should I kill my own child that its life might be given for the life of the babe of Baleka?
If you allow any to enter, or if you speak a word, then my medicine will not work and the babe will be dead indeed.
But round the throat of the still-born babe I tied a string of fibre as though I had strangled it, and wrapped it loosely in a piece of matting.
Inside the den they saw the strange white ape lying half across a table, his head buried in his arms; and on the bed lay a figure covered by a sailcloth, while from a tiny rustic cradle came the plaintive wailing of a babe.
Kala had not once come to earth with her little adopted babe, but now Kerchak called to her to descend with the rest, and as there was no note of anger in his voice she dropped lightly from branch to branch and joined the others on their homeward march.
The urchin tried to dart behind the others and in the scuffle the babe, Tommie, was knocked down.
The babe sat on the floor watching the scene, his face in contortions like that of a woman at a tragedy.
The noise reached far out over the plain and across the hills and awoke the little babes
that were sleeping in their cradles.
The doll-faces of other painted babes
may mean one thing, they may mean another, but with the "Moses" the case is different.
On the first of February, 1830, two boy babes
were born in his house; one to him, one to one of his slave girls, Roxana by name.
It suggests country laps and country breasts, with sturdy country babes
greedy for the warm white milk, and it seems dyed in country blushes.
Here the robins came flapping in with red scarves over their breasts and leaves in their mouths, which they carefully laid upon the babes
wherever they would show best.
Ever jealous for the race, they will legislate for the babes
of boys yet to be born; and for the babes
of girls, too, for they must be the mothers, wives, and sisters of these boys.
Tell me, that through thy bounty, the pratling babes
, whose innocent play hath often been interrupted by my labours, may one time be amply rewarded for them.