Letters on Entomology: Intended for the Amusement and Instruction of Young Persons, and to Facilitate Their Acquiring a Knowledge of the Natural History of Insects

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Geo. B. Whittaker, 1825 - Insects - 160 pages
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Page 14 - A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
Page 14 - Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand ; a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
Page 15 - But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savor shall come up, because he hath done great things.
Page 15 - They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: 8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
Page 32 - The impending woe sat heavy on his breast. He summons straight his denizens of air; The lucid squadrons round the sails repair: Soft o'er the shrouds aerial whispers breathe, That seemed but zephyrs to the train beneath. Some to the sun their insect wings unfold, Waft on the breeze, or sink in clouds of gold; 60 Transparent forms, too fine for mortal sight, Their fluid bodies half dissolved in light.
Page 14 - Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
Page 15 - They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining...
Page 119 - At the base of the posterior legs, just above each operculum, there is a small pointed triangular process, the object of which, as Reaumur supposes, is to prevent them from being too much elevated. When an operculum is removed, beneath it you will find on the exterior side a hollow cavity, with a mouth somewhat linear, which seems to open into the interior of the abdomen : next to this, on the inner side, is another large cavity of an irregular shape, the bottom of which is divided into three portions...
Page 32 - Dipped in the richest tincture of the skies, Where light disports in ever-mingling dyes ; While every beam new transient colours flings, Colours that change whene'er they wave their wings.
Page 13 - Moldavia, Transylvania, Hungary, and Poland. One of these swarms which entered Transylvania in August, was several hundred fathoms in width (at Vienna the breadth of one of them was three miles) and extended to so great a length, as to be four hours in passing over the Red Tower ; and such was its density, that it totally intercepted the solar light; so that when they flew low, one person could not see another at the distance of twenty paces.

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