PT. 2. the Lisbon Earthquake and Other Poems

PT. 2. the Lisbon Earthquake and Other Poems

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...form. No planet moves in a curve completely regular; there is nothing in Nature of a figure exactly mathematical; no fixed quantity is required for any operation: Nature is never very strict or rigid in her method of proceeding. It is, therefore, absurd to advance, that the removal of an atom from the earth rnight be the cause of its destruction. This holds, in like manner, with regard to events. The cause of every event is contained in some precedent event; this no philosopher has ever called in question. If Caesar's mother had never gone through the Cmsarian o eration, Caesar had never subverted the commonwealth; he could I-Ie's just, nor easily to wrath gives way, Why sufier we beneath so mild a sway: This is the fatal knot you should untie, Our evils do you cure when you deny? never have adopted Octavius, and Octavius could never have chosen Tiberius for his successor in the empire. The marriage of Maximilian with the heiress of Burgundy and the Low Countries, gave rise to a war which laste two hun-dred years. But Caasar's ssitting on the right or left side, or the Duchess of Bur un y's ressing her head in this manner or in that, could 1ave altered nothing in the general plan of Providence. It follows, therefore, that there are some events which have consequences and others which have none. Their chain resembles a genealogical tree, some branches of which disa pear at the first generation, whilst the race is continued by others. There are many events which pass awag without ever generating others. Thus in every mac ine there are some eflects indispensably necessary towards producing motion, and others which are productive of nothing at all. The wheels of a coach make it 0; but whether they raise more or...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123674134X
  • 9781236741349