The Book of Nature, Volume 2

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1826 - Natural history

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Page 248 - But cawing rooks, and kites that swim sublime In still repeated circles, screaming loud, The jay, the pie, and e'en the boding owl, That hails the rising moon, have charms for me.
Page 148 - I CLIMB'D the dark brow of the mighty Helvellyn, Lakes and mountains beneath me gleam'd misty and wide ; All was still, save by fits, when the eagle was yelling, And starting around me the echoes replied.
Page 50 - Pour'd out profusely, silent : join'd to these Innumerous songsters, in the freshening shade Of new-sprung leaves, their modulations mix Mellifluous. The jay, the rook, the daw, And each harsh pipe, discordant heard alone, Aid the full concert ; while the stockdove breathes A melancholy murmur through the whole.
Page 350 - Glittering lances are the loom, Where the dusky warp we strain, Weaving many a soldier's doom, Orkney's woe and Randver's bane. See the grisly texture grow ! ('Tis of human entrails made) And the weights, that play below, Each a gasping warrior's head. Shafts for shuttles, dipp'd in gore, Shoot the trembling cords along. Sword, that once a monarch bore, Keep the tissue close and strong.
Page 91 - The whole difference between the cranium of a Negro and that of an European is in no respect greater than that which exists between the cranium of the wild boar and that of the domestic swine.
Page 260 - And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. 38 And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead...
Page 238 - As all natural cries," says he, " even though modulated by music, are from the throat and larynx, or knot of the throat, with little or no operation of the organs of the mouth, it is natural to suppose that the first languages were, for the greater part, spoken...
Page 84 - ... just adverted, and whose usual diet consists of fish and other oils, often rancid and offensive. Though it must be admitted that this colour is in most instances aided by the clouds of smoke in which they sit constantly involved in their wretched cabins, and the filth and grease with which they often besmear their skins. And hence also one cause of their diminutive stature ; the food they feed on being unassimilating and innutritive.
Page 79 - But the question still returns : whence, then, proceed those astonishing diversities among the different nations of mankind, upon which the arrangement now offered is founded ? " The answer is, that they are the effect of a combination of causes ; some of which are obvious, others of which must be conjectured, and a few of which are beyond the reach of human comprehension — but all of which are common to other animals, as well as to man ; for extraordinary as these diversities may appear, they...
Page 122 - When a tree, which requires much moisture," says Mr. Knight, " has sprung up or been planted in a dry soil in the vicinity of water, it has been observed that much the larger portion of its roots has been directed towards the water; and that when a tree of a different species, and which requires a dry soil, has been placed in a similar situation, it has appeared, in the direction given to its roots, to have avoided the water and moist soil.* " When a tree,

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