ever walked in the skin of a Catholic! I dote on him! And you, what are you doing with your Apollo?” “Alas!” said Marguerite with a sigh. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Mary Webb You’m deacon, Foxy’s bridesmaid!’ ‘That’s heathen talk,’ said Mr. James. ‘How very naughty Hazel is!’ thought poor Mrs. Marston. She felt that she could never hold up her head again. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

D. H. Lawrence He was vicar of a country church, a living worth a little over two hundred pounds a year, but he had a large parish containing several collieries, with a new, raw, heathen population. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle The broad shadow of the Reverend John Stuart, of Birmingham, smudged out both the heathen King and the god whom he worshipped. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Thomas Hobbes Seeing then men challenge to the Pope no authority over heathen princes, they ought to challenge none over those that are to be esteemed as heathen. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Andrew Lang She travelled through many lands and saw many cities, and went through many hardships before she got to the town where the heathen king lived. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hobbes And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the Church; but if he neglect to hear the Church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Rudyard Kipling So it was learned among the heathen hosts How much a freeborn woman’s favour costs. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

William Morris And many there be who deem that no mishap, heathen though I be. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

His mind had been running on heathen learning, and he wondered if the name were Greek. “That might mean the ‘place of dark waters,’” he said. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

D. H. Lawrence But oh, the magic, the nostalgia of the untamed, heathen past which it evoked. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hobbes Such was the heathen form, Let Jupiter kill me else, as I kill this beast. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

G. K. Chesterton There was something heathen about its union of beauty and death; sorrow seemed to glitter, as it does in some of the great pagan poems. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Jack London Of course, most of his subjects followed him back into heathen worship. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

And so do the mob of Christians in our day, following the heathen vulgar or by unbroken tradition. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Wilkie Collins He stared at me in heathen astonishment. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

George Gissing One night of storm, he crept for shelter into the ruins of a heathen temple. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

G. K. Chesterton It is Arthur, overwhelmed in Lyonesse by heathen armies and dying in the mist, doubtful if ever he shall return. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Rudyard Kipling Those were good days — for a wifeless man — with Witta and his heathenbeyond the world’s end. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Walter Scott The Icelanders abandoned Odin, Freya, Thor, and their whole pagan mythology, in consideration of a single disputation between the heathen priests and the Christian missionaries. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Elizabeth Gaskell But they took service for the Republic; and, being good Christians, they went to fight the heathen Turks in Candia, where they met an honourable death in 1669. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Elizabeth Gaskell But after his time, I fear there was a falling back into the wild rough heathen ways, from which he had pulled them up, as it were, by the passionate force of his individual character. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Rudyard Kipling He looked on the King’s action as a heathen attempt to curry favour with the Christians’ God through me the Archbishop, and he would have none of it. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Henry Kingsley If you were a heathen and a Frenchman (synonymous terms, my arston’s disappointment. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Early and late it lay within her heart, how without fault of hers they had made her wed a heathen man. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

G. K. Chesterton As a matter of fact, after a heathen fashion, he was a bit of a hero. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Henry Kingsley I don’t want to follow the kind old heathen through his vague speculations about a future state. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

George Meredith England’s champion light-weight thought it hard that his, coming down to protect the castle against the gibbering heathen Welsh should cause a clearing out, and solitariness for his portion. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Victor Hugo On the pinnacles, trophies and morions with plumes cut in stone alternated with statues of heathen deities. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

The heathen did not tremble; but the Christian exulted. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

William Makepeace Thackeray There was no need surely why a church dignitary should assemble his family privily in a crypt, and as if he was afraid of heathen persecution. Jonathan Swift by William Makepeace Thackeray

Wilkie Collins No. H.M. — heathen missions. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Robert Green Ingersoll I plead for the republic of home, for the democracy of the fireside, and for this I am called a heathen and a devil by those who believe in the cheerful and comforting doctrine of eternal damnation. On Hell by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope I should be a heathen else, or worse than that, a republican. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

