A Theory of The Universe

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Página 45 - ALL worldly shapes shall melt in gloom, The sun himself must die, Before this mortal shall assume Its Immortality ! I saw a vision in my sleep, That gave my spirit strength to sweep Adown the gulf of Time ! I saw the last of human mould, That shall Creation's death behold, As Adam saw her prime ! The Sun's eye had a sickly glare, The Earth with age was wan, The skeletons of nations were Around that lonely man...
Página 45 - The Sun's eye had a sickly glare, The earth with age was wan, The skeletons of nations were Around that lonely man ! Some had expired in fight, — the brands Still rusted in their bony hands ; In plague and famine some ! Earth's cities had no sound nor tread ; And ships were drifting with the dead To shores where all was dumb...
Página 88 - The part of the sun's disc not occupied by spots is far from uniformly bright. Its ground is finely mottled with an appearance of minute, dark dots, or pores, which, when attentively watched, are found to be in a constant state of change. There is nothing which represents so faithfully tliis appearance as the slow subsidence of some flocculent chemical precipitates in a transparent fluid, when viewed perpendicularly from above...
Página 46 - ... at a time distinctly preceding the operations of the first day. It is nowhere affirmed that God created the heaven and the earth in the...
Página 48 - ... high as the common tides reach. That elevation surpassed, the future remnants, being rarely covered, lose their adhesive property ; and, remaining in a loose state, form what is usually called a key upon the top of the reef. The new bank is not long in being visited by...
Página 63 - Nor does the flora of the Oolite seem to have been in the least suited for the purposes of the shepherd or herdsman. Not until we enter on the Tertiary periods do we find floras amid which man might have profitably laboured...
Página 90 - So of all other rivers ; they spring up, and they perish ; and the sea also continually deserts some lands and invades others. The same tracts, therefore, of the earth are not, some always sea, and others always continents, but everything changes in the course of time.
Página 48 - The new bank is not long in being visited by sea birds; salt plants take root upon it, and a soil begins to be formed : a cocoa-nut, or the drupe of a pandanus is thrown on shore ; land birds visit it and deposit the seeds of shrubs and trees ; every high tide, and still more every gale, adds something to the bank ; the form of an island is gradually assumed ; and last of all comes man to take possession.
Página 49 - that in the history of the earth there have been long periods of comparative repose, during which the deposition of sedimentary matter has gone on in regular continuity, and there have also been short periods of paroxysmal violence during which that continuity was broken.
Página 45 - These few first words of Genesis may be fairly appealed to by the geologist, as containing a brief statement of the creation of the material elements at a time distinctly preceding the operations of the first day ; it is no where affirmed that God created the heaven and the earth...

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