Wither's Motto

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1814 - 86 pages

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Page xvi - One vessel of water rarefied by fire driveth up forty of cold water, and a man that tends the work has but to turn two cocks; that one vessel of water being consumed, another begins to force and refill with cold water, and so successively ; the fire being tended and kept constant, which the selfsame person may likewise abundantly perform in the interim between the necessity of turning the said cocks.
Page xvi - An admirable and most forcible way to drive up water by fire, not by drawing or sucking it upwards, for that must be as the philosopher calleth it, infra spheeram activitatis, which is but at such a distance. But this way hath no bounder, if the vessels be strong enough ; for I have taken a piece of a whole cannon, whereof the end was burst, and filled it three...
Page 206 - Atlantic surge Pours in among the stormy Hebrides; Who can recount what transmigrations there Are annual made? what nations come and go? And how the living clouds on clouds arise? Infinite wings ! till all the plume-dark air And rude resounding shore are one wild cry.
Page xix - ... hindering, much less stopping, the other ; but unanimously and with harmony agreeing, they all augment and contribute strength unto the intended work and operation ; and, therefore, I call this a semi-omnipotent engine, and do intend that a model thereof be buried with me.
Page x - How, at a window, as far as eye can discover black from white, a man may hold discourse with his correspondent without noise made or notice taken ; being, according to...
Page 182 - ... they had a dirge of a quarter of an hour's length. That others would unite in laying hold of a straw with their bills, and so plunge down in society. Others again would form a large mass, by clinging together with their feet, and in that manner commit...
Page xix - An engine so contrived, that working the primum " mobile forward or backward, upward or downward, circularly " or corner-wise, to and fro, straight, upright or downright, " yet the pretended operation continueth, and advanceth[;] " none of the motions above-mentioned, hindering, much less " stopping the other ; but unanimously and with harmony " agreeing, they all augment and contribute strength unto " the intended work and operation : and therefore I call this " a semi-omnipotent engine, and do...
Page xi - How to make such false decks, as in a moment should kill and take prisoners as many as should board the ship, without blowing the decks up, or destroying them from being reducible, and in a quarter of an hour's time, should recover their former shape, and to be made fit for any employment without discovering the secret.
Page iii - A CENTURY OF THE NAMES AND SCANTLINGS OF SUCH INVENTIONS, as at present I can call to mind to have tried and perfected which (my former notes being lost) I have, at the instance of a powerful Friend, endeavoured now in the year 1655 to set these down in such a way as may sufficiently instruct me to put any of them in practice.
Page 208 - Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.

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