The Hundred Wonders of the World: And of the Three Kingdoms of Nature, Described According to the Latest and Best Authorities

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J. Babcock and Son, 1821 - Wonder

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Page 546 - Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
Page 228 - ... with a majestic slowness; at intervals we thought they were coming in a very few minutes to overwhelm us; and small quantities of sand, did actually more than once reach us. Again they would retreat so as to be almost out of sight, their tops reaching to the very clouds...
Page 410 - Placed far amid the melancholy main, (Whether it be lone Fancy him beguiles ; Or that aerial beings sometimes deign To stand embodied, to our senses plain), Sees on the naked hill, or valley low, The whilst in ocean Phoebus dips his wain, A vast assembly moving to and fro : Then all at once in air dissolves the wondrous show.
Page 333 - Thames ! the most loved of all the Ocean's sons, By his old sire, to his embraces runs, Hasting to pay his tribute to the sea, Like mortal life to meet eternity ; Though with those streams he no resemblance hold, Whose foam is amber, and their gravel gold * : His genuine and less guilty wealth t' explore, Search not his bottom, but survey his shore, O'er which he kindly spreads his spacious wing, And hatches plenty for th...
Page 453 - ... he observed the man who had been with me on the preceding evening^ "entertaining the country people with his dancing snakes. They, according to their usual custom, sat on the ground around him ; when, either from the music 'stopping too suddenly, or from some other cause irritating the vicious reptile which I had so often handled, it darted at the throat of a young woman, and inflicted a wound, of which she died in about half an hour.
Page 474 - Who calls the council, states the certain day ? Who forms the phalanx, and who points the way ? III.
Page 384 - Exido, where a magnificent view presents itself of the highest summits of the Cordilleras. A procession was already on the point of setting out from the Convent of St. Francis, when it was perceived, that the blaze on the horizon was caused by fiery meteors, which ran along the...
Page 292 - I, who had ambition not only to go farther than any one had been before, but as far as it was possible for man to go, was not sorry at meeting with this interruption, as it in some measure relieved us, at least shortened the dangers and hardships inseparable from the navigation of the southern polar regions.
Page 440 - These protuberances opposed some little difficulty, not so much from their extent, as from their points ; however, they also, in a very short time, disappeared ; that is to say, externally ; but their progress was still to be traced very distinctly on the outside, threatening every moment to protrude through the skin. The victim had now descended as far as the shoulders ; and it was an astonishing sight to observe the extraordinary action of the snake's muscles when stretched to such an unnatural...
Page 496 - It is covered with a whitish bark, slightly bursting in longitudinal furrows : near the ground this bark is, in old trees, more than half an inch thick, and, upon being wounded, yields plentifully the milky juice from which the celebrated poison is prepared. A puncture or incision being made...

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