Familiar Lectures on Botany: Explaining the Structure, Classification, and Uses of Plants, Illustrated Upon the Linnaean and Natural Methods, with a Flora for Practical Botanists, for the Use of Colleges, Schools, and Private Students

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F. J. Huntington, and Mason and Law, 1853 - Botany - 499 pages

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Page 215 - 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.
Page 34 - But soon it withers in the chilling hour. Mark yonder oaks! Superior to the power Of all the warring winds of heaven they rise, And from the stormy promontory tower, And toss their giant arms amid the skies, While each assailing blast increase of strength supplies.
Page 142 - Over hill, over dale, Thorough bush, thorough brier, Over park, over pale, Thorough flood, thorough fire, I do wander every where, Swifter than the moon's sphere; And I serve the Fairy Queen, To dew her orbs upon the green. The cowslips tall her pensioners be; In their gold coats spots you see; Those be rubies, fairy favours, In those freckles live their savours.
Page 51 - No tree in all the grove but has its charms, Though each its hue peculiar ; paler some, And of a wannish...
Page 215 - O flowers That never will in other climate grow, My early visitation, and my last At even, which I bred up with tender hand From the first opening bud, and gave ye names, Who now shall rear ye to the sun, or rank Your tribes, and water from the ambrosial fount...
Page 142 - Swifter than the moon's sphere ; And I serve the fairy queen, To dew her orbs upon the green : The cowslips tall her pensioners be ; In their gold coats spots you see ; Those be rubies, fairy favours, In those freckles live their savours : I must go seek some dew-drops here, And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
Page 198 - PATRICK'S DAY, 17th March. — The following reason is assigned for wearing the shamrock on this day : when the Saint preached the Gospel to the pagan Irish, he illustrated the doctrine of the Trinity by showing them a trefoil, or three-leaved grass with one stalk, which operating to their conviction, the shamrock, which is a bundle of this grass, was ever afterwards worn upon the Saint's anniversary, to commemorate the event.
Page 217 - Has any seen The mighty chain of beings, lessening down From Infinite Perfection to the brink Of dreary nothing, desolate abyss ! From which astonished thought, recoiling, turns?
Page 153 - The Erica here, That o'er the Caledonian hills sublime, Spreads its dark mantle, where the bees delight To seek their purest honey, flourishes ; Sometimes with bells like amethysts, and then Paler, and shaded, like the maiden's cheek, With gradual blushes; other while, as white As frost that hangs upon the wintry spray.
Page 201 - If this plant opens not its flowers in the morning about seven o'clock, you may be sure it will rain that day, unless it thunders. The convolvulus also, and the pimpernel aitagalii arvensis, fold up their leaves on the approach of rain : the last in particular is termed the poor man's weather-glass.

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