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TROPICAL NATURE,

AND OTHER ESSAYS.

AND

OTHER ESSAYS.

BY

ALFRED R. WALLACE.

AUTHOR OF "THE MALAY ARCHIPELAGO, ,” “THE GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF ANIMALS,"

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE THEORY OF NATURAL SELECTION," ETC., ETC.

London:
MACMILLAN AND CO.

1878.

[The Right of Translation and Reproduction is Reserved.]

LONDON: R. CLAY, SONS, AND TAYLOR,

BREAD STREET ILL.

THE TROPICS.

Land of the Sun ! where joyous green-robed Spring
And leaf-crowned Summer deck the Earth for ever ;
No Winter stern their sweet embrace to sever
And numb to silence every living thing,
But bird and insect ever on the wing,
Flitting ʼmid forest glades and tangled bowers,
While the life-giving orb's effulgent beams
Through all the circling year call forth the flowers.
Here graceful palms, here luscious fruits have birth ;
The fragrant coffee, life-sustaining rice,
Sweet canes, and wondrous gums, and odorous spice ;
While Flora's choicest treasures crowd the teening earth.
Beside each cot the golden Orange stands,
And broad-leaved Plantain, pride of Tropic lands.

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