Memoir of Nathaniel Bowditch

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J. Munroe, 1841 - 158 pages
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Page 151 - O'er the warm-colored heaven and ruddy mountain head. " Why weep ye then for him, who, having won The bound of man's appointed years, at last. Life's blessings all enjoyed, life's labors done, Serenely to his final rest has passed ; While the soft memory of his virtues, yet, Lingers like twilight hues, when the bright sun is set.
Page 151 - That life was happy ; every day he gave Thanks for the fair existence that was his ; For a sick fancy made him not her slave, To mock him with her phantom miseries. No chronic tortures racked his aged limb, For luxury and sloth had nourished none for him.
Page 109 - About 30 or 40 seconds after this, three loud and distinct reports, like those of a four-pounder, near at hand, were heard. They succeeded each other with as much rapidity as was consistent with distinctness, and, altogether, did not occupy three seconds.
Page 152 - And I am glad, that he has lived thus long, And glad, that he has gone to his reward ; Nor deem, that kindly nature did him wrong, Softly to disengage the vital cord. When his weak hand grew palsied, and his eye Dark with the mists of age, it was his time to die.
Page 121 - What we know here is very little; but what we are ignorant of is immense — A quotation from Laplace seen on the bulletin board of a famous radiation laboratory.
Page 108 - ... morning was somewhat cloudy. The clouds were dispersed in unequal masses; being in some places thick and opaque, and in others fleecy, and partially transparent. Numerous spots of unclouded sky were visible, and along the Northern part of the horizon, a space of 10 or 15 degrees was perfectly clear.
Page 150 - I SAW an aged man upon his bier, His hair was thin and white, and on his brow A record of the cares of many a year ; — Cares that were ended and forgotten now. And there was sadness round, and faces bowed, And woman's tears fell fast, and children wailed aloud. Then rose another hoary man and said, In faltering accents, to that weeping train, " Why mourn ye that our aged friend is dead ? Ye are not sad to see the gathered grain, Nor when their mellow fruit the orchards cast, Nor when the yellow...
Page 108 - Its progress was not so rapid as that of common meteors and shooting stars. When it passed behind the thinner clouds, it appeared brighter than before ; and, when it passed the spots of clear sky, it flashed with a vivid light, yet not so intense as the lightning in a thunder-storm, but rather iike what is commonly called heat lightning.
Page 109 - ... in length about 10 or 12 diameters of the body. In the clear sky a brisk scintillation was observed, about the body of the meteor, like that of a burning fire-brand carried against the wind. It disappeared about 15 degrees short of the zenith, and about the same number of degrees west of the meridian. It did not vanish instantaneously, but grew, pretty rapidly, fainter and fainter, as a red-hot cannonball would do, if cooling in the dark, only with much more rapidity.
Page 151 - Nor when the yellow woods shake down the ripened mast. " Ye sigh not when the sun, his course fulfilled, His glorious course, rejoicing earth and sky, In the soft evening, when the winds are stilled, Sinks where his islands of refreshment lie, And leaves the smile of his departure, spread O'er the warm-colored heaven and ruddy mountain head.

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