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Publisher: RareBooksClub.com (10 May 2012)
By: William Derham (Author)
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. 1767 Excerpt: ...still, especially the erraticks that owe their light and heat to the Sun, in this case, one half of them would be dazzled and parched with everlasting day, whilst the other would be involved in everlasting night and darkness. And what the consequences would be, we may best judge from what would befal our own globe, without the kindly alterations of day and night: and that is, that it, at least a great part of it, would scarce be habitable, it would neither agree to the state of man, or any other animals: nor to that of vegetables, or indeed any other creature. For one one half of the globe would be burning up, at least too much drying, and exhausted with the beams of the Sun, whilst the other would be immerged in, and deadened with too long night. And in such a case, how could the great works of nature, so serviceable to the world, be performed? How, for instance, could the vapours be raised to supply the Earth with cooling clouds and fertile showers? How could the winds be excited to fan the atmosphere with their pleasant and healthful gales? How could the tides be produced, which by their constant agitations keep the waters sweet and clean, and prevent their poisoning the world? And as the course and functions of nature, would be thus affected, so would the state of the creation be no less. For how could those of the vegetable kingdom be animated and excited by the kindly heat of the day, and then again tempered and invigorated by the no less kindly dews L.-t and and influences of the night? How could men and all other animals dispatch their business, gather their food, and perform all the various labours and offices of the day, and then recruit and repose themselves with rest, sleep, and due perspiration, and whatever else may be owing to the salutiferou...
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