Imagini ale paginilor
PDF
ePub

ledge, and, to a considerable extent, of gratifying it. In those cases where it was advisable to refer the reader to other authorities for additional information, the author has usually made such references: and the present Editor has adopted a similar plan, whenever the gradual augmentations which are incessantly making to the general stock of philosophical verities, seemed to render it necessary.

On the whole, therefore, it is earnestly hoped that the numerous improvements made in this new edition of the Contemplative Philosopher, will render it more extensively beneficial to the rising generation, and insure it a continuance of public encouragement.

It is a common debt of justice to a worthy and ingenious man, to announce that the Contemplative Philosopher, though hitherto published anonymously, was written by the late Mr. RICHARD LOBB, a gentleman who contributed largely to the public instruction and amusement in several performances; but whose great modesty induced him usually to shrink from the commendation which was so justly due to his well directed exertions.

THE

CONTEMPLATIVE PHILOSOPHER

No. I.

REFLECTIONS ON WINTER.

Vides, ut alta stet nive candidum
Soracte, nec jam sustineant onus
Sylvæ laborantes, geluque

Flumina constiterint acuto!

See, how Soracte's crown of woods,
Bows with the spangled loads of snow!
Enthralled by Winter's chain, the floods

Forget to murmur and to flow. WAKEFIELD.

HOR.

WHEN Nature, in a state of desolation, seems, to an inattentive eye, to present nothing, as it were, but the creation in distress, the Contemplative Philosopher, as he walks forth to explore the dreary scenes around him, will discover a great variety of phenomena peculiar to this season, with sufficient beauty or usefulness in each to merit a distinct discussion. Whether he contemplates Winter in its first approaches, or enters into a minute investigation of its various scenery; whether he confines his researches to our temperate zone, or makes excursions to the polar regions; each

[graphic]

No.

22. A Moonlight Scene 23. Reflections on Dew 24. On the Food of Pla 25. On Flowers ...... 26. The Anatomy of Flo 27. Reflections on the M 28. Reflections on Vege 29. The Process of Na Plants

30. On various Phenomen 31. Reflections on the Di the Minuter Parts o 32. Further Reflections on Creation .....

33. A View of the Insect Tri
34. The Same continued....
35. On the Transformation of
36. On Transformation in gene
37. On the Beauty and Variety
38. On the wonderful Operations

o has soal

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

us, and have so large a por-
here to pass through, that any
ben is spread over a much greater
surface where we live; and
must then have fewer rays
en the sun is at a greater

There comes, more-
f cold in the long winter
pensated for by the re-
; and, on both these ac-

[ocr errors]

sarily increase. In s of the sun fall

herefore strike

« ÎnapoiContinuați »