The Wonders of Geology, Or, A Familiar Exposition of Geological Phenomena: Being the Substance of a Course of Lectures Delivered at Brighton, Volume 2

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Relfe and Fletcher, 1838 - Geology
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Page 680 - ... the shadows of dark solemn yews Brood silently o'er some lone burial-ground, Thy verse hath power that brightly might diffuse A breath, a kindling, as of spring, around; From its own glow of hope and courage high, And steadfast faith's victorious constancy. True bard and holy ! — thou art e'en as one Who, by some secret gift of soul or eye, In every spot beneath the smiling sun, Sees where the springs of living waters lie : Unseen awhile they sleep — till, touch'd by thee, Bright healthful...
Page 518 - ... of creation which sweep immeasurably along, and carry the impress of the Almighty's hand to the remotest scenes of the universe. The other...
Page 488 - ... invisible. These animals are of a great variety of shapes and sizes, and in such prodigious numbers, that, in a short time, the whole surface of the rock appears to be alive and in motion. The most common...
Page 468 - When this cloud came to be examined, it proved to be nothing else than so much space filled with young shrimps in the act of bounding into the air from the shallow margin of the water or from the wet sand. If any motion of a mute animal could express delight, it was this; if they had meant to make signs of their happiness, they could not have done it more intelligibly. Suppose, then, what I have no doubt of, each individual of this number to be in a state of positive enjoyment; what a sum, collectively,...
Page 529 - Coal mines are overhung. The roof is covered as with a canopy of gorgeous tapestry, enriched with festoons of most graceful foliage, flung in wild irregular profusion over every portion of its surface.
Page 617 - The ancient cone was of a very regular form, terminating, not as at present, in two peaks, but with a flattish summit, where the remains of an ancient crater, nearly filled up, had left a slight depression, covered in its interior by wild vines, and with a sterile plain at the bottom.
Page 491 - ... rearing A new creation in the secret deep. Omnipotence wrought in them, with them, by them; Hence what Omnipotence alone could do Worms did. I saw the living pile ascend, The mausoleum of its architects, Still dying upwards as their labours closed : Slime the material, but the slime was turn'd To adamant, by their petrific touch ; Frail were their frames, ephemeral their lives, Their masonry imperishable.
Page 489 - ... salt water; and the interstices being gradually filled up with sand and broken pieces of coral washed by the sea, which also adhere, a mass of rock is at length formed. Future races of these animalcules erect their habitations upon the rising bank, and die, in their turn, to increase, but principally to elevate, this monument of their wonderful labours.
Page 518 - The one led me to see a system in every star; the other leads me to see a world in every atom. The one taught me that this mighty globe, with the whole burden of its people and its countries, is but a grain of sand on the high field of immensity...
Page 447 - ... can judge of the happiness of another. As the moon plays upon the waves, and seems to our eyes to favour with a peculiar beam one long track...

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