Footprints of the Creator, Or, The Asterolepis of Stromness

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Johnstone and Hunter, 1849 - 313 pages

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Page 312 - New heavens, new earth, ages of endless date Founded in righteousness, and peace, and love, To bring forth fruits, joy and eternal bliss.
Page 295 - Whose midnight revels by a forest side Or fountain some belated peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while overhead the moon Sits arbitress, and nearer to the earth Wheels her pale course ; they, on their mirth and dance Intent, with jocund music charm his ear; At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
Page 295 - ... so thick the aery crowd swarmed and were straitened ; till, the signal given, behold a wonder ! they but now who seemed in bigness to surpass earth's giant sons, now less than smallest dwarfs in narrow room throng numberless...
Page 312 - In glory of the Father, to dissolve Satan with his perverted World, then raise From the conflagrant mass, purg'd and refin'd, New Heav'ns, new Earth, Ages of endless date Founded in righteousness and peace and love, To bring forth fruits Joy and eternal Bliss.
Page 255 - Of treeship — first a seedling hid in grass ; Then twig ; then sapling ; and, as century rolled Slow after century, a giant bulk Of girth enormous, with moss-cushioned root Upheaved above the soil, and sides embossed With prominent wens globose, — till at the last The rottenness, which Time is charged to inflict On other mighty ones, found also thee.
Page 218 - But the materialists, said the Astronomer, urge that matter may have qualities with which we are unacquainted." " He who will determine, returned Imlac, against that which he knows, because there may be something, which he knows not ; he that can set hypothetical possibility against acknowledged certainty, is not to be admitted among reasonable beings.
Page 239 - Nor wears a rosy blush, nor sheds perfume ; . The few dull flowers that o'er the place are spread Partake the nature of their fenny bed; Here on its wiry stem, in rigid bloom, Grows the salt lavender that lacks perfume; Here the dwarf sallows creep, the septfoil harsh, And the soft slimy mallow of the marsh; Low on the ear the distant billows sound, And just in view appears their stony bound ; No hedge nor tree conceals the glowing sun, Birds, save a wat'ry tribe, the district shun, Nor chirp among...
Page 13 - God might as certainly have originated the species by a law of development, as he maintains it by a law of development ;—the existence of a First Great Cause is as perfectly compatible with the one scheme as with the other.
Page 121 - ... which we find in ourselves when we come to be capable of reflection ; this would be a treasure of natural history, which would probably give more light into the human faculties, than all the systems of philosophers about them since the beginning of the world. But it is in vain to wish for what nature has not put within the reach of our power.
Page 107 - ... necessary for the creation of the superior creatures. And if so, it undoubtedly is a powerful evidence of such a theory of development as that which I have presented. If not, let me hear an equally plausible reason for the great and amazing fact, that seas were for numberless ages destitute of fish. I fix my opponents down to the consideration of this fact, so that no diversion respecting high molluscs shall avail them.

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