Wanderings through the conservatories at Kew [by P.H. Gosse].

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Σελίδα 134 - Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast, Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round, - £• And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn Throws up a steamy column, and the cups That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
Σελίδα 96 - When quietly walking along the shady pathways, and admiring each successive view, I wished to find language to express my ideas. Epithet after epithet was found too weak to convey to those who have not visited the intertropical regions, the sensation of delight which the mind experiences. I have said that the plants in a hothouse fail to communicate a just idea of the vegetation, yet I must recur to it. The land is one great wild, untidy, luxuriant hothouse, made by Nature for herself, but taken...
Σελίδα 296 - And God said: Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Σελίδα 130 - Weak with nice sense, the chaste Mimosa stands, From each rude touch withdraws her timid hands ; Oft as light clouds o'erpass the summer glade, Alarm'd she trembles at the moving shade ; And feels, alive, through all her tender form, The whisper'd murmurs of the gathering storm; Shuts her sweet eye-lids to approaching night ; And hails with freshen'd charms the rising light.
Σελίδα 97 - O'er stream of Afric, lone and deep. But fair the exiled Palm-tree grew Midst foliage of no kindred hue ! Through the laburnum's dropping gold Rose the light shaft of Orient mould, And Europe's violets, faintly sweet, Purpled the moss-beds at its feet.
Σελίδα 11 - ... as if there had been a slight change in the direction of the wind. He observed this three or four times without speaking ; at last he mentioned it to the sailors, and expressed his surprise that the wind should shift so regularly every time they put about. The sailors told him that the wind had not shifted, but that the apparent change was owing to the change in the direction of the boat, and assured him that the same thing invariably happened in all cases.
Σελίδα 143 - Guinea pepper, and having opened it, he carefully separated a single seed, and placed it on the fluid in the middle of the bowl. • The seed immediately began to reel round rapidly, now forming a regular circle, then darting towards the margin of the cup, with a perceptible commotion on the surface of the liquor, which continued about one minute.
Σελίδα 5 - Her intertainment for that meale was great and exceeding costly ; at her first lighting, she had a fine fanne, with a handle garnisht with diamomls.
Σελίδα 141 - O'er ten square leagues his far-diverging heads ; Or in one trunk entwists his tangled form, Looks o'er the clouds and hisses in the storm. Steep'd in fell poison, as his sharp teeth part, A thousand tongues in quick vibration dart; Snatch the proud eagle towering o'er the heath, Or pounce the lion as he stalks beneath ; Or strew, as marshalPd hosts contend in vain With human skeletons the whiten'd plain.
Σελίδα 176 - This jngghery, mixed with lime, forms a powerful cement, which resists moisture, endures great solar heat, and will take a fine polish. The ripe fruit is a wholesome food, and the milk it contains, a grateful, cooling beverage; indeed, these together constitute the principal sustenance of the poorer Indians in many countries. The fibrous bark is used to polish furniture, as brushes, and to form a valuable elastic cordage, called coir ; the fibrous matter is also employed to stuff mattresses.

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