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Strana 310 - Ask for what end the heavenly bodies shine, Earth for whose use? Pride answers, " 'Tis for mine: For me kind nature wakes her genial power, Suckles each herb, and spreads out every flower; Annual for me, the grape, the rose renew The juice nectareous, and the balmy dew ; For me, the mine a thousand treasures brings; For me health gushes from a thousand springs; Seas roll to waft...
Strana 312 - And choral symphonies, day without night Circle his throne rejoicing; ye in heaven, On earth join all ye creatures to extol Him first, him last, him midst, and without end. Fairest of stars, last in the train of night, If better thou belong not to the dawn, Sure pledge of day, that crown'st the smiling mom With thy bright circlet, praise him in thy sphere, While day arises, that sweet hour of prime.
Strana 288 - Less than archangel ruined, and the excess Of glory obscured ; as when the sun, new risen, Looks through the horizontal misty air Shorn of his beams, or from behind the moon, In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds On half the nations, and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs.
Strana 202 - Of thirty years, to Mercury, whose disk Can scarce be caught by philosophic eye, Lost in the near effulgence of thy blaze.
Strana 71 - The horizontal distance to which a fluid will spout from a horizontal pipe in any part of the side of an upright vessel, below the surface of the fluid, is equal to twice the length of a perpendicular to the side of the vessel, drawn from the mouth of the pipe to a semicircle described upon the...
Strana 204 - THE sun revolving on his axis turns, And with creative fire intensely burns ; Impell'd the forcive air, our earth supreme Rolls with the planets round the solar gleam. First Mercury completes his transient year, Glowing,. refulgent, with reflected glare ; Bright Venus occupies a wider way, The early harbinger of night and day ; More distant still our globe terraqueous turns...
Strana 123 - Hence he inferred that, though of equal weight, the bulk of the silver was greater than that of the gold, and that the quantity of water displaced was, in each experiment, equal to the bulk of the metal. He...
Strana 339 - ... disappointed. The third was that which appeared in 1680, and its period being estimated at 575 years cannot, upon that supposition, return until the year 2255. This last comet at its greatest distance is eleven thousand two hundred millions- of miles from the sun, and its least distance from the sun's centre was but...
Strana 349 - How distant some of these nocturnal suns ! So distant (says the sage) 'twere not absurd To doubt if beams, set out at Nature's birth, Are yet arrived at this so foreign world, Though nothing half so rapid as their flight.
Strana 2 - That is a difficult word ? what are we to understand by it ? words, which signify water, and the science which considers the weight of bodies. But hydrostatics, as a branch of natural philosophy, treats of the nature, gravity, pressure, and motion of fluids in general ; and of the methods of weighing solids in them. Charles. Is this an important part of knowledge ? Father.

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