A Report on the Trees and Shrubs Growing Naturally in the Forests of Massachusetts, Volume 1

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Dutton and Wentworth, State printers, 1846 - Plants - 547 pages
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Page 246 - O Woman ! in our hours of ease, Uncertain, coy, and hard to please, And variable as the shade By the light quivering aspen made, When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou ! — Scarce were the piteous accents said, When, with the Baron's casque, the maid To the nigh streamlet ran.
Page 129 - Wears the green coronal of leaves with which Thy hand has graced him. Nestled at his root Is beauty, such as blooms not in the glare Of the broad sun. That delicate forest flower, With...
Page 443 - The spells were vain ; the hags returned To the queen in sorrowful mood, Crying that witches have no power Where there is rown-tree wood.
Page 243 - ... cabinet and toy making, and for boarded floors; for which last purpose it is well adapted, from its whiteness, and the facility with which it is scoured ; and, also, from the difficulty with which it catches fire, and the slowness with which it burns. In these respects, it is the very reverse of deal. Poplar, like other soft woods, is generally considered not durable; but this is only the case when it is exposed to the...
Page 374 - This plant is always fixed on some little turfy hillock in the midst of the swamps, as Andromeda herself was chained to a rock in the sea, which bathed her feet, as the fresh water does the roots of the plant.
Page 162 - ... easiest mattresses in the world to lay under our quilts instead of straw ; because, besides their tenderness and loose lying together, they continue sweet for seven or eight years long, before which time straw becomes musty and hard.
Page 94 - This plantation extended up the face of a hill from two hundred to four hundred feet above the level of the sea. The rocky ground of which it was composed, was covered with loose and crumbling masses of mica slate, and was not worth above 3 a year altogether.
Page 374 - ... virgin purity, which is also applicable to the plant now preparing to celebrate its nuptials. This plant is always fixed on some little turfy hillock in the midst of the swamps, as Andromeda herself was chained to a rock in the sea ; which bathed her feet, as the fresh water does the roots of...
Page 524 - It is also remarkable for the irritability of its stamens, which, when the filament is touched on the inside with the point of a pin, or any other hard instrument, bend forward towards the pistil, touch the stigma with the anther, remain curved for a short time, and then partially recover their erect position : this is best seen in warm, dry we.ither.
Page 374 - Scarcely any painter's art can so happily imitate the beauty of a fine female complexion ; still less could any artificial colour upon the face itself bear a comparison with this lovely blossom.

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