Annual Report, Volumes 24-25

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Page 20 - These are thy glorious works, Parent of good, Almighty, thine this universal frame, Thus wondrous fair; thyself how wondrous then ! Unspeakable, who sitt'st above these heavens, To us invisible, or dimly seen In these thy lowest works; yet these declare Thy goodness beyond thought, and power divine.
Page 31 - If so, there was, nevertheless, during the nineteenth century an "animal" instinct, if I may use that expression, which carried the country onward in spite of itself. And there was also, at the end of the last century and at the beginning of the present, the illusion that a community had taken form.
Page 59 - When it is perfectly formed, the shell gapeth open, and the first thing that appeareth is the foresaid lace or string ; next come the legs of the bird hanging out, and as it groweth greater, it openeth the shell by degrees, till at length it is all come forth, and hangeth only by the bill. In short space after it cometh to full maturity, and falleth into the sea, where it gathereth feathers...
Page 59 - But what our eyes have seene and hands haue touched we shall declare. There is a small Island in Lancashire called the pile of Foulders, wherein are found the broken pieces of old and bruised ships, some whereof have been cast thither by Shipwracke, and also the trunks and bodies with the branches of old and rotten trees cast up there likewise ; whereon is found a certain spume or froth that in time breedeth...
Page 49 - And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth and in the open firmament of heaven.
Page 83 - Not a tree, A plant, a leaf, a blossom, but contains A folio volume. We may read, and read, And read again, and still find something new, Something to please, and something to instruct, E'en in the noisome weed.
Page 67 - Every soft material, such as pieces of grass and fragments of sedges, are laid hold of by the sitting swan as they float within her reach, and are added to the nest. This work of accumulation is performed by her during the entire period of incubation, be the weather wet or dry, settled or unsettled ; and it is perfectly astonishing to see with what assiduity she plies her work of aggrandisement to a nest already sufficient in strength and size to answer every end.
Page 64 - Will heighten the flavour in gourmand.s opinion. Then tie it up tight with a small piece of tape, That the gravy and other things may not escape. A meal paste, rather stiff, should be laid on the breast, And some whited brown paper should cover the rest. Fifteen minutes, at least, ere the swan you take down. Pull the paste off the bird, that the breast may get brown.
Page 66 - ... heard at the dawn of day, when the winds and the waves were still : and they have been seen expiring with the notes of their dying hymn. No fiction of natural history, no fable of antiquity, was ever more celebrated, oftener repeated, or better received. It occupied the soft and lively imaginations of the Greeks : poets, orators, even philosophers adopted it as a truth too pleasing to be doubted.
Page 64 - A printed copy of the following lines is usually sent with each bird : — To Boast a Swan. Take three pounds of beef, beat fine in a mortar, Put it into the Swan — that is, when you've caught her. Some pepper, salt, mace, some nutmeg, an onion, Will heighten the flavour in Gourmand's opinion.

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