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PHILOSOPHY OF THE SEASONS;

ILLUSTRATING THE PERFECTIONS OF GOD

IN THE PHENOMENA OF THE YEAR.

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BY THE REV. HENRY DUNCAN, D.D.,

RUTHWELL, SCOTLAND.

WITH IMPORTANT ADDITIONS AND SOME MODIFICATIONS TO ADAPT IT TO

AMERICAN READERS.

BY REV. F. W. P. GREENWOOD, D.D.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

VOL. II.-SPRING.

NEW YORK:

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

82 CLIFF STREET

1847.

"I COME! I COME! YE HAVE CALLED ME LONG,
I COME O'ER THE MOUNTAINS WITH LIGHT AND SONA?
YE MAY TRACE MY STEP O'ER THE WAKENING EARTH
BY THE WINDS WHICH TELL OF THE VIOLET'S BIR'I:1,
BY THE PRIMROSE STARS IN THE SHADOWY GRASS.
BY THE GREEN LEAVES OPENING AS I PASS."-Mrs. Hemans.

AUTHOR'S ADVERTISEMENT.

The present Volume is the second of a series, the object of which is to demonstrate the existence and the attributes of God, in the various phenomena of the revolving year. Each volume contains an argument complete in itself, and peculiar to the season of which it treats. The present exhibits proofs of the Divine agency in the reproductive powers and processes of created things, with reference to the qualities of the atmosphere, the diffusion of light and heat, the deposition and distribution of moisture, the properties of the soil, the nature of the living principle, the developement of seeds and plants, the animal structure and instincts, &c. &c. A similar arrangement is adopted in this Volume as in that on · Winter,' the argument commencing with the consideration of the arrangements and adaptations of inorganic matter, and thence proceeding from the lowest to the highest orders of organized existences, through the various genera of plants and animals.

The latter part of the Volume is devoted to an exemplification of those adaptations and properties in the soil, and in vegetable substances, which give rise to, and reward, the labors of the agriculturist, and which thus lay the foundation of civilized society, and afford a

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