Songs of Singularity

Songs of Singularity

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...A spear, an arrow, or a spike, Or instruments of torture, such As held poor " traitors" in their clutch In those much-lauded "good old times," When harmless acts oft passed for crimes; The very names I think to you will Seem jagged, tortuous, and cruel--Anniculate and sagittate, Dolabriform, lanceolate, Flabelliform and pectinate, Orbicnlate and digitate; F5ut words like these, you know, must be In every book on Botany. Pursuing now, with less of fear, My sweet botanical career, I learnt a hundred mysteries Of seeds, corollas, calyces; I learnt how pollen is conducted, And how ovaria are constructed, And solved full many a strange enigma Concerning stamen, style, and stigma; Full many a weary hour I spent O'er anther, disk, and filament; Next, added to the muster-roll Carpel, and sheath, and petiole, Whorl, culm, corpuscle, vesicle, Umbel, spat he I la, follicle; And (at the feat though you may laugh) l cut an ovary in half, To see what cells and seeds might lie In compass of a needle's eye; But these minutia do not hope To test without a microscope, For Botany's, in every tittle, The science of the much-in-little; Why, e'en a bottle-cork will hold More tiny holes than can be told--Twelve thousand millions to an inch, A fact to make the stoutest flinch, And, startled, cry, " Can such things be?" Of course they can--in Botany. To classify, we must progress Up to the greater from the less; Some groups of plants well known to us Are Monocotyledonous, ZV-cotyledonous the others; The name Adelphia, meaning brothers, Is used of filaments connected In groups--let these be well inspected; But at this stage the subject passes Into division of the classes. Of these, I started with MONANDRIA, And got as far as...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236766342
  • 9781236766342