Sketches from Nature: Intended for the Use of Young Persons

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E. Newbery, 1801 - Botany - 130 pages

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Page 41 - This bids to serve, and that to shun mankind ; Some place the bliss in action, some in ease, Those call it pleasure, and contentment these ; Some sunk to beasts, find pleasure end in pain ; Some swell'd to gods, confess e'en virtue vain ! Or indolent, to each extreme they fall, To trust in every thing, or doubt of all.
Page 71 - But who can paint Like Nature? Can imagination boast, Amid its gay creation, hues like hers ? Or can it mix them with that matchless skill, And lose them in each other, as appears In every bud that blows...
Page 41 - Twin'd with the wreaths Parnassian laurels yield, Or reap'd in iron harvests of the field ? Where grows ? — where grows it not ? If vain our toil, We ought to blame the culture, not the soil : Fix'd to no spot is happiness sincere, Tis no where to be found, or ev'ry where ; Tis never to be bought, but always free, And, fled from monarchs, St.
Page 7 - Insects, which in their several changes belong to several of the before-mentioned divisions, may be considered together as one great tribe of animals. They are called insects, from a separation in the middle of their bodies, whereby they are, as it were, cut into two parts, which are joined together by a small ligature; as we see in wasps, common flies, and the like.
Page 71 - Or can it mix them with that matchless skill, And lose them in each other, as appears In every bud that blows ? If fancy then Unequal fails beneath the pleasing task, Ah what shall language do ? ah where find words Tinged with so many colours...
Page 83 - ... acquaintances are concerned. Let. the days of their misfortunes, when the world forgets or avoids them, be the season for you to exercise your humanity and friendship. The sight of human misery softens the heart, and makes it better ; it checks the pride of health and prosperity ; and the distress it occasions, is amply compensated by the consciousness of doing your duty, and by the secret endearment which nature has annexed to all our sympathetic sorrows.
Page 77 - The old man was surprised at this new species of affliction, and knew not what to reply, yet was unwilling to be silent. Sir, said he, if you had seen the miseries of the world, you would know how to value your present state.
Page 9 - Insects, in the economy of.nature, is very great; they preserve a due proportion among plants, consume what is 'misplaced, dead, or decayed, and, themselves, afford nourishment to other animals, chiefly .birds.

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