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Seite ii - O thou that, with surpassing glory crowned, Look'st from thy sole dominion like the god Of this new World — at whose sight all the stars Hide their diminished heads — to thee I call, But with no friendly voice, and add thy name, 0 Sun, to tell thee how I hate thy beams, That bring to my remembrance from what state 1 fell, how glorious once above thy Sphere, Till pride and worse ambition threw me down, Warring in Heaven against Heaven's matchless King!
Seite lxx - So much the rather thou, celestial Light, Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers Irradiate ; there plant eyes, all mist from thence Purge and disperse, that I may see and tell Of things invisible to mortal sight.
Seite 57 - Leaving this seat of desolation, we prosecuted our voyage along the coast ; and the next day came to Rochetta, where we landed, although the earth still continued in violent agitations. But we...
Seite xcvii - Mr. Lemery, as far as I have been able to learn, was the firft perfon who illuftrated, by actual experiment, the origin of fubterraneous fires. He mixed twenty-five pounds of powdered fulphur with an equal weight of iron filings ; and having kneaded the mixture together, by means of a little water, into the confiftence of a pafte, he put it into an iron pot, covered it with a cloth, and buried the whole a foot under ground. In about eight or nine hours...
Seite 30 - ... houses of the Indians and other poor inhabitants, great numbers of people lost their lives. The river of Latacunga was the channel of this terrible flood, till, being too small for receiving such a prodigious current, it overflowed the adjacent country like a vast lake near the town, and carried away all the buildings within its reach. The inhabitants retired to a...
Seite lxxix - A great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake...
Seite 7 - In some parts the declivity is so great, that the mules can scarcely keep their footing ; and in others, the acclivity is equally difficult. The trouble of having people going before to mend the road, the pains arising from the many falls and bruises, and the being constantly wet to the skin, might be supported, were not these inconveniences augmented by the sight of such frightful precipices, and deep abysses, as must fill the mind with ceaseless terror.
Seite xciv - I observed the sea which was raised about it to resume its level by degrees, and the end of the canal that touched it to become as small as if it had been tied round with a cord ; and this continued till the light, striking through the cloud, took away the view. I still...
Seite 7 - Here, in the centre of the torrid zone, the heat is not only very tolerable, but in some places the cold is even painful.
Seite 58 - We offered him some victuals, but he seemed to loathe the sight. We still persisted in our offices of kindness ; but he only pointed to the place of the city, like one out of his senses ; and then running up into the woods, was never heard of after. Such was the fate of the city of Euphaemia!

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