The Life, Travels and Books of Alexander Von Humboldt

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Էջ 54 - In the solitude of the seas, we hail a star as a friend from whom we have been long separated. Among the Portuguese and the Spaniards, peculiar motives seem to increase this feeling; a religious sentiment attaches them to a constellation, the form of which recalls the sign of the faith planted by their ancestors in the deserts of the new world...
Էջ 12 - Whene'er with haggard eyes I view This dungeon that I'm rotting in I think of those companions true Who studied with me at the U niversity of Gottingen, niversity of Gottingen.
Էջ 163 - She traversed the woods at a season, when the sky is constantly covered with clouds, and the Sun during whole days appears but for a few minutes. Did the course of the waters direct her way ? The inundations of the rivers forced her to go far from the banks of the main stream, through the midst of woods where the movement of the waters is almost imperceptible.
Էջ 80 - Thus in every region of the earth a resemblance may be traced in the early fictions of nations, those especially which relate to two principles governing the world, the abode of souls after death, the happiness of the virtuous and the punishment of the guilty. The most different and most...
Էջ 54 - A traveller has no need of being a botanist, to recognise the torrid zone on the mere aspect of its vegetation ; and without having acquired any notions of astronomy, without any acquaintance with the celestial charts of Flamstead and de la Caille, he feels he is not in Europe, when he sees the immense constellation of the Ship, or the phosphorescent clouds of Magellan, arise on the horizon.
Էջ 162 - ... farther and farther from her hut and her native country. She succeeded in breaking her bonds, threw herself into the water, and swam to the left bank of the Atabapo. The current carried her to a shelf of rock, which bears her name to this day. She landed, and took shelter in the woods, but the president of the missions ordered the Indians to row to the shore, and follow the traces of the Guahiba. In the evening she was brought back. Stretched upon the rock...
Էջ 55 - Lataniers, conversed together for the last time ; and where the old man, at the sight of the Southern Cross, warns them that it is time to separate !"— DE HUMBOLDT'S Travels.
Էջ 460 - here is an engraving from a rude sketch of mine. I hope you will find it correct.' He rose and took down the illustrated folio which accompanied the last edition of his 'Minor Writings,' turned over the leaves, and recalled at each plate, some reminiscence of his American travel. 'I still think,' he remarked, as he closed the book, ' that Chimborazo is the grandest mountain in the world.
Էջ 383 - She is still, she is cold On the bridal couch. One step to the white death-bed, And one to the bier, And one to the charnel — and one, oh where ? The dark arrow fled In the noon.
Էջ 161 - ... or slaves of the Christians. The prisoners were carried to San Fernando in the hope that the mother would be unable to find her way back to her home by land. Far from those children who had accompanied their father on the day in which she had been carried off, this unhappy woman showed signs of the deepest despair.

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