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1. No cloud, no relique of the sunken day
Distinguishes the West, no long thin slip
All is still: A balmy night! and though the stars be dim, Yet let us think upon
the vernal showers That gladden the green earth, and we shall find A pleasure in the dimness of the stars.
3. And hark! the Nightingale begins its song,
A melancholy bird! Oh! idle thought!
'Tis the merry nightingale
And I know a grove
grass, Thin grass and king-cups grow within the paths. 5. But never elsewhere in one place I knew
So many nightingales; and far and near,
On moon-lit bushes,
A most gentle Maid, Who dwelleth in her hospitable home Hard by the castle, and at latest eve (Even like a Lady vowed and dedicate To something more than nature in the grove) Glides through the pathways; she knows all their notes That gentle Maid !
And oft a moment's space, What time the moon was lost behind a cloud,
Hath heard a pause of silence; till the moon
And to that motion tune his wanton song
Like tipsy joy that reels with tossing head. 9. Farewell, O Warbler! till to-morrow eve;
And you, my friends, farewell, a short farewell!
My dear babe,
And I deem it wise
Well!It is a father's tale. But if that Heaven Should give me life, his childhood shall grow up Familiar with these songs, that with the night He may associate joy.-Once more, farewell, Sweet Nightingale! Once more, my friends! farewell.
-S. T. Coleridge (1772–1834). • Most musical:' this is a quotation from Milton's Il Penseroso:
“ 'Less Philomel will deign a song,
1. The microscope is the great revealer of the secrets of vegetable life to man. By its aid we know that the whole edifice of the vegetable world is built up from the cell, and that the organs of plants, however diverse from one another, all have cells as their primary elements.
2. Vegetable cells are extremely small, in some instances not exceeding the thousandth part of an inch in diameter. They are globular at first, but as they increase and press on one another their form is frequently changed. So minute as to be invisible to the naked eye they are nevertheless animated by a strange plastic force which causes them to increase with amazing rapidity. It is these living atoms which yearly cover our soil with verdure, and in spring awaken to life the vast forest or prairie after their winter sleep.
3. As they combine with one another, these wonderful elements become fibres or vessels, and when these again are grouped together, they form roots and twigs and leaves and flowers. So rapid in some cases is this process, that a body of cells, not a hundredth part of the size of a pin's head, sometimes produces in a single night a plant which reaches the size of a large cannon ball. This takes place in some kinds of Fungus.
4. Notwithstanding the extreme minuteness of the interiors of the cells they still contain bodies of various kinds which are of great importance to the plant. In the leaves, for example, some of the cells are filled with small granules which impart to vegetation the beautiful green colour it everywhere displays. Fine crystals of many various shapes have been observed in the cells, as in those of the Rhubarb plant, while even minute animals,