Proceedings of the Literary & Philosophical Society of Liverpool, Issue 33

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Page 129 - Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait, Tempest the ocean; there leviathan,' Hugest of living creatures, on the deep Stretched like a promontory, sleeps or swims, And seems a moving land, and at his gills Draws in, and at his trunk spouts out, a sea.
Page 214 - Constantinople ; that many cities of the East were left vacant; and that in several districts of Italy the harvest and the vintage withered on the ground. The triple scourge of war, pestilence, and famine, afflicted the subjects of Justinian, and his reign is disgraced by a visible decrease of the human species, which has never been repaired in some of the fairest countries of the globe.136 136 After some figures of rhetoric, the sands of the sea, &c.
Page 176 - Digne, which for months is without a cloud, produces droughts interrupted only by diluvial rains like those of the tropics. The abuse of the right of pasturage and the felling of the woods have stripped the soil of all its grass and all its trees, and the scorching sun bakes it to the consistence of porphyry. When moistened by the rain, as it has neither support nor cohesion, it rolls down to the valleys, sometimes in floods resembling black, yellow, or reddish lava, sometimes in streams of pebbles,...
Page 174 - The earth is fast becoming an unfit home for its noblest inhabitant, and another era of equal human crime and human improvidence, and of like duration with that through...
Page 202 - When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat ? (And this he said to prove him ; for he himself knew what he would do...
Page 181 - Sologne, the same cause has withdrawn a million of acres of ground from cultivation which were once well-wooded and productive. Beyond their water-regulating use, trees would seem to have, in common with some other plants, a direct beneficial effect upon miasmata. According to Marsh, the great swamps of Virginia and the Carolinas are healthy, even to the white man, so long as the forests in and around them remain, but become very insalubrious when the woods are felled. Rigaud de Lille observed localities...
Page 247 - Dakotas fought a battle with the Gros Ventres and killed a great many. Symbol, a circle, enclosing three round objects designed to represent heads. The Sioux appear to be inveterate cut-throats, and, in the sign language of the plains, they are denoted by drawing a hand across the throat, signifying that they cut the throats of their enemies. The Dakotan method of counting is by means of the fingers, as it is commonly practised by savage tribes, but with a peculiarity of their own. When they have...
Page 217 - ... caused a second outbreak in Avignon so severe, that the Pope found it necessary to consecrate the Rhone, that bodies might be thrown into the river without delay, as the churchyards would no longer hold them. Poland was reached in 1849, but not until two years later did it spread into Russia, where, however, ten years elapsed before it abated. Stricken with panic ere they were stricken with plague, the people of each town looked in vain to right and left, and up and down, for deliverance from...
Page 176 - It is certain that the productive mould of the Alps, swept off by the increasing violence of that curse of the mountains, the torrents, is daily diminishing with fearful rapidity. All our Alps are wholly, or in large proportion, bared of wood. Their soil, scorched by the sun of Provence, cut up by the hoofs of the sheep, which, not finding on the surface the grass they require for their sustenance, gnaw and scratch the ground in search of roots to satisfy their hunger, is periodically washed and...
Page 193 - But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law ? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou...

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