Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes: Being Records of Travel on the Amazon and Its Tributaries, the Trombetas, Rio Negro, Uaupés, Casiquiari, Pacimoni, Huallaga and Pastasa : as Also to the Cataracts of the Orinoco, Along the Eastern Side of the Andes of Peru and Ecuador, and the Shores of the Pacific, During the Years 1849-1864, Volume 1

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Macmillan, 1908 - Amazon River Valley - 542 pages

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Page x - Thanks to the human heart by which we live, Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears ; To me the meanest flower that blows can give Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
Page iv - To sit on rocks, to muse o'er flood and fell, To slowly trace the forest's shady scene, Where things that own not man's dominion dwell, And mortal foot hath ne'er or rarely been ; To climb the trackless mountain all unseen, With the wild flock that never needs a fold ; Alone o'er steeps and foaming falls to lean ; This is not solitude ; 'tis but to hold Converse with Nature's charms, and view her stores unroll'd.
Page xviii - The works of human artifice soon tire The curious eye ; the fountain's sparkling rill And gardens, when adorned by human skill, Reproach the feeble hand, the vain desire. But oh, the free and wild magnificence Of Nature in her lavish hours doth steal, In admiration silent and intense, The soul of him who hath a soul to feel.
Page 236 - You have; I knew it would be your answer. Well, for your favour, sir, why, give God thanks, and make no boast of it; and for your writing and reading, let that appear when there is no need of such vanity. You are thought here to be the...
Page 263 - I had sad news two days ago from my friend Wallace," wrote Spruce on December 28, 1851. "He is at Sao Joaquim . . . and he writes me by another hand that he is almost at the point of death from a malignant fever, which has reduced him to such a state of weakness that he cannot rise from his hammock or even feed himself. The person who brought me the letter told me that he had taken no nourishment for some days except the juice of oranges and cashews.
Page 459 - Die, you English dog, that we may have a merry watch-night with your dollars!
Page 516 - A Narrative of the Expedition to Central Africa for the Suppression of the Slave Trade, organised by ISMAIL, Khedive of Egypt.
Page xxxix - I like to look on plants as sentient beings, which live and enjoy their lives which beautify the earth during life, and after death may adorn my herbarium. When they are beaten to pulp or powder in the apothecary's mortar they lose most of their interest for me. It is true that the Hepaticae have hardly as yet yielded any substance to man capable of stupefying him, or of forcing his stomach to empty its contents, nor are they good for food; but if man cannot torture them to his uses or abuses, they...
Page 261 - Negro again, because I was obliged to leave so many fine things on its banks. After passing Barcellos almost everything was new, and so many things were in flower that I was obliged to confine myself to those which presented the greatest novelty of structure. Nothing like this has ever happened to me before : I was obliged, for instance, to shut my eyes to Myrtles, Laurels, Ingas, and several others. Between the Barra and Uanauaca I counted no fewer than fourteen species of Lecythis in flower, and...