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Page 94 - THE day is cold, and dark, and dreary ; It rains, and the wind is never weary ; The vine still clings to the mouldering wall, But at every gust the dead leaves fall, And the day is dark and dreary.
Page 88 - The hollow winds begin to blow, The clouds look black, the glass is low ; The soot falls down, the spaniels sleep, And spiders from their cobwebs peep. Last night the sun went pale to bed, The moon in halos hid her head ; The boding shepherd heaves a sigh, For see ! a rainbow spans the sky. The walls are damp, the ditches smell, Closed is the pink-eyed pimpernel. Hark how the chairs and tables crack ! Old Betty's joints are on the rack.
Page 89 - Quits mutton bones on grass to feast ; And see yon rooks, how odd their flight ! They imitate the gliding kite, And seem precipitate to fall, As if they felt the piercing ball.
Page 115 - A simple experiment or two may serve to give more correct ideas. Having lit a pipe of tobacco, plunge the stem to the bottom of a decanter half filled with cold water; then putting a rag over the bowl, blow through it and make the smoke descend in the stem of the pipe, from the end of which it will rise ,in bubbles through the water; and, being thus cooled...
Page 93 - The wind usually turns from the north to south with a quiet wind without rain, but returns to the north with a strong wind and rain.
Page 100 - Street. At this time he was roused by his wife, who awoke in a fright in consequence of a similar dream, connected with much noise and the landing of an enemy, and concluding with the death of a particular friend of her husband's, who had served with him as a volunteer during...
Page 93 - If it begins to rain an hour or two before sun-rising, it is likely to be fair before noon, and to continue so that day : but if the rain begins an hour or two after sun-rising, it is likely to rain all that day, except the rainbow be seen before it rains.
Page 100 - ... to alarm the country in all directions. Further, there had been recently in Edinburgh a splendid military spectacle, in which five thousand men had been drawn up in Prince's Street, fronting the castle. The gentleman to whom the dream occurred, and who had been a most zealous volunteer, was in bed between two and three o'clock in the morning, when he dreamed of hearing the signal gun.
Page 147 - ... to ascend the funnels as the cool of the evening comes on, and this current will continue till perhaps nine or ten o'clock the next morning, when it begins to...
Page 93 - If it begin to rain from the South, with a high wind for two or three hours, and the wind falls, but the rain continues, it is likely to rain twelve hours or more, and does usually rain till a strong North wind clears the air. These long rains seldom hold above twelve hours, or happen above once a year.