The Temple of Nature, Or, The Origin of Society: A Poem, with Philosophical Notes

John W. Butler, and Bonsal & Niles, 1804 - 344 pàgines

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Pàgina 181 - 1. 309. Mr. Locke defines wit to consist of an assemblage of ideas, brought together with quickness and variety, wherein can be found any resemblance or congruity, thereby to make up pleasant pictures and agreeable visions in the fancy. To Which Mr. Addison adds, that these must occasion surprise as well as delight; Spectator, Vol. I. No. LXII. See Note on Canto
Pàgina 30 - Lights into life the fibre-woven frame.— 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. 250 " In earth, sea, air, around, below, above, Life's subtle woof in Nature's loom is wove
Pàgina 28 - Then, whilst the sea, at their coeval birth, Surge over surge, involved the shoreless earth ; Nurs'd by warm sun-beams in primeval caves, Organic Life began beneath the waves. " First HEAT, from chemic dissolution springs, And gives to matter its eccentric wings ; With strong REPULSION parts the exploding mass, Melts into lymph, or kindles into gas.
Pàgina 139 - blown on the edge of the ribbon, it gave an agreeable tone, as it vibrated between the wooden sides, much like a human voice. This head pronounced the p, b, m, and the vowel a, with so great nicety as to deceive all who heard it unseen, when it pronounced the words
Pàgina 5 - Poem, which is here offered to the Public, does not pretend to instruct by deep researches of reasoning ; its aim is simply to amuse, by bringing distinctly to the imagination, the beautiful and sublime images of the operations of Nature, in the. order, as the author believes, in which the progressive course of time
Pàgina 122 - of rising and descending surface, or in the forms of some antique vases, or in other works of the pencil or the chisel, we feel a general glow of delight, which seems to influence all our senses ; and if the object be not too large, we experience an attraction to embrace it with our arms, and to salute it with our lips,
Pàgina 159 - the tribes above ; With monstrous gape, sepulchral whales devour Shoals at a gulp, a million in an hour. —Air, earth, and ocean, to astonish'd day, One scene of blood, one mighty tomb display ! From Hunger's arm the shafts of Death are hurl'd, And one great Slaughter-house the warring world
Pàgina 13 - and tittering, as they pass, View their fair features in the walls of glass ; Leave with impatient step the circling bourn, And hear behind the closing rocks return. Here, high in air, unconscious of the storm, Thy temple, NATURE, rears it's mystic form ; From earth to heav'n, unwrought by mortal toil. Towers the vast fabric on the
Pàgina 29 - ATTRACTION next, as earth or air subsides, The ponderous atoms from the light divides, Approaching parts with quick embrace combines, Swells into spheres and lengthens into lines. Last, as fine goads the gluten-threads excite, Cords grapple cords, and webs with webs unite ; And quick CONTRACTION with ethereal flame
Pàgina 84 - A great want of one part of the animal world has consisted in the desire of the exclusive possession of the females ; and these have acquired weapons to combat each other for this purpose, as the very thick shield-like horny skin on the

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