The birth of the universe: being a philosophical exposition of the origin, unfoldings and ultimate of creation

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Harmonial Association, 1853 - 146 páginas
 

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Página 124 - Were we to press, inferior might on ours; Or in the full creation leave a void, Where, one step broken, the great scale's destroy'd: From Nature's chain whatever link you strike, Tenth, or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike. And, if each system in gradation roll Alike essential to th' amazing whole, The least confusion but in one, not all That system only, but the whole must fall.
Página 53 - Then liv'd the almighty One : then, deep retir'd In his unfathom'd essence, view'd the forms, The forms eternal of created things ; The radiant Sun, the Moon's nocturnal lamp, The mountains, woods, and streams, the rolling globe, And Wisdom's mien celestial.
Página 117 - ... derived from ore, for the most part coeval with, or more ancient than the fuel, by the aid of which we reduce it to its metallic state, and apply it to innumerable uses in the economy of human life. Thus, from the wreck of forests that waved upon the surface of the primeval lands, and from ferruginous mud that was lodged at the bottom of the primeval waters, we derive our chief supplies of coal and iron ; those two fundamental elements of art and industry, which contribute more than any other...
Página 124 - Alike essential to the amazing whole, The least confusion but in one, not all That system only, but the whole must fall. Let earth, unbalanced, from her orbit fly, Planets and suns run lawless through the sky...
Página 116 - The important uses of coal and iron in administering to the supply of our daily wants, give to every individual amongst us, in almost every moment of our lives, a personal concern, of which but few are conscious, in the geological events of these very distant eras. We are all brought into immediate connexion with the vegetation that clothed the ancient earth, before one-half of its actual surface had yet been formed.
Página 120 - To the head of a Lizard, it united the teeth of a Crocodile ; a neck of enormous length, resembling the body of a Serpent: a trunk and tail having the proportions of an ordinary quadruped, the ribs of a Chameleon, and the paddles of a Whale.
Página 117 - ... heat, and light, and wealth. My fire now burns with fuel, and my lamp is shining with the light of gas derived from coal, that has been buried for countless ages in the deep and dark recesses of the earth. We prepare our food, and maintain our forges and furnaces, and the power of our steam-engines, with the remains of plants of ancient forms and extinct species, which were swept from the earth ere the formation of the transition strata was completed. Our instruments of cutlery, the tools of...
Página 117 - We prepare our food, and maintain our forges and furnaces, and the power of our steam-engines, with the remains of plants of ancient forms and extinct species, which were swept from the earth ere the formation of the transition strata was completed. Our instruments of cutlery, the tools of our mechanics, and the countless machines which we construct, by the infinitely varied applications of iron, are derived from ore, for the most part coeval with or more ancient than the fuel by the aid of which...
Página 116 - ... to man the sources of heat and light, and wealth. My fire now burns with fuel, and my lamp is shining with the light of gas derived from coal that has been buried for countless ages in the deep and dark recesses of the earth.
Página 116 - We are all brought into immediate connexion with the vegetation that clothed the ancient earth before one-half of its actual surface had yet been formed. The trees of the primeval forests have not, like modern trees, undergone decay, yielding back their elements to the soil and atmosphere by which they had...

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