Cosmos: sketch of a physical description of the universe, tr. under the superintendence of E. Sabine. 4 vols. [in 5].

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Page 45 - The trees of the Lord are full of sap ; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
Page lxii - Anciennes Relations des Indes, et de la Chine, de deux Voyageurs Mahometans, qui y allerent dans le Neuvieme Siecle, traduites de 1'Arabe, avec des Remarques sur les principaux Endroits de ces Relations.
Page x - Blüte des frühen, die Früchte des späteren Jahres, Willst du, was reizt und entzückt, willst du, was sättigt und nährt, Willst du den Himmel, die Erde mit einem Namen begreifen, Nenn...
Page 46 - We are astonished to see, within the compass of a poem of such small dimension, the universe, the heavens and the earth, thus drawn with a few grand strokes.
Page 247 - Cofnioyraphicus de Natura Locorum, is a species of physical geography. I have found in it considerations on the dependence of temperature concurrently on latitude and elevation, and on the effect of different angles of incidence of the sun's rays in heating the ground, which have excited my surprise.'* Jourdain, another modern critic, says, ' whether we consider him as a theologian or a philosopher.
Page 45 - LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all ; the earth is full of thy riches. 25 So is the great and wide sea also; wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. 26 There go the ships, and there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to take his pastime therein.
Page 7 - all is made to concentrate within the sphere of human life and feeling. The description of nature, in her manifold diversity, as a distinct branch of poetic literature, was altogether foreign to the ideas of the Greeks. With them, the landscape is always the mere background of a picture, in the foreground of which human figures are moving.
Page 14 - If there were beings living in the depths of the earth, in habitations adorned with statues and paintings, and every thing which is possessed in abundance by those whom we call fortunate, and if these beings should receive tidings of the dominion and power of the gods, and should then be brought from their hidden dwelling places to the surface which we inhabit, and should suddenly behold the earth, and the sea, and the...
Page 278 - I find as soon as I arrive a hundred nautical miles to the west of the Azores, an extraordinary alteration in the movement of the heavenly bodies, in the temperature of the air, and in the character of the ocean. I have observed these alterations with particular care, and have recognised that the needle of the mariner's compass (agujas de marear), the declination of which had been to the north-east, now turned to the northwest...
Page 250 - de quantitate terra habitabilis," by which he had been profoundly impressed. He probably did not know that Alliacus had on his part transcribed word for word froin another earlier book, Roger Bacon's Opus Majus. (386) Singular period, when a mixture of testimonies from Aristotle and Averroes (Avenryz), Esdras and Seneca, on the small extent of the ocean compared with the magnitude of continental land, afforded to monarchs guarantees for the safety and expediency of costly enterprises ! I have noticed...

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