James Nasmyth, Engineer: An Autobiography

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Harper & Brothers, 1883 - 461 pages

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Page 360 - Or hear'st thou rather pure ethereal stream, Whose fountain who shall tell? before the sun, Before the heavens thou wert, and at the voice Of God, as with a mantle, didst invest The rising world of waters dark and deep, Won from the void and formless infinite.
Page 360 - HAIL, holy Light, offspring of heaven first-born, Or of the eternal co-eternal beam, May I express thee unblamed ? since God is light, And never but in unapproached light Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee, Bright effluence of bright essence increate.
Page 340 - Toward evening the distant glories of the departing sun threw forward, in dark outline, the wooded hills of Corstorphine. The Rock and Castle assumed a new aspect every time I looked at them. The long-drawn gardens, filling the valley between the Old Town and the New, and the thickly-wooded scars of the Castle Rock, were a charm of landscape and a charm of art. Arthur's Seat, like a lion at rest, seemed perfect witchcraft ; and from the streets in the New Town, or from Calton Hill, what singular...
Page 165 - Amidst these flaming, smoky, clanging works, I beheld the remains of what had once been happy farmhouses, now ruined and deserted. The ground underneath them had sunk by the working out of the coal, and they were falling to pieces. They had in former times been surrounded by clumps of trees ; but only the skeletons of them remained, dilapidated, black, and lifeless.
Page 359 - ... extraordinary splendour, and have again so mysteriously faded away ; many instances of which abound in historical record. " Finally, in reference to such a state of change having come over our sun, as indicated by the existence of a glacial period, as is now placed beyond doubt by geological research, it appears to me no very wild stretch of analogy to suppose that in such former periods of the earth's history our sun may have passed through portions of his stellar orbit in which the light-yielding...
Page 100 - The truth is that the eyes and the fingers — the bare fingers — are the two principal inlets to sonnd practical instruction. They are the chief sources of trustworthy knowledge in all the materials and operations which the engineer has to deal with. No book knowledge can avail for that purpose. The nature and properties of the materials must come in through the finger ends. Hence, I have no faith in young engineers who are addicted to wearing gloves. Gloves, especially kid gloves, are perfect...
Page 34 - The magnificent scenery of the capital itself had filled him with extraordinary delight. In the spring mornings, he walked very often to the top of Arthur's Seat, and lying prostrate on the turf, surveyed the rising of the sun out of the sea, in silent admiration ; his chosen companion on such occasions being that ardent lover of nature, and learned artist, Mr.
Page 362 - Every well-trained philosophical judgment is accustomed to observe illustrations of the most sublime phenomena of creation in the most minute and familiar operations of the Creator's laws, one of the most characteristic features of which consists in the absolute and wonderful integrity maintained in their action whatsoever be the range as to magnitude or distance of the objects on which they operate. " For instance, the minute particles of dew which whiten the...

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