Illustrations of Instinct Deduced from the Habits of British Animals

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London, 1847 - 343 páginas
 

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Página 84 - Nor think, in NATURE'S STATE they blindly trod; The state of Nature was the reign of God: Self-love and Social at her birth began, Union the bond of all things, and of Man. Pride then was not ; nor Arts, that Pride to aid ; Man walk'd with beast, joint tenant of the shade...
Página 27 - Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, "Here we are?" Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?
Página 343 - NATURAL HISTORY OF THE BRITISH ISLES. This Series of Works is Illustrated by many Hundred Engravings; every Species has been Drawn and Engraved under the immediate inspection of the Authors ; the best Artists have been employed, and no care or expense has been spared. A few Copies have been printed on Larger Paper.
Página 115 - The organized world presents no contrasts and resemblances more remarkable than those which we discover on comparing mankind with the inferior tribes. That creatures should exist so nearly approaching to each other in all the particulars of their physical structure and yet differing so immeasurably in their endowments and capabilities, would be a fact hard to believe, if it were not manifest to our observation.
Página 179 - A gentleman was engaged in the amusement of coursing, when a hare, closely pressed, passed under a gate, while the dogs followed by leaping over it. The delay caused to her pursuers by this manoeuvre seems to have taught a sudden and useful lesson to the persecuted creature ; for as soon as the dogs had cleared the gate and overtaken her, she doubled and returned under the gate as before, th0 dogs again following and passing over it.
Página 116 - ... near is man in his physical constitution to the brutes. In all the principles of his internal structure, in the composition and functions of his parts, man is but an animal. The lord of the earth, who contemplates the eternal order of the universe, and aspires to communion with its invisible Maker, is a being composed of the same materials, and framed on the same principles, as the creatures which he has tamed to be the servile instruments of his will, or slays for his daily food.
Página 222 - ... early part of the summer of 1835, a pair of Waterhens built their nest by the margin of the ornamental pond at Bell's Hill, a piece of water of considerable extent, and ordinarily fed by a spring from the height above, but into which the contents of another large pond can occasionally be admitted. This was done while the female was sitting ; and as the nest had been built when the...
Página 280 - The most unnatural of all persecutions," says that close observer, James Hogg, the Ettrick shepherd, " that ever was raised in a country is that against the Mole : that innocent and blessed pioneer, who enriches our pastures with the first top-dressing, dug with great pains and labour from the fattest of the soil beneath. The advantages of this top-dressing are so apparent and so manifest to the...
Página 290 - ... seeing the trial made, that we were at last forced to comply. We all three felt his pulse first — it was distinct, though small and thready, and his heart had its usual beating. He composed himself on his back, and lay in a still posture...
Página 116 - The differences are everywhere striking : the resemblances are less obvious in the fulness of their extent, and they are never contemplated without wonder by those who, in the study of anatomy and physiology, are first made aware how near is man in his physical constitution to the brutes. In all the principles of his internal structure, in the composition and functions of his parts, man is but an animal. The lord of the earth, who contemplates the eternal order of the universe, and aspires to communion...

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