The Medals of Creation, Or, First Lessons in Geology, and in the Study of Organic Remains: Fossil vegetables, Infusoria, zoophytes, echinoderms, and Mollusca

H.G. Bohn, 1844 - 1016 páginas
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Página 215 - The other redeems it from all its insignificance ; for it tells me that in the leaves of every forest, and in the flowers of every garden, and in the waters of every rivulet, there are worlds teeming with life, and numberless as are the glories of the firmament.
Página xi - Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read but not curiously (carefully), and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
Página 9 - My heart is awed within me when I think Of the great miracle that still goes on, In silence, round me, — the perpetual work Of thy creation, finished, yet renewed Forever.
Página x - ... of admiration must we consider those grand monuments of nature, which mark the revolutions of the globe ; continents broken into islands ; one land produced, another destroyed ; the bottom of the ocean become a fertile soil ; whole races of animals extinct ; and the bones...
Página 5 - I found there a flourishing city, more populous and more rich in beautiful buildings than the city I had seen the first time ; and when I would fain have informed myself concerning its origin, the inhabitants answered me, ' Its rise is lost in remote antiquity ; we are ignorant how long it has existed ; and our fathers were on this subject as ignorant as ourselves.
Página 4 - I passed one day by a very ancient and wonderfully populous city, and asked one of its inhabitants how long it had been founded. " It is indeed a mighty city," replied he ; " we know not how long it has existed, and our ancestors were on this subject as ignorant as ourselves.
Página 5 - I found the sea in the same place, and on its shores were a party of fishermen, of whom I inquired how long the land had been covered by the waters. ' Is this a question,' said they, ' for a man like you ? This spot has always been what it is now.
Página 2 - ... distaste. They may be enjoyed, too, in the intervals of the most active business ; and the calm and dispassionate interest with which they fill the mind renders them a most delightful retreat from the agitations and dissensions of the world, and from the conflict of passions, prejudices, and interests in which the man of business finds himself continually involved.
Página 5 - It is indeed a mighty city,' replied he ; ' we know not how long it has existed, and our ancestors were on this subject as ignorant as ourselves.' Five centuries afterwards, as I passed by the same place, I could not perceive the slightest vestige of the city. I demanded of a peasant, who was gathering herbs upon its former site, how long it bad been destroyed. ' In sooth, a strange question,' replied he. ' The ground here has never been different from what you now behold it.
Página 100 - ... or sea. Here they floated on the waters until they sank saturated to the bottom and being buried in the detritus of adjacent lands, became transferred to a new estate among the members of the mineral kingdom. A long interment followed, during which a course of chemical changes and new combinations of their vegetable elements have converted them to the mineral condition of coal.

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