The Conchologist

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Russell, Odiorne & Metcalf, 1834 - Mollusks - 204 pages

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Page 97 - And taught a brute the way to safe revenge. i would not enter on my list of friends (Though graced with polished manners and fine sense, * Yet wanting sensibility) the man Who needlessly sets foot upon a worm. An inadvertent step may crush the snail, That crawls at evening in the public path ; But he that has humanity, forewarned, Will tread aside, and let the reptile live. The creeping vermin, loathsome to the sight, And charged perhaps with venom, that intrudes, A visitor unwelcome, into scenes...
Page 11 - ... when it is perfectly formed, the shell gapeth open, and the first thing that appeareth is the foresaid lace or string : next come the legs of the bird hanging out, and, as it groweth greater, it openeth the shell by degrees, till at length it is all come forth, and hangeth onely by the bill : in short space after it commeth to full maturitie, and falleth into the sea, where it gathereth feathers, and groweth to a fowle bigger than a mallard, and lesser than a goose...
Page 11 - ... to the shape and form of a bird : when it is perfectly formed, the shell gapeth open and the first thing that appeareth is the...
Page 12 - The little bill like that of a goose, the eyes marked, the head, neck, breast, wing, tail, and feet formed; the feathers everywhere perfectly shaped and blackish coloured; and the feet like those of other water-fowl, to my best remembrance.
Page 5 - ... by the drying heat, became sonorous. Mercury, walking along the banks of the river, happened to strike his foot against this shell, and was so pleased with the sound produced, that the idea of the lyre suggested itself to his imagination. The first instrument he constructed was in the form of a Tortoise, and was strung with the sinews of dead animals.
Page 15 - ... of its body ; and in proportion as it becomes larger it makes its way farther into the rock. When it has got a certain way in, it the*n turns from its former direction and hollows downward ; till, at last, when its habitation is completed, the whole apartment resembles the bowl of a tobacco pipe ; the hole in the shank being that by which the animal entered.
Page 11 - Goose, hauing blacke legs and bill or beake, and feathers blacke and white, spotted in such manner as is our Magpie, called in some places a Pie-Annet...
Page 57 - Tis thus they sail, pleased with the wanton game, The fish, the sailor, and the ship the same. But when the swimmers dread some danger near, The sportive pleasure yields to stronger fear ; No more they wanton drive before the blasts, But strike the sails, and bring down all the masts. The rolling waves their sinking shells o'erflow, And dash them down again to sands below.
Page 1 - Which strike ev'n eyes incurious ; but each moss, Each shell, each crawling insect, holds a rank Important in the plan of Him who framed This scale of beings ; holds a rank which lost Would break the chain, and leave behind a gap Which Nature's self would rue.
Page 12 - Shells hang at the Tree by a Neck longer than the Shell, of a kind of Filmy substance, round, and hollow, and creased, not unlike the Wind-pipe of a chicken, spreading out broadest where it is fastened to the Tree, from which it seems to draw and convey the matter which serves for the growth and vegetation of the Shell and the little Bird within it.

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