British conchology: or an account of the Mollusca which now inhabit the British Isles and the surrounding seas (Google eBook)

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John Van Voorst, 1862
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Page 348 - Or, as the snail, whose tender horns being hit, Shrinks backward in his shelly cave with pain, And there, all smother'd up, in shade doth sit, Long after fearing to creep forth again...
Page lxxi - If thou be one whose heart the holy forms Of young imagination have kept pure, Stranger! henceforth be warned; and know, that pride, Howe'er disguised in its own majesty, Is littleness; that he, who feels contempt For any living thing, hath faculties Which he has never used; that thought with him Is in its infancy.
Page cviii - It was interesting among these creatures to recognise several that I had been in the habit of taking in equally high northern latitudes ; and although contrary to the general belief of naturalists, I have no doubt that from however great a depth we may be enabled to bring up the mud and stones of the bed of the ocean, we shall find them teeming with animal life ; the extreme pressure at the greatest depth does not appear to affect these creatures. Hitherto we have not been able to determine this...
Page 218 - Snail sticks close, nor fears to fall, As if he grew there, house and all Together. Within that house secure he hides, When danger imminent betides Of storm, or other harm besides Of weather. Give but his horns the slightest touch, His self-collecting power is such, He shrinks into his house, with much Displeasure. Where'er he dwells, he dwells alone, Except himself has chattels none, Well satisfied to be his own Whole treasure. Thus, hermitlike, his life he leads, Nor partner of his banquet needs,...
Page 246 - From these sands come forth snails of the turbinated kind, but of different species, and all sizes, from the adult to the smallest just from the egg ; these spread themselves over the plains early in the morning, and whilst they are in quest of their own food among the dews, yield a most fattening nourishment to the sheep.
Page 357 - Histoire naturelle générale et particulière des mollusques terrestres et fluviátiles , tant des espèces que l'on trouve aujourd'hui vivantes, que des dépouilles fossiles de celles qui n'existent plus ; classées d'après les caractères essentiels que présentent ces animaux et leurs coquilles œuvre posthume de M.
Page xiv - These are thy glorious Works, Parent of good, Almighty! thine this universal frame, Thus wondrous fair: thyself how wondrous then, Unspeakable! who sitt'st above these heavens To us invisible, or dimly seen In these thy lowest works; yet these declare Thy goodness beyond thought, and power divine.

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