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Oh, Nature all-sufficient! over all ! Enrich me with the knowledge of thy works : Snatch me to Heaven; thy rolling wonders there, World beyond world, in infinite extent, Profusely scatter'd o'er the blue immense, Show me; their motions, periods, and their laws, Give me to scan; through the disclosing deep Light my blind way; the mineral strata there; Thrust, blooming, thence the vegetable world; O'er that the rising system, more complex, Of animals; and higher still, the mind, The varied scene of quick-compounded thought, And where the mixing passions endless shift; These ever open to my ravish'd eye; A search, the flight of time can ne'er exhaust But if to that unequal; if the blood, In sluggish streams about my heart, forbid That best ambition; under closing shades, Inglorious, lay me by the lowly brook, And whisper to my dreams. From thee begin, Dwell all on thee, with thee conclude my song : And let me never, never stray from thee!
FIRST STEPS TO BOTANY,
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By JAMEs L. DRUMMOND, M.D.
PROFESSOR OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1N THE