The Mountain. from the Fr., by the Transl. of 'The Bird'

The Mountain. from the Fr., by the Transl. of 'The Bird'

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...with a human voice. About 1840 our French soldiers in Algeria, when felling a great number of vigorous trunks, were deeply moved and almost terrified by their groans. And even when untouched they are always grieving, always lamenting their destiny. These sounds have been attributed to the wind, but frequently result from an internal circulation--which is more irregular than we generally suppose--from the impediments which check the progress of their sap, from the dreams of their vegetable soul. For that the tree possessed a soul--dim and imperfect, perhaps, but a soul like that of every other animated being--the ancients never doubted. It was the creed of humanity for ten thousand years, until the Scholastic Age transformed all Nature into stone. The arrogant conception that man alone can feel and think, that this vast world of creatures is nothing but a world of dumb "stocks and stones," is a modern paradox of the Middle Ages. Science to-day teaches a contrary lesson, and approximates very closely to the creed of antiquity. Every being, it tells us--even the most rudiment THE SOUL OF THE TREE. 173 ary organism--possesses the gift of labour and effort; the knowledge that it may ensure and develop its life; the power, to use Charles Darwin's phrase, of "selection;" and sometimes a highly ingenious faculty of profiting by the means which conduce to this result. Each is endowed with its individual capacity of being, and growing, and continuously renewing its existence. In towns and schools a vain and empty wit may laugh at this idea of the tree's soul; but men make no jest of it in the desert, or in the cruel climates of the North or South, where the tree acts as a saviour, and plainly appears the friend of man. The Scandinavians...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236492846
  • 9781236492845