Mental Improvement: Or, The Beauties and Wonders of Nature and Art. In a Series of Instructive Conversations

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Harvey and Darton, Gracechurch-Street, 1828 - 243 pages
 

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Page 136 - Come on, sir; here's the place: stand still. How fearful And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low! The crows and choughs that wing the midway air Show scarce so gross as beetles: halfway down Hangs one that gathers samphire, dreadful trade! Methinks he seems no bigger than his head...
Page 136 - Half way down Hangs one that gathers samphire ; dreadful trade ! Methinks he seems no bigger than his head. The fishermen, that walk upon the beach, Appear like mice ; and yon' tall, anchoring bark, Diminished to her cock ; her cock, a buoy Almost too small for sight.
Page 37 - The tea leaves, being gathered, are cured in houses which contain from five to ten or twenty small furnaces, about three feet high, each having at the top a large, flat, iron pan. There is also a long, low table, covered with mats, on which the leaves are laid, and rolled by workmen, who sit round it. The iron pan being heated to a certain degree by a little fire made in the furnace underneath, a few pounds of the...
Page 156 - He was a very merops apiaster, or bee-bird, and very injurious to men that kept bees; for he would slide into their bee-gardens, and, sitting down before the stools, would rap with his finger on the hives, and so take the bees as they came out. He has been known to overturn hives for the sake of honey, of which he was passionately fond.
Page 133 - They have besides a small line fastened to the body of the adventurer, by which he gives signals that they may lower or raise him, or shift him from place to place. The last operation is attended with great danger, by the...
Page 80 - Has roll'da mighty world, or shin'da sun : Stupendous thought ! how sinks all human race ! A point, an atom in the field of space ! Yet ev'n to us, O LORD, thy care extends, Thy bounty feeds us, and thy pow'r defends ; Yet...
Page 38 - ... of their hands in one direction, while others are fanning them, that they may cool the more speedily, and retain their curl the longer.
Page 38 - ... are fanning them, that they may cool the more speedily, and retain their curl the longer. This process is repeated two or three times, or oftener, before the tea is put into the stores, in order that all the moisture of the leaves may be thoroughly dissipated, and their curl more completely preserved.
Page 181 - ... in that identical spot, whether it be in* a tree or in the crevice of a rock, or, as is most commonly the case, in the earth.

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