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NOTES ON MR. DARWIN'S
“ ORIGIN OF SPECIES."
3, Gilbert Rociere
I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth
Ergo ipsas quamvis angusti terminus ævi
Georgic. IV. 206–209.
There are three that bear witness on earth
and these three agree in
one.--1 John v. 8.
EDINBURGH & LONDON : BLACKWOOD & SONS.
OXFORD: J. H. PARKER.
The sudden passage from an irrational to a rational animal is a phenomenon of a distinct kind from the passage from the more simple to the more perfect forms of animal organization and instinct. To pretend that such a step, or rather leap, can be part of a regular series of changes in the animal world, is TO STRAIN ANALOGY BEYOND ALL REASONABLE BOUNDS.—Lyell's Principles of Geology, B. I. ch. ix.
I should infer from analogy that probably all the organic beings which have ever lived on this earth have descended from some one primordial form, into which life was first breathed by the Creator.
It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms
have all been produced by laws acting around us. There is grandeur in this view of life.- Origin of Species, ch. xiv.
King : How do you, pretty lady?
Ophelia : Well, God 'ield you! They say the owl was a baker's daughter. Alack! we know what we are, but know not what we may be.—Hamlet, Act IV. Sc. v.