Hydraulia, an historical and descriptive account of the water works of London: and the contrivances for supplying other great cities, in different ages and countries

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Simpkin, Marshall, 1835 - Water-supply engineering - 454 pages
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Page 389 - And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, That one small head should carry all he knew.
Page 166 - This through the gardens leads its streams around, Visits each plant, and waters all the ground; While that in pipes beneath the palace flows, And thence its current on the town bestows; To various use their various streams they bring, The people one, and one supplies the king.
Page 293 - Soon shall thy arm, unconquered steam, afar Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car ; Or on wide waving wings expanded bear The flying chariot through the fields of air...
Page 267 - The pilgrim oft, At dead of night, mid his oraison hears Aghast the voice of Time, disparting towers, Tumbling all precipitate down-dash'd, Rattling around, loud thundering to the moon...
Page 16 - Street], for to see them after the old custom. And afore dinner they hunted the hare and killed her, and thence to dinner at the head of the Conduit.
Page 194 - Musical ever ; while from yon blue hills Dim in the clouds, the radiant aqueducts Turn their innumerable arches o'er The spacious desert, brightening in the sun, Proud and more proud in their august approach High o'er irriguous vales and woods and towns, Glide the soft whispering waters in the wind, And here united pour their silver streams Among the figured rocks, in murmuring falls, Musical ever.
Page 8 - London," tells us that, in 1439, "the Abbot of Westminster granted to Robert Large, the mayor, and citizens of London, and their successors, one head of water, containing twenty-six perches in length and one in breadth, together with all its springs in the manor of Paddington ; in consideration of which grant the City is for ever to pay to the said abbot and his successors, at the feast of St. Peter, two peppercorns. But if the intended work should...
Page 50 - Heaven, and good men's wishes 'tis at length Happily conquered by cost, art, and strength, And after five years' dear expense in days, Travail and pains, beside the infinite ways Of malice, envy, false suggestions, Able to daunt the spirit of mighty ones, In wealth and courage, this...
Page 197 - Tarquinian genius dooms Each wave impure ; and proud with added rains, Hark how the mighty billows lash their vaults, And thunder ; how they heave their rocks in vain ! Though now incessant time has roll'd around A thousand winters o'er the changeful world, And yet a thousand since, 111' indignant floods Roar loud in their firm bounds, and dash and swell, In vain ; convey'd to Tiber's lowest wave.
Page 52 - whose successful care, " assisted by the patronage of his King, " conveyed this stream to LONDON ; " an immortal work. " Since man cannot more nearly " imitate the Deity,

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