The pocket encyclopędia of natural phenomena, compiled principally from the MSS. and MS. journals of T.F. Forster, by T. Forster

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Page 33 - Lead, then," said Eve. He, leading, swiftly roll'd In tangles, and made intricate seem straight, To mischief swift. Hope elevates, and joy Brightens his crest. As when a wandering fire, Compact of unctuous vapour, which the night Condenses, and the cold environs round, Kindled through agitation to a flame, Which oft, they say, some evil spirit attends, Hovering and blazing with delusive light, Misleads the amazed night-wanderer from his way To bogs and mires, and oft through pond or pool, There swallow'd...
Page 55 - Loud quack the ducks, the peacocks cry; The distant hills are looking nigh. How restless are the snorting swine ! The busy flies disturb the kine ; Low o'er the grass the swallow wings, The cricket, too, how sharp he sings ! Puss on the hearth, with velvet paws, Sits wiping o'er her whiskered jaws.
Page 54 - 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.
Page 256 - Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini the Twins, Cancer the Crab, Leo the Lion, Virgo the Virgin, Libra the Balance, Scorpio the Scorpion, Sagittarius the Archer, Capricornus the Goat, Aquarius the Waterbearer, and Pisces the Fishes...
Page 53 - That swill'd more liquor than it could contain, And like a drunkard gives it up again. Brisk Susan whips her linen from the rope, While the first drizzling...
Page xxi - The cuckoo, as long ago remarked by John Heywood (Epigrams, Black Letter, 1587), begins to sing early In the season with the interval of a minor third; the bird then proceeds to a major third, next to a fourth, then a fifth, after which Its voice breaks, without attaining a minor sixth.
Page 68 - But when the swinging Signs your Ears offend With creaking Noise, then rainy Floods impend; Soon shall the Kennels swell with rapid Streams, And rush in muddy Torrents to the Thames.
Page 76 - Jam variae pelagi volucres, et quae Asia circum Dulcibus in stagnis rimantur prata Caystri, Certatim largos humeris infundere rores, Nunc caput objectare fretis, nunc currere in undas Et studio incassum videas gestire lavandi.
Page 13 - If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, Winter will have another flight ; But if Candlemas Day be clouds and rain, Winter is gone, and will not come again.
Page 274 - Already now the snow-drop dares appear, The first pale blossom of the unripened year ; As Flora's breath by some transforming power, Had chang'd an icicle into a flower ; Its name and hue the scentless plant retains, And winter lingers in its icy veins.

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