Lecture on physical and intellectual life

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JohnChurchill, 1843 - Всего страниц: 58
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Стр. 7 - See dying vegetables life sustain, See life dissolving vegetate again: All forms that perish other forms supply; (By turns we catch the vital breath, and die) Like bubbles on the sea of Matter borne, They rise, they break, and to that sea return.
Стр. 31 - That very law* which moulds a tear, And bids it trickle from its source, That law preserves the earth a sphere, And guides the planets in their course.
Стр. 7 - Tis but an hour ago since it was nine, And after one hour more 'twill be eleven. And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe, And then from hour to hour we rot and rot; And thereby hangs a tale.
Стр. 14 - Physiology has sufficiently decisive grounds for the opinion, that every motion, every manifestation of force, is the result of a transformation of the structure or of its substance ; that every conception, every mental affection, is followed by changes in the chemical nature of the secreted fluids ; that every thought, every sensation, is accompanied by a change in the composition of the substance of the brain.
Стр. 56 - That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Стр. 8 - The germinal power of the plant transmutes the fixed air and the elementary base of water into grass or leaves ; and on these the organific principle in the ox or the elephant exercises an alchemy still more stupendous. As the unseen agency weaves its magic eddies, the foliage becomes indifferently the bone and its marrow, the pulpy brain, or the solid ivory.
Стр. 12 - Nurs'd by warm sun-beams in primeval caves Organic Life began beneath the waves. Hence without parent by spontaneous birth Rise the first specks of animated earth; From Nature's womb the plant or insect swims, And buds or breathes, with microscopic limbs.
Стр. 5 - Were there all harmony, all virtue here; That never air or ocean felt the wind; That never passion discomposed the mind.
Стр. 30 - He took her naked, all alone, Before one rag of form was on. The Chaos, too, he had descried, And seen quite through, or else he lied : Not that of pasteboard which men shew s«o For groats at Fair of Barthol'mew; But its great grandsire, first o' th' name, Whence that and Reformation came : Both cousin-germans, and right able T' inveigle and draw in the rabble.
Стр. 12 - But it may appear too bold in the present state of our knowledge on this subject, to suppose that all vegetables and animals now existing were originally derived from the smallest microscopic ones, formed by spontaneous vitality ? and that they have by innumerable reproductions, during innumerable centuries of time, gradually acquired the size, strength, and excellence of form and faculties, which they now possess ? and that such amazing...

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