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The reverberations, too, of the mountains, and the roaring of the forests, are indicative of certain phænomena; and the same is the case when the leaves are seen to quiver,1 without a breath of wind, the downy filaments of the poplar or thorn to float in the air, and feathers to skim along the surface of the water.2 In champaign countries, the storm gives notice of its approach by that peculiar muttering3 which precedes it; while the murmuring that is heard in the heavens affords us no doubtful presage of what is to come.

1 Ludentia.

2 Virgil mentions these indications, Georg. i. 368–9.

3 "Suus fragor." The winds, Fée remarks, however violent they may be, make no noise unless they meet with an obstacle which arrests their onward progress.

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