A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature, Volume 1

Wingrave and Collingwood, 1816
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Pagina 162 - All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
Pagina 48 - It is this alone, of all the elements around us, that is never found an enemy to man. The body of waters deluge him with rains, oppress him with hail, and drown him with inundations. The air rushes in storms, prepares the tempest, or lights up the volcano ; but the earth, gentle and indulgent, ever subservient to the wants of man, spreads his walks with flowers, and his table with plenty ; returns with interest every good...
Pagina 297 - I scarce could turn to fall upon the ground, with my head to the northward, when I felt the heat of its current plainly upon my face. We all lay flat on the ground, as if dead, till Idris told us it was blown over. The meteor or purple haze which...
Pagina 244 - Some mariners out at sea one day observing something at a distance from them, regarded it as a sea-monster; but upon its approach it was known to be Nicholas, whom they took into their ship. When they asked him whither he was going in so stormy and rough a sea, and at such a distance from land, he...
Pagina 244 - In order to aid these powers of enduring in the deep, nature seemed to have assisted him in a very extraordinary manner; for the spaces between his fingers and toes were webbed as in a goose ; and his chest became so very capacious, that he could take in at one inspiration as much breath as would serve him for a whole day.
Pagina 120 - Nothing can be finer, or more exact, than Mr. Pope's description of a traveller straining up the Alps. Every mountain he comes to he thinks will be the last ; he finds, however, an unexpected hill rise before him ; and that being scaled, he finds the highest summit almost at as great a distance as before. Upon quitting the plain, he might have left a green and a fertile soil, and a climate warm and pleasing.
Pagina 246 - This account, however, did not satisfy the king's curiosity ; being requested to venture once more into the gulf for further discoveries, he at first refused ; but the king, desirous of having the most exact information possible of all things to be found in the gulf, repeated his solicitations ; and to give them still greater weight, produced a larger cup than the former, and added also a purse of gold. Upon these considerations, the unfortunate Pessacola once again plunged into the whirlpool, and...
Pagina 123 - Our gloves were indeed some defence to our hands, but our faces were entirely exposed ; nor were our clothes a sufficient defence for the rest of our bodies, for their stings penetrating through the cloth, caused a very painful and fiery itching.
Pagina 93 - ... which happened in the province of Mutina. Two mountains shocked against each other, approaching and retiring with the most, dreadful noise. They, at the same time, and in the midst of the day, appeared to cast forth fire and smoke, while a vast number of Roman knights and travellers from the jEmilian way, stood and continued amazed spectators. Several towns were destroyed by this shock ; and all the animals that were near them were killed.
Pagina 81 - After an hour's stay, the smoke, being moved by the wind, gave us short and partial prospects of the great hollow, in the flat bottom of which I could discern two furnaces almost contiguous : that on the left, seeming about three yards in diameter, glowed with red flame, and threw up red-hot stones with a hideous noise, which as they fell back, caused the fore-mentioned clattering.

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