Beautiful shells; their nature, structure, and uses familiarly explained

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Groombridge and Sons, 1855 - 16 páginas
 

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Página 73 - The fan-coral sweeps through the clear deep sea; And the yellow and scarlet tufts of ocean Are bending like corn on the upland lea: And life, in rare and beautiful forms, Is sporting amid those bowers of stone, And is safe when the wrathful spirit of storms Has made the top of the wave his own...
Página x - But I have sinuous shells, of pearly hue Within, and they that lustre have imbibed In the sun's palace porch; where when unyoked His chariot wheel stands midway in the wave. Shake one, and it awakens, then apply Its polished lips to your attentive ear, And it remembers its august abodes, And murmurs as the ocean murmurs there.
Página 71 - Fraught with young life, it righted as it rose, And moved at will along the yielding water. The native pilot of this little bark Put out a tier of oars on either side, Spread to the wafting breeze a twofold sail, And mounted up and glided down the billowIn happy freedom, pleased to feel the air And wander in the luxury of light.
Página 76 - But as they reached its shore, The Almighty's breath spoke out in death, And the ammonite lived no more ! So the nautilus now, in its shelly prow, As over the deep it strays, Still seems to seek, in bay and creek, Its companion of other days. And alike do we, on life's stormy sea, As we roam from shore to shore, Thus, tempest-tost, seek the loved, the lost, But find them on earth no more...
Página ix - And, wondering, on their faces fell To worship that celestial sound : Less than a god they thought there could not dwell Within the hollow of that shell, That spoke so sweetly, and so well.
Página 58 - Give me my scallop shell of quiet, My staff of faith to walk upon, My scrip of joy, immortal diet, My bottle of salvation: My gown of glory, hope's true gage, And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.
Página 23 - Snail sticks close, nor fears to fall, As if he grew there, house and all Together. Within that house secure he hides, When danger imminent betides Of storm, or other harm besides Of weather. Give but his horns the slightest touch, His self-collecting power is such, He shrinks into his house, with much Displeasure. Where'er he dwells, he dwells alone, Except himself has chattels none, Well satisfied to be his own Whole treasure. Thus, hermitlike, his life he leads, Nor partner of his banquet needs,...
Página 73 - The water is calm and still below, For the winds and waves are absent there, And the sands are bright as the stars that glow In the motionless fields of upper air.
Página 41 - This liquor contains, besides, a great variety of animalcule, five hundred times less in size, which give out a phosphoric light. Yet these are not the only inhabitants of this dwelling ; there are also three distinct species of worms.
Página 71 - Light as a flake of foam upon the wind, Keel upward from the deep emerged a shell, Shaped like the moon ere half her horn is filled ; Fraught with young life, it righted as it rose, And moved at will along the yielding water. The native pilot of this little bark Put out a tier of oars on either side, Spread to the wafting breeze a twofold sail, And mounted up and glided down the billow In happy freedom, pleased to...

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