The Andes and the Amazon: Or, Across the Continent of South America

Voorkant
Harper & brothers, 1870 - 356 pagina's
 

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Pagina 36 - The day has passed delightfully. Delight itself, however, is a weak term to express the feelings of a naturalist who, for the first time, has wandered by himself in a Brazilian forest. The elegance of the grasses, the novelty of the parasitical plants, the beauty of the flowers, the glossy green of the foliage, but above all the general luxuriance of the vegetation, filled me with admiration.
Pagina 188 - The sound spoke eloquently to the geologist; the thousands and thousands of stones, which, striking against each other made the one dull uniform sound, were all hurrying in one direction. It was like thinking on time, where the minute that now glides past is irrecoverable. So was it with these stones ; the ocean is their eternity, and each note of that wild music told of one more step towards their destiny.
Pagina viii - Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests undefaced by the hand of man ; whether those of Brazil, where the powers of Life are predominant, or those of Tierra del Fuego, where Death and Decay prevail. Both are temples filled with the varied productions of the God of Nature: no one can stand in these solitudes unmoved, and not feel that there is more in man than the mere breath of his body.
Pagina 219 - Of individual objects, perhaps nothing is more certain to create astonishment than the first sight in his native haunt of a barbarian, — of man in his lowest and most savage state.
Pagina 304 - How astonishing are the freaks and fancies of nature ! To what purpose, we say, is a bird placed in the woods of Cayenne, with a bill a yard long, making a noise like a puppy-dog, and laying eggs in hollow trees?
Pagina xiv - The sea-like Plata ; to whose dread expanse, Continuous depth, and wondrous length of course, Our floods are rills. With unabated force, In silent dignity they sweep along ; And traverse realms unknown, and blooming wilds, And fruitful deserts, worlds of solitude ! Where the sun smiles and seasons teem in vain, Unseen, and unenjoy'd.
Pagina 97 - If I might be allowed to abandon myself to the recollections of my own distant travels, I would instance, among the most striking scenes of nature, the calm sublimity of a tropical night...
Pagina 113 - A man's life would be too short to count even the centuries consumed in this operation. The coast of Peru has risen eighty feet since it felt the tread of Pizarro : supposing the Andes to have risen at this rate uniformly and without interruption, seventy thousand years must have elapsed before they reached their present altitude.
Pagina 43 - giant of the Western Star, Looks from his throne of clouds O'er half the world!
Pagina 161 - A moment destroys the illusion of a whole life ; our deceptive faith in the repose of nature vanishes, and we feel transported, as it were, into a realm of unknown destructive forces.

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