Nature reviewed; or, A history of the principal domestic productions of the earth

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H. Guy, 1829 - Natural history - 152 pages

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Page 42 - The fig-tree, not that kind for fruit renown'd, But such as, at this day, to Indians known; In Malabar or Decan spreads her arms, Branching so broad and long, that in the ground The bended twigs take root, and daughters grow About the mother tree, a pillar'd shade, High overarch'd, and echoing walks between...
Page 16 - Combs the wide card, and forms th' eternal line. Slow with soft lips the whirling can acquires The tender skeins, and wraps in rising spires ; With...
Page 107 - Out of the bowels of the harmless earth, Which many a good tall fellow had destroy'd So cowardly ; and but for these vile guns He would himself have been a soldier.
Page 112 - Tis greater glory to reform the age. OF TEA, COMMENDED BY HER MAJESTY. VENUS her myrtle, Phoebus has his bays; Tea both excels, which she vouchsafes to praise. The best of Queens, and best of herbs, we owe To that bold nation which the way did show To the fair region where the sun does rise, Whose rich productions we so justly prize. The Muse's friend, tea does our fancy aid, Repress those vapours which the head invade, And keeps that palace of the soul serene, Fit on her birth-day to salute the...
Page 65 - Equal with animals of largest make, In curious limbs and clothing they surpass By far the comeliest of the bulky mass. A world of beauties I that thro' all their frame Creation's grandest miracles proclaim.
Page 16 - Naiads cull From leathery pods the vegetable wool ; With wiry teeth revolving cards release The tangled knots, and smooth the ravell'd fleece : Next moves the iron hand with fingers fine, Combs the wide card, and forms th
Page 123 - ... is excited more readily in the latter than the former, and every day a portion of the vinegar is conveyed from one to the other, till the whole is finished and fit for sale.
Page 133 - And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.
Page 11 - This washing is several times repeated, and the flaxlike filaments are collected and dried ; these are most conveniently spun with the addition of flax. Two or three filaments of the Asbestos are easily twisted with the flaxen thread, if the operator's fingers are kept oiled. The cloth also, when woven, is best preserved by oil from breaking or wasting ; on exposure to the fire the flax and the oil burn out, and the cloth remains of a pure white. The shorter filaments, which separate on washing the...
Page ix - ... water, and then beaten in large, deep, wooden mortars to a pulp. This is thrown into a large tub of clean water. The whole is then well stirred, and the fibrous part wrung out by the hands and thrown away. The milky liquor being passed through a hair sieve, or coarse cloth, is suffered to settle, and the clear water is drained off.

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