Watchers of the Sky, Volume 1

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Frederick A. Stokes, 1922 - Discoveries in science - 281 pages
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Page 19 - Let my breast be bared To every shaft, then, so that Love be still My one celestial guide the while I sing Of those who caught the pure Promethean fire One from another, each crying as he went down To one that waited, crowned with youth and joy, — Take thou the splendour, carry it out of sight Into the great new age I must not know, Into the great new realm I must not tread.
Page 31 - So I speak Not for myself, but for the age unborn. I caught the fire from those who went before, The bearers of the torch who could not see The goal to which they strained. I caught their fire, And carried it, only a little way beyond ; But there are those that wait for it, I know, Those who will carry it on to victory.
Page 184 - twas because I stood On giant shoulders," wrote the king of thought, Too proud of his great line to slight the toils Of his forebears. He turned to their dim past, Their fading victories and their fond defeats, And knelt as at an altar, drawing all Their strengths into his own; and so went forth With all their glory shining in his face, To win new victories for the age to come.
Page 226 - Fools in their hearts have said, "Whence comes this Power, Why throw the riddle back this one stage more?" And Newton, from a height above all worlds Answered and answers still: "This universe Exists, and by that one impossible fact Declares itself a miracle; postulates An infinite Power within itself, a Whole Greater than any part, a Unity Sustaining all, binding all worlds in one. This is the mystery, palpable here and now. 'Tis not the lack of links within the chain From cause to cause, but that...
Page 11 - Then I, too, looked, And saw that insignificant spark of light Touched with new meaning, beautifully reborn, A swimming world, a perfect rounded pearl, Poised in the violet sky; and, as I gazed. I saw a miracle, — right on its upmost edge A tiny mound of white that slowly rose, Then, like an exquisite seed-pearl, swung quite clear And swam in heaven above its parent world To greet its three bright sister-moons.
Page 17 - The freedom of this realm of law for man ; Dreamers of dreams, the builders of our hope, The healers and the binders up of wounds, Who, while the dynasts drenched the world with blood, Would in the still small circle of a lamp Wrestle with death like Heracles of old To save one stricken child. Is there no song To touch this moving universe of law With ultimate light, the glimmer of that great dawn Which over our ruined altars yet shall break In purer splendour, and restore mankind From darker dreams...
Page 85 - They could not understand: this life that sought Only to bear the torch and hand it on; And so they made report that all the dreams Of Tycho Brahe were fruitless; perilous, Since he avowed that any fruit they bore Would fall, in distant years, to alien hands.
Page 175 - Whether the sun, predominant in Heaven, * Rise on the Earth, or Earth rise on the sun ; He from the east his flaming road begin, Or she from west her silent course advance With inoffensive pace that spinning sleeps On her soft axle, while she paces even, And bears thee soft with the smooth air along, Solicit not thy thoughts with matters hid: Leave them to God above; him serve and fear.
Page 229 - What is all science then But pure religion, seeking everywhere The true commandments, and through many forms The eternal power that binds all worlds in one? It is man's age-long struggle to draw near His Maker, learn His thoughts, discern His law, — A boundless task, in whose infinitude, As in the unfolding light and law of love, Abides our hope and our eternal joy.
Page 242 - Yet we, who are borne on one dark grain of dust Around one Indistinguishable spark Of star-mist, lost In one lost feather of light, Can, by the strength of our own thought, ascend Through universe after universe; trace their growth Through boundless time, their glory, their decay ; And, on the Invisible road of law, more firm Than granite, range through all their length and breadth, Their height and depth, past, present and to come.

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