A Glance at the Physical Sciences, Or, The Wonders of Nature, in Earth, Air, and Sky

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Bradbury, Soden, & Company, 1844 - 352 pages
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Page 279 - Like the tribes whom the desert devoured in their sin : From the land of promise ye fade and die, Ere its verdure gleams forth on your weary eye ; As the kings of the cloud-crowned pyramid, Their noteless bones in oblivion hid, Ye slumber unmarked 'mid the desolate main, While the wonder and pride of your works remain.
Page 208 - While the mind is abstracted and elevated from sensible matter, it distinctly views pure forms, conceives the beauty of ideas, and investigates the harmony of proportions ; the manners themselves are sensibly corrected and improved; the affections composed and rectified ; the fancy calmed and settled ; and the understanding raised and excited to more divine contemplations.
Page 7 - ... of creation which sweep immeasurably along, and carry the impress of the Almighty's hand to the remotest scenes of the universe. The other...
Page 166 - It was not until the summer of 1752, that he was enabled to complete his grand and unparalleled discovery by experiment. The plan which he had originally proposed was, to erect, on some high tower or other elevated place, a sentry-box, from which should rise a pointed iron rod, insulated by being fixed in a cake of resin. Electrified clouds passing over this would, he conceived, impart...
Page 279 - Ye build — ye build — but ye enter not in, Like the tribes whom the desert devoured in their sin : From the land of promise ye fade and die, Ere its verdure gleams forth on your...
Page 33 - Strombolo, and Volcano, with their smoking summits, appear under your feet; and you look down on the whole of Sicily as on a map; and can trace every river through all its windings, from its source to its mouth. The view is absolutely boundless on every side; nor is there any one object within the circle of vision to interrupt it, so that the sight is every where lost in the immensity...
Page 6 - The one led me to see a system in every star. The other leads me to see a world in every atom. The one taught me, that this mighty globe, with the whole burden of its people, and of its countries, is but a grain of sand on the high field of immensity.
Page 238 - In shape and size it appeared much like a common barrel-shade;! its brilliancy and the spattering of its particles on meeting the earth gave it the resemblance of a body of quicksilver of equal bulk. A few minutes after the appearance of this phenomenon, the deafening noise of the wind sank to a...
Page 216 - Above the rest, the sun who never lies, Foretells the change of weather in the skies : For, if he rise unwilling to his race, Clouds on his brow, and spots upon his face, Or if through mists...
Page 13 - Jupiter a moderate-sized orange, in a circle nearly half a mile across; Saturn a small orange, on a circle of four-fifths of a mile...

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