The North America Sylva, Or, A Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada, and Nova Scotia: Considered Particularly with Respect to Their Use in the Arts and Their Introduction Into Commerce, to which is Added a Description of the Most Useful of the European Forest Trees. Vol. III (Google eBook)

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W.M. Rutter, 1865 - Botany - 180 pages
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Page 162 - How often have I blessed the coming day When toil remitting lent its turn to play, And all the village train, from labor free, Led up their sports beneath the spreading tree; While many a pastime circled in the shade, The young contending as the old surveyed, And many a gambol frolicked o'er the ground, And sleights of art and feats of strength went round...
Page 1 - Michaux, and containing all the Forest Trees discovered in the Rocky Mountains, the Territory of Oregon down to the Shores of the...
Page 47 - Caucasian mountains was developed; for, however precipitous or rocky the ascent may be, each invariably terminated in a fertile plateau, even at a height of between four and five thousand feet above the level of the sea.
Page 6 - Rocks rich in gems, and mountains big with mines, That on the high equator ridgy rise, Whence many a bursting stream auriferous plays : Majestic woods, of every vigorous green, Stage above stage, high waving o'er the hills ; Or to the far horizon wide diffused, A boundless deep immensity of shade.
Page 8 - And richer sweets, beyond our garden's pride, Plays o'er the fields, and showers with sudden hand Exuberant Spring: for oft these valleys shift Their green embroidered robe to fiery brown, And swift to green again, as scorching suns, Or streaming dews and torrent rains, prevail. Along these lonely regions, where, retired From little scenes of art, great Nature dwells In awful solitude...
Page 161 - The winter blossoms," he says, " which are about the size of a sixpence, appear about Christmas, and sooner if the winter be severe." In 1753, when the change of style was made, the thorn was anxiously watched to see whether it would conform to the Act of Parliament, and great was the triumph of opponents of the change when the blossoms which had refused to appear on the new Christmas Day came forth in full luxuriance on the old...
Page 9 - And now across the arid plains of the far west, beyond the steppes of the Rocky Mountains, down the Oregon to the extended shores of the Pacific...
Page 9 - I realized the poet's buoyant hopes amidst these solitary rambles through interminable forests. For thousands of miles my chief converse has been in the wilderness with the spontaneous productions of Nature; and the study of these objects and their contemplation has been to me a source of constant delight. This fervid curiosity led me to the banks of the Ohio, through the dark forests and brakes of the Mississippi, to the distant lakes of the northern frontier; through the wilds of Florida; far up...
Page 9 - ... age : Quick let me strip thee of thy tufty coat, Spread thy ambrosial stores, and feast with Jove ! From these the prospect varies. Plains immense Lie stretch'd below, interminable meads, And vast savannahs, where the wandering eye, Unfixt, is in a verdant ocean lost.
Page 105 - Laurus found in the vast forests between the Oronoko and the Parime, is produced in great abundance by merely making an incision into the bark with an axe, as deep as the liber or young wood.

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