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Page 49 - Music has charms to soothe a savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. I've read that things inanimate have moved, And, as with living souls, have been informed, By magic numbers and persuasive sound.
Page 53 - I will name but some, and first, the Dodo ; a Bird the Dutch call Walghvogel or Dod Ersen : her body is round and fat which occasions the slow pace or that her corpulencie ; and so great as few of them weigh less than fifty pound : meat it is with some, but better to the eye than stomach ; such as only a strong appetite can vanquish...
Page 76 - Truly it has been said, that to a clear eye the smallest fact is a window through which the Infinite may be seen. Turning from these purely morphological considerations, let us now examine into the manner in which the attentive study of the lobster impels us into other lines of research. Lobsters are found in all the European seas ; but on the opposite shores of the Atlantic and in the seas of the southern hemisphere they do not exist. They are, however, represented in these regions by very closely...
Page 78 - There corks are drawn, and the red vintage flows To fill the swelling veins for thee, and now The ruddy cheek and now the ruddier nose Shall tempt thee, as thou flittest round the brow. And when the hour of sleep its quiet brings, No angry hand shall rise to brush thy wings.
Page 266 - Whatever crazy sorrow saith, No life that breathes with human breath Has ever truly long'd for death. ' Tis life, whereof our nerves are scant, Oh life, not death, for which we pant; More life, and fuller, that I want.
Page 154 - The river nobly foams and flows, The charm of this enchanted ground, And all its thousand turns disclose Some fresher beauty varying round; The haughtiest breast its wish might bound Through life to dwell delighted here; Nor could on earth a spot be found To nature and to me so dear, Could thy dear eyes in following mine Still sweeten more these banks of Rhine!
Page 77 - How does all this take place?" the chief new idea would be, the idea of adaptation to purpose, — the notion, that the constituents of animal bodies are not mere unconnected parts, but organs working together to an end. Let us consider the tail of the lobster again from this point of view. Morphology has taught us that it is a series of segments composed of homologous parts, which undergo various modifications — beneath and through which a common plan of formation is discernible.
Page 149 - WHO has not heard of the Vale of Cashmere, With its roses the brightest that earth ever gave, Its temples, and grottos, and fountains as clear As the love-lighted eyes that hang over their wave...