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Page 23 - I have made the earth, and created man upon it : I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
Page 256 - And thus might the sun and fixed stars be formed, supposing the matter were of a lucid nature. But how the matter should divide itself into two sorts, and that part of it which is fit to compose a shining body should fall down into one mass and make a sun...
Page 109 - The climate of the moon must be very extraordinary : the alternation being that of unmitigated and burning sunshine, fiercer than an equatorial noon, continued for a whole fortnight, and the keenest severity of frost, far exceeding that of our polar winters, for an equal time.
Page 187 - ... movements unseen, unheeded, and fulfilling no purpose that human reason can conceive ; lamps lighting nothing — fires heating nothing — waters quenching nothing — clouds screening nothing — breezes fanning nothing — and everything around, mountain and valley, hill and dale, earth and ocean, all meaning nothing.
Page 149 - ... was this : that the Governor of the Universe, who has so many worlds under his management, cannot be conceived as bestowing upon this Earth, and its various tribes of inhabitants, that care which, till then, Natural Religion had taught men that he does employ, to secure to man the possession and use of his faculties of mind and body ; and to all animals the requisites of animal existence and animal enjoyment. And upon this Chalmers remarks, that just about the time when science gave rise to the...
Page 246 - The rings of Saturn must present a magnificent spectacle from those regions of the planet which lie above their enlightened sides, as vast arches spanning the sky from horizon to horizon, and holding an invariable situation among the stars.
Page 141 - God," and with dominion over all creatures, ultimately entered into a world ripened for his reception ; but, further, that this passing scene, in which he forms the prominent figure, is not the final one in the long series, but merely the last of the preliminary scenes ; and that that period to which the bygone ages, incalculable in amount, with all their well-proportioned gradations of being, form the imposing vestibule, shall have perfection for its occupant, and eternity for its duration. I know...
Page 22 - Thou, even Thou, art Lord alone ; Thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host; the earth, and all things that are therein ; and Thou preservest them all ; and the host of heaven worshippeth Thee.
Page 211 - If the earth, as the habitation of man, is a speck in the midst of an infinity of space, the earth, as the habitation of man, is also a speck at the end of an infinity of time. If we are as nothing in the surrounding universe, we are as nothing in the elapsed eternity ; or rather, in the elapsed organic antiquity, during which the earth has existed and been the abode of life.