Astronomy, as it is Known at the Present Day: With an Account of the Nature and Use of Astronomical Instruments, the Manner of Calculating the Notes of the Calendar, the Distances and Magnitudes of the Planets, and a Number of Other Useful and Interesting Calculations in Astronomy

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William Cole, 1825 - Astronomy - 166 pages

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Page 110 - Sometime we see a cloud that's dragonish ; A vapour sometime like a bear or lion, A tower'd citadel, a pendent rock, A forked mountain, or blue promontory With trees upon't, that nod unto the world, And mock our eyes with air : thou hast seen these signs ; They are black vesper's pageants.
Page 100 - Meantime, refracted from yon eastern cloud, Bestriding earth, the grand ethereal bow Shoots up immense; and every hue unfolds, In fair proportion, running from the red To where the violet fades into the sky.
Page 130 - With light and heat refulgent. Then Thy sun Shoots full perfection through the swelling year: And oft Thy voice in dreadful thunder speaks : And oft...
Page 15 - 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.
Page 23 - Had in her sober livery all things clad; Silence accompanied, for beast and bird, They to their grassy couch, these to their nests, Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale; She all night long her amorous descant* sung; Silence was pleased: now...
Page 16 - Hither, as to their fountain, other stars Repairing, in their golden urns draw light...
Page 116 - The rising vapours catch the silver light ; Thence fancy measures, as they parting fly, Which first will throw its shadow on the eye, Passing the source of light ; and thence away, Succeeded quick by brighter still than they.
Page 64 - ... a degree of brightness about as strong as that with which such a coal would be seen to glow in faint daylight.
Page 68 - Next glaring wat'ry thro' the Bull he moves; The am'rous Twins admit his genial ray ; Now burning, thro' the Crab he takes his way ; The Lion flaming, bears the solar power; The Virgin faints beneath the sultry shower. Now the just Balance weighs his equal force, The slimy Serpent swelters in his course; The sabled Archer clouds his languid face ; The Goat, with tempests, urges on his race.
Page 111 - Where, midst the changeful scenery, ever new, Fancy a thousand wondrous forms descries, More wildly great than ever pencil drew, Rocks, torrents, gulfs, and shapes of giant size, And glitt'ring cliffs on cliffs, and fiery ramparts, rise.

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