A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature, Volume 1

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Wingrave and Collingwood, 1816 - Physical geography

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Page 162 - All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
Page 48 - It is this alone, of all the elements around us, that is never found an enemy to man. The body of waters deluge him with rains, oppress him with hail, and drown him with inundations. The air rushes in storms, prepares the tempest, or lights up the volcano ; but the earth, gentle and indulgent, ever subservient to the wants of man, spreads his walks with flowers, and his table with plenty ; returns with interest every good...
Page 309 - ... us. Again they would retreat so as to be almost out of sight, their tops reaching to the very clouds.
Page 297 - I scarce could turn to fall upon the ground, with my head to the northward, when I felt the heat of its current plainly upon my face. We all lay flat on the ground, as if dead, till Idris told us it was blown over. The meteor or purple haze which...
Page 244 - Some mariners out at sea one day observing something at a distance from them, regarded it as a sea-monster; but upon its approach it was known to be Nicholas, whom they took into their ship. When they asked him whither he was going in so stormy and rough a sea, and at such a distance from land, he...
Page 345 - ... animals, that may be turned to human support ; and also serving to enrich the earth with a sufficiency of vapour. Breezes fly along the surface of the fields, to promote health and vegetation. The coolness of the evening invites to rest ; and the freshness of the morning renews for labour.
Page 416 - was very subject to have his jaw dislocated ; so that when he opened his mouth " wider than ordinary, or when he yawned, he could not shut it again. In the " midst of his harangues, therefore, if any of his pupils began to be tired of his "lecture, he had only to gape, or yawn, and the professor instantly caught the "sympathetic affection ; so that he thus continued to stand speechless, with his " mouth wide open, till his servant, from the next room, was called in to set his "jaw again.
Page 1 - ... with their enjoyment : the beauties of nature, and all the wonders of creation, have but little charms for a being taken up in obviating the wants of the day, and anxious for precarious subsistence.
Page 120 - Nothing can be finer, or more exact, than Mr. Pope's description of a traveller straining up the Alps. Every mountain he comes to he thinks will be the last ; he finds, however, an unexpected hill rise before him ; and that being scaled, he finds the .highest summit almost at as great a distance as before. Upon quitting the plain, he might have left a green and a fertile soil, and a climate warm and pleasing.
Page 246 - This account, however, did not satisfy the king's curiosity ; being requested to venture once more into the gulf for further discoveries, he at first refused ; but the king, desirous of having the most exact information possible of all things to be found in the gulf, repeated his solicitations ; and to give them still greater weight, produced a larger cup than the former, and added also a purse of gold. Upon these considerations, the unfortunate Pessacola once again plunged into the whirlpool, and...

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