The Friendly Stars

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Harper & brothers, 1907 - Astronomy - 264 pages
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Page v - WHEN I heard the learn'd astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room, How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick, Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself, In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.
Page 179 - Why didn't somebody teach me the constellations, too, and make me at home in the starry heavens which are always overhead, and which I don't half know to this day?
Page v - WHEN I heard the learn'd astronomer; When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me; When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them; When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room, How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick; Till rising and gliding out, I wander'd off by myself, In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to...
Page 180 - There wrought he the earth, and the heavens, and the sea, and the unwearying sun, and the moon waxing to the full, and the signs every one wherewith the heavens are crowned, Pleiads and Hyads and Orion's might, and the Bear that men call also the Wain, her that turneth in her place and watcheth Orion, and alone hath no part in the baths of Ocean.
Page 107 - Achilles his feet and knees. Him the old man Priam first beheld as he sped across the plain, blazing as the star that cometh forth at harvest-time, and plain seen his rays shine forth amid the host of stars in the darkness of night, the star whose name men call Orion's Dog. Brightest of all is he, yet for an evil sign is he set, and bringeth much fever upon hapless men. Even so on Achilles' breast the bronze gleamed as he ran.
Page 216 - Quebec is assuredly the period from the middle of March to the middle of April, when the seedlings are being grown in beds, to be set out in the first days of June.
Page 110 - He comes richly dight in many colors, twinkling fast and changing with each motion from tints of ruby to sapphire and emerald and amethyst. As he rises higher and higher in the sky he gains composure and his beams now sparkle like the most brilliant diamond — not a pure white, but slightly tinged with iridescence.
Page 22 - It lies in the northern heavens, and in our latitude is above the horizon all night, so that it can always be seen when the skies are clear. The two stars on the outer side of the bowl are called the "pointers...
Page 11 - These stars rise in the northeast, make a long, slow sweep of the sky, and set in the northwest, finish11 ing their circle below the horizon and rising not long after they set.
Page 38 - March about eight o'clock in the evening, and during this month, when the horse chestnut buds are swelling and the elm trees are putting forth their first brown blossoms, and the hawks and owls and crows are prospecting for nesting sites among the high trees, Arcturus, as if impelled by the onrush of spring, is returning four minutes earlier each evening until at the beginning of April the star rises just as the sun sets.

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