The Woods and By-ways of New England

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J. R. Osgood, 1872 - 442 páginas

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Página 403 - I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
Página 115 - Boussingault mentions a fact that clearly illustrates the condition to which we may be exposed in thousands of locations on this continent. In the Island of Ascension there was a beautiful spring, situated at the foot of a mountain which was covered with wood. By degrees the spring became less copious, and at length failed. While its waters were annually diminishing in bulk, the mountain had been gradually cleared of its forest. The disappearance of the spring was attributed to the clearing. The...
Página 138 - I KNEW, by the smoke that so gracefully curled Above the green elms, that a cottage was near, And I said, " If there's peace to be found in the world, A heart that was humble might hope for it here...
Página 403 - I rejoice that there are owls. Let them do the idiotic and maniacal hooting for men. It is a sound admirably suited to swamps and twilight woods which no day illustrates, suggesting a vast and undeveloped nature which men have not recognized. They represent the stark twilight and unsatisfied thoughts which all have.
Página 402 - God himself culminates in the present moment, and will never be more divine in the lapse of all the ages. And we are enabled to apprehend at all what is sublime and noble only by the perpetual instilling and drenching of the reality that surrounds us. The universe constantly and obediently answers to our conceptions ; whether we travel fast or slow, the track is laid for us.
Página 401 - I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Página 223 - Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar...
Página 51 - Some trees ascend vertically," says St. Pierre, "and having arrived at a certain height, in an air perfectly unobstructed, fork off in various tiers, and send out their branches horizontally, like an apple-tree ; or incline them towards the earth, like a fir ; or hollow them in the form of a cup, like the sassafras ; or round them into the shape of a mushroom, like the pine ; or straighten them into a pyramid, like the poplar; or roll them as wool upon the distaff, like the cypress; or suffer them...
Página 232 - The buttonwood (says Michaux) astonishes the eye by the size of its trunk and the amplitude of its head ; but the white elm has a more majestic appearance, which is owing to its great elevation, to the disposition of its principal limbs, and to the extreme elegance of its summit.

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