YOU want a rest cure and a hiding place; Miss Brinklow feels a call to evangelize the heathen Tibetan.” “Who’s the third person you’re counting?” Mallinson interrupted. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Andrew Lang The matter of the Nibelungenlied is of heathen origin. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton Surely it will be rather interesting for you to interpret bitter hedonism, the high and wild cries, the horns and hootings of the old heathen revel, along with the underlying pessimism. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Edith Wharton She’ll never get back a dollar more of her money than what he’s voluntarily returned to her: their damned heathen marriage settlements take precious good care of that. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Andrew Lang To all this and more, most worshipful Father, I know not what the heathen answered thee. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Asked me what looter’ meant when I told him about the Bayswick match, and talked about nothing but a lot of heathen Scotch names. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

George Meredith The heathen ideal it is not so very easy to attain, and those who mount from it to the Christian have, in my humble thought, a firmer footing. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Ivan Turgenev Why, he’s a sort of beast, a heathen idol, Gavrila Andreitch, and worse . Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

G. K. Chesterton It is still impossible to say absolutely that England is a Christian country or a heathen country; almost exactly as it was impossible when Herbert Spencer began to write. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Edmund Burke Almost all the heathen temples were dark. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Robert Burns But let the kirk-folk ring their bells, Let’s sing about our noble sel’s; We’ll cry nae jads frae heathen hills To help, or roose us, But browster wives an’ whiskey stills, They are the muses. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

I have seen the marble heads of heathen gods broken with the hammer to make mortar of, and great cups of onyx and alabaster used as water troughs for a thrall’s mongrels . The Wife of Flanders by John Buchan

Daniel Defoe But, as I said before, I am with the heathen here, against the Christian writers; for I take it all to be a cheat and delusion. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Rudyard Kipling All over the world the heathen fought each other. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

The heathen vulgar laid their lips there first, for many a year, and ours have but followed them, as monkeys their masters. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The Salvador heathen wouldn’t buy it; they said it made things cold they put it in. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

It was a heathen Voice, and contented itself with vain repetitions of exclamations emitted by the waitresses concerning food. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Willa Cather Before Joseph’s birth his grandfather, Laban, had consulted a heathen seer who foretold of the child Rachel carried that he should go down into a pit. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

G. K. Chesterton It was regarded by many as an almost automatic process like the operation of a natural law; and I have always hated that sort of heathen notion of a natural law. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Wilkie Collins She is the daughter of a heathen old man named Betteredge — long, too long, tolerated in my aunt’s family. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Sinclair Lewis The air of the bathroom was thick with the smell of a heathen toothpaste. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Francis Bacon I mean not to speak of divine prophecies; nor of heathen oracles; nor of natural predictions; but only of prophecies that have been of certain memory, and from hidden causes. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

I had perceived the familiar dummy in its corner but it lay now on the floor as if Therese had knocked it down angrily with a broom for a heathen idol. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

H. G. Wells I was among the first to arrive, and there was this heathen going over his gods, and two sailors and the man who had charge of the birds laughing fit to split. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

John Galsworthy A tall woman, with a beautiful figure, which some member of the family had once compared to a heathen goddess, stood looking at these two with a shadowy smile. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

E. F. Benson I heard a sort o’ gobbling turkey-cock noise and there he was, purple in the face, wi’ heathen expressions streaming from him like torrents o’ spring. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Rudyard Kipling The Sheshaheli do not smell of sour milk as heathen should. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

William Makepeace Thackeray See! Robin Hood twangs his bow, and the heathen gods fly, howling. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Edith Wharton But in reality she was not dark: under her coif and veil her hair spiralled out like the gold wire of the old heathen ornaments which the labourers dug out of the vineyards in the valleys. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

W. H. Hudson The missionaries soon met their death, and all that remained of their labours among the heathen were a few apple-trees they had planted. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson